Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture 2018

The T.M.C. Asser Annual Lecture 2018 was delivered by Prof. Martti Koskenniemi on the topic of:
International Law and the Far Right: Reflections on Law and Cynicism

We created a short video about the event:

A full recording of the lecture is available here:

In an exclusive interview in Opinio Juris by Asser researcher Dimitri van den Meerssche, Prof. Martti Koskenniemi further elaborated on the theme of the Annual Lecture by critically reflecting on the general state of international law, as well as its role in the rise of the far right. You can read the full interview here. Prof. Koskenniemi did an interview with the NRC Handelsblad, which is available here

About the Annual Lecture
On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary (1965 – 2015), the T.M.C Asser Instituut has 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 Lecture’s Background paper for more information.

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