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The Hague Institute for Global Justice Names Dr. Abiodun Williams as New President

November 5, 2012

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands, November 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

The Hague Institute for Global Justice has appointed Dr. Abiodun Williams as the first
President of the Institute. Dr. Williams will assume the presidency on January 1, 2013. He
is currently Senior Vice President of the Center for Conflict Management at the United
States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC.

The Board of the Hague Institute would like to express sincere gratitude to the
current Dean, Professor Willem van Genugten, for his important contribution in the
start-up phase of the Institute. His dedication, vision and leadership have been of
invaluable importance for the development of the Institute’s approach, working methods and
positioning.

Launched in June 2011, the Hague Institute for Global Justice was established by the
municipality of The Hague and a number of Hague based academic institutions, with the
strong support of the Dutch government. The Institute is based in a city that has been a
symbol of peace and justice for over a century, starting with the First Hague Peace
Conference in 1899. It is dedicated to addressing significant global justice issues from
an inter-disciplinary perspective, and identifying practical and effective solutions.
Through its projects, the Institute seeks to underline that lasting peace, security and
development cannot be achieved without global justice and respect for international law.

“It is with great satisfaction that we welcome Dr. Abiodun Williams as President of
The Hague Institute for Global Justice,” says Jozias van Aartsen, Chair of the Institute’s
Board, Mayor of The Hague and former Minister of Foreign Affairs. “With his great
experience, both in the field and at the UN-headquarters, he will be an inspiring leader
of our young Institute.”

Dr. Williams joined USIP in 2008 and leads its work in major conflict zones such as
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. Prior to his current position he
served as Vice President of the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, and had
primary responsibility for USIP’s work on conflict prevention, Iran, and Northeast Asia.

Before joining USIP, Dr. Williams had a successful career at the United Nations. From
2001-2007 he served as Director of Strategic Planning for United Nations
Secretaries-General Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan. From 1994 to 2000 he served in three
peacekeeping operations in Macedonia, Haiti, and Bosnia-Herzegovina as Special Assistant
to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and Political and Humanitarian
Affairs Officer.

Dr. Williams has also had valuable experience in academia. He has served as Associate
Dean of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in
Washington, DC, and held faculty appointments at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign
Service at Georgetown University, University of Rochester, and Tufts University. He has
received several awards including the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts
University and the Constantine E. Maguire Medal from Georgetown. He is Chair of the
Academic Council on the United Nations System, and has published widely on conflict
prevention and conflict management. Dr. Williams earned his Master of Arts degree with
Honors in English Language and Literature from Edinburgh University, and his Master of
Arts in Law and Diplomacy, and Doctorate in International Relations from The Fletcher
School of Law and Diplomacy.

“It is an honor to lead The Hague Institute for Global Justice which has great
potential to become an internationally acclaimed think tank, and a vital force in the
challenging but essential task of promoting global peace and justice. I look forward to
working with the staff, the Board, and the Advisory Council to fulfill the Institute’s
promise,” Dr. Williams said.

The chair of the Advisory Council of the Institute and former U.S. Secretary of State
Madeleine K. Albright said “I have known Dr. Williams for more than 25 years as a valued
colleague and friend. I am delighted at this new appointment. He is the ideal choice for
this position, and will be a tremendous asset to The Hague Institute for Global Justice.
Dr. Williams is brilliant, talented and an inspiring leader.”

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For more information contact The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Laura de Meijer,
+31(0)70-30-28-133.

SOURCE The Hague Institute for Global Justice


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