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We are professionalizing “Post-Conflict” transitions.

Like you, we understand that transitioning a society from conflict to stability is the hardest single task facing our field.  Where others have failed, our graduates will succeed.

Location:  The Hague, The Netherlands
Dates:  July 4 – July 25, 2015 (3 weeks)
Venue: Clingendael Institute


In an intense and academically rigorous three weeks of interactive lecture, discussion, and experiential education led by the field’s foremost political leaders, scholars, practitioners, and advocates, The Hague Symposium participants will grapple with the “wicked questions” that have most befuddled policymakers, scholars, and practitioners in the peacebuilding field.  Through case studies, participants will contextualize the issues that drive these questions, discover ways to make sense of the complexities of post-conflict transitions, and anticipate appropriate means for breaking the cycles of violence and vengeance so that those who have been victimized by human rights violations find justice.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the concepts, controversies, and institutions surrounding the implementation of post-conflict strategies, including security, justice, political, and social mechanisms.  Participants will examine which elements have contributed to success and which to failure, as well as gain a thorough understanding of the interplay between dynamics that can and cannot be controlled in a given scenario.

All participants will receive a Post-Graduate Certificate in “Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice” upon completion of the course.  Participants  who choose to undertake additional rigorous assignments will have the opportunity to earn a  Post-Graduate Certificate in “Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice with Distinction.”

2015 Keynote Speaker: Justice Richard Goldstone

Richard Goldstone

The first chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda and chair of the South African Commission of Inquiry Regarding the Prevention of Public Violence and Intimidation (better known as the Goldstone Commission), Justice Goldstone is invited to speak openly with 2015 The Hague Symposium participants about his role in the development of the international justice field and the state of the transitional justice field today.


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