On September 9, the first edition of TEDxHagueAcademy took place at the Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands. Nine excellent speakers talked about peace, justice and human rights, with subjects ranging from the Sharia to the international role of China. Our cartoonists were asked to visualize the different subjects.

On this project page, you can find the cartoons we produced for this TEDX event, and videos of the talks the cartoon are meant to illustrate.


Break the Silence

Talking about sex is sexy, but rape or sexual harassment isn’t, says human and sexual rights activist Vithika Yadav. She firmly believes that discussing sex is the answer to ending the epidemic of sexual violence against women in India.

Forgiveness: The Unpopular Weapon

How do you cope as a survivor after your whole family has been killed in a nightmarish event? Rwandan singer-songwriter Jean Paul Samputu lost his parents and siblings in the 1994 genocide. Years later he discovered that his childhood friend had killed his father. In a moving talk, Jean Paul shares experiences from his nine-year-long journey that allowed him to get over feelings of anger, resentment and revenge to eventually forgive the murderer.

Barbers and Barriers

What's a Syrian refugee's biggest hope ever? To return to Syria, Faisal Attrache, a Syrian-American filmmaker, found out. Over a quarter of Syria's population has been displaced since the war broke out in March 2011. The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is home to over 120,000 Syrians. Faisal explores what it means to survive in the camp. He talks about his latest documentary project that looks at inter-personal relationships in the refugee camp by focussing on the lives and work of barbers in Zaatari.

Securing Justice

War shaped Thedor Meron's life. A survivor of World War II, he went on to become a leading scholar of international law and is the current President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). His life has come a full circle, Meron says. He explains the extraordinary nature of international criminal courts and why the world must keep faith in them.


Neal Katyal proved the most powerful American wrong. He successfully defended Osama Bin Laden's driver at the US Supreme Court after the US President issued a military trial order for suspected terrorists. Neal's motivations make a fascinating story. Running against the American system doesn't make him bitter, it actually affirms his faith in institutionalizing dissent from within.