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Published 8 June 2020

Training programme at The Asser Institute

In cooperation with (inter)national partners such as, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, ICCT The Hague and OPCW, T.M.C. Asser will bring you four unique training courses in 2020. Sign up now to advance your career!


Covid-19 update
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the format of our training courses might be subject to change. While we strive to welcome you on our premises in The Hague, we might be forced to move the programmes to an online platform. Should this happen, we will offer you the online programme for a reduced fee (please check specific policy for each programme on the respective event page). In the case you had already paid for your spot and the programme moved online, you will get reimbursed the difference in price. Registered participants will receive notification of the format at least a month before the starting date.

[Online summer workshop] International public interest advocacy (01- 03 July 2020) 
If you are aspiring to become a lawyer for the people and want to learn more about the challenges and developments of public interest advocacy, this is the workshop for you.
Practices like public interest advocacy face many challenges in the field of international law from developing strategic litigation to choosing and identifying funding opportunities to take on a cause. Working or aspiring to be a lawyer for the people and being able to sustain that work requires skills, knowledge, and the right network.
In this course, we explore the challenges of public interest advocacy in international law and rethink what it means to be a lawyer working on behalf of public interests in the international system. What tactics and methods can be used to advocate for a public interest? How can practitioners find the right cause and identify funding opportunities to support effective action? We will bring together leading figures in the world of international public interest advocacy - from the Public Interest Litigation Project, Greenpeace, the Global Legal Action Network, and more – who will explore the possibilities with pioneers in the field.  Sign up to discover the tools available to advocate for change in your communities and create greater access to justice, and hone advocacy skills to fight for causes for the betterment of society, protection of victims or conservation of our planet. To see the preliminary programme click here.To learn more about the workshop and to sign up here.

[Online] 10th Advanced summer programme on terrorism, countering terrorism and the rule of law  (24 - 28 August 2020)
ICCT and T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague will host the 10th Advanced summer programme on terrorism, counter-terrorism and the rule of law from 24 – 28 August 2019. During an intensive week, experts, academics and practitioners will explore international and domestic legal aspects of counter-terrorism. You will get the chance to have a unique and in-depth look at the challenges that come with adopting and implementing counter-terrorism measures, while ensuring respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. Our renowned summer programme will bring you lectures by top speakers in the field, interactive sessions, study visits, group discussions (Chatham House Rules) and panel presentations on current topics.
Key topics are: the latest developments in the legal aspects of terrorism & counter-terrorism, administrative and security measures, domestic and international law dilemmas, use of intelligence evidence in counter-terrorism cases, prosecutorial challenges and impact of counter-terrorism on human rights. Have a look at last year’s programme. Watch the reviews of our 2019 Advanced summer programme here (video). For more information or to register click here.

Disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction  (28 September - 02 October 2020)
Recently, North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un made his first public appearance in weeks where he pledged to “further boost its nuclear capabilities”. Around the same time the Trump administration has discussed the US first nuclear test in decades. While the world is gripped by the COVID-19 crisis, the importance of an in-depth look on disarmament and non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) remains significantly relevant.
T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague will host the 11th training programme on disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, co-organised with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). During this intensive week, you will get a comprehensive overview of non-proliferation and disarmament efforts regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. A group of highly experienced and internationally renowned experts and diplomats in the fields of international law, security and related disciplines will deliver interactive lectures and panels, a simulation exercise on export controls, and accompany you on field visits to the OPCW Headquarters and Laboratory as well as to a nuclear research reactor.
This training programme is designed for early- to mid-career professionals working for governments, for example, national export control bodies, national authorities for the implementation of WMD-related treaties and agreements and national nuclear agencies. Individuals working for non-governmental organisations or think tanks addressing WMD issues and research centres in related disciplines can apply as well.
There are scholarships available for this programme provided by the OPCW (with funding support from the European Union) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These scholarships cover the tuition fee, international travel costs, basic medical insurance, and a generous allowance to cover accommodation and food expenses
For more information on that and to register click here
Watch the 2019 video: Disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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