Spotlight: International Women’s Day

8 March 2016 is International Women’s Day. The theme for 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” Women play a vital role in lifting their communities out of poverty and promoting global justice. The Hague Institute is proud to #PledgeforParity for a more inclusive world irrespective of race, religion or gender.

Gender has been a cross-cutting theme in the work of the Institute since 2013. We work with leading women in international affairs and development to support efforts to promote gender equality and the rights of women worldwide. To mark International Women’s Day, we are pleased to highlight a selection of our past events featuring eminent women in international affairs, as well as commentaries and publications authored by the women on our research teams.


Madeleine K. Albright Global Justice Lecture
The former U.S. Secretary of State discussed the critical role of the rule of law in bringing peace and justice to the most troubled parts of the world.

Pursuing and Applying Justice in a Globalized World
Distinguished Speaker Series with Baroness Patricia Scotland QC

Changing Georgia in a Changing Europe
Distinguished Speaker Series with Georgia’s Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani

Dutch Defense Minister Discusses Contemporary Threats and Challenges
Distinguished Speaker Series with Dutch Minister of Defense, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

The Middle East: Testing the Boundaries
Keynote speech by the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag. She spoke on The UN in the Middle East: Reflections on Syria and Lebanon.

What’s Next for R2P?
Dr. Jennifer Welsh, United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

The Hague Conference on Business and Human Security
Ms. Melissa Powell, Head of Business for Peace Platform at UN Global Compact and Ms. Selima Ahmad, winner of the 2014 Oslo Business for Peace Award and President of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry joined The Hague Institute to welcome international experts and business entrepreneurs for a conference aimed at advancing international policy dialogue.

News and Commentaries

The “Barundikazi” – Burundian Women’s Quest for a Voice in the Peace Process – 26 February 2016
The “Barundikazi” – the women and girls of Burundi – have been at the center of the current political and security crisis, as victims, activists and peacebuilders. The visit on 25-26 February by the African Union High-Level delegation (consisting of the heads of state of South Africa, Senegal, Gabon, Ethiopia and Mauritania) may present one of the last remaining opportunities to quell the escalating violence. For Burundi to re-take a path to peace and development, the Inclusive Inter-Burundian Dialogue must immediately resume to revive the stalled Kampala talks, and put women’s voices and experiences at the forefront.

Improving the Effectiveness of Responses to Conflict-related Sexual Violence – 22 September 2015
2015 is a significant year for global efforts to address conflict-related sexual violence. This October, a high-level review of the Security Council’s landmark resolution on Women, Peace & Security (Resolution 1325) will be conducted. Additionally, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia will soon launch its Legacy Project on Prosecuting Sexual Violence, setting out lessons learned from more than twenty years of international prosecutions.

Women, Peace and Security in Dutch Foreign Policy – 19 August 2015
The Netherlands has long been at the forefront of women, peace and security issues. A Security Council member when Resolution 1325 was adopted in 2000, it will launch its third National Action Plan (NAP) for 1325 by the end of 2015. However, strong support for the principles and objectives of 1325 has not always translated effectively into Dutch foreign policy, with programming concentrating on one or two key issue areas.

Fighting Impunity for Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes – 27 March 2015
Sexual and gender-based crimes (SGBC), such as rape, sexual enslavement, systematic detention, forced “marriages,” torture, persecution, and human trafficking for sexual and labor exploitation, victimize women, men, girls and boys alike, often with lasting consequences for individuals and communities. While significant progress has been made in addressing these crimes in the international legal and policy arenas, much remains to be done.

Global Environmental Change: Avoiding the Perpetuation of Inequalities – 7 March 2014
As we celebrate women’s political, economic and social achievements on the 103th International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014, all of those who have contributed to making the world a more equal and gender-friendly place deserve to be congratulated. In the realm of global environmental change, we should applaud a gender-sensitive approach that both recognizes women’s specific vulnerability and includes their strengths.


Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Security in Fragile States
Policy Brief | 12 November 2015
This Policy Brief is based on the ideas exchanged during the September 2014 conference on Business and Human Security co-hosted by The Hague Institute and SPARK.

Can Conflict Resolution Reduce Fear in Crime Victims?
Working Paper | 30 October 2015
This working paper by former Senior Researcher Malini Laxminarayan reflects a case study of Bhutanese refugees and examines different aspects of conflict resolution within Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal.

Economic Sanctions and Inequality in the US-Iran Nuclear Negotiations
Working Paper | 29 September 2015
After long negotiations, this summer saw the agreement of an historic nuclear deal between the P5+1 countries and Iran. Agnese Macaluso, Researcher at The Hague Institute, analyzes the extent to which the inequality that has traditionally marked relations between the United States and Iran has affected the negotiation process and its outcome.

A Conflict-Sensitive Approach to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in the Urbanizing Asia-Pacific
Working Paper | 13 March 2015
Researcher Ting Zhang examines the special considerations in the design and implementation of mitigation and adaptation strategies. Her paper suggests ways to reduce urban violence while addressing climate change in cities in the rapidly urbanizing Asia-Pacific. The paper’s findings are four considerations for conflict sensitivity, namely a) horizontal coordination between various departments of the government, b) vertical coordination among different levels of government, c) collaboration with non-state actors and d) inclusivity of the needs of the poor.

Environmental Migrations from Conflict-Affected Countries: Focus on EU Policy Response
Working Paper | 1 March 2015
Former Visiting Researcher, Dr. Enza Roberta Petrillo addresses the environmental migration debate. Her paper takes a multifaceted perspective on the relationship between climate change, migration and conflict. In doing so, the paper aims to highlight areas of particular political and geopolitical interest where further EU legal, policy, and humanitarian action is needed.

From Isolation to Interoperability: The Interaction of Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding Missions and International Criminal Courts and Tribunals
Working Paper | 12 December 2014
Over the past few decades, governments have established various international criminal courts and tribunals (ICCTs), including several ad hoc entities — such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) — as well as a permanent body in the form of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Gotovina, Perisic and Sainovic Appeal Judgments: Implications for International Criminal Justice Mechanisms
Policy Brief | 1 September 2014
Sash Jayawardane and Former Junior Consultant Charlotte Divin provide an overview of important policy issues arising from controversial appeals judgments in the Gotovina, Perišić, and Šainović cases at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. This brief stems from an off-the-record expert roundtable convened by The Hague Institute, together with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Grotius Center for International Legal Studies – University of Leiden.

The Apparent Success of Iran Sanctions
Working Paper | 26 August 2014
In this paper, Researcher Agnese Macaluso argues that the pressure imposed by sanctions did not trigger a change in policy but instead changed only the Iranian government’s strategy. Sanctions have not only been ineffective and harmed the Iranian population and the economy; they have also been counterproductive for interests of the sanctioning state.

Irregular Migration and Global Justice
Policy Brief | 15 May 2014
At a roundtable on the subject in December 2013, The Hague Institute convened a group of director-level officials from government, international organizations, and civil society to discuss the links between irregular migration and global justice. Researcher Manuella Appiah and Manon Tiessink explain.

Escaping the Resource Curse in Sub-Saharan Africa
Policy Brief | 19 August 2013
The resource curse refers to the paradox that countries with an abundance of natural resources often fail to grow as rapidly as those without such resources. This Policy Brief from Researchers Manuella Appiah and Ting Zhang outlines both the endogenous and exogenous factors that contribute significantly to the resource situation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Curbing Illicit Financial Flows: The Post-2015 Agenda and International Human Rights Law
Policy Brief | 12 February 2013
Corruption, which was identified as a cross-cutting theme in our Institute’s program of work for 2013, is not only a problem in its own right but also part of the “larger” issue of illicit financial flows (IFFs). Researcher Jill Coster van Voorhout argues that simply put, IFFs deprive governments in both developed and developing countries of resources that might otherwise be invested in public goods such as health, agriculture, infrastructure, and education.

Further Reading

New Publications: Making Water Cooperation Work

The Hague Institute has released the two final reports for its project ‘Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work’. The two publications present research findings…

News Brief

The End of U.S. Leadership on Human Rights?

For a column in Dutch newspaper NRC, journalist Michel Kerres, diplomatic editor for the newspaper, spoke to Stephen Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes…

Media Mention