Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture 2017

The 2017 Annual Lecture was delivered by Professor Saskia Sassen who is a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, and one of the world’s most prominent scholars on global cities (including cities and terrorism), migration, digital technologies and society, and the implications of economic globalisation for nation-states and international law. Full lecture available here, and a shorter version with the highlights is available here. You can also watch the main arguments and story line of the Annual Lecture in the video below: 

More information about the Third Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture.

About the Annual Lecture

On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary (1965 – 2015), the T.M.C Asser Instituut has launched, on 2 December 2015, the Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture on the development of international law.

Each year the Asser Institute invites an internationally renowned jurist and outstanding public intellectual to take inspiration from Tobias Asser’s vision and to examine – as Asser did in his days – how to respond to ‘the condition of society’. Mutual trust and respect are crucial to the health of any society, especially when it is a heterogeneous one; this holds regardless of whether it is the international society, the European society or the urban society of one of the rapidly growing cities across the globe. A question that Tobias Asser handed down to us is ‘how can law and legal institutions contribute to the cultivation of such necessary trust and respect?’ – a question central to the Asser Institute’s Research Agenda. 

The Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture means to bring this question to different contexts and fields of law. It aspires to be a platform for constructive, critical reflection on the role of law in addressing the challenges and (potentially radical) changes of the global society of the 21st century. 

Download the Annual Lecture’s Background paper for more information.