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The Belarusian response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Denial and a military parade

Belarus is the only European country, next to Sweden, that has not imposed quarantine measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Belarusian President has repeatedly denied the scope and seriousness of the pandemic and, instead, held a large military parade in early May that gathered thousands of people in the capital of Minsk. Asser researcher Dr Ulad Belavusau analyses the Belarusian response to the global pandemic in a new co-authored Verfassungsblog piece. Read the summary here.

[Blog post] The beginning of the end of a home-grown African Court?

Last month, when most of the world was focused on COVID-19, Benin & Côte d’Ivoire withdrew their special declarations from the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights. Asser researcher Dr Misha Plagis writes a new blog-post explaining how this has a detrimental effect on human rights in Africa. She writes 'With only six states left that allow individuals and NGOs to bring cases, it is likely that the African Court’s increasingly steady stream of cases will turn into a trickle and potentially dry out.' Read the full blog post here.

Imagining Justice: visiting physical sites of international law

Dr Sofia Stolk has co-published three articles take you on a virtual tour through the buildings and public spaces where international law is practiced, visited, shaped and challenged. The articles emphasise the importance of international law’s physical sites. In the current times of self-isolation and staying home, ‘imagining justice’ gains new meanings, and we are more than ever depending on our imagination to visit such spaces and to bridge physical distances. Read a summary here.

[Recording] Asser live webinar ‘Counter-terrorism & the law: A forever and anywhere war’

On Monday May 18, T.M.C. Asser Instituut hosted its first online live discussion, in which Asser Institute counterterrorism experts Dr Rumyana van Ark and Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi provided a legal perspective on current affairs. In the session 'Counterterrorism & the law: A forever and anywhere war', the researchers explored the ever- growing confusion between times and spaces of war and peace in the context of counter-terrorism, and discussed the role that legal norms and legislative practices have in this. Watch the webinar here.


Selected publications

Hirsch Ballin, E.M.H. & Cerimovic, E. & Dijstelbloem, H. & Segers, M. European Variations as a Key to Cooperation, The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), Springer International Publishing (2020)

Stolk, S. & Vos, R.'International Legal Sightseeing', 33(1) Leiden Journal of International Law (2020): 1-11.

Okoli, C. Place of Performance: A Comparative Analysis, Hart Publishing (2020)

Asser research papers and policy briefs can be downloaded on SSRN.


Upcoming events & training programmes

03 June 2020
[Online SCL Lecture] Challenges to prosecuting paramilitaries: insights from the former Yugoslavia and Syria

10 June 2020
[HILAC Lecture] How the Syrian conflict has changed international law

15 June 2020
A Decade of Review: The UN’s Ombudsperson to the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee

17 June 2020
[Online book launch] Human dignity and human security in times of terrorism

01 - 03 July 2020
[Online summer workshop] International public interest advocacy

24 -28 August 2020
[Online] 10th Advanced summer programme on terrorism, countering terrorism and the rule of law

15 September 2020
Trading emerging technologies: Security and human rights perspectives

28 September - 02 October 2020
[Training programme] Disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

09 October 2020
[Conference] Migration deals and their damaging effects

For all events click here


'The Netherlands and the Global Approach to COVID-19' advisory letter

Asser Institute President Ernst Hirsch Ballin has contributed to The Advisory Council on International Affairs English version of their advisory letter to the government 'The Netherlands and the Global Approach to COVID-19'. The letter covers the importance of cooperation during these times and recommendations on further actions to be taken. It is now available to read here.

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Graduate Institute Geneva welcomes Janne Nijman as Professor of International Law

Asser Institute's academic director Janne E. Nijman has joined the faculty of law at the Graduate Institute Geneva as a Professor of International Law. She will be teaching History and theory of international law. Nijman will continue her work as the academic director of the Asser Institute.

Covid-19 update on T.M.C. Asser's 2020 summer programmes and events

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have moved our summer programmes and events to an online platform until 1 September. The programmes and events planned for the autumn of 2020 might be subject to change. Registered participants will receive notification of the format at least a month before the starting date.


Asser in the media

The State of Denial Amidst the Military Parade: COVID-19 in Belarus, blogpost by Dr Uladzislau Belavusau & Maksim Karliuk for Verfassungsblog (20 May 2020)

'A Court in Crisis: African States’ Increasing Resistance to Africa’s Human Rights Court', blogpost by Dr Misha Plagis for Opinio Juris (19 May 2020)

'The Incredible Shrinking Court with Misha Plagis and Alice Banens', podcast interview with Dr Misha Plagis on Asymmetrical Haircuts (15 May 2020)


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Newsletter of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut

Julia Kampf and Faten Bushehri

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut aims to further the development of international and European law in such a way that it serves a cultivation of trust and respect in the global, regional, national and local societies in which the law operates.

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