Netherlands Yearbook International Law and Netherlands International Law Review

In the late sixties of the last century the department of public international law of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut developed the project Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (NYIL). The Yearbook was to be a vehicle for the dissemination of the Dutch international legal materials, assembled by the department and it would pre-eminently be an inter-university project.

In 1970 a request for cooperation reached the Institute from the Editorial Board of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Internationaal Recht (NTIR) [Netherlands Journal for International Law]. This trilingual journal started in 1953 and appeared in four issues per year. The idea was to have the Institute deliver documentary material for the journal, on a more or less permanent basis. At the moment the contacts were made, the journal was facing a backlog.

The combined subscription of the Netherlands Yearbook International Law (NYIL) and Netherlands International Law Review (NILR) first saw the light in 1971.

As of 1970 NYIL (Vol. 1) and NTIR (Vol. 17) appeared together in one subscription, NYIL replacing the fourth issue of NTIR. The Institute was represented in both the Editorial Boards, just as Dutch law faculties and one or two external institutions. As to the name of the Journal: in 1975 it was decided to use from then on only the English name Netherlands International Law Review and that the contents would be entirely in English.

Initially both the Yearbook and the Journal were produced in the Institute, up to and including the printing. Binding was outsourced. Nowadays the production is for the greater part done by the distributor (see below) in order to make the contents accessible electronically too.

  1. Title page of the first volume of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law

  2. Joint Announcement as it appeared in the Netherlands International Law Review

As from the start of the joint venture, the Asser Institute took care of its financial administration and for many years subsidies were received from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nowadays, especially after the introduction of e-publishing, the combination is self-supporting. Initially it was published by A.W. Sijthoff in Leiden. In due course of time this became Martinus Nijhoff Publishers and after the establishment of T.M.C. Asser Press, it further appeared under that label. As from 2015 the journal and yearbook will be distributed for Asser Press, both in print and electronically, by Springer Verlag in Germany.