Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation

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 in divided communities and societies. Since 2004 the IHJR has conducted multi-year projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

The IHJR engages scholars, public opinion leaders, decision-makers and other stakeholders in convening conferences, seminars, debates, and joint research initiatives designed to address unresolved historical legacies in a meaningful and responsible manner. The work of the IHJR is guided by a group of eminent jurists, scholars, and other professionals who generously donate their time and expertise.  See International Advisory Board.

The IHJR is currently focusing its work on examining institutional responses to historic legacies related to slavery and colonialism with the intent of identifying principles and processes that can help governments, corporations, foundations, and academic institutions respond to controversial historic legacies in an effective and meaningful manner.  See Ethics & Legacy Project.

The IHJR was founded in 2004 as a project of the Salzburg Global Seminar. Since 2007, the IHJR has conducted its activities in The Hague, where it functioned within the structure of an independent foundation (Stichting) until May 2016 when it joined EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators.  As a registered nonprofit organization, EUROCLIO is able to receive grants and charitable contributions on behalf of the IHJR. See Support for list of funders that have contributed to the work of the IHJR.