About the AIV

Task

The Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) of the Netherlands is an independent body which advises government and parliament on foreign policy, particularly on issues relating to human rights, peace and security, development cooperation and European integration.

The AIV produces advisory reports on its own initiative or at the request of government or parliament. All reports are presented to the relevant members of the government as well as to the House of Representatives and Senate. In most cases, the government members in question are the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defence and the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. They are expected to send a government response to parliament within three months. The requests for advice, the reports and the government responses are all made public.

Structure

The AIV is an umbrella organisation comprising four permanent committees: on human rights (CMR), peace and security (CVV), development cooperation (COS) and European integration (CEI).

The Council’s reports contribute to the political and public debate on foreign policy. Discussion is furthermore encouraged by round table meetings, press releases and interviews, along with the publication of articles or opiniated editorials in newspapers or journals.

The AIV brings together the expertise of members of the various permanent committees, linking the fields of human rights, peace and security, development cooperation and European integration and responding to major international trends with implications for the Netherlands.

Methods

The advisory reports are prepared by one of the permanent committees or by an ad hoc working group consisting of experts from the various committees. Every report is approved by the AIV before it is presented to government and parliament, and ultimately published (in Dutch and in English translation). Depending on the topic, the reports are occasionally translated into other languages. All reports are available free of charge.

10 Years of history

The AIV started (in preliminary form) on 1 January 1997 and obtained a legal basis by act of parliament as of 1 January 1998 (on 18 March 1998).    AIV ACT(2).pdf

This Act is based on the 1996 Advisory Bodies Framework Act.  Advisory Bodies Framework Act(1).pdf

The AIV is the result of a merger of three earlier advisory councils, the oldest of which was the National Advisory Council for Development Cooperation (NAR), founded in 1964. Its first chair was Nobel prize winner Jan Tinbergen. The AIV’s other two predecessors were the Advisory Committee on Human Rights and Foreign Policy (ACM), dating from 1983, and the Advisory Council on Peace and Security (AVV), dating from 1985. 

On the formation of the AIV, the European Integration Committee was added as an acknowledgment of the major influence of European cooperation on Dutch foreign policy.

Advisory Council on International Affairs

Chairman

Professor J.G. de Hoop Scheffer

Vice-chair

Professor A. van Staden

Members

Professor C.P.M. Cleiren
Professor J. Gupta
Professor E.M.H. Hirsch Ballin
Professor M.E.H. van Reisen
Monika Sie Dhian Ho
Lieutenant-General (ret.) M.L.M. Urlings
Professor J.J.C. Voorhoeve

Honory members

Professor F.H.J.J. Andriessen
F. Korthals Altes

Secretary

T.D.J. Oostenbrink

European Integration Committee

Chair

Professor Alfred van Staden

Vice-chair

Monika Sie Dhian Ho

Members

Dirk Jan van den Berg
Dr Femke van Esch
Professor Sylvester Eijffinger
Professor Madeleine Hosli
Marnix Krop
Professor Kees van Paridon
Dr Adriaan Schout
Dr Mathieu Segers
Professor Linda Senden
Carlo Trojan
Mirella Visser
Niek van Zutphen

Secretary

André Westerink

Human Rights Committee

Chair

Professor Ernst Hirsch Ballin

Vice-chair

Professor Tineke Cleiren

Members

Professor Karin Arts
Professor Maurits Berger
Professor Yvonne Donders
Professor Janneke Gerards
Arjan Hamburger
Professor Nicola Jägers
Professor Rick Lawson
Judge Egbert Myjer
Dr Bart Schermer
Naema Tahir
Heikelina Verrijn Stuart

Secretary

Robert Dekker MSc

Development Cooperation Committee

Chair

Professor Mirjam van Reisen

Vice-chair

Professor Joyeeta Gupta

Members

Dr Samantha Adams
Dr Bernard Berendsen
Marilou van Golstein Brouwers
Jack van Ham
Professor Rolph van der Hoeven
Manuela Monteiro
Antony Ong'ayo MSc
Professor Hans Opschoor
Koos Richelle
Marieke Schouten MSc
Elisabeth van der Steenhoven
André Veneman

Secretary

Pim de Keizer

Peace and Security Committee

Chair

Professor Joris Voorhoeve

Vice-chair

Lieutenant-General (ret.) Marcel Urlings

Members

Professor Edwin Bakker
Dirk Barth
Arend Jan Boekestijn
Lo Casteleijn
Professor Ko Colijn
Dr Nikolaos van Dam
Dr Nienke de Deugd
Dr Margriet Drent
Professor Isabelle Duyvesteyn
Pieter Feith
Dr Rem Korteweg
Lieutenant-General (ret.) Dirk Starink

Secretary

Marja Kwast-van Duursen

List of names and addresses of staff

Secretariat of the Advisory Council on International Affairs

T.D.J. Oostenbrink, Executive secretary AIV
room 6 B 25, tel. +31 70 - 348 5335
E-mail: tdj.oostenbrink@minbuza.nl

A.R. Westerink, Executive secretary, European Integration Committee (CEI) 
room 6 B 43, tel. +31 70 - 348
E-mail: ar.westerink@minbuza.nl

R.A.G. Dekker MSc, Executive secretary, Human Rights Committee (CMR)
room 6 B 35, tel. +31 70 - 348
E-mail: robert.dekker@minbuza.nl

P. de Keizer, Executive secretary, Development Cooperation Committee (COS)
room 6 B 31, tel. +31 70 - 348 5990
E-mail: pim-de.keizer@minbuza.nl

Ms M.E. Kwast-van Duursen, Executive secretary, Peace and Security Committee (CVV)
room 6 B 45, tel. +31 70 - 348 5326
E-mail: marja.kwast@minbuza.nl

Ms J.P. de Jong, staff member, AIV secretariat
room 6 B 21, tel +31 70 - 348 5108
E-mail: joke-de.jong@minbuza.nl

Ms I. van der Winkel, staff member, AIV secretariat
room 6 B 21, tel. +31 70 - 348 6060
E-mail: irene-vander.winkel@minbuza.nl

Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) Secretariat

Bezuidenhoutseweg 67
PO Box 20061
2500 EB The Hague

telephone: +31(0)70 - 348 5108 / 6060
fax: +31(0)70 - 348 6256
e-mail: aiv@minbuza.nl
internet:
www.aiv-advies.nl
www.aiv-advice.nl

(August 2016)