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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Asser-ACIL Summer programme on International Lawyering in Public InterestDetails

T.M.C. Asser Instituut

Explore the challenges of public interest advocacy in international law and rethink what it means to practice public interest advocacy in the international system. At the International lawyering in a public interest summer programme organised by the Asser Institute, we bring together leaders in practice, including advocates, activists, academics and members of NGOs, to discuss questions of cutting-edge legal techniques, how to find funding, how to identify causes for advocacy, how to start up your practice, and more. The summer programme will take place at the Asser Institute from 8-12 July, 2019.

What will you gain?
The knowledge lawyers need to launch and sustain practices of public advocacy with international law; and the critical knowledge necessary to challenge assumptions about the nature and limits of public interest advocacy under international law. See last year's programme here.

Eligible Participants
Masters students; PhDs; Young professionals; Seasoned professionals looking to develop a public advocacy practice; Public interest lawyers interested in new directions and critical reflection on the field; NGO workers interested in issues of law and legal practice; Academics looking to apply their knowledge for public advocacy; Diplomats.


  • To register for the summer programme, please fill out the form here.

Please read the Registration Information & Conditions carefully before registering. 

Five scholarships available
AKD has generously offered to fund five partial scholarships for students and PhD candidates.The deadline for scholarship applications is 28 April. Selection process will be completed within two weeks after the deadline; and successful candidates will be notified by 12 May at the latest. More details on the application process and conditions can be found here

To apply for a scholarship please follow this link

List of participating experts: 

Coming back this year: 

  • Jelle Klaas, Public Interest Litigation Project
  • Dr Gavin Sullivan, University of Kent
  • Matt Cannock, Amnesty International: International Justice, Lobbying and Advocacy
  • Prof. Dr Helen Duffy, Leiden University
  • Marieanne Mckeown (Public Interest Law Network) and Annemarie v/d Heuvel (Pro Bono Connect)
  • Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)
  • Goeff Gordon, T.M.C. Asser Instituut 

This year's new addition: 

  • Lamin Khadar (Denton’s; NYU)
  • Robert Houston, Pro Bono Bar Association
  • Nathalie Dijkman, (SEMA)

For more information or questions please contact educationtraining@asser.nl.


  • Location : T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague
  • Period : Jul 8 2019 - Jul 12 2019
  • Level : Student & Professional
  • Language : English
  • Prices from : € 750.00
  • Deadline : Closed
  • Theme : Law Peace & Justice / Global Challenges & Innovation

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 2019
  • Level : Student & Professional
  • Language : English
  • Prices from : € 1,045.00
  • Deadline : Aug 22 2019
  • Theme : Law Peace & Justice / Security / Global Challenges & Innovation
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