Summer Programme on International & European Environmental Law

The Future We Choose

From 24 – 28 August 2015, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in cooperation with the European Environmental Law (EEL) Network and the Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF) are organising the second Summer Programme on International and European Environmental Law.

This year’s programme is designed to enhance practical knowledge on the topic of climate change and numerous other legal regimes governing the most important aspects of international and European environmental law.

The 5-day programme consists of interactive lectures by renowned experts from academia and practice, and a study visit to the International Court of Justice. The participants will gain extensive knowledge and understanding of these areas of law, which are growing in importance every day.

The programme will cover a wide variety of topics such as:

  • The road to Paris and beyond: tackling climate change;
  • Challenges of sustainable water use;
  • Shaping sustainable finance;
  • The role of private investors in promoting sustainability;
  • Trade agreements and the environment;
  • Legal aspects of sustainable energy;
  • Creating a circular economy.

Target Audience
Policy makers, lawyers, practitioners working in the banking sector, think thanks or NGOs and researchers who, in their professional capacity, deal with aspects of international and/or European environmental law and issues of sustainable development are invited to apply.

Furthermore, persons already experienced in environmental policies or persons relatively new to this area of law, will benefit greatly from the unique insights in the status quo and recent developments in environmental law. For Ph.D. researchers or advanced students, the programme offers an excellent opportunity to interact with experts in the fields they are interested in. Familiarity with (environmental) law or environmental policy is desirable.

You can register by completing the online application form.

The deadline for application is 13 July 2015.

*Please read the Registration Information & Conditions carefully before registration (see brochure).


For more information or questions please contact

>> Download the flyer, brochure and provisional programme below for more detailed information about the programme, the subject areas that will be covered and the terms and conditions of registration.

Advanced Course on International Criminal Law – Special Focus: Gender Justice

Offered by The Hague Academy of International Law in cooperation with the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University

and with the kind support of

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

The course, which will be given for the first time, provides in-depth understanding, discussion and training in theory and practice of International Criminal Law. The session focuses on Gender Justice, with a particular emphasis on a critical evaluation of persistent challenges and emerging responses to sexual and gender-based violence. General and specialized themes are broached by distinguished experts in the field and supplemented by exercizes.

Course Coordinator: Prof. Carsten Stahn

Confirmed speakers:

Ms. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Dr. Serge Brammertz, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni, President of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences
Judge Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
Brigid Inder, Special Adviser on Gender to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Patricia Sellers, Special Adviser on International Criminal Law Prosecution Strategies to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Dr. Kelly Askin, Senior Legal Officer for International Justice in the Open Society Justice Initiative
Prof. William Schabas, Professor  of Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law at Leiden University
Prof. Kai Ambos, Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Gottingen
Prof. Guenael Mettraux, Professor of International Criminal Law and Defence Counsel at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
Dr. Chris Dolan, Director of the Refugee Law Project, Makerere University
Håkan Friman, Deputy-Director General in the Swedish Ministry of Justice
Vedrana Mladina, Associate Victims Expert in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court
Niamh Hayes, Head of Office at the Institute for International Criminal Investigations
Maxine Marcus, Senior International Criminal Law and Gender Expert
Michelle Jarvis, Principal Legal Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Prof. Larissa van den Herik, Professor of Public International Law at Leiden University
Paul Seils, Vice President and General Counsel, International Center for Transitional Justice
Joseph Powderly, Assistant Professor in International Law, Leiden University
Dr. Rod Rastan, Legal Adviser in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

All lectures will be delivered in English.

IViR Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy

The University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law (IViR) announces the 3rd IVIR Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy. The course will focus on privacy law and policy related to the Internet, electronic communications and online and social media.  It will explore the broader trends and recent developments in this rapidly changing field and explain how businesses, governments and other stakeholders can achieve their goals within it. The course will feature a distinguished faculty of European and US academics, regulators and practitioners who will investigate the EU and US legal frameworks and how they operate together. Participants will acquire the essential knowledge necessary to navigate privacy law and policy for online services that operate in the EU and the US. The seminar format promotes interaction among participants and faculty, and incorporates a range of practical exercises to apply the knowledge.
Enrolment is limited to 25 participants.

Goals of the course:
At the conclusion of the course, participants will:
(1) Understand the latest developments in EU and US privacy law related to the Internet, electronic communications and online and social media;
(2) Have insight into how privacy law and policy will develop in response to economic trends and technological innovation;
(3) Be introduced to the most current and relevant European and American legislative, judicial and regulatory documents which are made available as course materials.

Intended audience:
The course is aimed at lawyers, government officials, NGO staff, academics, PhD students and others who work in the areas of privacy and data protection law. The course is taught at the post-graduate level. Participants should have some prior knowledge of the field.

Timing and Location:
The course will extend over a five-day period from July 6 to 10, 2015 and is held in a historic building on one of Amsterdam‘s most beautiful canals, De Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102.

NDLI Nuts and Bolts of Leadership and Management

Outstanding trial skills don’t automatically translate into outstanding managerial skills. A good trial lawyer can, however, learn skills to use in supervising colleagues and managing staff. The Nuts & Bolts training seminar, one part of the National Defender Leadership Institute, offers a unique opportunity for defender leaders to step away from their offices, learn these skills and apply them to their individual management challenges in a supportive learning environment. This June in South Carolina, our expert faculty will help each participant translate advocacy skills into effective management techniques.


  • Trial lawyers transitioning to management positions
  • Experienced defender leaders who want to improve their managerial skills
  • Other Supervisors in Defender offices (e.g. Social Workers, Investigators)
  • All levels of supervisors, managers and directors of defender or assigned counsel programs, from any kind of indigent defense delivery system (i.e., state public defender systems, large urban defender offices, county defender systems, private law firms that contract for public defense cases, and local assigned counsel systems)
  • Defenders interested in becoming managers