UPEACE The Hague

The European Centre of the University for Peace


UPEACE The Hague is based at the Academy building of the Peace Palace since January 2012.

In cooperation with other academic and policy-oriented institutions in The Hague region, UPEACE The Hague provides innovative peace education and research. Its focus is on two programmes: “Peace and Conflict Studies”, and “Water and Peace”. A third programme: “Business and Peace”, is under construction. 

In addition to these programmes, UPEACE The Hague also organises professional training courses, lectures, seminars and workshops. Its activities are characterised by synergy between theory and practice, contributing to policy innovation, and are appealing to academics as well as other professionals.



"To contribute to higher education and research in the area of peace, and to promote and facilitate UPEACE operations in The Netherlands and the EU. It will thereby add to the existing academic expertise in The Netherlands and the EU."


UPEACE The Hague is governed by the Board of the Foundation “Alliance for the University for Peace”, chaired by Mr Marius Enthoven, MSc.


UPEACE The Hague’s Managing Director, Ms Petra van der Ham, is responsible for daily operations, budget management, external contacts and administration. She is assisted by volunteers. Since 1 March 2013 Dr Rens Willems has been appointed as a Research Fellow and Ms Nika Salvetti (PhD candidate/MSc) was appointed as Programme Leader “Business and Peace” as of 1 February 2015.


Our staff members

Our board members