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In 2021, we continued the Centre’s mission to improve understanding of how global governance works in practice, while transitioning our Centre from the starting up phase to the development phase. In 2020, we finalised our multi-year plan, appointed (most of) our core team, and identified our core strategic partners. In 2021 we focused on (among other things) developing our main educational and applied research projects. I am pleased to showcase the many and varied activities with this interactive 2021 report. I would like to thank the team and our partners for their hard work and commitment to the Centre and I look forward to even more collaborations and projects in the future.

Barbara Warwas

A note by the Leading Lector

I joined the Centre of Expertise in June 2021. I find it inspiring to work with this team of highly committed and passionate higher education professionals. The Centre is a lively hub where students, lecturers – researchers and practitioners come together to unpack global challenges and shape innovative solutions by giving voice to lesser-known actors in governance.


Maaike de Loor

A note by the Programme Coordinator

Farewell to Alanna O'Malley

In December we said farewell to Alanna O’Malley, lector of the Centre’s research group United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice. She fully focuses on her European Research Council grant which is hosted by the institute of History of Leiden University.

Special characteristics of this Centre of Expertise are very active students who take leadership in research projects. This year THUAS students were ‘bold’ enough to participate in the pilot edition of the Academy on Global Innovators.

Play with the stars

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Highlights

The Academy has now a new name: “Global Governance Innovators Lab”.

Changing Role of Europe

Multilevel
Regulation

United Nations
Studies in Peace
and Justice

Center Wide

Research Groups

Our Centre’s motto: “New Actors, New Solutions”.

Our key goals:

1. Increasing the practical knowledge and skills of students in fields relevant to global governance.

2. Contributing to the professionalisation of global governance through professional training courses and applied research.

3. Improving the public visibility of and engagement with the institutions shaping global governance by professionals, citizens, and youth.

4. Contributing to the development of new practical solutions that drive collaborative, inclusive, innovative governance at international, regional, national, and local levels. These solutions should be conducive to inclusion, equal representation, accountability, and legitimacy

Centre-Wide Projects

Research InSightS LIVE Ep. 1 Highlights | Dr Sylvia I. Bergh on heatwaves in The Hague


The various Community of Practice sessions that we held in 2021 brought together a community of students, lecturers and researchers on global governance challenges. These sessions were the stepping stones for forming a core group of researchers at the Centre of Expertise on GG and for expanding our network. These meetings also formed a feeding ground for (additional) projects at the Centre's of Expertise GG.


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Our original goal was to develop professional trainings on Global Governance in Practice.. In 2021 we decided to adjust this goal: by integrating professional training in the framework of the Academy for Global Governance Innovators.


Our research group, Changing Role of Europe (CREU), realised various in-house trainings on Europe in practice for (local) authorities such as: Rijksdienst voor Wegverkeer (RDW), provinces, and Rijkstraineeprogramma. And our research group Multilevel Regulation (MLR) organised a training for legal professionals within the TRIIAL Horizon 2020 project conducted within the international consortium on European rule of law.

The yearly event on "Global Governance in Practice” could not take place in 2021 due to COVID-19. The CREU research group event CREUvent 2021 "Exploring the pandemic's impact on Europe" was held in February 2021. Our research groups MLR and United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice (UNPJ) organised various events online or in person including the events and peer mediation sessions with professionals of Trust MEdiators and a virtual roundtable as part of the “UN and I” research project of the UN Chair.

In 2021 the editorial board for the textbook on "Global Governance in Practice" was established. A call for chapters resulted in a wide and rich list of topics. The textbook continues to be developed via a Community of Practice to ensure the involvement of practitioners. Additional, on-line resources such as a masterclass and interviews learning from professionals will accompany the book publication as a form of establishing a "Wikipedia on Global Governance".

Understanding the effects of heatwaves on vulnerable population groups in the municipality of The Hague

Research Project by Dr. Sylvia Bergh


“The difficult thing is that exactly this group, the independently living seniors, who are usually self-reliant, become less self-reliant during hot periods, when normally the homecare will come. During the summer, the normal caregiver is on holiday and a replacement comes with whom there’s no bond of trust. Normally a family member will come along, but they are on holiday, so there’s then a period where no-one comes around. Yeah, those are definitely the places where you want to be. But who is responsible for that? ”

Senior Policy Officer (AT3_G2_3)


“According to the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, seventeen of the 18 warmest years in the global temperature record have occurred since 2001. Several serious heatwaves have killed tens of thousands of people worldwide during this period, including the 2015 heatwave in India that killed around 2,500 people, and the 2003 heatwave across Europe that led to more than 70,000 deaths.”


“Climate change impacts, including heatwaves, are not affecting all populations equally. A recent open-access study showed that vulnerable populations are experiencing up to five times the number of heatwave days relative to the global average.”



The German Desk is one of the Haagse Labs and and acts as knowledge broker for student assignments, internships, practical experience and research assignments oriented at Germany. In this labstudents collaborate with lecturers and researchers in supporting entrepreneurs in doing business and accessing the German market.




We facilitated Seed Grants for intensifying cross-institutional collaboration between our Centre and the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University. This has resulted in 5 projects that have been implemented by researchers from both institutions. The seed grant projects cover a variety of global issues:  


  1. “Living in a City of Peace and Justice?”
  2. “How do civil society organizations ensure both accountable, fair and reliable organizational practices?”
  3. “Criminalisation of safety deficiencies in Europe.”
  4. “Digital surveillance and human rights in authoritarian contexts: The case of Morocco.”
  5. “Counterterrorism in global perspective.”


Our Centre’s researchers and affiliated student assistants offered five research lunches bringing together researchers, students and others interested in global governance topical themes. The lunches covered the following topics:


In May, the Centre’s researchers organised a networking event: presenting the ongoing research projects and facilitating opportunities to meet and greet interested students and professionals.




During THiNK FeST on Thursday 4 November, various 'The Hague' prizes were awarded for special achievements: graduation prize winners, PhD students, Pim Breebaart Research Award and the jury prize & audience prize of the Olive Award.


PhD award Vasilis Karakasis was awarded at the 2021 ThinkFest for his research titled 'Adding fuel to the conflict- How gas reserves complicate the Cyprus question'. At the same event CREU researcher Rosa Groen and UNPJ researcher Isi Madojemu were nominated for the Pim Breebaart award.


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“I think that's a really innovative kind of structural approach. If you establish a serious institution like a national children's parliament that interacts with the adult parliament that's a way that children's voices can be heard."- David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment


“Throughout the project, it stood out how beneficial it is to work in an interdisciplinary group where students come from different studies, life experiences and different knowledge about climate issues. We worked to each team member’s strength.” - Student Participant


“We very much appreciated all the workshops that we could participate in as we worked through the project, the meetings with the client and the experts. Within the group we all had a different approach to sustainability, but with the experts’ input we could tailor our approach.”- Student Participant


“The assignment has helped us to become more result-oriented. We all came from more academic-oriented programmes where the assignments are focused on literature review. During this assignment, we focused on tangible objectives and every adjustment we made on our product worked towards this exact goal. It was very satisfying to see improvement to our product week by week and kept our motivation up.”- Student Participant


“The Academy acted as a fantastic networking platform during the covid19 pandemic and helped us to establish a network and to conduct discussions with other like-minded and ambitious individuals.”- Student Participant


Centre-wide team

Role: Senior Management Assistant



Debora Spinabelli joined the Centre of Expertise in 2020. She has prior professional experience in a broad array of roles, starting as an executive secretary and eventually working up towards a coordinator for the implementation of large transformation projects at one of the largest mining companies in the world. Debora has a heart for lean and clear organisation, helping and creating an encouraging and positive working environment. Her key values in work are integrity, encouragement and excellence. Her motto is ‘I desire to contribute to a Centre of Expertise which is also regarded as a “Centre of Excellence”!’


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Role: Programme Coordinator


Maaike de Loor is an enthusiastic, forward thinking professional with 20+ years of international development work experience. Prior to joining the THUAS Centre of Expertise on Global Governance as its Programme Coordinator, Maaike worked both for non-profits in various countries as well as for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia.


Starting her programme management career as external relations advisor to one of Cambodia’s leading human rights organisations, she followed her passion for social justice, sustainable development and good governance. These cross-continental and multi-cultural encounters proved her that the African proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” is a true compass for life.

After enriching work experiences on areas such as sexual reproductive health and rights, youth empowerment, policy dialogue, food security, disaster risk management and water management, she increasingly came to appreciate the value of education. Working as country manager for NUFFIC empowering Dutch and Middle-Eastern professionals in higher education and financing their capacity development were her focus.


Embracing the market value of applied science, she joined THUAS to contribute to a growing team of researchers and realising practice oriented research benefitting students and society. The Centre of Expertise on Global Governance is a fitting host for her drive for bringing great minds together to work in partnership on global challenges.

Maaike obtained a MA in political science / international relations, University of Amsterdam and a post-graduate certificate International Sustainable Development, University of Applied Science Leiden.


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Role: Senior Researcher


Sylvia I. Bergh joined the team as senior researcher at the Centre of Expertise in 2020. She completed both her D.Phil. in Development Studies and her M. Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford, having obtained an M.A. in Arabic and International Relations from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). Sylvia has a keen interest in multilevel governance issues and has published widely on state-society relations in the Middle East and North Africa region. Before her academic career, Sylvia worked at the World Bank, both in the President’s Office in Washington DC and in the Morocco Country Office. She also regularly teaches and consults on evaluations of development projects and programs and combines her position at THUAS with a part-time position as Associate Professor in Development Management and Governance at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands (focusing on PhD supervision).


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Role: Senior Researcher

Coordinating and developing the Global Governance Innovators Lab


Since 2017, Tamara Takács has filled various leadership positions within The Hague University of Applied Sciences, first as senior lecturer and team leader for the Law Programme, and most recently as senior researcher and research coordinator at the Changing Role of Europe research group within the Centre for Expertise Global Governance. Currently she works as coordinator of professional trainings. Previously she was academic programme coordinator and senior researcher within the TMC Asser Institute where she designed and implemented the activities of the Center for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER). She was assistant professor at Utrecht University (2009- 2011) and adjunct associate professor at Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. (Spring 2011). As legal consultant and trainer, Tamara has provided legal and policy advice for international organisations (EC, OSCE, OSCE/ODIHR) and worked with legal professionals in EU countries, SouthEast Europe, Ukraine, and the MENA region in trainings and collaborative research projects. Tamara received her law degree from the University of Pécs (Hungary), a Master’s Degree in European Union Law from Université Nancy 2 (France) and completed her doctoral dissertation (PhD) at Utrecht University School of Law.


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Role: Research Coordinator


Remmelt de Weerd joined the Centre in 2019 as Manager. His professional background is on the intersection of management, journalism and research. Remmelt has a MSc degree in Human Geography, specializing in Political Geography. Before joining THUAS, he has worked in several roles for The Broker, a The Hague based organisation for knowledge brokering in international development. He also worked as a fact checker and research journalist for several platforms.


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Project: Academy of Global Governance Innovators


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Project: Heatwaves


Frédérique Kwantes is a third year student at The Hague University studying International and European Law. She is passionate about Environmental Law and Human Rights Law and has ambitious plans for her future.


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Project: Heatwaves & (MLR Student Projects)


Delilah van Tol is the blog post leader, responsible for ensuring the weekly publication of blog posts. Therefore, Delilah is in continuous discussions with potential blog post writers.


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Project: Seed Grant Project (Agota)


Anthony Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Currently, he works as a Coaching Assistant for European Studies, Student Assistant for the Marketing and Communication department and Research Student Assistant at the Centre of Expertise Global Governance at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Alongside his work, he studies a premasters in Political Science at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.


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Role: Communications


Biography (old one): Georgia Delgado-Fitzgerald started as a student assistant for the Centre of Expertise on Global Governance in 2020, while studying a Bachelor of Laws in International and European Law, specializing in International Humanitarian and International Criminal Law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She supports the Global Governance team in writing, drafting, brainstorming and posting on communications, as well as helping to co-ordinate events and projects.


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Project: Student Assistant on Digital Events

Project: Center Wise Student Assistant

Sara Khermjioui is studying International Communication Management at THUAS and chose to complement her studies with a Minor in Peacebuilding, Justice and Human Rights. As a Student Assistant on Communications, she combines both these areas in all different kinds of tasks related to communications and global governance. She is responsible for managing the Centre’s social media channels and the creation of newsletters for internal and external partners. Besides that, she also designs and edits reports, creates promotional material for events such as posters following the university's house style and lastly writes news items for the website.


Apart from her studies, Sara is a writer for the magazine “Collective.”, the Reporter edition. She aspires to connect to people emotionally through words and writing, covering global social issues that deserve more recognition and change. She, therefore, envisions a career in journalism and media.


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Project: Heatwaves


Role: Researcher and Project Coordinator


Ashley Longman holds an MSc in International Public Management and Policy from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He joins Centre of Expertise Global Governance after five years of teaching Public Administration at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (EUR). He is currently working as researcher and project coordinator on the CoE's Heatwaves project together with Dr. Sylvia Bergh (HHS and ISS) and Dr. Erwin van Tuijl (Centre for Frugal Innovation/ISS). His areas of interest are multilevel and multilateral governance. He also has a keen interest in applied research and the public understanding of complex systems. Through his website The Good Information Project he tries to help others make sense of the complex world we live in.


Research project into the effects of heatwaves on vulnerable populations in the Hague (March 2021-December 2021)


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Project: Student Assistant Seed Grant Project

Role: Director

Dr. Barbara Warwas has been employed at THUAS since 2016 in roles as coordinator and lecturer at the International and European Law Programme. In 2018 she was appointed as Professor of Multilevel Regulation. In 2019, she additionally became the Director of the Global Governance Centre of Expertise. Barbara is the author of The Liability of Arbitral Institutions: Legitimacy Challenges and Functional Responses published by Springer, 2016. In 2014, she worked as a drafter, researcher, and administrator for the ground-breaking study on the Legal Instruments and Practices of Arbitration in the EU and Switzerland, commissioned by the European Parliament. Barbara has a PhD in Law from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Prior to joining The Hague University, Barbara worked as visiting counsel in the litigation department at GE Oil & Gas in Florence and in the Italian law firm Studio Legale Calabresi Guadalupi.


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A special mention goes to one of our Centre’s senior researchers Sylvia Bergh who was elected as part of the Centre of Expertise participation council

Role: Professor Changing Role of Europe


Dr. Mendeltje van Keulen is professor Changing Role of Europe since 1 January 2018. She describes herself as a “Energetic professional driven by the ambition to improve substantial societal and political discussions by connecting the silos of academia, the professional field and higher education.” Mendeltje holds a PhD and MA European Public Administration (College of Europe, Bruges; EUI Florence, University of Twente). Her dissertation focused on the effects of EU policy shaping by the Dutch government in the field of natural gas and biotechnology. She worked as a (senior) research fellow for the Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’, the WRR (Scientific Council for Government Policy) and various ministries. As team leader of the parliamentary EU staff in the Dutch parliament, she gained abundant practical experience in processes of Europeanisation and change management. Mendeltje van Keulen regularly publishes and teaches on European policy making for students and professionals.



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Role: Professor United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice


Alanna O’Malley is Professor of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Leiden University since 2018. She holds a Chair in honor of the former Dutch Foreign Minister and Mayor of The Hague Jozias Van Aartsen, focusing on the creation of an interdisciplinary research group on United Nations Studies and to organise a series of academic and public events to mark the 75th anniversary of the UN. She completed a PhD at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence from 2007-2012. In 2009, she was a Visiting Scholar at New York University, in Spring 2017 a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow at the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney and from August 2017 - February 2018 she was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the History Department of George Washington University in Washington D.C. In 2019 she was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for her new research project ‘Challenging the Liberal World Order from Within, The Invisible History of the UN and the Global South’.

Project: Center Wise/Global Governance Textbook

Daiane Almeida Schwab has a background in digital marketing, the subject of her past bachelor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Several years she worked for Brazil's second biggest bank, before she moved to Portugal. Being involved in various start-ups, her innate interest in law was awakened, which made her move to The Netherlands and take on the bachelor International and European Law at THUAS.


Daiane works as a communication student assistant at the Centre of Expertise Global Governance, where she helps assessing sources for an upcoming textbook on Global Governance. Additionally, she has been active for ILSA (International Law Students Association) as part of the digital marketing team, and she has been organizing various events for the Student Branch of THUAS, focusing on diversity and student well-being. Her interests are in the intersection of law and technology, and she has proven to be skilled in the areas of student diversity and event planning.


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Multilevel Regulation team

Project: Global Challenges in 365 Days

Denise Scheer is a Student Assistant at the Global Challenges in 365 Days Project “Global Challenges in 365 Days: Creating student science on global governance”. How do students understand global governance? And how much does it matter to them and their generation? These questions are central to the project. The aim is to create a database of ‘student science’ on global governance. This database will reflect the student’s take on our field of work and, more specifically, on global challenges like climate change, rule of law backsliding, trust in global institutions and issues of inclusion and exclusion.


Role: Events Team Member (Arbitras)

Biography: As a fourth year International and European law student that loves to travel and get to know people. And what better way to know people than organising events? Denise is currently a member of the events team where besides making new connections in the field she wants to show students the advantages of ADR.


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Project: Trust MEdiators

Alexandra van Coppenolle is a Student Assistant the Trust MEdiators project. Trust MEdiators will develop a training model in soft mediation skills through a mediation lab. This lab differs from role play, simulations, and mediation clinics through which mediation is currently taught—in that it is primarily student-driven, shifting the experiential focus from experienced mediators to students.


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Project: Global Challenges in 365 Days


Ergi is a third-year Safety and Security Management Student in the Hague University of Applied Sciences. She has been the Project Coordinator for the student project "Global Challenges in 365 days" since March 2021. Her interest is scattered across numerous sub-disciplines within the international security shpere. She aims for creative and practical approaches to problem-solving, as well as leading projects and challenges through to completion.


Project Description: “Global Challenges in 365 Days: Towards the student science on global governance” chronicles events, best practices, developments, and inspiring ideas relating to global challenges. The aim is to create a database of ‘student science’ on global governance.


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Project: Trust MEdiators (NB: spelling should be trust MEdiators)


Ella Riise is a third-year student in the International and European Law Programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She is in UN Youth Impact, under the Chair in UN Studies in Peace and Justice, focusing on the local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and youth engagement, and works for the Multilevel Regulation team in the Comenius Project.


Project Description: Trust MEdiators will develop a training model in soft mediation skills through a mediation lab. This lab differs from role play, simulations, and mediation clinics through which mediation is currently taught—in that it is primarily student-driven, shifting the experiential focus from experienced mediators to students.



Isabella (Ellie) Murray-Playfair is a Student Assistant at the Trust MEdiators Project. Trust MEdiators will develop a training model in soft mediation skills through a mediation lab. This lab differs from role play, simulations, and mediation clinics through which mediation is currently taught—in that it is primarily student driven, shifting the experiential focus from experienced mediators to students.


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Role: Coordinator of MLR Students Projects


Mihaela is the coordinator of the projects. She is very passionate about Alternative Dispute Resolution and loves to get involved in both legal and non legal tasks. Besides managing the team’s work, she is also involved with the podcast, the design and the events organisation.


Project: Mihaela Tarnovschi is the podcast editor, and ADR newsletter contributor. Mikaela is responsible for editing the podcast sessions. Moreover, Mikaela is responsible for publishing and promoting the podcasts. As an ADR newsletter contributor, Mikaela is instructed by Nadia for finding relevant and interesting ADR news around the world.


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Project 1: Research on International Perspectives of Social Mediation

The research project narrows the focus on the history of social mediation from comparative perspectives of the international context and the context in the Netherlands. The research draws back to the initial traces of mediation in human history to the recent developments in the modern era. The research is conducted from two separate scopes of jurisdiction: international context and domestic context of the Netherlands on the same criteria. As I was responsible for conducting further research on the international context, the description is solely based on the corresponding focus. The first criterion of the focus is the origin and history of social mediation. In order to have a diverse overview, the research is conducted on four continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. During the research, we interestingly discovered that social mediation has a long-standing history with traces back to Ancient Greek. The evidence of social mediation is found in all indicated continents in different timelines and forms. The second focus is dedicated to the practices of social mediation in a wide range of fields: family disputes, neighborhood disputes, cultures (immigration) disputes, child custody disputes, and divorce disputes. The approach of mediating such disputes also varies according to the jurisdictional elements. With the basis of this overview, we managed to establish certain gaps for social mediation in the international context such as its informal nature and unstructured integration into practice. Furthermore, the majority of existing research on the topic is domestic-based. More importantly, very few traits of ancient social mediation remain found in modern mediation. The research opens a new chapter focusing on improvements and advancements while upholding the true values of social mediation.


Project 2: : Blog Post Writer (Arbitras)

Charlotte is a fourth year International and European Law student with a strong passion for researching and writing. She is currently a permanent blog post writer for MLR. She endeavours to look at topics from a multi-dimensional perspective and translate them into creative writing.

Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Dr. Agnieszka A. Machnicka is lecturer in Comparative Private Law. She holds a Master of Laws degree (University of Warsaw), a ‘D.E.S.S. (Diplôme d’études superiéures spécialisées) de droit des affaires’, which is a Master programme in business law (Université de Poitiers), an LLM in Common Law (University of Ottawa), a Master of Research (European University Institute), a PhD in Law (University of Warsaw) and a PhD in Law (European University Institute). She was Senior Researcher (VU Amsterdam), GRUR Post-doctoral Researcher (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich), Post-doctoral Research Fellow (University of Siena) and lecturer (University of Warsaw).



Role Description: Agnieszka’s research project deals with the proper balancing between patent protection and the need to disseminate climate change abatement technologies. The research investigates how these regulatory measures can – if applied as broad and joint worldwide tools – overcome existing barriers to dissemination of knowledge and technologies necessary in climate change abatement and adaptation. This project falls within the Multilevel Regulation research line of “drawing models of collaboration for the professional practice”. Especially relevant is the way in which the rule making bodies and public authorities cooperate with private actors, learning from their expertise for the purpose of improving the legislative and judicial process integrating a multilevel regulation aspect.

Project: Trust Mediators

Lauriane Eudeline is an International and European Law student acting as a team member for the Comenius Project that was granted to the Multilevel Regulation research group in 2020.


Project Description: Trust MEdiators will develop a training model in soft mediation skills through a mediation lab. This lab differs from role play, simulations, and mediation clinics through which mediation is currently taught—in that it is primarily studentdriven, shifting the experiential focus from experienced mediators to students.


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Role: Professor Multilevel Regulation

Dr. Barbara Warwas has been employed at THUAS since 2016 in roles as coordinator and lecturer at the International and European Law Programme. In 2018 she was appointed as Professor of Multilevel Regulation. In 2019, she additionally became the Director of the Global Governance Centre of Expertise. Barbara is the author of The Liability of Arbitral Institutions: Legitimacy Challenges and Functional Responses published by Springer, 2016. In 2014, she worked as a drafter, researcher, and administrator for the ground-breaking study on the Legal Instruments and Practices of Arbitration in the EU and Switzerland, commissioned by the European Parliament. Barbara has a PhD in Law from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Prior to joining The Hague University, Barbara worked as visiting counsel in the litigation department at GE Oil & Gas in Florence and in the Italian law firm Studio Legale Calabresi Guadalupi.


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Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Dr. Agota Szabo holds a PhD degree in Organisational Governance from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Global Business and Stakeholder Management degree from Erasmus University. She is a lecturer at The Hague University of Applied Sciences Business Management Department. Her research through Multilevel Regulation focuses on management team decision making, organisational governance and good governance practices.


Project Name: ECHE (European Charter on Higher Education )


Role description: Agota is currently researching the implementation of organisational practices in the new EU Higher Education-Erasmus project plan, focusing on sustainability, diversity and inclusivity in education. The implementation of these practices is a requirement for higher education institutions part of the Erasmus network. This case study has been ongoing for two years, and she is part of the specific task force set-up for meaningful practice implementation by using bottom-up approaches. Each faculty implementing practice serves as an individual case and the task force will create the overall governance framework. This project aims to create a simple, transparent framework and meaningful choices for best practices by including staff in the decisionmaking process.

Role: Lecturer in Comparative Criminology, Safety and Security Management Studies (SSMS)


Researcher, Centre of Expertise on Global Governance, THUAS


Dr. Anna Matczak is lecturer in comparative criminology at the Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands. She holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, LSE. Her doctoral research discusses how lay people in Poland understand punishment and justice and how these understandings can shed light on the viability of restorative justice in the Polish context. Her areas of interest are comparative criminology, the role of lay people in criminology and criminal justice, restorative justice, plural policing. Since the beginning of 2019, she has been involved in a collaborative project: Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change, which aims to encourage the development of restorative justice in Europe. In 2019, she participated in an expert group meeting to revise the second edition of the UNODC Handbook of Restorative Justice Programmes. Since 2020 she has served as a restorative justice mentor to the Wrocław Restorative Justice Board to assist the Wrocław Municipality to join the network of restorative cities. She is a member of the European Society of Criminology, British Society of Criminology, Polish Society of Criminology, Confederation of European Probation, RJ4All Ethics Committee and she is Chair of the Research Committee, European Forum for Restorative Justice. In collaboration with the Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative, she co-organised the 2020 summer school on transitional justice and along with the University of Padua, Italy, is one of the organisers of the forthcoming 2022 winter school on transforming 21st century conflicts.


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Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Artemis Malliaropoulou holds an LLB from Athens University, an LLM from London School of Economics and a PhD from Athens University, and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University. Currently she is a researcher for the Multilevel Regulation research group, and a lecturer in the International and European Law Programme. Her work experience includes placements in international/EU organisations and in international law-firms.


Role Description: During the 2020-2021 cycle of the Dispute Resolution Minor, she taught mediation and organised 7 guest lectures in 7 weeks to help students connect with legal practitioners. She is a Young-OGEMID rapporteur focusing on the latest international arbitrationrelated developments in the EU. As an Arbitrator Intelligence’s ambassador, her work aims at promoting transparency, accountability, and diversity in arbitrator selection by increasing access to critical information about arbitrators and their decision-making. She supervises the Multilevel Regulation studentled projects, and she is part of the TRIIAL project team. Her research interests cover the emerging trends in the relationship between EU law and international arbitration.

Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Maarten van Munster is a lecturer in International Human Rights Law and European Union Law at the European Studies Programme. He holds an LLM degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has previously lectured at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and The Catholic University of Mozambique.


Project: Transitional Justice in Angola


Project Description: This research project focuses on a current transitional justice process in Angola. Since 2019 a national reconciliation commission has been attempting to reunite Angola’s population after war ridden past. The research project describes and analyses the interaction between different actors from both the government as well as from civil society within this process. Lessons learnt will be integrated into different modules at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Additionally, research outcomes will be shared with governance professionals both based in The Hague and in Angola, with a view to enhancing post-conflict reconciliation practices.


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Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Biography(old one): Marike H. Hehemann is a former company lawyer, working as lecturer and coordinator of corporate law at HBO-Rechten since September 2013, and is the official secretary of the staff objections committee, also working as senior lecturer on vocational training for corporate lawyers at the University of Nijmegen. As of 1 March 2021, Marike will be working in the administration department as a legal advisor. She is a member of the Multilevel Regulation research group.


Project Descirption: Previously Marike published a research paper in which she explored the benefits of peer mediation and to what extent a peer mediation programme is suitable and applicable within higher education, specifically The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Marike is currently working as team member on the “TrustMEdiators” project, developing a student-driven mediation lab to learn and practice how to be trustworthy mediators. In this project students will develop a training model in soft mediation skills through the mediation lab. Students will develop a “citizen science” platform for collecting real-life examples of conflict situations with a trust building element from their own cultural backgrounds.

Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Stefania Marassi has a Masters in European and International Law from the University of Trento and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International and European Labour Law from the University of Tilburg. She is a senior lecturer and researcher in international and European labor law in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Programme International and European Law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.


Project Description: As a researcher, she acted as the managing editor of the International Labor Rights Case Law journal (ILaRC) within the framework of a partnership between Leiden University and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She carried out research on transnational industrial relations and compliance with labor rights in the global supply chain as well as on the extent to which employers could use wearables to prevent occupational health and safety risks while remaining compliant with the GDPR.


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Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Maarten van Munster is a lecturer in International Human Rights Law and European Union Law at the European Studies Programme. He holds an LLM degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has previously lectured at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and The Catholic University of Mozambique.


Project: Transitional Justice in Angola


Project Description: This research project focuses on a current transitional justice process in Angola. Since 2019 a national reconciliation commission has been attempting to reunite Angola’s population after war ridden past. The research project describes and analyses the interaction between different actors from both the government as well as from civil society within this process. Lessons learnt will be integrated into different modules at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Additionally, research outcomes will be shared with governance professionals both based in The Hague and in Angola, with a view to enhancing post-conflict reconciliation practices.


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On May 10-11, 2021, MLR and the Centre of Expertise on Global Governance hosted two transnational training workshops on European rule of law and arbitration. The workshops were delivered within the framework of the TRIIAL project and featured around 80 arbitration practitioners working in the field of European arbitration.

Multilevel Regulation (MLR)

A note from
the Lector

Our Trust MEdiators team contributed to the Special Issue on the theme “trust” (vertrouwen) of the Dutch Journal of Conflict Resolution (Tijdschrift Conflicthantering). The Contribution concerns our initial collective insights learned from our practice-oriented research on trust building in intercultural mediation. The Special Issue features contributions from renowned Dutch mediation practitioners and experts and we are honoured to join them in this publication.

Highlights

In 2021, our research group grew, developed and continued to learn from each other. We welcomed new researchers: Nadia Rusinova who took over the management of the ILARC Journal from Stefania Marassi who departed to do her PhD (congrats Stefania!), Anna Matczak who focuses on policing and restorative justice, Amanda Kemshaw who is our expert in international arbitration and mediation, and Ellie Murray-Playfair who is a European Studies student who joined the Trust Mediator team.


Moreover, we now have quite a few students volunteers working with the MLR students projects. They renamed themselves into Arbitras The Hague and examine the role of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the current public regulation context. I look forward to our collaboration together with other members of the MLR dream team!


- Barbara Warwas



  • COVID-19 vaccination and employment: the legal framework in the EU and in Hungary by Eva Maria Foldes

Our MLR student projects renamed themselves into “Arbitras” The Hague” in 2022. The students involved in this newly rebranded “hub for all things ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)” have been extremely productive. They regularly publish ADR Gazette and blog posts (because “Fridays are for blog posts!”). They also organise different career events in ADR. If you are an ADR enthusiast, Arbitras: The Hague is the website to follow!







“Its truly is a pleasure to create a place on platforms for young scholars and new thinkers and researchers on the topic of dispute resolution. We need young, critical and enthusiastic minds to solve all challenges, from geopolitical to hyperlocal, ahead! Thanks for your contribution and unwavering enthusiasm to dissect the necessary ingredients for fruitful conversations, like the dimension of trust!” - from Tabitha Van Den Berg, Mediation Amsterdam

The Trust MEdiators team of Student Project Leaders also concluded a peer mediation session, under the supervision of both the professional mediators from our Advisory Board and the project leaders including Tabitha Van Den Berg (Mediation Amsterdam), Paul Garlick (QC, Alliant Law) Jeff Dahl (THUAS), and Marike Hehemann (THUAS)






Testimonials

Roxana Jitariu

I have started my membership in the MLR Student Projects as a blog writer. With this position, I had the opportunity to research various interesting topics and discuss them in blog posts. After that, I have started working in design for social media posts and changes on the website. Within the framework of my responsibilities, these projects allowed me to learn new areas of work and expand my network. Therefore, working for MLR has been an exceedingly fruitful experience.


Marco Resconi

My name is Marco Resconi and I have joined MLR in November 2021. Although I am a new member, I have settled down in the environment of this group. I am one of the writers for the ADR Gazette whose task is to publish one article a month about an example of how ADR was used in the world. What I appreciate the most about writing these articles is the possibility I am given every month to find interesting news from different countries in the world and to see how people with different cultural backgrounds manage to come together to solve their problems without going to court. I find this really intriguing, especially because I love travelling and discovering new cultures too. Apart from my actual job within the association, what captured me about this project is the capacity to tackle current issues in a different way from going to court. It is fun to discover that there are different ways to solve disputes rather than going to court. This different approach which is applicable to everyday life, was new to me and I am grateful to this organization for letting me discover it. Lastly, I would like to say that I felt welcome by the members of the team and I enjoy working with them as they are serious and professional. I know this group can improve and expand a lot in the future and I am looking forward to it.



Charlotte Tran

Being a MLR blog post writer inspires me to enhance my scope of knowledge to explore different horizons of ADR. It is amazing to see both the application and impact of ADR in all aspects. From the social history to the modern advancements of technologies, ADR has always been a great support to resolve disputes and to provide an optimal solution. With a long-standing history and taking place under a variety of formats, ADR gradually attracts more attention for its important role. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the team, conducting more research and heading towards a promising future of ADR.




Team Description


Nr.

Name and Surname

Role

Description

1

Mihaela Tarnovschi

Coordinator

Mihaela is the coordinator of the projects. She is very passionate about Alternative Dispute Resolution and loves to get involved in both legal and non legal tasks. Besides managing the team’s work, she is also involved with the podcast, the design and the events organisation.

2

Delilah van Tol

Blog Posts Team Leader

Delilah is a fourth year International and European Law student and the blog posts team leader for MLR. She is responsible for the weekly publication of the blogs and always keeps in touch with potential writers. If you have an idea for a blog topic, she is the one to contact!

3

Roxana Jitariu

Design Team Leader

Roxana is a fourth year International and European Law student, and is also the head of design for MLR. She is always eager to help the team and always curious to know more about ADR. The message she would like to communicate is to have the courage to try new things as you never know what will happen in the future.

4

Sorina Matei

Social Media Team Leader

Sorina is a second year International and European law student and joined MLR out of pure curiosity to discover the field of ADR while meeting new people in a multicultural environment. She is now in charge of social media for the projects and is always on the lookout for new strategies to make our organisation more visible and accessible to the students.

5

Laura Filliung


Events Team Member

Laura is MLR’s project leader for events. She coordinated and organised the ADR Career Workshops, always making sure everything is prepared in great details. Laura is very passionate about ADR and wishes to continue studying this field at her masters level as well.

6

Aarya Adhikari

Gazette Team Leader

Aarya is a fourth year International and European law student, who loves travelling and wants to be a part time yogi. She is currently MLR’s team leader for the Gazette. In the future, Aarya wishes to work in the field of ADR and use it to bring positive changes to people’s lives.

7

Charlotte Tran

Blog Post Writer

Charlotte is a fourth year International and European Law student with a strong passion for researching and writing. She is currently a permanent blog post writer for MLR. She endeavours to look at topics from a multi-dimensional perspective and translate them into creative writing.

8

Veronika Válová

Blog Post Writer

Veronika is also an International and European Law student that is very passionate about Alternative Dispute Resolution. She further explores her passion by being a permanent blog post writer for MLR, where she wrote blogs such as ADR In the Fashion Industry or ADR in Landlord-Tenant Disputes.

9

Denise Scheer

Events Team Member

Denise is a fourth year International and European law student that loves to travel and get to know people. And what better way to know people than organising events? Denise is currently a member of the events team where besides making new connections in the field she wants to show students the advantages of ADR.

10

Kejsi Shefkiu

Events Team member

Who is Kejsi? Kejsi is in her own words a ‘work in progress’. Always trying to improve herself and give her best, she is curious and ambitious. This is precisely the reason why she decided to join MLR, to see how she can contribute with her posts to ADR and learn more about the concept in the process. She is currently part of the events team, a role that fits her perfectly.

11

Ana-Daniela Niță

Events Team member

Ana-Daniela Nita is a first year student of International and European Law. She is curious, loves challenges, reading and being a part of something greater than herself. This curiosity of hers also lead her into reading about ADR and joining MLR. Now she is part of the team that organizes our ADR related events.

12

Eva Maria Õunapuu

Gazette Contributor

Eva Maria is one of MLR’s Gazette contributors. She explores her interests in ADR by always being on the lookout for new developments, cases or legislations in the field.

13

Marco Resconi

Gazette Contributor

Marco is currently one of MLR’s Gazette contributors. He is a first year law student, with a passion for reading and writing. He loves the idea of writing articles and making them as enjoyable as possible for their readers.

14

Noelia Begia

Gazette Contributor

Noelia is a third year law student that focuses on Business law and Contract Management. She is currently one of MLR’s Gazette contributors. She is always eager to learn and expand her knowledge in various fields.

15

Tahrim Masood

Social Media content

Tahrim is currently in charge of social media for MLR. She loves to contribute by finding new things in the ADR world that are worth a highlight on our various social media platforms.

Speakers at the workshops included renowned arbitration practitioners and academics worldwide, including Prof. Catherine Rogers (Bocconi University, Queen Mary School of Law & Arbitrator Intelligence), Dr. Francesca Mazza (Secretary General, German Arbitration Institute), Mr. Michael McIlwrath (MDisputes), Ms. Isabelle Michou (Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP), Mr. Matthias Kuscher, (De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek), Dr. Paschalis Paschalidis, (Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes, former Référendaire at the Court of Justice of the EU), and Dr. Antoine Duval (Asser Institute). Our THUAS students actively participated in the workshops.


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the context of the 2017 Stanford Rathbun Lecture on a Meaningful Life advised law students as follows:


"If you are going to be a lawyer and just practice your profession, you have a skill—very much like a plumber. But if you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself, something to repair tears in your community, something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is – living not for oneself, but for one’s community."


I could not think of a better way than these words to express the ultimum aim of the Multilevel Regulation student-led projects. Although Justice Ginsburg sadly laid down her sword to rest, we must keep working together to continue her battle from our little legal corner of the global village.


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is relevant to global governance because of the broad scope of disputes covered that touch upon a number of global governance issues and because of the importance of the decisions made by arbitrators and mediators, who are in essence global governance actors.


ADR procedures are here to give solutions to issues related to commercial disputes that affect not only the interests of two or more corporations, but also the labour rights of their staff and the local economy, to deal with climate change concerns, human rights’ application in multinational corporations, foreign investment, transboundary disputes.  Furthermore, ADR should be focused on promoting diversity and inclusion in practice, as its DNA is international.


- Dr Artemis



Changing Role of Europe Team

Role: Lector Changing Role of Europe


Dr. Mendeltje van Keulen is lector Changing Role of Europe since 1 January 2018. She describes herself as a “Energetic professional driven by the ambition to improve substantial societal and political discussions by connecting the silos of academia, the professional field and higher education.” Mendeltje holds a PhD and MA European Public Administration (College of Europe, Bruges; EUI Florence, University of Twente). Her dissertation focused on the effects of EU policy shaping by the Dutch government in the field of natural gas and biotechnology. She worked as a (senior) research fellow for the Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’, the WRR (Scientific Council for Government Policy) and various ministries. As team leader of the parliamentary EU staff in the Dutch parliament, she gained abundant practical experience in processes of Europeanisation and change management. Mendeltje van Keulen regularly publishes and teaches on European policy making for students and professionals.



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Role: Senior Lecturer-Researcher


Dr. Paul Shotton is Principal Lecturer in European Public Policy within the European Studies Programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Previously, Paul worked in Brussels as a Public Affairs Practitioner (lobbyist) for a number of blue-chip companies. Paul lectures in European Public Policy with notable courses simulating advocacy and lobbying campaign design.


Role Descirption: Paul’s research focuses on defining and promoting a body of knowledge for public affairs and developing and disseminating knowledge, skills and competences needed for effective lobbying. Paul is working on the development of an applied master’s in Global Public Affairs connecting students with the professional field, notably through the definition of research projects translating research and best practice into practice.

Role: Senior Lecturer-Researcher


Dr. Chris Aalberts is a researcher for the research group Changing Role of Europe, lectures on media and journalism at Erasmus University Rotterdam and writes about current politics for several Dutch media outlets. He has published books on right wing populist parties, the European Union, social media, media relations and young people’s political engagement


Role Description: Chris is currently writing a study book on the everyday work of politicians, civil servants, lobbyists and journalists in Brussels. The aim is to illustrate to students how the political process in the European institutions function based on concrete examples, experiences and stories of the people involved. This student focused textbook asks what are their main steps, activities and interests, what are their main contacts with other European institutions and how does this relate to stakeholders in their home countries? In addition to this, Chris is looking at the influence of Eurosceptics in the European Parliament.

Role: Lecturer-Researcher

Rik-Jan Brinkman is working as a lecturer and academic coordinator for the International Public Management Programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He is a thesis supervisor and teaches a minor on the European Union and Global economic development.


Role Description: His PhD research is focused on the experience of populist Eurosceptic parties, and how they deal with EU policies on the national level. He investigates questions such as: do populist parties cooperate with EU policies, or do they try to obstruct the implementation of EU policies? What are their electoral, ideological and strategical considerations whilst dealing with EU policies?


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Role: Management Assistant

Role: Management Assistant


Chantal Thielen is senior management assistant at The Hague University of Applied Sciences within the Faculty Management and Organisation since 2016. Previously she worked as management assistant at Terre des Hommes, an advocacy group focusing on the rights of the child.

Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Ruud Schapenk has a background in Public Administration and International Relations at Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam. He worked for four years as a consultant in the public sector and founded his own debate & lecture platform called Podium de Stadstaat. With this platform he organises a talk show in Tivoli Vredenburg about the impact of technology on our society. Since 2018 he has been working at the Hague University of Applied Sciences as a lecturer Public Administration & International Public Management.


Role Description: Ruud is involved in multiple projects at Changing Role of Europe. Together with professor Mendeltje van Keulen he is the host of the podcast Global Gossip and together with ProDemos he organises a series of debates on the goals and the role of the European Commission. Besides that, Ruud is working on his research on the position of the Hague as a city representing justice and peace, and how local, national and international actors act together on the challenges they face. As a teacher and researcher, his mission is to connect the students at The Hague University of Applied Sciences with the professional work field in The Hague and to integrate public professionals into his education and research.

Role: Researcher


Tibor Hargitai is a lecturer at the Dutch Bestuurskunde/Overheidsmanagement (BO) programme and International Public Management (IPM), of the faculty of Public Management, Law and Safety at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. At BO he supervises a group of students, and at IPM he is co-developing the minor ‘Challenges to European Governance’. Tibor has a PhD in International Relations and is currently finalising a research project commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the EU information provision from the Dutch government to the national parliament.

Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Vasileios P. Karakasis works as a Lecturer in European Studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and co-director of Sen Foundation of Research and Education on International Cooperation. He has worked for seven years as a lecturer of International and European Governance at the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University. He obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs of Leiden University as a Dual PhD candidate. In his dissertation he assessed the impact of natural resources on the escalation of conflicts, with special reference to recent developments the Eastern Mediterranean. He holds a MSc in Public Administration (Track: Crisis and Security Management) from Leiden University, a MA in International Relations (Track: Turkish-Greek relations) from Bilgi University and BA in Political Science and Public Administration from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Both academic and non-scholarly publications touch upon questions of foreign policy, energy security and crisis management.


Project: Alumni Project


Project Description: In his research for CREU, Vasileios will explore the skills that EU organizations, lobby groups, think-tanks and NGOs require from European Studies graduates to land a job in this institutions. He attempts to bring viewpoints of alumna that have graduated from ES and work in the above mentioned sectors at the forefront of his analysis. For this enterprise, he uses Q-methodology, a paradigm tailor made to measure human subjectivity.


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Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Rosa’s student-led qualitative study interviews youths in disadvantaged areas (predominantly refugee status holders) and status actors in The Hague and how they perceive the brand of The Hague as ‘City of Justice and Peace’ and, more specifically, Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16): Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. This research project intends to unveil new actors within the global governance network by analyzing the reflections given by disadvantageous groups of youth and refugee status holders with respect to their personal relationship with SDG 16.

Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Tolgan Raben is conducting research at the Changing Role of Europe research group. Additionally, he teaches German as well as export related courses within the European Studies Programme. Previously, he optained an MA in German Studies and worked as trade officer at the Dutch Consulate-General in Hamburg, as well as a Market Advisor on Germany and Austria within the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

Project Description: Tolgan’s research and projects within Changing Role of Europe evolve around Dutch-German cross-border collaboration. Tolgan is researching what the triggers for Dutch and German universities (of applied science) are to collaborate in cross-border triple helix projects. Furthermore, Tolgan is setting up a German Desk to attract Germany related professional field assignments. In this capacity Tolgan will be part of the MKB-deal International Ondernemen together with (amongst others) the Municipality of The Hague, InnovationQuarter and VNO-NCW.


Role: Member of the Global Gossip editorial board

Role: Member of the Global Gossip editorial board

Role: Research Coordinator


Biography (old one): Remmelt de Weerd joined the Centre in 2019 as Manager. His professional background is on the intersection of management, journalism and research. Remmelt has a MSc degree in Human Geography, specializing in Political Geography. Before joining THUAS, he has worked in several roles for The Broker, a The Hague based organisation for knowledge brokering in international development. He also worked as a fact checker and research journalist for several platforms.


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Role: Intern Assistant

Role: SA/ intern

Dr Éva Mária Földes is lecturer in the International and European Law Programme. She earned her PhD degree at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. Prior to joining the THUAS LAW programme, she worked as post-doctoral researcher at Tilburg University, Department of European and International Public Law and TILEC – Tilburg Law and Economics Center. She also worked as assistant professor at the University of Vienna, Institute for European Integration Research. She is currently teaching diverse courses in the field of EU law. Éva Mária’s research project explores the very timely topic of ‘Healthcare governance in times of the Corona pandemic: new actors, new solutions, long-term impact?’. Cross-country differences in responses to the pandemic illustrate that health is largely about the political choices that determine regulatory action. Efforts to fight the pandemic have also shown that non-state actors (professional networks, corporations, civil society) can influence healthcare governance and promote novel solutions with possible long-term impact. The research will have apply a two-fold focus: on the one hand, it will focus on EU law perspective and, on the other, on human rights and technology perspective.






































Changing Role of Europe (CREU)

A note from
the Lector

The research group has collaborated with the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB), the independent evaluation service of  of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs on two projects: the provision of EU information to the Dutch parliament and the evaluation of the Dutch European Policy. The results of this latter report made it to the frontpage of NRC newspaper.

The living lab 'German Desk', a collaboration between the European Studies programme, our research group and the Centre of Expertise on Global Governance, has been a great success. The minor will be offered again in the next study year and will be expanded in a one-stop shop for local SMEs for student consultancy relating to European policy.

Highlights

For the Dutch Ministry of Interior, we performed an evaluation of the 'Dutch Urban Envoy', a government representative for urban affairs in the European Union. Within two months, we performed over 30 interviews and composed a report with recommendations on how to improve the future practices of this role.

We look back on an exciting year in which the research group Changing Role of Europe (CREU) really started to 'fly'. During several meetings with the team, we got to know each other’s ‘drivers’, strengths and specialisms.


Our research group focuses on the ‘how’ of European cooperation. We enjoy helping professionals in realising their organisational goals. We help to improve their day-to-day operations with EU decision makers and grant offices with an eye to better (fitting) laws and policies to reach societal goals like energy transitions and societal equalities.


This year, we established a systematic 'triple helix' approach to our research projects. Interaction between THUAS researchers/students, industry and government is now a prerequisite for all our applied research projects.  This means that our research projects are not thought-out in an ivory tower but designed ‘bottom-up’ and based upon real-life needs and demands from the professional field..


In order to be able to work in this new ‘triple helix’ way, we worked hard, in 2021, on improving the links between the European policy practice in many layers of government and business, and our team members. The result? A huge increase in collaborations, which have given our research group the opportunity to almost double in size. And more importantly: many reports, workshops, factsheets, lectures and trainings that help professionals to improve their European practice. On to the next year!


Mendeltje


  • COVID-19 vaccination and employment: the legal framework in the EU and in Hungary by Eva Maria Foldes

The research group has collaborated with the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB), the independent evaluation service of  of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs on two projects: the provision of EU information to the Dutch parliament and the evaluation of the Dutch European Policy. The results of this latter report made it to the frontpage of NRC newspaper.

United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice Team

Isi Madojemu is the Research Assistant to the Chair of UN Studies, assisting Alanna O’Malley on the Chair of UN functions.


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Role: Researcher


Biography (old one): Saskia Rademaker is researcher at the Chair/Research group United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University, focusing on women and peace building. She is coordinator of the minor Making Peace not War, and co-author/editor of the textbook on international relations “Wereld in Beweging” (Dutch, Boom publishers). Besides her research activities Saskia works as a policy advisor at the department of Education, Knowledge and Communication at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.


Project Descirption: Saskia is working on her PhD project on female peacekeepers. This project contributes to the Centre of Expertise on Global Governance by doing research on the participation of the UN female peacekeepers as professionals within global governance, and their engagement with local actors on the ground. Saskia also coordinates the minor ‘Making Peace not War.’ This minor looks at causes of conflict, responses to conflict, crucial institutions in peacebuilding and lesser-known actors, indigenous groups, women, civil society and the youth. Students participate in seminars, submit an individual research essay, join group role plays, visit and reflect on external United Nationsrelated events.


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Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Biography (updated one): Christine Tremblay is an International Law Lecturer, researcher for the UNJP Chair, and current PhD candidate at Leiden University. She obtained her law degree from McGill University and is a Quebec qualified lawyer. Previously, she received her LLM (adv.) from Leiden University and worked as Grotius Centre’s General Coordinator and was LJIL’s Managing Editor.


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Role: Professor United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice


Alanna O’Malley is Professor of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Leiden University since 2018. She holds a Chair in honor of the former Dutch Foreign Minister and Mayor of The Hague Jozias Van Aartsen, focusing on the creation of an interdisciplinary research group on United Nations Studies and to organise a series of academic and public events to mark the 75th anniversary of the UN. She completed a PhD at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence from 2007-2012. In 2009, she was a Visiting Scholar at New York University, in Spring 2017 a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow at the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney and from August 2017 - February 2018 she was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the History Department of George Washington University in Washington D.C. In 2019 she was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for her new research project ‘Challenging the Liberal World Order from Within, The Invisible History of the UN and the Global South’.

Role: Lecturer-Researcher


William Worster is Senior Lecturer in the International and European Law Programme where he has taught international law, international organizations and international migration/refugee law for more than 10 years. He is a qualified lawyer in the US and UK, and has worked on international business transactions, international migration law, and international criminal law, among other areas, in private practices, NGOs, the US Department of Justice, and the United Nations. In addition, he teaches international law at Leiden University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and provides consulting services to international organizations and law firms. He is the author of more than 40 articles and book chapters in his fields of expertise. He has a BA and JD from the US, an LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University and is currently completing his PhD in Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam under an NWO grant. His research is available on his SSRN author page at http://ssrn.com/author=1155790.



Role: Lecturer-Researcher


Szilvia Csevár is a lecturer in Public International Law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She obtained her LLM in Public International Law from Leiden University. She previously worked as a legal researcher for The Special Court for Sierra Leone, additionally serving as Registrar with the International Peoples Tribunal on Crimes against Humanity in Indonesia 1965.


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Role: Lecturer-Researcher


David den Dunnen is a lecturer in International Law and Legal Skills at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He is secretary of the Programme Committee, the co-determination body for HBO-Rechten/LAW, and serves as a study coach and coordinates Year 1 Tutoring. Previously, David was the editor of “Atlantisch Perspectief”, and conducted an internship at the European Parliament. David holds an LLM in European, international and comparative law from Maastricht University.


In 2020, Professor Alanna O’Malley and David den Dunnen prepared a paper for publication in 2021. It aims to provide a critical analysis of the recent tenures of Sweden and The Netherlands as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Despite various constraints inherent in their temporary position on the UNSC, the paper argues that these ‘middle powers’ have been able to play a significant role as ‘norm entrepreneurs’ in the international system. The research included conducting interviews with the Swedish and Dutch Deputy Permanent Representatives to the UN and other officials and experts. The paper will contribute to the education and research programmes at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Leiden University, and to the larger debate on the role and relevance of the non-permanent membership of the UNSC, and the legitimacy of the UN system.

United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice (UNPJ)

A note from
the Professor

Highlights

The mural represents young heroes, changemakers. At the top, you see a portrait of Satta Sheriff and at the bottom a portrait of Boyan Slat: both young, important individuals working on different SDG’s. They do not take no for an answer. 

Note from the lector taken from the Reflection report 2018-2021 of the Chair United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice, Leiden University, The Hague University of Applied Sciences:


This associated research group, also known as UN Chair, is positioned between the Centre of Expertise Global Governance and the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University’s Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. From 2018 until December 2021 the UN Chair was generously funded by the Municipality of The Hague. The UN Chair is part of the ‘Van Aartsen honours programme’, in honour of the work of Jozias van Aartsen, the former mayor of The Hague -the City of Peace and Justice.


The UNPJ research group’s main aim is to ultimately change perceptions of the United Nations. The research group’s research themes are ‘Women, Peace and Security’, ‘The UN and I, What can the UN Mean for my Future?’ and the ‘UN and the Global South’. The team contributed to the Minor Making Peace not War and to the special programme for high-school students from traditionally disadvantaged neighbourhoods of The Hague which is part of the ‘The UN and I, What can the UN Mean for my Future?’ research theme.

This project connects with ongoing initiatives among student associations, model UN groups and Dutch youth organisations. In 2021 UN Youth Impact was formally established as a student-led group to coordinate our activities. UN Youth Impact welcomes students from both THUAS and Leiden University and beyond and organises events and activities within the wider framework of the research group. The year was marked by the start of The Invisible History of the United Nations and the Global South (INVISIHIST) project financed by the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant which lasts 5 years. At the end of this year, the UNPJ lector Alanna O’Malley stepped down as lector United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice to fully focus on the INVISIHIST project



UN Chair as Project Consultant: ‘The Hague United Nations Exhibition,’ Museon, The Hague, 2021.

Special programme for high-school students from traditionally disadvantaged neighbourhoods of The Hague



At the end of this year, the UNPJ lector Alanna O’Malley stepped down as lector United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice to fully focus on the INVISIHIST project.


Farewell Ceremony

“The ‘UN and I’ was one of the very few projects that managed to make a fruitful and a fun programme at once. It managed to bring together young people from very different backgrounds to discuss and learn about the most concerning issues around the world and how the UN deals with it. Before I attended those sessions I did know that the UN tries to solve different types of problems around the world but this programme helped me to learn how exactly it does that and what kinds of tools and strategies it uses to do it.” -Taimaa Qudamani, Johan de Witt Scholengroep.

“I have learnt a lot about what the United Nations do and how it works. We, as students, can also develop our critical thinking skills and public speaking (especially the final presentation) throughout those 6 lessons.” -Zoe Tsai, Edith Stein College.

Academic publications among others: ‘Everything the Light Touches. The Expanding Frontiers of International History, Review Essay, H Soz Kult, 2 December 2021; ‘20 Years after UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, Where are the Women Now?’ with Vanessa Newby, Forum (Special Issue) Global Studies Quarterly, Volume 1, Issue 3

Research lunch 30 March: Diversity reading group by Christine Tremblay




As part of the UNPJ research group’s Women, Peace and Security research line a Seed Grant was awarded to the UNPJ Chair with Vanessa Newby and Corinna Jentzsch, (Leiden University) from the Global Transformations Global Challenges Fund, for ‘From Acclamation to Action: Implementing the Women Peace & Security Agenda Across Multiple Governance Challenges.’

Various press contributions as commentator among others:



  • Panel Discussion, United Nations Web TV Geneva, UN Day 2021, 22 October;






Output Centre of Expertise Global Governance, CREU, MLR, UNPJ

Output Centre of Expertise Global Governance, CREU, MLR, UNPJ

Our Centre’s Network

This year packed with research collaborations, events and activities linked us to existing and new external partners. Our Centre's staff, lectors, researchers and student-assistants contributed to our partners’ projects, moderated and curated various events, in addition to authoring a host of professional, scientific and popular publications such as op-eds.

A selection of our Centre’s key partners

  • Leiden University: ISGA -the Institute of Security and Global Affairs and Global Transformations and Governance Challenges programme GTGC) 
  • The Hague Municipality (Gemeente Den Haag)
  • The Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB), of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • The Hague Academic Coalition 
  • Erasmus University Institute of Social Studies 
  • CHS Alliance Geneva 
  • Humanity Hub, The Hague 
  • Just Law and ‘acting’ Ombudsperson for Future Generations (Jan van de Venis) 
  • Jonge Klimaatbeweging 
  • Initiatives for Change 
  • The International Centre for Frugal Innovation 
  • Technical University Delft 
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Instituut Fysieke veiligheid 
  • Holland House Brussel 
  • Young Diplomats 
  • Advocacy Strategy 
  • Brusselse Nieuwe 
  • Carnegie Foundation, Den Haag 
  • Just Peace Platform, Den Haag 
  • Just Security 2020 Program, Stimson Center, Washington D.C. 
  • Museon, Den Haag 
  • Nederlandse Vereniging voor de  Verenigde Naties (NVVN) 
  • Palais Des Nations, United Nations Library, Geneva 
  • The Hague Academic Coalition 
  • UN Academic Impact Office, New York 
  • UN University, Maastricht 
  • United Nations Office at Geneva 
  • United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Brussels 
  • United Netherlands, Nijmegen 
  • UN Youth Impact 
  • Stroom Den Haag 
  • The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) 
  • Amsterdam Mediation 
  • Centrum voor Conflicthantering (CvC) (Linda Reijerkerk, Director) 
  • Randstad-MTC (Anita Regout) 
  • R. Schulte Familie Mediation 
  • MDisputes (legal support for inhouse counsel globally) 
  • Association of European Administrative Judges 
  • The European Centre for Dispute Resolution 
  • The European Judicial Training Network 
  • International Mediation Institute 
  • European Rule of Law Network of Dutch and international lawyers
  • European Forum for Restorative Justice & Restorative Justice Netherlands 
  • Dutch Police (High Tech Crime Unit). 

Our Centre's membership of the Humanity Hub expanded our interaction and contribution to the peace and justice ‘eco-system’ in The Hague.

One particular collaboration between our Centre and the Humanity Hub is the Just Peace Month, a month of events and activities tailored to the public of the Hague, including citizens, (inter)national professionals, visitors and students. The aim of the Just Peace Month is to showcase how The Hague based peace and justice organisations make the idea of an ‘International City of Peace and Justice’ more tangible to its citizens. The Just Peace Month takes place between the end of September (International Day of Peace), and the end of October (UN Day).


In 2021 our Centre was one of 67 Just Peace Month contributing organisations participating in 5 weeks with over 58 events under the overarching theme ‘The Human Stories of Peace and Justice’. Our researcher Rosa Groen moderated the Just peace Month Talent Event. The UNPJ research group student association UN Youth Impact was part of the workshop providers and panelists.

Contact Us

Debora Spinabelli

Dr. Barbara Warwas

Maaike de Loor

Senior Management Assistant

Email: d.Spinabelli@hhs.nl

Senior Management Assistant

Email: d.Spinabelli@hhs.nl

Leading Lector

Email: b.a.warwas@hhs.nl

Programme Coordinator

Email: M.deLoor@hhs.nl

Global-Governance@hhs.nl

The Hague University of applied Sciences

Johanna Westerdijkplein 75 2521EN

The Hague, The Netherlands

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