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How to respond to ‘sexual terrorism’?

Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab have been massively involved in ‘sexual terrorism’: using human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence as tactics of terrorism. At the same time, state responses are meager and have sometimes been counterproductive. This is the main conclusion of a new article authored by Dr Anne-Marie de Brouwer and Dr Eefje de Volder from IMPACT – Center Against Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict and Asser senior researcher Dr Christophe Paulussen. Read more about the article here.

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Deadline extended for applications research positions in ethics and law of military AI

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, T.M.C. Asser Instituut is extending the deadline for applications for two fully funded research positions (PhD candidate in Public International Law with a focus on law and technologies in the military context and Post-Doctoral researcher with a focus on philosophy and ethics of technologies in the military context). The positions are for the NWO-MVI funded interdisciplinary research project DILEMA on Designing International Law and Ethics into Military Artificial Intelligence. Please find more info here.

[Sign up now] 10th Advanced summer programme on terrorism, countering terrorism and the rule of law

From 24 – 28 August 2020, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and ICCT The Hague will host the 10th Advanced summer programme on terrorism, counter-terrorism and the rule of law. In this thought-provoking summer training you will learn all there is on the international and domestic legal aspects of counter-terrorism, in inspiring and interactive classes by international top speakers in the field. Sign up now to avail our fantastic Early Bird offer. Click here for last year's reviews (video).

Blog post: ‘The counter-productiveness of deprivation of nationality as a national security measure’

Governments struggling with the potential threat of returning former ISIS fighters and their families are increasingly turning to citizenship stripping as a counterterrorism measure. In this blog post, Dr Christophe Paulussen, senior researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut & Dr Laura van Waas, co-director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, call for a careful review of this trend.

New project: ‘Strengthening the role of legal actors in the defence of the right to freedom of expression’

The project ‘Strengthening the role of legal actors in the defence of the right to freedom of expression’, funded by the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs, aims to strengthen the defence of the crucial right to freedom of expression and to set forth how legal actors can help in defending freedom of expression and prosecuting perpetrators. The Asser Institute, in cooperation with UNESCO and Free Press Unlimited, will organise a Forum of Legal Actors in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Asser Senior Researcher Dr Ulad Belavusau will coordinate the project.

[Asser in the news] Mexico’s amnesty proposal: an instrument of transitional justice?

As violence in Mexico reaches record highs, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has proposed an amnesty law aimed at benefiting individuals accused of involvement in the country’s drug trade. However, Asser Researcher Dr León Castellanos-Jankiewicz argues that the government’s proposal should be accompanied by transitional justice measures that acknowledge and identify instances of mass violence and state failure, foster reconciliation and social reintegration, and make reparations to victims. If these shortcomings are not remedied, León warns, the initiative might well become an empty gesture. Read his published analysis about the shortcomings of Mexico’s amnesty law here.

[Save the date] Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction programme

The Asser Institute and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will host the 11th training programme on disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction on 28 September - 2 October, 2020. During this intensive week, participants will get a comprehensive overview of non-proliferation and disarmament efforts regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Take a look at last year's programme and watch our latest video to learn more. Sign up here to get notified when registrations officially open.


Selected publications

Belavusau U. (with Kochenov, D.) ‘Same-Sex Spouses: More Free Movement but What About Marriage?’, 57(1) Common Market Law Review (2020): 227-242.

Kassoti, E. ‘Between Sollen and Sein: The CJEU's Reliance on International Law in the interpretation of economic agreements covering occupied territories’, 33 Leiden Journal of International law (2020): 1-19.

Paulussen, C. (with Brouwer, A.-M. de & Volder, E. de) ‘Prosecuting the Nexus between Terrorism, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and Trafficking in Human Beings Before National Legal Mechanisms: Case Studies of Boko Haram and Al- Shabaab’, Asser SSRN Research Paper 2020-03, forthcoming in: Journal of International Criminal Justice (2020).

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


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

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the format of our summer programmes might be subject to change. We are working to provide the summer programmes on our premises in The Hague, but we might be forced to move them to an online platform. Should this happen, we will offer you a reduced fee. If you had already paid for your spot, you will get reimbursed the difference in price. Registered participants will receive notification of the format at least a month before the starting date.

Upcoming events & training programmes

25 May - 20 June 2020
Summer law programme on international criminal law & international legal & comparative approaches to counter-terrorism

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

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

07 October 2020
[Book launch] Human dignity and human security in times of terrorism

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

For all events click here


Asser in the media

'La frontera blindada contra migrantes', a post by León Castellanos-Jankiewicz on El Sol de Mexico (27 March 2020)

The counter-productiveness of deprivation of nationality as a national security measure, a blog post by Dr Christophe Paulussen and Dr Laura van Waas in European Network of Statelessness (18 March 2020)

'Mexico’s Amnesty Proposal: An Instrument of Transitional Justice?', a blog post by Dr León Castellanos-Jankiewicz in Just Security (5 March 2020)

'Constitutions of Value: Introduction to the Symposium', a blog post by Dr Geoff Gordon for the 4th join symposium in Verfassungsblog (2 March 2020)

Voer kritisch maatschappelijk debat over grenzen van digitale controle’, an oped by Dr Dimitri van den Meerssche for Dutch Het Parool (1 March 2020)

Asser in videos

[VIDEO] International law & the social question | T.M.C Asser Annual Lecture 2019

During our Fifth Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture on November 28 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Prof. Anne Orford spoke about putting the social question back on the agenda of international law. Watch the short summary of the Annual Lecture, including interviews with academics, students and lawyers here.

Please have a look at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut video page. Here you can find recent interviews with Asser researchers, videos on our training programmes and much more. If you want to see more videos please subscribe to our YouTube channel here.


Job opportunities

▪ PhD candidate in Public International Law
▪ Post-Doctoral researcher
PhD candidate in Public International Law
Post-Doctoral researcher

Interested candidates can click on the vacancy link and follow the application procedures. If you have questions, please send us an email at See more information here.

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