​Sash Jayawardane

​Special Assistant to the President
Sash Jayawardane has expertise in global governance, international relations, human rights and peacebuilding in post-conflict environments. She has managed research projects and contributed to flagship publications in these fields.

Sash Jayawardane is originally from Colombo, Sri Lanka. As Special Assistant to the President of The Hague Institute, she provides substantive support to the President and coordinates a range of special projects and mission critical administrative and executive tasks.

Prior to taking up her current role, Sash spent two years as a Researcher focusing on global governance issues at the Institute. In this capacity, she led the first phase of the Global Governance Reform Initiative (GGRI) project, working extensively with the Dutch ministries of Foreign Affairs and Security & Justice, as well as international partners.

Before joining The Hague Institute, Sash worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UN ICTY). She has also contributed to research initiatives at Yale University’s Department of Political Science, the Yale Child Study Center and Impunity Watch.

Sash holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale University and a Master’s degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from the University of Utrecht.

Languages SPoken

  • English
  • Sinhalese

Current Projects

Completed: Global Governance Reform Initiative

The Global Governance Reform Initiative (GGRI), a collaboration between  The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Observer Research Foundation…


Past Initiative: The Hague Approach

Justice can be a scarce commodity in countries affected by conflicts. The Hague Institute draws lessons from experiences of post-conflict rebuilding activities in Afghanistan…


Recent Work