SPRING MEETING
OF THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

FINDING BALANCE: LESSONS FROM COURTROOM BATTLES ON INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE LAW

WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 2024 19.30 – 21.00
HUMANITY HUB, FLUWELEN BURGWAL 58, THE HAGUE AND ONLINE

In 2024, a significant shift occurred in the global climate regime. Struggling to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement, states across the world found themselves in a new dynamic. Courts, originally not envisioned as key players in interpreting and applying international climate law, took centre stage. This was marked by a landmark judgment from the European Court of Human Rights, and (forthcoming) Advisory Opinions from the Law of the Sea Tribunal, the International Court of Justice and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In over 50 states, individuals, civil society groups, and corporate actors have initiated judicial proceedings to challenge governmental and corporate climate policies, often expressly relying on international climate law.

Both international and national courts play a crucial role in clarifying states’ international obligations and responsibilities. However, they must navigate the intricate landscapes of global and national politics and grapple with the inherent limitations of their role in complex societal trade-offs in climate transitions and the search for climate justice.

This presentation will discuss the lessons that we can draw from international and national caselaw so far. It will evaluate how courts have contributed to developing and implementing international climate law and provide perspectives on how they attempt to balance competing interests in this complex global arena.

Prof. André Nollkaemper, University Professor of International Law and Sustainability, University of Amsterdam, will provide a presentation, followed by a Q&A and drinks.

Registration: Please send an email to gro.r1716896567ivnk@1716896567tcatn1716896567oc1716896567 by Monday 17 June 2024 indicating whether you would like to attend the meeting in person or online.

The Society devoted its Spring Meeting of 7 June 2023 to the theme: ‘The Role of the UN in the Conflict in Ukraine: Attempts to Bypass the UN Charter in the Spirit of the Charter Itself?’. The recording of the meeting, which was hosted by Leiden University, can be viewed here. Speakers were: Dr. Alanna O’Malley, Associate Professor at the Leiden University Institute for History, Prof. Niels Blokker, Professor of International Institutional Law at Leiden University, and Mr. Karel van Oosterom, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The meeting was introduced and moderated by Prof. Willem van Genugten (President KNVIR).

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KNVIR Spring meeting 7 June 2023

SPRING MEETING
OF THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

THE ROLE OF THE UN IN THE CONFLICT IN UKRAINE: ATTEMPTS TO BYPASS THE UN CHARTER IN THE SPIRIT OF THE CHARTER ITSELF?

7 JUNE 2023 19.00 – 21.00
LEIDEN UNIVERSITY, CAMPUS THE HAGUE AND ONLINE

While the UN provides refugee protection and humanitarian aid in Ukraine and is actively involved in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, its role in the domain of peace and security is limited: examples include speeches by the UN Secretary-General and the February 2023 General Assembly resolution demanding that the Russian Federation withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory, in line with the UN Charter.

However, GA resolutions lack ‘bite’. The impossibility for the Security Council to act in this conflict has, again, raised the question as to what role the GA and other UN organs can still play. Various initiatives have been taken, such as the GA’s emergency special session and the adoption of GA Res. 76/262 (‘Standing mandate for a GA debate when a veto is cast in the Security Council’). Are these examples of ‘bypassing the UN Charter in the spirit of the Charter itself’, knowing that formal changes of the Charter are not a realistic perspective? Or does the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the use of its veto in the Security Council bring new stimuli to the long-standing negotiations about Security Council Reform?

Dr. Alanna O’Malley, Associate Professor at the Leiden University Institute for History, and
Prof. Niels Blokker, Professor of International Institutional Law at Leiden University,
will provide a presentation. This will be followed by a Q&A.

Date and time: Wednesday 7 June 2023, from 19.00-21.00

Location: Leiden University, Campus The Hague, Turfmarkt 99, 2511 DP The Hague, or online via Zoom

Registration: Please send an email to gro.r1716896567ivnk@1716896567tcatn1716896567oc1716896567 by 2 June 2023 indicating whether you would like to attend the meeting in person or online via Zoom.

For questions, please contact the Secretary via gro.r1716896567ivnk@1716896567draob1716896567.

The Society devoted its Spring Meeting of 24 May 2022, which was held in hybrid format, to the theme: ‘Sanctions as the go-to tool: Do they work and what role for international law?’. The recording of the meeting, which was hosted by The Hague Humanity Hub, can be viewed here. Speakers were: Prof. Peter van Bergeijk (Erasmus University) and Prof. Larissa van den Herik (Leiden University). The meeting was introduced and moderated by Prof. Willem van Genugten (President KNVIR).

SPRING MEETING
OF THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

SANCTIONS AS THE GO-TO-TOOL:
DO THEY WORK AND WHAT ROLE FOR INTERNATIONAL LAW?

24 MAY 2022 16.00 – 18.00
IN THE HUMANITY HUB, THE HAGUE, AND ONLINE

Already before the Russian aggression against Ukraine the stalemate in the UN Security Council increasingly led to a wave of unilateral sanctions. Economic sanctions may seem to have become the instrument of choice to deal with international crises, but the role of the UN Security Council has diminished.

Prof. Peter van Bergeijk (Erasmus University) and Prof. Larissa van den Herik (Leiden University) put the expanding sanctions practice into the perspectives of international relations and international law.

Do sanctions work at all? What drives their success and failure? Why is coordination of sanctions so difficult? Should international law have a more prominent role in governing sanctions?

Importantly, although targeted sanctions remain very present on the sanctions’ menu, there is again a trend towards the recomprehensivation of sanctions, a return to the more comprehensive sanctions of before. What is the future of the sanction instrument?

The speakers will each give a presentation of 20 minutes, followed by the opportunity to ask questions and a discussion.

Date and time: Tuesday 24 May 2022, from 16.00-18.00

Location: The Humanity Hub, Fluwelen Burgwal 58, 2511 CJ, The Hague, or online via Zoom

Registration: Please send an email to gro.r1716896567ivnk@1716896567tcatn1716896567oc1716896567 by 19 May 2022 indicating whether you would like to attend the meeting in person or online. If you are attending via Zoom, the link will be sent to the email you use for registration, unless you indicate otherwise.

For questions, please contact the Secretary via gro.r1716896567ivnk@1716896567draob1716896567.

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INTERNATIONAAL PRIVAATRECHTELIJKE GEVOLGEN VAN DE BREXIT

The Society devoted its Spring Meeting of 3 June 2021, which was held online and in the Dutch language, to the theme: ‘Internationaal privaatrechtelijke gevolgen van de Brexit’ (Private international law consequences of the Brexit). The recording of the meeting, which was hosted by The Hague Humanity Hub and co-organised by the Internationaal Juridisch Instituut and the legal journal Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht, can be viewed here. Speakers were: Prof. Dr. Ian Sumner, University of Tilburg, Dr. André Berends LL.M. (Dutch Ministry of Finance), Tess Bens LL.M. (Radboud University), Dr. Fieke van Overbeeke LL.M. (Internationaal Juridisch Instituut). The meeting was introduced by Prof. Willem van Genugten (President KNVIR) and moderated by Prof. Marta Pertegás (member executive board KNVIR).

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INTERNATIONAAL PRIVAATRECHTELIJKE GEVOLGEN VAN DE BREXIT

VOORJAARSVERGADERING

van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Internationaal Recht
in samenwerking met het Internationaal Juridisch Instituut en het tijdschrift Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht
Online gehouden op
3 juni 2021 16.00 – 18.00 

Graag nodigen het Internationaal Juridisch Instituut (IJI), het tijdschrift Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht (NIPR) en de Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Internationaal Recht (KNVIR) u uit voor een webinar over de Internationaal Privaatrechtelijke Gevolgen van de Brexit

Het webinar zal bestaan uit vier inleidingen van 10-15 minuten elk:

Na de echtscheiding, komt de afwikkeling! Brexit en het internationaal familierecht
Prof. dr. Ian Sumner, hoogleraar IPR, Universiteit van Tilburg

Het internationale insolventierecht tussen Nederland en het Verenigd Koninkrijk sinds de Brexit
Mr. dr. André Berends, specialist bij het Ministerie van Financiën

Brussel na de Brexit – Nieuwe regels voor burgerlijke en handelszaken 
Mr. Tess Bens, docent Burgerlijk Recht, Radboud Universiteit

De Brexit vanuit Den Haag: Biedt de Hague Judgments Convention uitkomst?[1]
Dr. Mr. Fieke van Overbeeke, CEO & Legal Counsel, Internationaal Juridisch Instituut

[1] De titel van dit programmaonderdeel is onder voorbehoud. 

Aansluitend is er ruimte voor vragen en discussie. De inleidingen zijn in het Nederlands, maar vragen en discussiebijdragen kunnen tevens worden gesteld/geleverd in het Engels. Het webinar wordt gemodereerd door Prof. dr. Marta Pertegás Sender, hoogleraar IPR en Transnationaal Recht, Universiteit Maastricht en lid van het Dagelijks Bestuur van de KNVIR. 

Datum en tijd: donderdag 3 juni, van 16.00 tot 18.00 uur, via Zoom.

Aanmelden: leden van de KNVIR en andere geïnteresseerden kunnen zich aanmelden t/m dinsdag 1 juni via gro.r1716896567ivnk@1716896567ofni1716896567, onder vermelding van het emailadres waarop zij de link voor het webinar wensen te ontvangen.

Voor vragen kunt u contact opnemen met de Secretaris van de KNVIR: gro.r1716896567ivnk@1716896567draob1716896567


The video of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law’s Spring Meeting ‘The WTO Before, During and After Corona’, organised on 24 June 2020 in cooperation with the T.M.C. Asser Instituut.

The (adapted) power point presentation of the Spring Meeting’s speaker, Prof. Peter van den Bossche, can be found here:

SPRING MEETING

of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

to be held online on

Wednesday 24 JUNE 2020 16.00 – 17.00 Hrs (cet)

The WTO, established on 1 January 1995, has for a long time been one of the success stories of international law. This is largely due to its track record in the settlement of disputes: since 1995, 595 disputes have been brought to the WTO, while over 350 rulings have been issued. However, in recent times, the Organization has been challenged by, inter alia, inconclusive discussions on multilateral trade, a growing emphasis on nationalism and protectionism, at least in some states, the lack of attention to the position of developing states (despite the 2013 ‘Bali Package’), the blocking of the appointment of judges in the Dispute Settlement Body, and, in recent times, the nearly unforeseeable trade consequences of COVID-19.

For obvious reasons, the Society’s traditional ‘Voorjaarsvergadering’ (Spring Meeting) cannot take its usual shape this year. The Board of the Society therefore invites its Members and others who are interested to attend this online meeting. The event will have an informative as well as forward-looking character, and will be introduced by Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, judge in the WTO Appellate Body from 2009 to 2019, Professor of International Economic Law, University of Bern, and Director of Studies, World Trade Institute, Bern. Prof. Van den Bossche is an honorary professor at Maastricht University, the Netherlands (since 2018), and a visiting professor at the LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy (since 2016), at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador (since 2016), and at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium (since 2010).

The event will run for one hour, with half an hour being reserved for the introductory lecture by Prof. Van den Bossche and half an hour for Q&A and some discussion, depending on the time available.

Date and Time:            Wednesday 24 June 2020, 16.00-17.00 hrs (CET), via Zoom.

Registration:                Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Registration is required. Please register for free by Monday 22 June 2020 by sending an email to .gro.1716896567rivnk1716896567@ofni1716896567

The UN In Times of Global Challenges

Insights from The Security Council

This year, the KNVIR devoted its Spring Meeting to the role the UN, and more particularly the UN Security Council, are playing in a world full of challenges, including attacks on multilateralism and, linked to that, fickle leadership in a broader sense. The meeting was jointly organised with the Netherlands United Nations Association (NVVN) (represented by dr. Otto Spijkers), the The Hague University of Applied Sciences (HHS) and Leiden University (both represented by prof. Alanna O’Malley).

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