There will be 9 masterclasses, which aim to provide the participants with a proper understanding of the topics that will be discussed during the Conference itself. A certificate signed by all the guest speakers shall be provided at the end of the Simulation. There will be visits to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in The Hague and to the Austrian Embassy. Additional registration (e-mail is required for that.

Day 1 – 10/04/2018

The first masterclass will involve a workshop on negotiation techniques and will start at 18.30. It will be given by Dr. Paul Meerts from the Academy for International Negotiation at Clingendael Institute. The first day of masterclasses will take place in the Light House of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Day 2 – 11/04/2018

On the second day of masterclasses, extensive discussions on the topics are planned with guest speakers from Ukraine. This time it will be at Wijnhaven Campus of Leiden University. The masterclasses will start at 18.00.

The second masterclass will be given by the ambassador of Ukraine to The Netherlands and will outline Ukraine’s priorities.

The third masterclass will be given by Prof. Dr. Joris Voorhoeve. He is the former Dutch Minister for Defence and Professor Emeritus at Leiden University.

The fourth masterclass will be given by Tatiana Perchenko, coordinator of the project “Temporary occupied territories”, secretary of the Expert Council of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations, co-organizer of the Inter-fractional union Platform for Future of Donbas.

The fifth masterclass will be given by Andrei Senchenko, Sila Prava Chairman, civic leader, politician, an internally displaced person (IDP) from the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea. Sila Prava is an NGO, founded in 2015, that provides legal aid to those affected by the developments in Crimea.

Day 3 – 17/04/2018

The third day of masterclasses will be about international institutions and conflict resolution. Also there will be a special masterclass on Russia. This time the masterclasses will start at 17.30 in the Wijnhaven Campus of Leiden University.

The sixth masterclass will be given by ambassador of Canada to The Netherlands H.E. Sabine Nölke.

The seventh masterclass will be given by the Political-Military officer of the Embassy of The United States of America to The Netherlands Kenneth C. Gardner.

The eight masterclass will be given by the senior legal officer Maja Groff from The Hague Conference on Private International Law on the history of The Hague Peace Conference, Peace movements that contributed to The Hague Peace Conference and about future Peace Conferences.

The ninth masterclass will be given by Russia expert at Clingendael institute Tony van der Togt

Day 4 – 19/04/2018 

Visit to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities H.E. Lamberto Zannier in The Hague. It will take place at 15.00. We will discuss negotiation process in conflict resolution, managing tensions in the post-Soviet space and the Balkans with national minorities, the role of OSCE in conflict resolution and in Ukraine. H.E. is the former Secretary-General of OSCE and was the Special Representative of U.N. to Kosovo. He will talk about how diplomatic negotiations are conducted in resolving conflicts.

Day 5 – 20/04/2018

Visit to the Austrian Ambassador to The Netherlands H.E. Heidemarie Gurer. It will take place at 16.00. H.E. Gurer has an extensive experience in diplomatic negotiations in Eastern-Europe, Central-Asia and the Caucasus. Having been there as the ambassador of Austria. We will discuss diplomatic negotiations in conflict resolution, managing security in Eastern-Europe and the role of OSCE and the EU in that.