"Ms. Hayes-Klein is a vital reason for me to be proud of my education. She always fostered an atmosphere of mutual learning, teaching us that indeed every one of us can learn something from each other. All her lectures were marked by fundamental lessons about the law, society and the individual. Her teachings consistently sparked a deep desire to share our own perspectives and to learn more of the perspectives of others. Ms Hayes-Klein always welcomed different opinions to make discussions more fruitful and provided us with guidance as we dared for academic and worldly knowledge. I learned from her that law can only derive its value from its ability to serve a society to attain equality, peace and collective prosperity. Ms Hayes-Klein thus encouraged all of us to be responsible lawyers, who not only claim justice for their clients, but most importantly lawyers who understand that law itself needs to be questioned from time to time. She ultimately inspired all of us to become legal professionals who want to solve an issue with both, legal precision as well as sensitivity for cultural and ethical concerns.
Her inspiration and wisdom are cornerstone for our future.
Maximilian G., Germany
"During the course of my studies I was lucky enough to have Ms. Hayes-Klein as my lecturer for several subjects and to have her as my mentor for a major paper I had to write. Lecture after lecture, I saw what a brilliant teacher she was. Ms. Hayes-Klein had the rare talent, not only to attract the attention of every single one of her students; she managed to make even the most quiet of them actively take part in the discussions. She was a teacher whose discussions in class provoked people to leave their ignorance outside the class room and walk through the door ready to listen and to see a different point of view. Her choice of subjects was so good, that I have to admit, by the end of my course, when choosing my schedule I would automatically pick every module taught by her, because I knew that if it was hers it was going to be a good one.
It’s very hard to describe my experience as Ms. Hayes-Klein’s student with just a few words, because for me it was a whole experience – it started out as admiration for a successful professional and by the end had turned into a friendship with a great woman. Ms. Hayes-Klein turned me not only into a better law student, but also into a better woman, and a better person."
Antonia S., Bulgaria
"I first met Ms. Hayes-Klein in my 2nd year at The Hague University’s bachelor degree program in European and International Law. I attended the courses she taught on Finance and Development, Tort Law and Environmental Law as well as a third year elective minor course on Gender and Law. I also volunteered at a conference on ‘Human Rights and Child Birth’ which she organized in The Hague on May 2012.
Ms. Hayes-Klein was the kind of professor that every law student should have; knowledgeable of the law and its provisions while simultaneously emphasizing a realistic analysis of the situation on the ground. As evidenced by all the varied and different courses she taught, Ms. Hayes-Klein is extremely knowledgeable in many different areas of law and the laws in different parts of the world. This allowed her to provide us with a truly unique learning experience in analyzing different legal systems as a whole.
She constantly challenged us to think outside the box and discuss the practical implications, not just the word, of the legal provisions we were studying. In her classes, we were always considering the plight of the ordinary person (for whom the law is created) and particularly that of women. Ms. Hayes-Klein was unapologetically passionate in discussing the issues involved in all of these different courses and she inspired me to be as well.
As an African student, I was especially touched by Ms. Hayes-Klein taking time to discuss Africa-related issues with myself and other African students. She always had a smile and a kind word for all of her students, and always made time to get to know us all and ask about our interests and activities even beyond the courses she taught.
She was definitely a great educator but more than that, she has been an inspiration to all of her students."
Linda O., Kenya
"Ms. Hayes-Klein is a teacher with substance. The knowledge she shared with her students is something we will carry throughout our legal profession. Only Ms. Hayes-Klein gave me the courage and excitement to wake up at 7:30 in the morning to discuss the intriguing case law of both contract and tort law. Furthermore, in Gender and Law, and Law and Economics, the lectures of Ms. Hayes-Klein taught me the various violations of women’s rights around the world, thereby opening my eyes into what part I can play in order to prevent such oppression and inequality. Her teachings in Law and Economics were priceless, as she taught us about the challenges to the rights of women in childbirth. [Ms. Montero refers to a week of Law & Economics that was spent studying the role of litigation and financial incentives in cesarean section delivery.] This topic has not been widely known to most women and I am grateful that Ms. Hayes-Klein shared such significant knowledge. She is not just an intelligent and a strong teacher and lawyer, but also a paragon. Having met her taught me that we must not blindly accept the status quo, but we have to constantly pursue justice, for ourselves and especially those who cannot speak for themselves.
Miera M., Philippines
"I went to law school having worked and studied aviation technology. I had my doubts about my chosen career change, but through the conversations that I had with Ms. Hayes-Klein on matters of legal importance in the world that we find ourselves in, I developed a sense of a higher purpose than a career. Through these conversations and her way of inspirational lecturing style I developed a legal compass, something that I regard as very important in life and especially in a legal career.
Her Law and Economics lectures were very interesting, especially given the fact that the lectures were intended to provoke thought processes that go beyond technicalities and procedural aspects of law, processes which shape the type of lawyer that students will go on to be, and which remain with the students for the rest of their lives. In a university that has so many lecturers, it is an honor to be a student of someone who can instill that guiding light in the heads of the eager minds that are his/her students."
Emmanuel S., Rwanda
"After spending four years studying my Bachelor of Law at The Hague University, I now realize who has had the greatest impact on me. Ms. Hermine Hayes-Klein is not like other professors in the sense that she has endless passion for her topics of law. The reason Ms. Hayes-Klein stood out the most at The Hague University is for the simple reason that she genuinely cared for the issues she presented. I learned so much about the environment's impact on inhabitants of our earth, and not to mention the millions of aspects regarding women's rights. She taught me about the progress of women's rights and the struggles that have been overcome to reach the point at which we are at today.
I admire Ms. Hayes-Klein because she practices what she preaches, and because the passion she has for her areas of law make me see that she is an honest and true individual. She feels so strongly about certain issues and she fights for the recognition and acknowledgment of these issues. Furthermore, she takes the time to get to know each individual student, beyond just the first name. She understands our backgrounds and consequently understands our perspectives and opinions. It is important for me that my professor comprehends my personal beliefs and why I think in a certain way.
With Ms. Hayes-Klein it was more than a student-teacher relationship, there was a personal bond that I value greatly, and she has taught me a lot about the kind of person that I am and the kind of person that I can be. And for that I will be eternally grateful."
Madeleine T., Sweden
"Ms. Hayes-Klein was my professor in Tort law, Contract Law, International Environmental Law, and Law and Economics at The Hague University. How can I describe this memorable lady? Ms. Hayes-Klein is an extremely knowledgeable professional who combines, in an incredible way, complicated legal issues with a sense of humanity. She did not merely want us to understand important principles of law but rather to feel, to think how these rules can be applied to essential human values like the right to life and dignity, clear environment, and gender equality. Ms. Hayes-Klein is a great asset to any educational institution, international organization or law firm. Not only is she a brilliant legal mind, but more importantly a person with a big heart."
Preslava D., Bulgaria
"Hermine Hayes-Klein is in one word AMAZING! I have had the privilege to be one of her many law students. She has taught me all about Tort law, Intellectual Property rights, Environmental law, Gender & Law and so much more.
Hermine is Amazing because she is a strong female lawyer who is a role model for many people. She is Amazing because she made her students see the ugly sides of environmental pollution, female oppression and other injustice, which led to many students and graduates who are passionate about combating this injustice. Hermine is Amazing because, not only did she taught me about law she also taught be about life. During my law study at The Hague University, Hermine was the most important lecturer/mentor to me. Hermine is Amazing, because she is very loyal to the people in her life, also to her students, even after they had graduated and even after she had left the law faculty to return to the US!
Hermine is Amazing because she made me realize that the impossible could be made possible if you just believe in it and work hard for it. She organized an international conference about human rights in childbirth! Something that started as a small idea in her living-room, while nursing and playing with her children, grew into this Amazing international conference which had a great impact on all corners of the world!
Hermine is Amazing because, whoever gets the honor to meet her, will never forget her. She is loved by so many people because she is all about love, loyalty, trust, compassion and sincerity."
Samira S., Netherlands & Morocco
"I strongly and unequivocally believe that I have received the best law lectures from Hermine Hayes-Klein, a dedicated, very responsible and patient law professor at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Hermine kept my attention during Tort Law, Contract Law, and Environmental Law lectures. As an experienced attorney, a law professor, and a mentor, Hermine knows best how to help her students overcome difficulties according to students' merits and weak points. She has outstanding teaching methods and skills.
Named a revolutionary in the teaching of law by myself in evaluations, Hermine is very expressive and a dedicated law professor who provided an example, and inspired legal individuals throughout her presence. She is very keen in exposing different topics of law to her students in a special, unique and a different way. Her teaching is very detailed, and hence helps her students achieve the best results from it. Hermine is definitely the law professor my colleagues and I trust with high esteem through her true commitment to excellence, both for herself and her students.
Alireza V., Iran
"Hermine is a very kind, caring, lovely, and beautiful human being. The first time I saw her giving lecture, she immediately caught my eye. She was not only teaching from the books, but was also inspiring her students to think about realities of the world, such as the position of women in certain countries. This opened my eyes, and made me realize that we, the people, are the ones who can actually make a change in the world. I've never seen anyone doing their work with so much love and passion. At one point, Hermine was giving a speech to all the Law students at The Hague University. She was telling us the story of her academic journey, and how she became a lawyer. Her story made me realize, that in order to achieve your goals, you have to go for it, and to actually take action, and that then, nothing is impossible.
Hermine will always play a big role in my life and my future academic journey. I am proud to call myself Hermine's student and I am certain that I will do something in my life which will somehow be linked to her.
Susan K., Netherlands & Afghanistan
"Ms. Hayes-Klein was one of the greatest contributions to the Hague University law faculty, and one of the greatest losses after she left to the U.S.
I have known her since 2008, and she has been an inspiration to me both at the university as well as on personal level. One cannot miss the fire that she passes to whomever she teaches. She is not the average lecturer who comes into the class, does her job and leaves for lunch. She is the type of lecturer who comes into the class, looks everyone in the eyes, approaches every single person personally (she always surprised me how she knew everyone by their last name, even before they met!) and inspires us to care for human rights. This world needs more people like Ms. Hayes-Klein, to teach us, better yet to inspire us, to care for our world and for others! I share deep love and respect for her, since without her, my childbirth and baby care would have been so much different! "
Suzanna G., Armenia
"One of the first courses I had with Ms. Hayes-Klein was Contract Law. During the first lecture, she asked all students to stand one by one in front of a video camera and state our names. For me this way of starting a legal course appeared quite strange. After a few lectures based on Socratic questioning, I was able to understand the reasoning behind such exercise. Ms. Hayes-Klein actually wants to know her students. For Hermine, we were not only a new group of students, but a group of individuals with different backgrounds and points of view.
Every lecture she gave us was comprehensive, and her experience and extensive knowledge were always visible. However, being a great teacher does not only require wisdom and knowledge but also the ability to challenge and inspire students. Hermine sparked my interest in subjects which I didn’t consider attractive before. Her insights and teachings over courses such as Torts and intellectual property law gave me new perspectives and knowledge that I will keep for the rest of my legal career. I personally appreciate all the time and dedication she gave as a teacher, and one of the things I will always remember is her willingness to learn from students, a quality that is rarely seen in professionals of her caliber."
Barbara C., Mexico
"Hermine gently nudged me to do my best with sensitivity and insight. Her wealth of information, ideas and helpful were so beneficial to me, especially at the time that I was writing my thesis. I could not wish a better thesis supervisor, who stayed beside me on writing a thesis on a difficult uncovered subject. Certainly her advice in my academic time gave me the creativity and the motivation to develop my knowledge.
Hermine Hayes-Klein has put priceless teaching strategies out there for everyone to benefit from. She was an exceptionally talented lecturer who provided her students with a active, stimulating and challenging program. Hermine's incredible classroom management skills ensured that even the most unruly students were integrated successfully into all activities. Her joyful, positive approach to teach and her absolute love for learning truly impressed me.
Hermine has a contagious energy to help people to use their creativity, find their own appropriate solutions, and dare to question things. In a few years, I would not be surprised seeing Hermine working in a major leadership capacity."
Jamilla A., Netherlands & Somalia