In memoriam: Hadewijch Annemarie Hazelzet

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Hadewijch Annemarie Hazelzet

EUI alumna Hadewijch Annemarie Hazelzet passed away in Brussels on 9 May 2021, surrounded by her family.

Hadewych defended her dissertation Carrots or Sticks? EU and US reactions to Human Rights violations (1989-2000) in 2001 in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, under the supervision of Professor Thomas Risse.

After her thesis defense, she moved immediately to Brussels for a job with the Council of the European Union. In her nearly 12 years there, she worked and held leadership positions around Europe in the areas of human rights and crisis management. In 2012 she joined the European External Action Service, where she served until this year. She was honoured by Stefano Sannino in a ceremony earlier this year for her 20 years of service dedicated to the EU and to human rights.

Hadewych is survived by her husband, Dr. Florian Wenzel-Hazelzet, her daughter and son, Amelia and Aeneas, her mother Beanca, and her siblings Cathelijne and Martijn and their families, and multitudes of friends across the globe.

She will be remembered for the force of her dedication and loyalty to the causes and people she loved; her fearlessness; her love for travel, adventure and languages; and her huge laugh.

The EUI extends its deepest condolences  and solidarity to her family and all those who mourn her.