Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture
Prof. Anne Orford delivered the Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture 2019 entitled "International law and the social question", at the Academy Hall of the Peace Palace, The Hague, on Thursday 28 November 2019. You can see the full video of her lecture here. Read more about Prof. Orford's chosen topic and her bio here.
About the Annual Lecture
On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary (1965 – 2015), the T.M.C. Asser Instituut 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 T.M.C. Asser Lecture’s Background Paper for more information.