Located in the heart of the International City of Peace, Justice and Security, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut is a renowned centre of expertise in the fields of public international law, private international law, and European law. It fulfills an important role in undertaking fundamental and independent policy-oriented research and providing a platform for international cooperation and partnering in fields of law at the cutting edge of academia and practice. 

The Asser Institute is a leading and authoritative provider of professional and postgraduate education. By establishing meaningful partnerships, the institute is successful in developing unique and relevant programmes on a variety of subjects and levels for a diverse range of individuals operating in the judicial sector and beyond.   

Currently the Asser Institute organises four summer programmes, offering participants the opportunity to grasp the underlying legal tenets and dilemmas in contemporary issues such as international dispute settlement, countering terrorism, international criminal law and disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. By combining theory with practice in interactive lectures by leading experts, academics and practitioners the Asser summer programmes can be characterised as comprehensive, topical and critical.

In sum, the Asser summer programmes provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Broaden your knowledge and skills.
  • Expand your network with speakers and participants from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Critically reflect on current challenges and explore new possibilities.
  • Obtain unique insights into the work of various international courts and organisations located in The Hague. ​

R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
2517 JN The Hague

Tel: +31 (0)70 3420300
Email: info@asser.nl


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Doing Business Right Winter Academy 2019 - The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: From theory to practiceDetails

T.M.C. Asser Instituut

The Asser Institute will hold its second The Academy is an educational  program  dedicated to the growing field of business and human rights.

After the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011, a flurry of initiatives by international organizations, national governments, corporations and civil society organizations have seen the light. New national laws are being adopted, new corporate codes are being drafted and new international treaties are being negotiated and regulated. Our Winter Academy will be a new generation of lawyers with the necessary theoretical and practical skills to navigate and actively engage in transformations, as a lawyer, NGO activist, corporate adviser, government official or researcher.

A hands-on comprehensive program 
The Winter Academy will feature high level academic lecturers who are currently shaping the scholarly debates on business and human rights and practitioners with a hands-on experience in the field. Participants will acquire a well-rounded understanding of soft and hard, legal and non-legal accountability mechanisms, and numerous interactive sessions that provide the opportunity to apply theoretical insights to various concrete case studies.

The Winter Academy 2019 covers the following key issues :

  • The theoretical and historical roots of the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs)
  • The various implementations of the UN Guiding Principles at a national and transnational level
  • The practical functioning of the responsibility of corporations to conduct human rights due diligence
  • The effect of the UN Guiding Principles on the accessibility of remedies in business and human rights cases
  • Location : R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, 2517 JN The Hague
  • Period : Jan 28 2019 - Feb 1 2019
  • Level : Student & Professional
  • Language : English
  • Price : € 1,295.00
  • Deadline : Closed
  • Theme : Law Peace & Justice

Winter Academy on Artificial Intelligence and International LawDetails

T.M.C. Asser Instituut

In February 2019, the Asser Institute is offering a new Winter Academy on Artificial Intelligence and International Law. Over the course of one week, this innovative training programme will provide insights into the current and future issues raised by artificial intelligence from the perspective of international law.

Artificial intelligence (AI) comes with many promises. It has the potential of providing for cognitive abilities going beyond human capacities, which could lead to significant scientific and societal progresses. For instance, complex algorithms that compile and analyse large data sets could contribute to more accurate and precise policy-making. At the same time, the use of technologies that display increasing degrees of autonomy brings in significant ethical, legal, and policy challenges. AI is disruptive to fundamental legal norms and concepts, as well as to systems of international governance. It challenges us to rethink a number of legal notions, and to develop analytical frameworks that fully grasp AI.

The Winter Academy will offer foundational knowledge on key issues at the interface of international law and artificial intelligence, and provide a platform for critical debate and engagement on emerging questions. The programme will be structured along five themes: Understanding AI, AI for good, AI and armed conflict, AI and responsibility, and AI governance.

The Winter Academy will include modules addressing both technical and legal aspects, and will alternate theoretical and more practical perspectives. The interactive training will feature over 20 sessions by high-level speakers and include panels, workshops, and a mini-hackathon.

 The following topics will be covered:

  • Definition of AI, current trends, prospective trajectories
  • Intelligence and moral judgment in humans and machines
  • Explainability and intelligibility of decision-making algorithms
  • Ethics of AI and value-sensitive design
  • Using AI to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • AI and human rights
  • AI and international humanitarian law
  • Autonomous weapons systems and human dignity
  • Human control over autonomous military technologies
  • AI and international criminal law
  • AI and state responsibility
  • AI and legal personality
  • Private standards regulation of AI
  • Geopolitics of AI
  • European governance of AI
  • International governance of AI


Participants to the programme will:

  • Gain an understanding of the technical dimension of AI (through lectures, workshops, demonstrations)
  • Explore the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of AI
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of the impact of AI on different fields of international law
  • Discuss opportunities and risks of using AI for international legal practice
  • Engage in debates on complex unresolved questions
  • Build on progressively acquired knowledge to identify the way forward
  • Be offered ample opportunities for networking


Target audience
The Winter Academy is designed for academics and professionals working on issues related to AI and international law. We invite participation from:

  • Researchers and advanced students (Master or PhD) in the fields of international law, political science, philosophy, or computer science
  • Policy analysts and legal advisers working on innovation and technology in public or private institutions
  • Industry professionals interested in the law and governance of AI
  • Location : R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, 2517 JN The Hague
  • Period : Feb 11 2019 - Feb 15 2019
  • Level : Student & Professional
  • Language : English
  • Prices from : € 1,295.00
  • Deadline : Closed
  • Theme : Law Peace & Justice

Advanced Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism within a Rule of Law FrameworkDetails

T.M.C. Asser Instituut

This Advanced summer programme on terrorism, counter-terrorism and the rule of law is coming back for the 8th time to bring together experts, academics and policy makers from around the world working in the field of counter-terrorism. It will take place from 26 – 30 August 2019 at the Asser Institute in the Hague. 

Terrorism events such as 9/11 (US), 7/7 (UK), 13/11 (Paris) and others have triggered an increase in the security-related legislative provisions in a number of states across the world. These provisions have broadly aimed to address perceived ‘gaps’ in existing domestic legislation and security strategies to bolster states’ ability to respond to acts of terrorism. This has been done through a range of new or updated administrative and criminal law measures. In aiming to pre-empt terrorism related activities as early as feasible, states have further introduced additional preparatory and inchoate offences, curbs on financial and other support, limitations on the scope of the right to freedom speech and others. Assessing the proportionality and legitimacy of such measures is the focus of our upcoming Advanced Summer Programme on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law.

The programme, co-organised by the Asser Institute and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT), 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 within academia and practice explore international and domestic legal aspects of counter-terrorism.

Last year’s programme covered a wide range of topics such as the (lack of a) definition of terrorism in international law, legal limits to military responses to terrorism, criminal justice responses to terrorism, the crime-terror nexus, evidentiary issues (including evidence collection from a battlefield) and other prosecutorial challenges, administrative and security measures. Aside from the core lectures, the course also included interactive sessions, study visits, group discussions (Chatham House Rules) and panel presentations.

The list of last years’ speakers includes:

Fee overview:
This year we offer a special PhD Fee, an Early Bird Fee and a Standard Fee.

Registration is not open yet, more information will follow soon.


  • Location : T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague
  • Period : Aug 26 2019 - Aug 31 2018
  • Level : Student & Professional
  • Language : English
  • Prices from : TBC
  • Deadline : Aug 22 2019
  • Theme : Law Peace & Justice / Security / Global Challenges & Innovation
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