The Hague Academic Coalition (HAC) - NETWORK OF ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
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NETWORK
OF ACADEMIC
INSTITUTIONS

Sharing inspiring knowledge

The Hague Academic Coalition (HAC) is a network of academic institutions in The Hague that work in the fields of peace, justice and security. HAC members share their joint efforts of reaching out to a worldwide community of students, scholars and professionals the innovative side to Hague Thinking.

HAC welcomes academic exchanges between institutions, between cities of Peace and Justice, and through public dialogue. A partner to the Hague Project Peace and Justice, HAC is very active in developing HagueTalks. (haguetalks.com)

Located in the City of Peace and Justice, the academic infrastructure benefits from and supports this unique international profile based on the work by the various international organizations, courts and tribunals based in The Hague. To strenghten and enlarge this network, the HAC cooperates on a daily basis with the Municipality of The Hague and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

About

The Hague Academic Coalition (HAC) was established in 2004 by The Hague’s leading academic institutions. Its prime aim was to establish a local network that would enhance the establishment of a true academic arena in support of peace and justice. In 2015, with ten academic members, HAC has become a platform where both stakeholders and target audiences meet and share their thoughts and innovative solutions for their specific field of work.

Mission

It is the Hague Academic Coalition’s firm belief that a stimulating intellectual climate is a prerequisite to be an important player in the global context. Therefore its primary mission is to strengthen The Hague’s knowledge infrastructure.

By promoting the diversified knowledge base of its member institutes, it addresses worldwide audiences in search for in depth content and capacity building courses in the field of peace and justice. Bringing institutions and new audiences together, the Coalition supports synergetic and innovative mechanisms for learning in which dialogue and border crossing outreach activities play an important role.

Challenges

The complexities of international conflicts require innovative, integrated and interdisciplinary approaches. New partnerships are needed with new players, such as civil society organizations, the private sector, the media and the academic community around the globe. The interdependencies between the local, the national, the regional and the global must be taken into account when seeking solutions.

Members

Board members

The Coalition’s board comprises the directors of its 10 member institutes.

  • Steven van Hoogstraten – Chair (The Carnegie Foundation/The Hague Academy of International Law)
  • Sam Muller – Vice-Chair (Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law)
  • Ann O’Brien  – Treasurer (T.M.C. Asser Institute)
  • Inge Hutter – (International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Jan Rood (Netherlands Institute of International Relations – ‘Clingendael’)
  • Leonard Geluk (The Hague University of Applied Sciences)
  • Abiodun Williams (The Hague Institute for Global Justice)
  • Anton Nijssen (EP Nuffic)
  • Monique Legermann, Hague Academy of International Law
  • Vacancy (Grotius Centre/Leiden University – Campus The Hague)
  • Anneleen de Jong – Coordinator
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Activities

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In 2014 the HAC started a partnership with the Hague Project Peace and Justice. This Project, initiated by the Municipality of The Hague and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, has the aim to promote The Hague as a unique center for peace and justice. By connecting all local stakeholders around means of public diplomacy, the project becomes an umbrella for all content based outreach activties. Its border crossing activities include incoming and outgoing delegations, different educational tools as well as the by now very popular public dialogues HagueTalks.

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The Hague Justice Portal was originally initiated by the HAC. Today it is maintained and further developed by a working group of staff memebrs of international organizations in The Hague. It is a very resourceful tool that informs the international community of all professionally interesting activities that are organized in The Hague around the theme of peace and justice.

Archive 2015

Archive 2014

  • The Politics of Justice: From a human rights revolution to global justice?, 12-13 October 2012
  • Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency (in the spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld), 9-10 November 2011
  • Understanding Insecurity, 28-29 October 2010
  • Mare Liberum, The freedom of the seas revisited, 11 December 2009
  • The Dynamics of Constitutionalism in the Age of Globalisation, 15-16 May 2008
  • Culture and International Law, 17-18 April 2007
  • Beyond the Charter: Peace, Security and the role of Justice, 5-7 April 2006
  • International Criminal Accountability and the Rights of Children, 17-18 March 2005
  • The Role of International Law, Negotiations and International Development, 25-27 March 2004

Other Past Events

  • Rwanda and the Restoration of the Rule of Law, lecture given by H.E. Ambassador Mrs. Owanyiligira, 29 November, 2012
  • Lecture by World Bank’s chief economist Dr. Devarajan, 24 June 2011: Summary, S. Devarajan presentation
  • The Hague Institute for Global Justice: Round table, 08 March 2011
  • The Hague Institute for Global Justice: Follow-up Workshop, 24 September 2010
  • The Hague Institute for Global Justice: Towards a Research Program, 10 September 2010
  • Justice in Motion: From Nuremberg to The Hague and Beyond, 12 November 2009
  • Legal Empowerment of the Poor, Launch Event and Hague Dialogue, 25 May 2009
  • Transitional Justice: The re-establishment of a reliable system of Justice in post conflict countries, The Hague Dialogue, 28 April 2009: Report
  • Back to the Future: Afghan ownership, International seminar, 30 March 2009: Clingendael report, Said Jawad speech, Syed Mansoob Murshed presentation
  • Judicial Independence – Operational Interdependence Perspectives on the judicial mandate of the ICC, Farewell Seminar in honor of President Philippe Kirsch, 6 February 2009
  • Peace, Justice and Security: How to move on? Seminar on the occasion of the farewell of Mr. Wim Deetman, Mayor of The Hague, 12 December 2007
  • Reparations for Victims of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes: Systems in place and systems in the making, The Hague Dialogue, 1-2 March 2007: Seminar Report

Archive 2013

  • The Politics of Justice: From a human rights revolution to global justice?, 12-13 October 2012
  • Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency (in the spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld), 9-10 November 2011
  • Understanding Insecurity, 28-29 October 2010
  • Mare Liberum, The freedom of the seas revisited, 11 December 2009
  • The Dynamics of Constitutionalism in the Age of Globalisation, 15-16 May 2008
  • Culture and International Law, 17-18 April 2007
  • Beyond the Charter: Peace, Security and the role of Justice, 5-7 April 2006
  • International Criminal Accountability and the Rights of Children, 17-18 March 2005
  • The Role of International Law, Negotiations and International Development, 25-27 March 2004

Other Past Events

  • Rwanda and the Restoration of the Rule of Law, lecture given by H.E. Ambassador Mrs. Owanyiligira, 29 November, 2012
  • Lecture by World Bank’s chief economist Dr. Devarajan, 24 June 2011: Summary, S. Devarajan presentation
  • The Hague Institute for Global Justice: Round table, 08 March 2011
  • The Hague Institute for Global Justice: Follow-up Workshop, 24 September 2010
  • The Hague Institute for Global Justice: Towards a Research Program, 10 September 2010
  • Justice in Motion: From Nuremberg to The Hague and Beyond, 12 November 2009
  • Legal Empowerment of the Poor, Launch Event and Hague Dialogue, 25 May 2009
  • Transitional Justice: The re-establishment of a reliable system of Justice in post conflict countries, The Hague Dialogue, 28 April 2009: Report
  • Back to the Future: Afghan ownership, International seminar, 30 March 2009: Clingendael report, Said Jawad speech, Syed Mansoob Murshed presentation
  • Judicial Independence – Operational Interdependence Perspectives on the judicial mandate of the ICC, Farewell Seminar in honor of President Philippe Kirsch, 6 February 2009
  • Peace, Justice and Security: How to move on? Seminar on the occasion of the farewell of Mr. Wim Deetman, Mayor of The Hague, 12 December 2007
  • Reparations for Victims of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes: Systems in place and systems in the making, The Hague Dialogue, 1-2 March 2007: Seminar Report
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Research and education

Joint initiative for summerschools The Hague

Netherlands, Den Haag. International Strafhof (international Criminal Court)In 2015 the HAC was asked by the Municipality of The Hague to do a feasibility study into a joint initiative for summer schools in The Hague. Several of the HAC member institutions are organizing summerschools and receive more requests each year. From all over the world, and all different ages, people come to this city to experience what it is like to live here and be part of an international city that has its horizon far beyond the borders of its own country. To outline a possible structure for such a joint initiative for summer schools, that reponds to the diversity of the demand, and enables a high level knowledge exchange, will be the outcome of this study.

The Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise

The Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise is a specialised training facility of the Hague Academic Coalition for judges and magistrates, around the world aimed to update their knowledge and expertise in international law.

Its modules provide new insights to judges who are, in their daily work, increasingly confronted with aspects of international law, be it at the level of a Supreme Court or that of lower courts. Often training groups are being expanded to other professionals, such as prosecutors, defence lawyers, legal advisors and senior criminal investigators who are confronted with international law.

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      For further information about the Hague Academic Coalition and its activities, please contact its coordinator, Mrs Anneleen de Jong.

       

      Mailing address
      P.O. 11697
      2502 AR The Hague

       

      Visiting address
      Kortenaerkade 12
      2518 AX The Hague

       

      E-mail
      Please use the contact form in the right-hand column.



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