Conference 9. December, 100 years Nobel Peace Prize; Tobias Asser



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100 Years Nobel Peace Prize Tobias Asser

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize by the Dutch lawyer, Mr. Tobias Asser.

Tobias Asser was the first, and until now the only, Dutch citizen to be honoured with this prestigious prize. This achievement will be commemorated during a special conference to be held in the Peace Palace, The Hague on 9 December, 2011.

The aim of the conference is to reflect on Asser’s legal and political heritage and at the same time to address the lessons to be learned from Asser in dealing with contemporary global challenges.


09.00 – 09.30 Arrival/registration

09.30 – 10.00 Opening

Uri Rosenthal, Minister of Foreign Affairs (to be confirmed)

Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of the Municipality of The Hague

10.00 – 10.30 Keynote address

Judge Peter Tomka, Vice-President of the International Court of Justice

10.30 – 10.45 Asser and the International Institutions in The Hague

10.45 – 11.00 Presentation T.M.C. Asser (1838 – 1913) Founder of The Hague Tradition, by Arthur Eyffinger

11.00 – 11.30 Break

11.30 – 12.30 Introduction to Asser’s Legal Heritage: developments and accomplishments 1911-2011

Joe Verhoeven, Secretary General, Institut de Droit International

Hans van Loon, Secretary General, The Hague Conference on Private International Law

Brooks Daly, Deputy Secretary General, Permanent Court of Arbitration

Steven van Hoogstraten, Director, Carnegie Foundation and Treasurer, The Hague Academy of

International Law

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 14.15 Towards a Third Hague Peace Conference?

Chair: Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Legal Advisor to the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nico Schrijver, Professor of Public International Law, Grotius Centre for International Legal

Studies, Leiden University

Joris Voorhoeve, Lector Peace, Justice and Security, The Hague University of Applied Sciences and

Professor of International Organisations and Security, Leiden University

Dire Tladi, Counsellor Legal Affairs, Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN

14.15 – 15.15 Cross-border Movements and the Challenges for Private International Law

Chair: Hans van Loon, Secretary General, Hague Conference on Private International Law

Alex Mills, Lecturer, Faculty of Laws, University College London

Aukje van Hoek, Professor of Private International Law, Amsterdam University

Peter Winship, James Cleo Thompson Sr. Trustee Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Frederike E.M.Stikkelbroeck, former Director International Centre of the Hague Conference

15.15 – 15.30 Break

15.30 – 16.30 International Arbitration in the 21st Century

Chair: Hans van Houtte, President, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal

Brooks Daly, Deputy Secretary General, Permanent Court of Arbitration

Albert-Jan van den Berg, Professor of Law, Erasmus University, Rotterdam and Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels

Filip De Ly,Professor of Private International Law and Comparative Law, Erasmus University


16.30 – 17.00 Concluding Remarks

17.00 – 18.00 Reception

Registration is required: Please register at

conferencemanager@asser.nl, subject line ‘100 years Asser’ mentioning full name and organisational affiliation. Participation is free of charge.

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