About the Institute

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is a foundation (registered on 17 February 1994 with the Chamber of Commerce Haaglanden, The Netherlands, under file number 41158427), established in 1965 as an interuniversity institute for international law in The Hague. The institute is an internationally renowned centre of expertise in the fields of public international law, private international law, and European law. It fulfils an important role in undertaking fundamental and independent policy-oriented research and providing a platform for international cooperation and partnering in fields of law at the cutting edge of academia and practice.

With its strong convening power the institute attracts legal scholars from around the world to present and test cutting edge ideas in their respective fields of expertise. It is the natural place for critical and constructive reflection on international and European legal developments.

Over the years, the Asser Institute has developed strong independent research activities. In the coming years, the institute aims to build on these activities to strengthen its academic profile and foster its orientation towards fundamental and independent policy-oriented research.

To this end, the Asser Institute will pursue its Strategic Research Agenda (2016-2020), entitled ‘International & European law as a source of trust in a hyper-connected world’, which is the substantive basis for the institute’s direction in this plan period.