T.M.C. Asser Instituut
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The T.M.C. Asser instituut (established in 1965) is a professional inter-university centre of knowledge and research. The institute carries out research in private and public international law, European law, international commercial arbitration and all other related fields, such as international sports law and international humanitarian and criminal law. It is based in The Hague and it is affiliated to the University of Amsterdam.
The institute is named after Tobias Michael Carel Asser (1838–1913), who was a Dutch jurist, and co-winner (with Alfred Fried) of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1911 for his role in the formation of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the first Hague peace conference (1899). He also advocated for the creation of an international academy of law, which led to founding of the Revue de Droit International et de Législation Comparée with John Westlake and Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns, the Institut de Droit International and the creation of the Hague Academy of International Law.
Besides the research facilities for its team of expert researchers, the Institute has access to an extensive international network of academic and scientific contacts. The Asser Instituut aims to develop young talent. The Asser Dissertations Programme offers promising young lawyers the opportunity to work on their research. The funding and appointment of new candidates is done in collaboration with other institutions, preferably law faculties.
Contract-research and legal advice
Besides fundamental research, the institute focuses on contract research and consultancy work. This ranges from tailored consultancy finding (ad hoc) solutions for small legal issues to coordination and/or export of long-term structural (research) projects. Clients include among others the European Union, national governments, ministries, international organizations, law firms and so on.
The institute has its own publisher: T.M.C. Asser Press. The following journals and yearbooks are being published: The Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (NYIL), Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (YIHL), Netherlands International Law Review (NILR), Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht (NIPR) and European Business Organization Law Review (EBOR).
Conferences and events
To feed and keep alive the scientific discussion the T.M.C. Asser Instituut organizes regular conferences and meetings.
The T.M.C. Asser Instituut was established in The Hague, also known as "The Hague: Legal Capital of the World" which is due to the fact that many international legal institutions serve their seat. In the Peace Palace the International Criminal Court and Permanent Court of Arbitration are based. The ICTY and International Criminal Court are also near the institute. This also applies to the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
Hague Academic Coalition
The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is a member of the Hague Academic Coalition (HAC).
The member institutions are:
- Carnegie Foundation
- Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL)
- International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS)
- Leiden University - Campus The Hague / Grotius Centre
- Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael'
- The Hague Academy of International Law
- The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Haagse Hogeschool)
- T.M.C. Asser Instituut
Hague Initiative for Law and Armed Conflict
The HILAC Law and Armed Conflict Lecture Series is an occasional evening lecture series on the subject of law and armed conflict. It is hosted by the Hague Initiative for Law and Armed Conflict (HILAC), consisting of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Netherlands Red Cross and the Amsterdam Center for International Law and held at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut.
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