Academic cooperation in The Hague
Stimulating academic cooperation has been one of the main objectives of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut throughout its history. The start of the new century saw a number of Hague-based initiatives in which the Asser Institute participated and more often was one of the founding parties.
In 2003, five Hague-based organisations:
• the Carnegie Foundation (Peace Palace),
• the T.M.C. Asser Instituut,
• the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (now Leiden University, Campus The Hague),
• the Institute of Social Studies,
• and Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations
decided to establish the Hague Academic Coalition (HAC) with the intention of raising the effectiveness and efficiency of their work in relation to The Hague’s role as City of Peace and Justice. In the following years several more institutions joined the coalition.
HAC promotes research, education and public debate in support of the development of international policy, law, governance and international negotiation towards justice, peace and sustainable development. In particular, HAC supports the work of the various international agencies in these fields based in The Hague.
HAC was officially launched at its first “From Peace to Justice” conference spring 2004. In the following years a number of similar conferences were organised of which The Hague Academic Press subsequently published the books.
Well-known projects like the Hague Justice Portal (HJP) and the Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise (HFJE) were initiated and carried out by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut under the auspices of HAC.
On 9 September 2013 HAC initiated and organised its first TEDx conference on “The Future of Peace & Justice”, followed by a second event, the TEDx Salon on “Secure Societies” on 19 March 2014.
Another example of Hague academic cooperation the Asser Institute is involved in is:
• The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)
The unique partnership of the Asser Institute, Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations and the Centre for Terrorism & Counterterrorism of Campus The Hague / Leiden University resulted in the foundation of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)–The Hague (www.icct.nl). It is an independent knowledge centre that focuses on information creation, collation and dissemination pertaining to the preventative and international legal aspects of counter-terrorism. During a conference in the Peace Palace on May 31, 2010, ICCT–The Hague was officially opened by Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Maxime Verhagen. In 2014 the ICCT received anew a subsidy grant to continue its work for another five years.
At present the following eight institutions cooperate within HAC:
• T.M.C. Asser Instituut