inside the hague, the netherlands (2017)


I love The Hague and the Netherlands!

Mayor of The Hague Jozias van Aartsen at a panel discussion organised by the International Peace Institute once remarked:

“The Hague, international city of peace and justice. Anyone who thinks that this is just a clever city marketing slogan, thought up by smart advertising boys, is on the wrong track. In the streets of Sarajevo, Nairobi and Kinshasa the name of The Hague stands for hope. Hope for millions of people, hope that the crimes inflicted on them will not remain unpunished.”

I visited The Hague in October 2016. Situated in the west of the Netherlands, it is home to the Dutch government, institutes, embassies and international organisations.

With an iconic tribute to internationalism, it is a place where I wish to reside. It is what is in this city is the reason why I wish to reside there. Let us have a look at what is in The Hague:

1. Intergovernmental organisations

The Hague is home to international courts and tribunals of arbitration and adjudication, such as the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Iran-US Claims Tribunal, International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Special Tribunal for Lebanon and Special Court for Sierra Leone. The Hague is also home the Hague Conference on Private International Law.  

It has organs and institutes for conflict monitoring and disarmament, such as the NATO Communications and Information Agency, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Europol, European Cybercrime Centre, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

It’s organs for European integration includes the European Space Research and Technology Centre and European Patent Office.

It’s organs for cultural, democratic and social co-operation include International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, International Organisation for Migration, UNESCO Institute for Water Education and UNICEF Netherlands.

2. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)

The Hague has attracted a large number of NGOs due to its long standing reputation as the city of peace and justice.

Global and regional NGOs include the Global Human Rights Defence, Netherlands Association for the United Nations, The Hague International Model United Nations and World Federalist Movement.

European integration NGOs include Association of European Journalists, European Foundation on Social Quality, European Judicial Network, Model European Parliament.

International development and co-operation NGOs include Africa Legal Aid, Centre for International Legal Cooperation, European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, International Institute for Communication and Development, The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, and Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation.

International law, international criminal law and humanitarian NGOs include African Foundation for International Law, Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law, Kofi Annan Business School, International Criminal Law Network, International Criminal Law Services, International Federation for Human Rights, International Institute for Criminal Investigations, International Justice Mission Nederland, Netherlands Red Cross, and Amnesty International.

Peace and conflict prevention NGOs include Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, Institute of War & Peace Reporting, International Network of Museums for Peace, Yi Jun Peace Museum and Academy Foundation.

Security NGOs include the European Network for Cyber Security, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, The Hague Security Delta, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism.

NGOs on children and medical care include Right to Play, Save the Children, International Pharmaceutical Federation.

Culture, education and urban studies NGOs include Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield, Fondema, Foreign Press Association of the Netherlands, European Urban Knowledge Network, International Federation for Housing and Planning.

Nature, environment, sustainability and water management NGOs include European Climate Foundation, Institute for Environmental Security, Society for International Development, UN Global Compact Netherlands, International Water Association, Water Governance Centre.

3. Research, education, policy dialogue and knowledge dissemination.

The Hague has many academic and research institutes including Hague Academy of International Law, Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law, Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

The Hague has the Municipal Department of International Affairs, which acts as a liaison between the city and the international organisations in The Hague.

It is also home to international awards and funds, including Carnegie-Wateler Peace Prize and The Hague Prize for International Law.