The Launch

The Hague Institute for Global Justice is officially launched in The Hall of Knights (Ridderzaal) in the presence of H.R.H. Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Mayor Jozias van Aartsen, Deputy Prime Minister Maxime Verhagen and Interim Dean Professor Nico Schrijver attend the 10 June 2011 ceremony.

Exterior of the Knights’ Hall at Binnenhof

Advisory Council

The Institute’s Advisory Council chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is established.

Professor Nico Schrijver

Academic Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University is appointed Dean of the Institute.

Professor Willem van Genugten

Professor of International Law at Tilburg University is appointed Interim Dean of the Institute.

Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law

The NL Ministry of Foreign Affairs establishes The Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law which is run jointly by The Hague Institute and Clingendael, with the Platform’s Secretariat hosted by the Institute.


Dr. Abi Williams Appointed as First President of the Institute

Dr. Abi Williams is appointed the first President of The Hague Institute on January 1, 2013.  He previously served as Senior Vice President of the Center for Conflict Management at the United States Institute of Peace. From 2001-2007, he served as Director of Strategic Planning to UN Secretaries-General Ban Ki-Moon and Kofi Annan.

The Hague Approach Launch

The Institute’s flagship study The Hague Approach is launched as part of the centenary celebration of the Peace Palace.  It consists of six principles for achieving sustainable peace in post-conflict situations.

An Inside View: The Effectiveness of Dutch Foreign Policy

A three-part event series entitled “An Inside View: The Effectiveness of Dutch Foreign Policy,” brings together former Dutch Political Directors, former Dutch Permanent Representatives to the UN, and four former Dutch Ministers of Foreign Affairs to reflect on the contemporary challenges facing Dutch engagement in Europe and the wider world.


The Hague Institute Launches Distinguished Speaker Series

Showcasing eminent practitioners in international affairs, the Distinguished Speaker Series explores topics and issues related to global governance, the rule of law, and conflict prevention. It is the centerpiece of The Hague Institute’s high-level engagement with the diverse community of practitioners and academics based in The Hague and abroad.

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Water Diplomacy Consortium Created

The Hague Institute spearheads the establishment of the Water Diplomacy Consortium (WDC) together with Clingendael, Water Governance Centre, UNESCO-IHE, and UPEACE. The WDC aspires to become a knowledge hub for preventing and resolving water-related disputes.

Water Diplomacy Consortium

Supervisory Board

The Institute’s Supervisory Board is created with Mr. Dick Benschop, Vice President Joint Ventures Excellence, Shell International as Chair.

Observer Status at IOM Granted

The International Organization for Migration Council grants The Hague Institute Observer Status in recognition of its ongoing work on the topic of migration.

Breyer Lecture

On April 3, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and The Hague Institute, with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosts the inaugural lecture of the annual Justice Stephen Breyer Lecture on International Law. The lecture series continues in 2015 and 2016.

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Prospect Magazine Finalist

In 2014, the Institute is nominated by Prospect Magazine as European Think Tank of the Year. Bestowed annually in London, the award celebrates activities and achievements by policy and research-focused organizations around the globe.

International Decision-making in the Age of Genocide: Rwanda 1990-1994

In June 2014, in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), the Institute convenes leading decision-makers from the United Nations, Africa, the United States, and Europe to consider the failure of the international community to prevent or effectively respond to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Participants in the conference include architects of the 1992-1993 Arusha peace accords; the leadership of the UN peacekeeping force, UNAMIR; and four former members of the UN Security Council.


Munich Security Conference

The Institute holds an official side event at the Munich Security Conference entitled ‘Fragile States and the Fault-Lines of Global Security and Justice.’

Global Conference on Cyberspace

On 15 April 2015, The Hague Institute, together with the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi), holds an official side-event of the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS), which is hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Global Commission Report Launch

Following over a year of preparations and more than 20 international consultations, the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, a flagship project of The Hague Institute and The Stimson Center, launches the report Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance at the Peace Palace.

Madeleine K. Albright Global Justice Lecture

The critical role of the rule of law in bringing peace and justice to the most troubled parts of the world is the theme of the inaugural Madeleine K. Albright Global Justice Lecture, delivered by the former U.S. Secretary of State and Chair of The Hague Institute’s Advisory Council on 17 June.

International Decision-making in the Age of Genocide: Srebrenica 1995

In June 2015, the Institute and USHMM convene leading decision-makers from more than a dozen countries to consider the failure of the international community to prevent the fall of the United Nations “safe area” of Srebrenica in July 1995. Participants include former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Yasushi Akashi; former European peace negotiator, Carl Bildt; former commander of UN forces in Bosnia, General Sir Rupert Smith; Srebrenica survivor, Muhamed Durakovic; and three former members of the UN Security Council.

EU Strategic Review

On 8 December, The Hague Institute, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, hosts a high-level discussion on the EU’s forthcoming Common Foreign and Security Policy. The event focuses on how the Union and its Member States can promote a rules-based international system and effective multilateral institutions in a rapidly changing environment marked by numerous crises and challenges.

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Save Wildlife Conference

From 1 to 3 March, The Hague Institute, in collaboration with the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, organizes The Hague Conference Save Wildlife: Act Now or Game Over.

Conflict Prevention in The Hague

The Institute publishes a report on Conflict Prevention in The Hague and the Metropolitan Area as part of its international research on the role of cities in conflict prevention.

Chicago Forum on Global Cities

The Institute serves as official partner of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for the Chicago Forum on Global Cities in June 2016.