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We’re hiring! Three vacancies at the Asser Institute

The Asser Institute is currently looking for a researcher in Private International Law and two interns.

The institute invites applications for:

▪ Researcher private international law
▪ Intern private international law
▪ Communications & PR intern
Researcher private international law
Intern private international law
Communications & PR intern

Other News

In the Media


World Court weighs Britain's claim to Chagos Islands in Indian Ocean

“These things come together now in a combination of historical accident and intense political and popular interest in questions of colonial legacy,” international law expert Geoff Gordon of the Asser Institute said in an interview with Reuters.

For the full piece see here.

Dr Gordon has also been quoted in the Dutch newspapers Trouw and NRC on the same topic.

Selected Publications

▪ Antoine Duval, ‘The Olympic Charter: A Transnational Constitution Without a State?’. Journal of Law and Society, 2018.
Antoine Duval, ‘The Olympic Charter: A Transnational Constitution Without a State?’. Journal of Law and Society, 2018.

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


Upcoming Events and Education

The Asser Institute has extensive experience in delivering postgraduate training programmes and in knowledge dissemination in the field of international and European law.

26 September 2018 Lecture: Improving the sustainability of EU Free Trade Agreements

For nearly a decade, the European Union has included so-called trade and sustainability chapters (FTAs) in its free trade agreements. These chapters must ensure that trade and investment liberalisation does not lead to a deterioration in environmental and labour conditions. A new academic lecture by Dr Wybe Douma on September 26 will address the question: do these chapters really work in practice, or are they a form of green washing? And how could we improve them?

More information and registration

Book Sucharski

19 October 2018 How to remember the past? Book launch and workshop on memory laws

Earlier this year, Poland adopted a notorious law that prohibits blaming Poles for crimes committed during the Holocaust. In the U.S., confederate monuments sparked a debate, similar to an uproar in the Netherlands on Dutch colonial history. How we remember the past, is often subject to fierce debate. It is also subject to legal regulation in many parts of Europe, as so-called memory laws. On October 19, the Asser Institute is organising a book launch and a workshop on memory laws.

More information and registration

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17 September 2018 Trust and deference between legal authorities in the world

Trust and deference are crucial mechanisms of interaction and cooperation between legal authorities in the world. For the purpose of this workshop, deference means that an authority does not make its own assessment or decision in a particular matter but relies on the judgment of another authority. It ultimately means that the deferring authority puts its trust in the authority it defers to. It has trust that the second authority makes a correct decision in matters of fact and law, especially the rule of law.

Our aim is to study the operation of trust-based legal interactions between authorities in the international legal context. To do so, we zoom in on two particular areas of (private and public) international law in which we believe legal mechanisms embodying trust and deference play a visible role in practice: international economic law and the transnational circulation of judgments and awards.

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The Duty of Care of International Organizations Towards Their Civilian Personnel - Legal Obligations and Implementation Challenges

▪ Editor: Prof. Andrea de Guttry, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
▪ Editor: Micaela Frulli, University of Florence
▪ Editor: Edoardo Greppi, University of Turin
▪ Editor: Chiara Macchi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
Editor: Prof. Andrea de Guttry, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
Editor: Micaela Frulli, University of Florence
Editor: Edoardo Greppi, University of Turin
Editor: Chiara Macchi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy

Print ISBN 978-94-6265-257-6
EBook/Online ISBN: 978-94-6265-258-3
Distributed for T.M.C. Asser Press by Springer
Read this book on SpringerLink

This book constitutes the first comprehensive publication on the duty of care of international organizations towards their civilian personnel sent on missions and assignments outside of their normal place of activity. While the work of the civilian personnel of international organizations often carries an inherent risk, the regulations, policies and practices of the employer can help to address and mitigate that risk.

In this publication, the specific content and scope of the duty of care under international law is clarified by conducting an unprecedented investigation into relevant jurisprudence and legal sources. Included is a critical assessment of the policies of selected international organizations while a set of guiding principles on the duty of care of international organizations is also presented.


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The T.M.C. Asser Instituut carries out research on developments in international and European law and its potential for serving the cultivation of trust and respect in the global, regional, national and local societies in which the law operates.

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