dr. Mendeltje van Keulen 

Professor of Practice

Over the next three years, Dutch companies, NGOs, municipalities, and ministries will face 13 new European laws, all related to 'digitalisation': the influence of information and communication technology on behaviour, government, society, security, etc. This means there is work ahead for the current generation of students, who need to learn about the dilemmas and solutions that our society will face. Without government regulation, companies take control of our data, rights, and behavior. 

The Jean Monnet Chair establishes a sustainable network involving governments, businesses, and students and teachers in The Hague's ecosystem as an international city of Peace and Justice. The professional field can inform vocational education about the latest developments. In the municipality of The Hague, for instance, there are plans to translate peace and justice into the digital domain.

The grant spans three years, from January 1, 2024, to January 1, 2026. Each calendar year includes planned activities such as public events; podcasts created by and for students; guest lectures in the European Studies bachelor programme (Political Challenges and Managing Organisations in Europe); university-wide minor EU Law and Governance; HHS Summer School Peace and Justice; field assignments with professional practice for the university-wide minor Challenges to European Governance; and in the European Studies bachelor programme, subjects such as Applied Research Methods, Facing Europe’s Challenges; Fundraising in Europe, and the Europe Desk.

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Advisory board

Witte Wijsmuller

DG Connect, European Commission

Lisa Vermeer

Senior coordinating policy officer Digital Affairs, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs

Sandra Leenders

EU advisor of the Digital Affairs Committee of the Dutch House of Representatives

Gertrude Kort

Advisor of the Centre of expertise ‘Europa decentraal’

Rogier Klimbie

Public affairs advisor for startups, former Google
Voorzitter GovTechNL 

Bart Groothuis

Member of the European Parliament for VvD/Renew

Twice a year, an advisory board of industry experts convenes to contribute to the programme. As of January 1, 2024, the advisory board comprises the above individuals.


Podcast with Bart Groothuis on Cybersecurity

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or [name of the granting authority]. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.


dr. Mendeltje van Keulen