T.M.C. Asser Instituut

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Founder(s) Eight Dutch universities[1]
Established 1965
Mission To further the development of international and European law in such a way that it serves the cultivation of trust and respect in the global, regional, national and local societies in which it operates.[1]
Focus International and European law
President Prof. dr. Ernst Hirsch Ballin[1]
Head Prof. dr. André Nollkaemper[1]
Staff 45 (2015-12-31)[1]
Key people Prof. dr. Janne Nijman
Prof. dr. Suzan Stoter
Bas den Hollander MA
Location The Hague, Netherlands
Address R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
Website http://www.asser.nl

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.

Fundamental research[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Hague Academic Coalition[edit]

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is a member of the Hague Academic Coalition (HAC).

The member institutions are:

Hague Initiative for Law and Armed Conflict[edit]

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.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice[edit]

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is one of the founding partners of The Hague Institute for Global Justice, a newly established research institute in The Hague.


  1. ^ a b c d e T.M.C. Asser Institute: About the institute

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