Timothy Ryback is Interim Director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, and Deputy Director-General of the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris. He previously served as Vice President and Resident Director of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. Dr. Ryback has published extensively on the complexities of unresolved historical legacies for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others, and is author of several books dealing with the National Socialist era. Dr. Ryback has a doctorate from Harvard University where he served as a lecturer in the Concentration of History and Literature.

Gabriella Lazzoni is Program Director for the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation. She has also been responsible for coordinating the working group on the Italian Presidency of the European Union for EuropaNova. Ms. Lazzoni was educated in law and graduated from the College of Europe in Bruges. She worked in the private and public sectors and has served in the office of the Commissioner for European for Regional Policy and Institutional Reform at the European Commission in Brussels. She is responsible for “new diplomacy initiatives” at the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris.

Linda Eggert is Research Coordinator for the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, and a doctoral student in political theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, where her work focuses on ethics, peace-building and post-conflict reconciliation.  Ms. Eggert is associate editor at The Plot, an on-line newsletter dedicated to social science research.  She has worked at the German Ethics Council in Berlin, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York, and the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris.

IHJR Researchers:  The IHJR is grateful for the engagement of university students who generously assist in project research.  Current students include:

  • Devony Schmidt, Harvard Law School
  • Annabelle Timset, Georgetown University
  • Winston Toh Ghee Wei, Columbia University



Ties Olivier Schelfhout is the former Director (a.i.) at the IHJR. He has a background in history, International Relations and International Law. He has previously worked on several conflict situations such as the post-election Ivory Coast and the Rwandan genocide, in both the public and private sector.

Catherine Cissé van den Muijsenbergh is a Distinguished Advisor of the IHJR and expert in international criminal justice and human rights law.  Ms. Cissé van den Muijsenbergh has served in various legal capacities at the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, as well as the International Criminal Court and the African Union High Level Panel on Darfur.  She has also worked for the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and for the Commission of the European Union in Brussels.

Nico  Plasier  is a consultant in crisis management, integrity and security systems, and a former civil servant in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands. Mr. Plasier served as the IHJR liaison with the Dutch Government, and has provided capacity for IHJR logistical and fundraising work in The Netherlands.



















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 IHJR has conducted multi-year projects in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.