Max van der Stoel

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His Excellency
Max van der Stoel
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Van der Stoel in 1983
High Commissioner on National Minorities of the
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
In office
1 January 1993 – 1 July 2001
Preceded by "First"
Succeeded by Rolf Ekeus
Member of the Netherlands Council of State
In office
1 August 1986 – 1 January 1993
Netherlands Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
1983 – 1 August 1986
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
11 September 1981 – 29 May 1982
Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Preceded by Chris van der Klaauw
Succeeded by Dries van Agt
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
11 May 1973 – 19 December 1977
Prime Minister Joop den Uyl
Preceded by Norbert Schmelzer
Succeeded by Chris van der Klaauw
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
In office
22 July 1965 – 22 November 1966
Prime Minister Jo Cals
Preceded by Isaäc Nicolaas Theodoor Diepenhorst
Succeeded by Leo de Block
Personal details
Born (1924-08-03)3 August 1924
Voorschoten, Netherlands
Died 23 April 2011(2011-04-23) (aged 86)
The Hague, Netherlands
Political party Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid - PvdA)
Alma mater Leiden University (LL.M., Law)
Occupation Politician, diplomat
Religion Non-religious

Max van der Stoel, KCMG (3 August 1924 – 23 April 2011) was a Dutch politician and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. He served as the first High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

On 17 May 1991, he was granted the honorary title of Minister of State.[1]


Van der Stoel studied law at Leiden University where he obtained an LL.M. degree. From 1953 to 1958 he worked for the Wiardi Beckman Stichting, the scientific bureau of the Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA, the Dutch labour party) and became international secretary for the PvdA in 1963. From 1973 to 1977 and 1981 to 1982 he was the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs.

He was appointed as the first High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in December 1992 and took up his functions in January 1993. He remained in office until 2000. Max van der Stoel is a member of the Bilderberg Group.

In 2001, following his intervention as High Commissioner in the ongoing problem of equitable access to higher education by members of he Albanian ethnic group in the Republic of Macedonia, he became the founding President of the International Foundation for the South East European University, raising some 35m Euros from the international community. He later served as President of the University Board until 2004. He was awarded the University's first honorary Doctorate and the University named its Library in his honour.

Van der Stoel was a member of the Advisory Board of the European Association of History Educators (EUROCLIO).

Honours and awards[edit]

Honours of the Netherlands[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Freedom awards[edit]

  • Freedom of Speech of the Four Freedoms Award (1982)
  • Helène de Montigny award (December 1991)
  • Dr. J.P. van Praag award (1 June 1993, Netherlands)
  • Geuzenpenning (1993, Netherlands)
  • Wateler Peace award (30 oktober 1996)

Honorary appointments[edit]

Honorary degrees[edit]


  1. ^ (Dutch) Mr. M. van der Stoel
  2. ^ Slovak republic website, State honours : 1st Class in 2001 (click on "Holders of the Order of the 1st Class White Double Cross" to see the holders' table)
  3. ^ Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 885/2001

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