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AI and Blockchain for Good: Harnessing Technological Developments to Foster Trust

In May 2018, Asser researcher Dr. Bérénice Boutin was awarded research funding by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung to conduct an eighteen-month research project on the ‘Conceptual and Policy Implications of Increasingly Autonomous Military Technologies for State Responsibility Under International Law’.

The main objectives of this research project are to explore the implications of current and future technological developments for the conceptual foundations of State responsibility in relation to the conduct of armed forces (in particular the notion of State-human agency), and to evaluate how these theoretical considerations translate in terms of policy and regulation on the development and use of autonomous military technologies.

The project will run from June 2018 to December 2019.

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In the Media


The Long-Term Risk of non-Repatriation of Dutch Children in Syrian Camps

Dutch children currently detained in Syrian camps should be actively repatriated. That is the main message of an opinion piece co-authored by Asser senior researcher Christophe Paulussen that was published on the 26th of June in the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant.

For the original piece (in Dutch), see here.

Selected Publications

▪ Berenice Boutin, ‘Responsibility in Connection with the Conduct of Military Partners’. The Military Law and the Law of War Review, Volume 56, 2017- 2018.
Berenice Boutin, ‘Responsibility in Connection with the Conduct of Military Partners’. The Military Law and the Law of War Review, Volume 56, 2017- 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.

Advanced Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism

27 - 31 August Advanced Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism within a Rule of Law Framework

This Advanced Summer Programme offers an in-depth look at the challenges that come with adopting and implementing counter-terrorism measures while ensuring respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. During an intensive week, experts from academia and practice will explore (international) legal aspects of counter-terrorism and provide key insights into current issues and best practices.

The programme covers a wide range of topics (including the definition of terrorism in international and domestic law, legal limits to military responses to terrorism, criminal justice responses to terrorism, evidentiary issues and other prosecutorial challenges, administrative and security measures), and comports various types of activities (including lectures, interactive sessions, study visits, group discussions, panel presentations).

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01 - 05 October 2018 Disarmament & Non-Proliferation of WMD Training Programme

During this intensive week, participants will be provided with a comprehensive overview of non-proliferation and disarmament efforts regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. The programme content is delivered by a group of experienced and internationally renowned experts and diplomats in the fields of international law, security and related disciplines. The interactive sessions are complemented with a simulation exercise and field visits to a nuclear reactor and a chemical weapons research laboratory.

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17 September 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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Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2017, Volume 48 - Shifting Forms and Levels of Cooperation in International Economic Law: Structural Developments in Trade, Investment and Financial Regulation

▪ Editor: Prof. Fabian Amtenbrink, Erasmus School of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
▪ Editor: Ramses A. Wessel, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
▪ Editor: Denise Prévost, Maastricht University
Editor: Prof. Fabian Amtenbrink, Erasmus School of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Editor: Ramses A. Wessel, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Editor: Denise Prévost, Maastricht University

Print ISBN 978-94-6265-242-2
EBook/Online ISBN: 978-94-6265-243-9
Distributed for T.M.C. Asser Press by Springer
Read this book on SpringerLink

This Volume of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law explores emerging trends and key developments in international economic law. It examines shifts in the levels of cooperation (from multilateral to plurilateral, regional or bilateral—or vice versa), and shifts in the forms of cooperation (new types of actors and instruments). These trends are analysed both from a conceptual and a practical perspective, with contributions addressing drivers for change, historical perspectives, future developments, and evolutions in specific policy fields. While a focus on international economic law may certainly not tell the whole story in relation to shifts in levels and forms of international cooperation, it does allow for a more detailed analysis of some of the important trends we currently witness.


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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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