SPRING MEETING
OF THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

USING INTERNATIONAL LITIGATION TO PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL LAW
– THE DUTCH EXPERIENCE –

TUESDAY 7 MAY 2024 19.30 – 21.00
THE HAGUE

In recent years, the resort to international litigation has proliferated, including by and against the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This proliferation does not only encompass contentious proceedings between States, but also advisory proceedings and investment arbitration proceedings. It also extends to public interest litigation with applicant States seeking to protect a collective interest of a group of States or the international community as a whole (without being injured themselves). What are the origins, risks and prospects of the enhanced use of the international justice system?

Prof. Dr. René Lefeber, legal advisor and Head of the International Law Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and professor of international environmental law at the University of Amsterdam, will give an introduction to the topic, followed by a Q&A and a discussion.

Date and time: Tuesday 7 May, from 19.30-21.00.
Location: The Hague, close to the Central Station. The location will be provided upon registration.

To encourage an open discussion, the evening will be moderated under the Chatham House Rule. This means that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. For this reason, the event will be in person only and will not be recorded.

Registration (required): Please send an email to gro.r1712940992ivnk@1712940992tcatn1712940992oc1712940992 by Friday 3 May 2024.

For questions, please contact the Secretary at gro.r1712940992ivnk@1712940992draob1712940992.

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

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).

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

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).

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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).

Springmeeting 2021

The WTO Before, During and After Corona

Speaker

  • Prof. Peter van den Bossche
    Professor of International Economic Law, University of Bern, Director of Studies, World Trade Institute, Bern, honorary professor at Maastricht University, visiting professor at the LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy, and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, and at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.

The UN In Times of Global Challenges

Insights from The Security Council

Speaker

  • Ambassador Karel van Oosterom
    Permanent Representative of The Kingdom of The Netherlands to The United Nations

Meeting jointly organised by

The Netherlands United Nations Association (Nvvn), The Royal Netherlands Society Of International Law and The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Hhs) Leiden University

The Minutes of the KNVIR Spring Meeting will be made available here.

The Children of the Caliphate and International Law

Speakers

  • dr. Bibi van Ginkel, LLM
    Senior research fellow, Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’ and research fellow, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, The Hague (ICCT)
  • drs. Mattie van der Molen
    Behaviourist, Dutch Council for Child Protection

The Minutes of the Spring Meeting 2018 are available here.

Fake News and National Sovereignty

The dangers of politically and militarily motivated fake news and its impace on national interests

Speakers

  • mr. Jan Kleijssen
    Director of Information Society and Action against Crime, Council of Europe
  • Rosa S.E.V. Toxopeus, M.A.
    Analyst National Security, National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, Analysis and Strategy Department (DAS)
  • drs. Carmen Gonsalves
    Head International Cyber Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Proceedings of the Spring Meeting 2017 are available here.

Migration, Refugees and
International Law

Speakers

  • drs. Bram van Ojik
    Special Envoy for Migration, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • prof. dr. Ashley B. Terlouw
    Professor of Sociology, Radboud University, Nijmegen
    Board Member Centre of Migration Law, Nijmegen
  • dr. Hans van Loon
    Former Secretary General of the Hague Conference onPrivate International Law

The Minutes of the Spring Meeting 2016 are available here.

Arbitration as a means of solving international disputes

Advantages and Risks

Speakers

  • mr. Hugo H. Siblesz
    Secretary General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • prof.dr. Jamal Seifi
    Judge at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and Professor of Global Law (2015) at Tilburg University
  • prof.dr. Vesna Lazic
    Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute, Associate Professor of International Commercial Arbitration at Utrecht University and Professor of EU Civil Procedure at the University of Rijeka, Croatia

The Minutes of the Spring Meeting 2015 are available here.

Looting of Cultural Property
during Foreign Occupation

Speakers

  • mr. Taco Dibbits
    Director of Collections of the Rijksmuseum
  • prof.dr. Liesbeth Lijnzaad
    Legal Adviser, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and 
Professor Practice of International Law at Maastricht University
  • mr. Rob Polak
    Formerly partner De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, and 
Chairman of the Association of Art, Culture and Law

The Minutes of the Spring Meeting 2014 are available here.

Business and Human Rights: Issues of Legal Accountability

Speakers

  • dr. Liesbeth F.H. Enneking
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow at UCALL, Utrecht University’s 
Centre for Accountability and Liability Law and co-author of one of the amicus curiae briefs in the Kiobel case before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • prof.dr. René J.M. Lefeber
    Professor of International Environmental Law at the Amsterdam Centre for Environmental Law and Sustainability of the University of Amsterdam
  • mr. Bastiaan Pries
    Associate General Counsel in the Legal Department of
 Shell International B.V.

The Minutes of the Spring Meeting 2013 are available here.