About the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation

The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) is a non-governmental organization seated in Leiden. IHJR is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of academia and advocacy.  Since its inception in 2004, IHJR has been committed to promoting reconciliation, tolerance, and understanding in historically divided societies. To this end, IHJR uses the innovative and effective methodology of shared narratives to engage key local stakeholders in dealing with their past. The organization consists of a devoted group of full-time staff and interns who work passionately to further the Institute’s mission.

For more information about our vision, mission and theory of change, see IHJR in Brief.

IHJR is overseen by an international Executive Committee chaired by Bill Shipsey and an Advisory Board chaired by Judge Hisashi Owada, former President of the International Court of Justice.

The IHJR

The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) 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 Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) is an independent, nonprofit institution based in Leiden.