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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.r1632204753ivnk@1632204753ofni1632204753, 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.r1632204753ivnk@1632204753draob1632204753


The Society devoted its Annual General Meeting of November 6, which was held online, to the theme: ‘International Law for a Digitalised World’.  The recording of the discussion of the Collected Papers can be viewed here. (Please note that the video starts rather abruptly, while for technical reasons the parts on the voting on the propositions have been left out.)

On 6 November 2020, the KNVIR awarded the biennial Francois Prize. The report of the jury reads as follows:

It is my great pleasure and honour to present the jury report of the 2020 François Prize of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law.  The François Prize was created to promote the study of public international law and private international law and is offered, every other year, to an excellent master’s thesis or other comparable paper in these fields of law.  Ph.D. dissertations, books, articles published in scientific journals or publications that otherwise have been reviewed and revised externally do not qualify.  The anonymised submissions are judged on originality and relevance of the topic, the systematic and logical way of thinking, the quality of the legal analysis and conclusions, style and, finally, presentation.  More information on the Prize can be found in its Bye-Laws, available on the Society’s website.

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Vassilis Dokalis

At the Annual Meeting on 6 November 2020, which was held online, 
the J.P.A François Prize was awarded to:

Mr. Vassilis Dokalis

INTERNATIONAL LAW FOR A DIGITALISED WORLD

Annual Meeting of the
ROYAL NETHERLANDS SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
Friday 6 November 2020 at 13:30 CET
ON-LINE VIA ZOOM

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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.1632204753rivnk1632204753@ofni1632204753

This week, Mr. Huw Llewellyn, Director of the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations invited members of the KNVIR to make use of the international law training and research materials available in the UN’s Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL), which may be accessed here.

The AVL contains more than 600 lectures on a large number of international law subjects and in the Historic Archives you may find more than 100 legal instruments, together with introductory notes prepared by internationally recognised experts, as well as audiovisual materials.

The AVL is also available as a podcast here.

Given the outbreak of Covid-19 and the present need for online educational materials and resources, the AVL may provide very useful materials, especially for our members in academia.  Please feel free to make use of these materials and resources.

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On 1 November 2019, during the Annual General Meeting, three preadviseurs – prof. Göran Sluiter, prof. Stephan Parmentier and dr. Antoine Duval presented their reports on, in summary, the progress and non-progress made in the field of international criminal law over the last 25 years, on alternatives for criminal prosecution and on the way companies have been encountering criminal proceedings.  In doing so they also paid extensive attention to the shortcomings to be addressed and the gaps to be filled in order to end impunity for international crimes.  Unfortunately, dr. Eva Kassoti, co-author of one pf the reports, together with dr. Duval, was absent, due to illness.

mr. Fons Orie, invited by the Board to do so, commented on the three papers.  Following these presentations, the audience was asked to add their comments and raise their questions, which led to a lively debate that took the remainder of the afternoon.  Many of those present participated in the discussion and, in their interaction with the presenters, contributed to a very interesting meeting.

Annual General Meeting 2019

From left to right: prof. W. van Genugten, prof. G. Sluiter, prof. S. Parmentier, dr. A. Duval, mr. F. Orie and dr. E. Kassoti

A full report of the proceedings will be published on this website as soon as it is available.

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The “Preadvies” by prof. dr. S. Parmentier on ‘Living Up To International Criminal Law State of Affairs, Prospects And Mandates’ is now available online.

Preadvies 2019
prof. dr. S. Parmentier
Addendum to ‘Living up to International Criminal Law: State of Affairs, Prospects and Mandates’

It will be presented by the author at the Annual Meeting on 1 November.

prof. dr. S. Parmentier
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Living Up To International Criminal Law

State of Affairs, Prospects And Mandates

Annual Meeting of The

Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

On Friday 1 November 2019 At 1:30 P.M.

Room 2.02 (klein auditorium), wijnhavengebouw,
Campus The Hague, Leiden University
Turfmarkt 99, 2511 DP The Hague

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François Prize

The Board of the

Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

Invites

those who are students at, or have obtained a Master’s degree from, a Dutch university, to submit a paper or other similar writing (not being a Ph.D. thesis, a book, a published article or another publication that has been judged externally) on a subject of public international law or private international law to compete for the

François Prize 2020

provided that on 31 December 2019 they have passed their exam less than two (2) years ago.

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Institut de Droit international

From 25 to 31 August 2019 the 79th Session of the renowned Institut de Droit international (Institute of International Law – IDI – established in 1873, Nobel Peace Prize in 1904) will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Members of the KNVIR are invited to attend the following meetings of this IDI Session:

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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).
Kingdom of the Netherlands
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Spring Meeting 2019 on 18 April

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The Hague University of Applied Sciences (HHS)

The UN in times of Global challenges

Insights from the Security Council

Keynote Speakers

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

Ambassador Peter Wilson
British Ambassador to the Netherlands and UK Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

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The UN In Times of Global Challenges

Insights from The Security Council

Spring Meeting of The

Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

On Thursday 18 April 2019 At 17:30 hrs.

Room 2.02 (klein auditorium), wijnhavengebouw,
Campus The Hague, Leiden University
Turfmarkt 99, 2511 DP The Hague

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

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A successful Annual General Meeting was held on 2 November

Climate change, the subject of this year’s Annual General Meeting, drew a large crowd to the Wijnhavengebouw of Leiden University’s The Hague campus on 2 November.

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François Prize

It is my great pleasure to announce the winner of the 2018 François Prize of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law to you today at our annual meeting. This prize is a bi-annual prize that honours the best Master’s thesis in the fields of public international law or private international law written at a Dutch University in the past two years, in as much as these papers have not yet been published and have been sent to the jury. The anonymous or anonymized submissions are judged among other things on their originality, their demon­stration of a profound understanding of the law in a particular field, and the language used.  For those interested, you may find the Bye-Laws for the Prize on our website.

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The “Preadvies” by prof. mr. dr. A.H.A. (Fred) Soons on ‘Climate Change:
Options and Duties under International Law’ is available online

Addendum to ‘Climate Change: Options and Duties under International Law’

It has been presented by the author at the Annual Meeting on 2 November.

prof. mr. dr. A.H.A. (Fred) Soons

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Climate Change

Options And Duties Under International Law

Annual Meeting of The

Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

On Friday 2 November 2018 At 1:30 P.M.

Room 2.02 (klein auditorium), wijnhavengebouw,
Campus The Hague, Leiden University
Turfmarkt 99, 2511 DP The Hague

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All are invited to the Maastricht Private Law Lecture, 11-12 October 2018, by prof. dr. Symeon C. Symeonides. The topic of the lecture is The ‘Private’ in Private International Law.

The Maastricht Private Law Lecture, hosted by the Maastricht Department of Private Law, is an annual event at which a most distinguished scholar is invited to give a lecture on a topic related to the wide field of private law. An interactive seminar with PhD-researchers will follow on the next day.

Symeon C. Symeonides
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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

Thursday 13 June 2019 at 19:00 hrs.
Room 3.60, wijnhavengebouw,
Campus The Hague, Leiden University
Turfmarkt 99, 2511 DP The Hague

Minutes of The Spring Meeting 2018

On 13 June, the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law (KNVIR) organised its Spring Meeting on the topic of ‘The Children of the Caliphate and International Law’. This event examined state responses regarding the children of parents who joined the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria from the perspectives of states’ obligations under international law and child protection. Particular attention was paid to the policy in the Netherlands, which – like several other states –does not actively repatriate Dutch children back to the Netherlands.

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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

Thursday 13 June 2019 at 19:00 hrs.
Room 3.60, wijnhavengebouw,
Campus The Hague, Leiden University
Turfmarkt 99, 2511 DP The Hague

With the crumbling of IS’ Caliphate new challenges have come to the surface. One such challenge that has been discussed vigorously over the past weeks and months, is what to do with the ‘Children of the Caliphate’, that is to say: the children of parents who joined IS in Iraq and Syria. What does international law say about the obligations of states in this matter and how should we assess certain governmental practices, such as those of the Netherlands, which currently does not actively repatriate Dutch children back to the Netherlands, taking into account international law, as well as other perspectives?

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The jury of the Theo van Boven – Maastricht Human Rights Research Prize 2018 is looking for excellent young researchers in the field of human rights law, international criminal law or international humanitarian law. Nominations must be received by 15 September 2018.

The Prize consists of 3.000 Euro and a seminar on a subject chosen by the laureate, organized together with the International Law Department and the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights of Maastricht Law faculty. The winner will be announced on Human Rights Day 2018.

The nomination must identify the PhD thesis of the nominee or other substantial academic work in this field and a motivation must be attached as to the quality of the researcher nominated. Nominations on the basis of publications in Dutch, English, French, as well as German are welcome. Self-nominations or nominations by close relatives will not be accepted.

For more info, and to nominate someone, see this website.

Theo van Boven – Maastricht Human Rights Research Prize

You can now register for the ILA meeting in Sydney. Please go to this website. Early bird fees apply.

The International Law Association

The ILA Australian Branch is pleased to announce that the conference website for the 78th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association, which will be held in Sydney 19-24 August 2018 is now live. The website will be updated in coming weeks with further details on the programme, registration details and conference fees. You can also follow the official ILA 2018 Conference Facebook page.

The International Law Association

The Australian Branch of the International Law Association is hosting the next biennial conference from 19 to 24 August 2018. To assist in building the parallel program for the conference, the Australian Branch has released a Call for Papers and Panels – 2018 ILA Conference Sydney (,pdf). Submissions may be emailed to the address indicated in the call. Additional information may be found on the conference website: www.ila2018.org.au.

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Protecting The Rights of Families And Children In A Changing World

On Friday 3 November 2017 the Annual General Meeting was held at The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

The public part of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of two papers on the theme mentioned above.

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François Prize

The Board of the

Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

Invites

those who are students at, or have obtained a Master’s degree from, a Dutch university, to submit a paper or other similar writing (not being a Ph.D. thesis, a book, a published article or another publication that has been judged externally) on a subject of public international law or private international law to compete for the

François Prize 2018

provided that on 31 December 2017 they have passed their exam less than two (2) years ago.

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On 28 August 2017, our honorary member prof. mr. dr. Nico J. Schrijver was sworn in by His Majesty King Willem Alexander as State Councillor (Staatsraad) in the Advisory Division (Afdeling advisering) of the Council of State (Raad van State).

prof. Schrijver is professor of public international law at Leiden University and Director of the University’s Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies. From 7 June 2011 until 1 September 2017, when he took up his position as State Councillor, prof. Schrijver was a member of the Netherlands Senate (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal). He also is one of the four Dutch members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Earlier this summer, our Board member prof. dr. Liesbeth Lijnzaad was elected as a judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea at Hamburg.

prof. Lijnzaad is the first judge from The Netherlands to occupy this position. On 30 September 2017, the day before she takes up her new position at the ITLOS, she will leave the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she worked as Legal Adviser for almost 25 years. prof. Lijnzaad also is professor of Practice of International Law at Maastricht University and a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

The KNVIR congratulates prof. Schrijver and prof. Lijnzaad with their highly prestigious appointments.

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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

Tuesday 13 june 2017 at 19:00 Hrs.
The Hague Institute for Global Justice
Sophialaan 10, The Hague

Proceedings of The Spring Meeting 2017

The annual Spring Meeting of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law is attended by more than 50 members and non-members. The Chairman, prof. Willem van Genugten, opens the meeting by announcing the unexpected absence of the special guest dr. K.H.D.M. Dijkhoff, Minister for Migration (Staatssecretaris Veiligheid en Justitie), who was invited for the book presentation at the beginning of the meeting. The collapse, yesterday, of the negotiations for a new government, means that dr. Dijkhoff has to attend a meeting in parliament tonight. Under the circumstances the presentation is replaced by a brief introduction of the two books.

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Spring

Fake News and National Sovereignty

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

Spring Meeting of The

Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

Tuesday 13 june 2017 at 19:00 Hrs.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice
Sophialaan 10, The Hague

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

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François Prize
Catherine A. Blanchard

At the Annual Meeting in Utrecht on 4 November 2016
the J.P.A François Prize was awarded to:

Ms. Catherine A. Blanchard

Click here for the text of the prize winning paper

A revised version of the paper was published in the Canadian Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 53 (2015), p. 66-118.

mr. Martijn J. Keeman received honourable mention.

General-Meetings

UN Declaration on the Right to Development 1986-2016

Ways to Promote Further Progress in Practice

On Friday 4 November 2016 the Annual General Meeting was held in Utrecht.

The public part of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of two papers on the theme mentioned above.

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Spring

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 Spring Meeting was held on Wednesday 25 May 2016 in The Hague

Minutes of The Spring Meeting 2016

The Chairman, prof.dr. Willem J.M. van Genugten, opens the Annual Spring Meeting of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law at 7:05 P.M. and welcomes the approximately 40 persons present. The meeting is also intended to commemorate the late KNVIR Treasurer dr. Peter J. van Krieken, who passed away last year and was a specialist in the field of refugees and migrant law. He was a member of the Board from 2008-2015. An In Memoriam can be found on the website of the KNVIR. The Chair subsequently introduces the three speakers: mr. Bram van Ojik (Special Envoy for Migration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), mr. Flip Schüller (lawyer at Prakken d’Oliveira, Amsterdam), and dr. Hans van Loon (former Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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Spring

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 Spring Meeting was held on Wednesday 25 May 2016 in The Hague

Asylum, migration and refugee issues dominate the news, and confront the community of international lawyers with pertinent questions as to clashes between political pragmatism, required given the magnitude of the problems at hand, and the obligation to live up to international law.  The KNVIR devoted its annual Spring Meeting to this particular topic by organising a discussion among the Special Envoy for Migration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and two legal specialists, together representing the two ‘branches’ of the KNVIR:  Public and Private International Law.  The meeting also commemorated the late KNVIR Treasurer dr. Peter J. van Krieken, who was a specialist in this field as well.

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Settlement of International Trade Disputes

Achievements and Challenges

On Friday 6 November 2015 the Annual General Meeting was held at the The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

The public part of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of four papers on the theme mentioned above.

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François Prize

The Board of the

Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

Invites

those who are students at, or have obtained a Master’s degree from, a Dutch university, to submit a paper or other similar writing (not being a Ph.D. thesis, a book, a published article or another publication that has been judged externally) on a subject of public international law or private international law to compete for the

François Prize 2016

provided that on 31 December 2015 they have passed their exam less than two (2) years ago.

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In Memoriam

dr. P.J. van Krieken
1949 – 2015

Charming, intelligent, internationalist, slightly eccentric, committed and engaging: these are only a few words to describe the multifaceted personality of dr. Peter van Krieken, Treasurer of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law, who passed away, aged 65, on 22 May 2015 after a brief but devastating illness. Peter was a very well educated and talented man, who knew his classics, was a passionate violinist and a gifted teacher.


P.J. van Krieken

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The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing

The 2015 ESIL Annual Conference will be held on Thursday 10 – Saturday 12 September 2015 at the University of Oslo.

The Call for Agora Proposals and Papers and Call for Posters are now open, and the deadline for submissions is 31 January 2015.

esil

Further details of the event can be found on the conference website…

François Prize
Arron N. Honniball

At the Annual Meeting in Utrecht on 7 November 2014
the J.P.A François Prize was awarded to:

mr. Arron N. Honniball

Click here for the text of the prize winning paper

mr. Itamar Magid received honourable mention.

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Refining human rights obligations in conflict situations

On Friday 7 November 2014 the Annual General Meeting was held at the Raadzaal of Utrecht University.

The public part of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of three papers on the theme mentioned above.

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The International Law Association

The 76th ILA Biennial Conference took place from 7-11 April 2014 in Washington, D.C.

The conference coincided with and was intertwined with the ASIL 108th annual meeting. The theme was ‘The Effectiveness of International Law’. Some 470 ILA-members attended (as well as more than 1000 ASIL-members).

The ILA’s core work (committees on various topics, studying and reporting, and sometimes finalising their work with resolutions) took place in an inspiring and friendly atmosphere.

A number of committees and study groups held open working sessions, all of which were well attended. Reports of these sessions will be included in the final report of the conference, alongside the substantive reports of these committees and study groups.

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Please note that by mistake, the KNVIR submitted an incorrect version of the preadvies written by Hans van Loon and Stéphanie De Dycker, entitled ‘The Role of the International Court of Justice in the Development of Private International Law’, to the publisher.  Our sincere apologies for this.

The Role of the International Court of Justice in the Development of Private International Law

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One Century Peace Palace, from Past to Present

On Friday 1 November 2013 the Annual General Meeting was held at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

The public part of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of three papers on the theme mentioned above.

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François Prize

The Board of the

Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

Invites

those who are students at, or have obtained a Master’s degree from, a Dutch university, to submit a paper or other similar writing (not being a Ph.D. thesis, a book, a published article or another publication that has been judged externally) on a subject of public international law or private international law to compete for the

François Prize 2014

provided that on 31 December 2013 they have passed their exam less than two (2) years ago.

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Spring

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

held on Tuesday 21 April 2015 at the The Hague Institute for Global Justice

Minutes of The Spring Meeting 2015

The annual Spring Meeting of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law was attended by about 40 members and non-members. The Chairman opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M. He then introduced the three speakers and invited them to give their respective presentations, to be followed immediately by a discussion.

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Spring

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

held on Thursday 17 April 2014 at the Hague Institute for Global Justice

Minutes of The Spring Meeting 2014

The annual Spring Meeting of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law was attended by about 40 members and non-members. The Chairman opened the meeting at [7:00] P.M. He then introduced the three speakers and invited them to give their respective presentations, to be followed immediately by a discussion.

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Spring

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.

On Monday 3 June 2013 at The Institute For Global Justice, The Hague

Minutes of The Spring Meeting 2013

The annual Spring Meeting of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law was attended by about 70 members and non-members. The Chairman opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M. and announced that the meeting would have to end at around 9:00 P.M. He then introduced the three speakers and invited them to give their respective presentations, to be followed immediately by a discussion.

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François Prize

The Jury of the François Prize received eighteen submissions for this year’s Prize. Most of the submissions deal with a public international law subject. Only one submission concerns a topic of private international law. In 2014 also, the Jury had to conclude that the number of submissions in the field of private international law was lagging far behind when compared to the number of submissions in the field of public international law. If this phenomenon is indicative of the position that private international law currently occupies in academic education in the Netherlands, there is – in view of the societal relevance of private international law in a strongly internationalised society – cause for some concern.

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François Prize

The jury of the François Prize 2014 received a record-number of 25 submissions, covering a wide range of international law topics. Most of them are on public international law. Only a few concern private international law. The jury notes this development with some concern, but refrains from any speculations as to the cause.

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François Prize

Voor de Françoisprijs 2012 zijn negentien inzendingen ontvangen. Alle inzendingen zijn door de juryleden gelezen en beoordeeld op de volgende criteria: originaliteit en belang van het onderwerp, systematische en logische denkwijze, kwaliteit van de juridische analyse en van de conclusies, stijl en taalgebruik, en ten slotte de presentatie van het werkstuk.

De inzendingen betreffen zeer verschillende onderwerpen op het terrein van het volkenrecht en van het internationaal privaatrecht. Inzendingen zijn ontvangen van studenten van vrijwel alle Nederlandse universiteiten en tevens, zo heeft de jury verheugd geconstateerd, van studenten van de Opleiding Krijgswetenschappen aan de Nederlandse Defensie Academie te Breda. De kwaliteit van de inzendingen is naar het oordeel van de jury over het algemeen hoog. Het is de jury opgevallen dat veel inzendingen niet alleen in kwaliteit, maar ook in omvang hoog scoren. Werkstukken die tegen de honderd bladzijden beslaan, zijn niet uitzonderlijk.

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