Mission & Governance

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut’s mission is to further the development of international and European law so that it serves the cultivation of trust and respect in the global, regional, national and local societies in which it operates.

In view of this mission, and building on the academic legacy of our predecessors, the board and staff of the institute strive for continuous dissemination of their research and knowledge through courses, conferences and publications. Scholarship and knowledge dissemination are integrated to stimulate intellectual enquiry and lay the foundation for impact in the real legal world. In close contacts and interaction with our colleagues at other institutions based in The Hague and across the globe, we aim for a role as the preeminent centre for international and European law, that responds to changing social realities for people living in interconnected cities, regions and societies.

Governance structure of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut
The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is a foundation affiliated with the University of Amsterdam. It is an inter-university institute with a modern governance structure and a close working relationship with the Law School of the University of Amsterdam on international and European law.

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut has a two-tier board governance model with an executive and a supervisory board. The executive board consists of chairperson and academic director prof. dr. Janne E. Nijman and managing director Gert Grift.

The supervisory board of five people, appointed by the UvA, includes representatives from the UvA, the international community in The Hague and the Dutch Law Schools, with the deans of the Dutch stakeholder universities nominating the latter. Current members of the supervisory board are chairperson prof. dr. Liesbeth Lijnzaad (Maastricht University), prof. mr. Yvo Giessen (Molengraaff Institute for Private Law), prof. mr. André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam), Garance Reus- Deelder (Plan International Netherlands) and prof. mr. Ben Smulders (European Commision).

Remuneration of board members
None of the supervisory board members receives any remuneration or compensation for their board-membership nor for attending board meetings. The executive board members, as all other Asser staff, are employed by the University of Amsterdam and seconded to the Institute. The Collective Employment Agreement (CAO) governs their remuneration for the Dutch Universities (VSNU).