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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Winter Academy - Doing Business Right: Due diligence as master key to responsible business conductDetails

T.M.C. Asser Instituut

The work of John Ruggie as UN Special Representative on business & human rights was prolific and has had a transformative impact on the regulatory choices taken at various levels to tackle the human rights responsibilities of corporations. In particular, the second pillar of his UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), endorsed unanimously by the Human Rights Council in June 2011, has had a long-lasting influence.

More specifically, this second pillar popularised the concept of human rights due diligence as the central process that businesses need to introduce in order to abide by their responsibility to respect human rights. From thereon, the concept was transplanted into a variety of regulatory instruments, such as the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises or the French law on the devoir de vigilance. Thus, it became the touchstone of the debates related to responsible business conduct and a primary demand by civil society organisations pushing for stricter regulations of transnational corporations.

Building on this year’s winter academy focused on the UNGPs, the 2020 edition will dive deeper into ‘the pillar of the second pillar’: human rights due diligence. We will retrace the genealogy of the concept, investigate its theoretical underpinnings, and provide the participants with a comprehensive understanding of its practical operation through specific case studies conducted by experienced practitioners. Through a blending of theory and practice, we equip our participants with the necessary knowledge and know-how to engage with the growing practice of due diligence in their daily work at NGOs, corporations, administrations or in academia.

The Winter Academy is an advanced education programme developed by the Asser Institute in the framework of its Doing Business Right project furthering fundamental research and public debates on the responsibilities of businesses in times of globalisation. It is a platform for (future) business and human rights professionals to meet and exchange on the latest developments in the field with a team of hand-picked lecturers.

More information and a full programme to come.

  • Location : T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague
  • Period : Jan 27 2020 - Jan 31 2020
  • Level : Student & Professional
  • Language : English
  • Prices from : € 695.00
  • Deadline : Closed
  • Theme : Law Peace & Justice
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