Until December 2018 Paul Meerts was Senior Associate at the Clingendael Institute. Since 1983, Paul worked in a number of roles at Clingendael: Head of Training and Education (1983-1989), Deputy General Director (1990-2006) and Special Advisor to the Director of Clingendael (2006-2011). In the past twenty five years he trained diplomats, civil servants and military officers in a hundred countries worldwide.
He was active in the field of International Negotiations as Member of the Process of International Negotiation (PIN) Steering Committee and Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of International Negotiation. He is also a Founding Member of the Netherlands Negotiation Network, where he was also a Member of the Steering Committee.
In 1973, he graduated from Leiden University with an MA in Political Science. In 2014 he obtained his PhD at the same university. He was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa at the School of Foreign Service at the National University of Mongolia in 2001.