Current Initiatives


Ethics & Legacy: The IHJR is developing a series of case studies that explores institutional responses to complex legacies related to historic injustices, benefaction from colonialism or slavery, and other sources considered unacceptable by today’s ethical standards. The current focus of the research is on institutions of higher education but also touches on broader implications for the public and private sectors as recently presented by the IHJR director in The New Yorker….




Panel Discussion on the Social Cohesion Project in Rotterdam

Panel Discussion on the Social Cohesion Project in Rotterdam

Social Cohesion: The IHJR is working with EUROCLIO in developing Phase II of its 2015 Social Cohesion Project, “Depolarizing the Past.” The project was designed to address unresolved historic legacies that are dividing or causing tension among Diaspora communities in The Netherlands. The project is being expanded with the intent of refining techniques that can serve as a model for other European countries dealing with increasingly diverse demographics, especially as a result of immigration and refugee flows… 




leiden-universityCollective Memory: For its 2016-2017 academic year, the Department of International Relations at the University of Leiden is again offering a course on disputed historical legacies, “Collective Memory: A Shared Historical Narrative in Reconciliation?” The masters-level course was developed in cooperation with the IHJR for Leiden’s spring semester in 2015. In 2016 a “moot court” exercise  adapted from a pedagogical model used at law schools was included …


The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) under the auspices of EUROCLIO works with educational and public policy institutions to organize and sponsor historical discourse in pursuit of acknowledgement, and the resolution of historical disputes. Founded in 2004, the IHJR has conducted multi-year projects in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.