Steering Committee

Since 1988, the PIN Program has been conducted by an international Steering Committee of scholars who meet several times a year to develop and propagate new knowledge about the processes of international negotiation.

Paul Meerts


The Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael, The Hague

Paul Meerts (1946, is Senior Research Associate with the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, host organisation of the PIN Programme, analyst in International/Diplomatic Negotiation Processes. Studied Political Science and Constitutional Law at the Universities of Amsterdam and Leiden (1967-1973).

Worked as research fellow in Dutch Political History at the Universities of Leiden and Groningen (1974-78), became Head of Diplomatic Training at the Netherlands Society of International Affairs and at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' (1978-1989), of which he has been Deputy General Director (1990-2006).

Paul Meerts holds an honorary doctorate from the National University of Mongolia (2001), is visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, the University of Economics in Prague and the UNESCO Institute for Water Education in Delft. As a negotiation consultant he trained diplomats and civil servants in ninety countries (1989-).

 He works on a yearly basis with the Holland Consulting Group, the European Institute for Public Administration, the Geneva Centre for International Governance, the Oxford Foreign Service Programme, the European Union, NATO Defence College and Diplomatic Academies and Ministries of Foreign Affairs around the world.

 As a member in residence of the Steering Committee of the Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) Programme (1999-) he published on diplomatic bargaining and training in national and international peer-reviewed books and journals. He is the founder (2007) and chair of the Netherlands Negotiation Network (NNN).