Established in 2010, the Amsterdam Dialogue is a high-level conference on peace and justice in situations of violent conflict. Organised by the Dialogue Advisory Group, Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group, the conference brings together peace mediators, human rights advocates and senior officials, including the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Mediators and human rights advocates share the general goal of working towards peace and justice. While mediators give priority to resolving conflict, human rights advocates give priority to accountability for human rights abuses. The Amsterdam Dialogue aims to provide a forum for finding common ground between these two objectives. Over the years a structured dialogue has been created that seeks to bridge differences, deepen understanding, and strengthen cooperation between those striving to achieve peace as well as justice.


Kairat Abdrakhmanov

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

Amat Al-Soswa

Former Minister of Human Rights of Yemen

Miia Aro-Sanchez

International Cooperation Adviser, Office of the Prosecutor, ICC

Richard Atwood

Executive Vice President, ICG

Michelle Bachelet

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Former President of Chile

Stef Blok

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Agnès Callamard

Secretary General, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions Santana Aracelly – Former Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General

Simon Coveney

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland

Fuad Hussein

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq

Sergio Jaramillo

Former High Commissioner of Peace and Vice Minister of Defence, Colombia

Angela Kane

Former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Karim Khan

Prosecutor of the ICC

Richard Dicker

International Justice Program Director, HRW

Jeffrey Feltman

Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and former US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs

Pekka Haavisto

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Joost Hiltermann

MENA Program Director, ICG

Rüdiger König

Permanent Representative of Germany to NATO

Robert Malley

US Special Representative for Iran, former President and CEO of the ICC

Peter Maurer

President of the Basel Institute on Governance, former President of the ICRC

Murithi Mutiga

Program Director for Africa, ICG

Jonathan Powell

British Diplomat and former Downing Street Chief of Staff

Vikram Raghavan

Legal Adviser for Conflict, World Bank

Kenneth Roth

Former Executive Director, HRW

Ida Sawyer

Director of Human Rights Watch’s Crisis and Conflict Division

Marriët Schuurman

Director Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Álvaro De Soto

Former UN Envoy to El Salvador, Cyprus, Israel/Palestine