The Hague Institute Announces Launch of Distinguished Speaker Series

Sir John Holmes to Give Inaugural Lecture

The Hague Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Showcasing eminent practitioners in international affairs, the series explores topics and issues related to global governance, the rule of law, and conflict prevention.

The first event in the series will be held on 14 November 2013.  The inaugural speaker will be Sir John Holmes, Director of the Ditchley Foundation and Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.  Sir John will speak on the topic ‘Humanitarians and International Intervention,’ discussing the lessons encapsulated in his recent book The Politics of Humanity: The Reality of Relief Aid.

“This series will be the centerpiece of The Hague Institute’s high-level engagement with the diverse community of practitioners and academics based in The Hague and abroad,” said Abi Williams, president of The Hague Institute.

In addition to Sir John Holmes, the Institute will host Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative for Migration and Development and Joschka Fischer, former Foreign Minister of Germany, as future speakers.


The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization established to conduct interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, develop practitioner tools, and convene experts, practitioners and policymakers to facilitate knowledge sharing. Through this work the Institute aims to contribute to, and further strengthen, the global framework for preventing and resolving conflict and promoting international peace.

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