Tobias M.C. Asser

The Institute was named after Tobias M.C. Asser (1838-1913). He was, inter alia, an expert in private international law, but he was – more in general – also active in many fields of international law and the peaceful settlement of international conflicts. He initiated the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and also played a significant role in bringing the Peace Conference to The Hague in 1899.


Together with Alfred Hermann Fried (1864-1921), an Austrian journalist and well-known pacifist who was the founder of the peace journal 'Die Friedenswarte', Asser received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1911, above all for his devoted work for the Hague Conferences on Private International Law. Asser was the first, and until now the only, Dutch citizen to be honoured with this prestigious prize.

In 2011, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the award of the prize, the Library of the Institute compiled a selection of articles, both in Dutch and in English, about Tobias Asser, divided into biographies and articles discussing his work, and Tobias Asser’s personal publications.