Peace Palace

Princess Beatrix in attendance at opening of the 79th session of the Institut de Droit International


Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attends the opening of the 79th session of the Institut de Droit international (IDI) in the Great Hall of Justice of the Peace Palace in The Hague on Monday morning 26 August. Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, is also in attendance.

The IDI is committed to promoting the development of private and public international law. The 132 members meet in session once every two years. During the sessions, following deliberations, resolutions are adopted with proposals for the development and clarification of international law. These resolutions may lead to multilateral treaties and further decision-making at the United Nations. In 1904, the IDI received the Nobel Prize for its work.

The IDI was established in 1873 and is based in Geneva. The current president of the Institute is Professor Nico Schrijver, State Councillor in the Advisory Department of the Council of State and professor of international law at Leiden University. Sessions of the IDI were also held in the Netherlands in 1875, 1898 and 1925 (The Hague) and in 1957 (Amsterdam).

Original press release by RVD (Dutch)

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