Bridge-Building in the City of Peace & Justice

One of the most interesting aspects of living in The Hague is its international flavor. Today I’m not referring simply to the large number of people living here who come from other lands.

I’m talking about its strong ties to global issues.

The Hague is known as ‘the City of Peace and Justice’ for a reason: it is home to 131 international institutions and organizations dedicated to bringing peace, justice, security and freedom throughout the world.

It’s a major city for the United Nations, second only to New York.

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Vredes Paleis (Peace Palace)

Many are familiar with the Peace Palace, built by American Andrew Carnegie through the Carnegie Foundation.

It opened its doors in 1913, and has been a beacon of international justice ever since.

The Palace is home to the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and the highly regarded Peace Palace Library.

Others know of The Hague for its efforts to bring global outlaws such as Slobodan Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic, Ratko Mladic, Goran Hadzic and Charles Taylor to justice with the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunals.

Prosecuting war criminals for crimes against humanity? It’s done here.

Not to mention Eurojust, Europol, the UN’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and so on.

It often makes for riveting ‘local’ news. It also reminds me on an almost daily basis just how interconnected this world truly is.

For more on The Hague’s international bent, check out my feature interview with the Netherlands’ foremost expert on US political, economic and cultural issues, Willem Post: Building Bridges, Globally and Locally.

Post is a fascinating guy, and I thoroughly enjoyed our discussion, on- and off-the-record.



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