The city of The Hague and the Hague Humanity Hub had a very successful annual Peace and Justice event & reception in 2021.

This past year has further demonstrated how important connection is and how resilient we can be in overcoming restrictions to continue to have an international impact. To celebrate our resilience and strengthen connections, our peers from diverse actors within the Hague’s peace and justice ecosystem were all invited.

The Hague Peace & Justice reception was a successful week of connection and discovery through an inspiring interactive programme.


1 – 5 February

What is the importance of the international judicial institutions to the Hague and the world? Are organizations working on justice related policy-making initiatives helping or hindering the development of a global legal order?

This panel discussed the impact of international courts in the Hague and the relevance of justice policy initiatives. The discussions will be based on a new book by Maurits Barendrecht (HiiL) “Het Papieren Paleis” and a quantitative analysis of the economic impact of the Peace Palace by Decisio, an economic research consultancy.

Erik de Baedts – Director Peace Palace

Cees van Ommeren – Partner at Decisio BV

Willem van Nieuwkerk – Director Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)

Maurits Barendrecht – Professor, Research Director, HIIL

The directors of International Affairs at the City of the Hague and the Humanity Hub did a co-creation session to explore the future of the peace and justice ecosystem in The Hague.

This session was for professionals and senior management working in and around the peace and justice ecosystem of the Hague.

More information and registration below. Participants join a total of two roundtables – one per round.

First round – 16:00-16:50

  • 1. Data Protection and Privacy in the Humanitarian sector (Relief applications)
  • 2. Ecological Threat Register – Measuring ecological threats, providing projections to 2050, and collaborative approaches to face these (Institute for Economics and Peace)
  • 3. How to thrive and lead in an uncertain future: based on work in the field of agile and adaptive leadership (Impact Basis)
  • 4. Intersecting Global Health Security Risks and the Governance Gap: Implications for Peace and Justice (Praxis Labs)
  • 5. How can novel satellite technologies, geographic information systems and artificial intelligence be used to detect crimes, prevent conflict and monitor peace-building initiatives? (Space4Good)
  • 6. How to engage with remote and vulnerable communities using online and offline tools during and after COVID-19 (Sawa World)
  • 7. What does success look like for purpose driven organisations? (The Alternatives Factory)
  • 8. How to listen to and involve youth in conflict affected settings in shaping their shared future? (Youth Peace Initiative)
  • 9. Social Norms and Accountability in Local Governance (Hague Academy for Local Governance & Fletcher School)

Second round – 17:00-17:50

  • 10. Artificial Intelligence and governmental and non-governmental organizations. Where to start with AI adoption? (AI LAB one)
  • 11. Access to Justice in The Hague (HiiL)
  • 12. Misinformation, reputation & trust online (Find out Why)
  • 13. The ‘Just City’ – Mapping just and unjust practices in our urban environment – pre- and post-COVID-19 – and identify ways of addressing them (European Urban Knowledge Network & The Hague Academy for Local Governance)
  • 14. Environmental crimes, barriers to more effective action and examples of progress and best practice (Environmental Investigation Agency)
  • 15. Capitalizing on youth resilience and translating their energy into political change to disrupt the Status-Quo (UN Youth Impact)
  • 16. Geographic analysis information between humanitarian, peace-building and development contexts and how to do more with a little to benefit different types of situations (MapAction)
  • 17. Conflict Analysis and Humanitarian Action: Enabling evidence-based decision-making on NGO Safety and Access (INSO)

The Hague is proud to be a Global Goals City, a city where on a daily basis people are working on achieving the SDGs. The Hague is therefore home to a diverse group of SDG houses. 2020 started with a strong message as the decade of action: ambitious action is needed now to be able to deliver the goals in 2030. The COVID-19 crisis quickly presented an enormous challenge in achieving this. With only nine years to go, what are the next steps?

During this session several SDG houses such as The Humanity Hub, Museon and VNG, the Carnegie Foundation/Peace Palace as well as representatives of the Municipality The Hague amongst other organizations, will discuss on what needs to be done to achieve the SDGs and how we can help and learn from each other.

  • Welcoming by Deputy Mayor Saskia Bruines and Humanity Hub Managing Director Jill Wilkinson
  • Guided networking & online borrel*
  • Opening of Humanity Hub Alexanderveld*

* In collaboration with Frame Offices, we are opening a new location in The Hague’s international zone! This beautifully designed space with views on the Peace Palace, features primarily fully serviced private offices opened its doors on the 1st of January, 2021. More information here.

* Would you like receive a borrel packet (drink/snacks) delivered to your address for the online reception? (This service is only available in the region of The Hague and for the first 100 signups. Please sign up for this during registration)

Ask your questions about how the Hague Humanity Hub and the Hague Business Agency support the Peace & Justice ecosystem.

– Learn more about the Humanity Hub’s community services and meeting & office space products.
– Are you interested in establishing a presence in the Hague? Find out how the Hague Business Agency can facilitate this.

Join our conversation with the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Dr Agnes Callamard and the director-general of the International Commission on Missing Persons, Kathryne Bomberger on how mass graves can provide evidence for truth, justice and accountability.

Mass graves are sites of horrific violence and need effective protection and investigation. What standards for investigation are now needed? How should mass graves be handled to protect the interests of families and survivors? What new techniques are available to uncover the truth? What do states need to do to fulfil their responsibilities?

This event is a live podcast by the Asymmetrical Haircuts team in partnership with the Hague Humanity Hub and the City of the Hague as part of the Peace and Justice Reception 2021. 

Please let us know at if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you!