Welcome to the Netherlands!

Nivien at ICJ 2013-10-27d

Today is my second day in The Hague, Netherlands.  The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) invited me to participate in a conference entitled “Including Minorities and Marginalized Groups in Constitution Building Processes: Experiences, Challenges and Lessons.” I’ll be addressing the role of new media in advancing the participation of ethnic, religious, and other minorities in the process of drafting a constitution. Last night I had dinner with Brendan Ballou, who coordinated the Constitute project on behalf of Google Ideas, and Zaid al-Ali, the author of The Struggle for Iraq’s FutureFun!

The building you see in the photo is a hallmark of Den Haag. It is the International Court of Justice, one of the principal five organs of the United Nations.  Even on a rainy day the building looks impressive!