ASSER-ICJ Series "The International Court of Justice at 70: Impact and Functions"

15 - 15 September 2016
  • Starts at: 17:00h
  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut, in cooperation with the Amsterdam Center for International Law
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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In the year of the 70th Anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the T.M.C. Asser Instituut has taken the initiative to organise a new series of lectures and seminars about the Court. The aim is to have at least four sessions per year, to be held at the premises of the Asser Institute, on topics relevant to the mission and work of the Court. The sessions will be delivered in English or in French, depending on the topic and/or speakers. 

The inaugural lecture was delivered by H.E. Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the ICJ, on 10 February 2016 in the Great Hall of the Peace Palace. A recording of his lecture on 'The Role of States’ Consent in the Case Law of the International Court of Justice' is available on the Asser website.

This second lecture in the ASSER-ICJ Series will focus on the impact and functions of the ICJ, which celebrated its 70th Anniversary in April 2016, from a theoretical perspective. 


  • Jean d’Aspremont Professor of Public International Law, University of Manchester, and Professor of International Legal Theory, University of Amsterdam, will speak on the impact of the ICJ on theory and doctrine: “If the International Court of Justice says so, it must be true”
  • Ingo Venzke, Associate Professor of International Law, University of Amsterdam, and Executive Director of the Amsterdam Center for International Law, will concentrate on the functions of the ICJ: “What is the ICJ? An instrument, an organ, or an actor?”
  • Dame Rosalyn Higgins, who is not only an expert in international legal theory, but also has many years of experience in the practice of the International Court of Justice, as Judge and President, will comment on these two presentations

17.00 - 19.00 hrs, followed by a reception
Registration: Due to an overwhelming response, registration for this event has been now closed as we have reached our maximum capacity. 

This event is organised in co-operation with the Amsterdam Center for International Law of the University of Amsterdam.