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Global Justice Cinema: Eight films on finding truth and fighting for justice

Film is a very powerful medium in the field of global justice. T.M.C. Asser Instituut and Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam are proud to host the Global Justice Cinema workshop as part of Movies that Matter’s Camera Justitia programme. Next to the workshop, this programme includes a Masterclass on international justice and a competition of eight impressive films about legal dilemmas, truth-finding, international law and the fight against impunity. Learn more and register to our workshop here.

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Asser researcher Dr Dimitri van den Meerssche writes on the limits of digital surveillance for Het Parool.

Asser researcher Dr Dimitri van den Meerssche writes an article for the Dutch newspaper Het Parool calling for a debate on the limits of the digital surveillance (welfare) state in light of the recent SyRI case judgment. Read Dimitri's arguments in an English summary 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 in 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.

Asser researcher writes on the practice of the African Court and the ‘others’

Asser researcher Dr Misha Plagis published a blog on The ACtHPR Monitor as part of a blog-series on the practice of regional human rights courts. In her new post, she explores how the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court) uses other sources and interpretations of human rights law as a tool to interpret the African Charter in its leading cases. Read more here.

[Conference] Migration deals and their damaging effects

On 8 April 2020, the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES) and the T.M.C. Asser Instituut will co-organise an interdisciplinary conference on the implications of the increasing use of informal (non-binding) instruments in the field of migration. The conference will examine issues raised by the prevalent use of migration deals and informal arrangements between the EU and third countries in an effort to manage migration flows. Register to this event 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

Mignot-Mahdavi, R. ‘La participation aux combats de nouveaux acteurs (New actors on the battlefield)’, Asser SSRN Research Paper 2020-01, in: Eudes, M., Ryfman, P. & Szurek, S. (eds.), ‘Droit et pratique de l’action humanitaire’, L.G.D.J (2019): 594-605.

Roithmaier, K., Tobjasz, M. & Bove, P. ‘Year in Review 2018’, Asser SSRN Research Paper 2020-02, also in: Gill, T.D., Geiß, R., Krieger, H. & Paulussen, C. (eds.), Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Vol. 21 (2018), The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press (2019): 165-260.

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

Upcoming events & training programmes

03 March 2020
[CLEER Presidency Lecture]: The Finnish Council Presidency’s experience in the external relations field

05 March 2020
Mega-sporting events and human rights: What role can EU sports diplomacy play?

19 March 2020
Nationality deprivation in the era of Rohingya genocide and ISIS fighters

24 - 26 March 2020
Global justice cinema: Workshop on documentary film and world politics

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

08 April 2020
[Conference] Migration deals and their damaging effects

24 April 2020
Trading emerging technologies: Security and human rights perspectives

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

For all events click here


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[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.


Jobs and internship opportunities

▪ PhD candidate in Public International Law
▪ Post-Doctoral researcher
▪ Communications and PR intern
PhD candidate in Public International Law
Post-Doctoral researcher
Communications and PR intern

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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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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