ASSER-ICJ Series "The International Court of Justice: Back to the Future and Keeping the Dream Alive"

08 - 08 March 2017
  • Starts at: 17:00h
  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • 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 T.M.C. Asser Instituut, on topics relevant to the mission and work of the Court. 

In the last 25 years international law has undergone fundamental changes. The exclusive State-centric approach has gradually receded as part of the humanisation of international law. This process took place in parallel with an increasing judicialisation of international law and the rethinking of the international judicial function. As result of these changes an international constitutional legal order has come into existence. Is the ICJ ready to meet the challenges flowing from these changes which are bound to have an impact on its functioning? Would restyling the Respected Old Lady be sufficient? The Court may well be cruising ahead at 71 but is it taking the right course?

This event aims to reflect on these questions and on the Court's judicial policy.


  • Dr Cristina Hoss, Legal Adviser, Iran-US Claims Tribunal
  • Prof. Dr Karel Wellens, Professor Emeritus International Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen

Moderator: Dr Olivier Ribbelink, Senior Researcher, T.M.C. Asser Instituut, and Associate Professor, Utrecht University

Date & Time 
Wednesday 8 March 2017, 17.00 – 19.00 hours

This event requires registration as places are limited and will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register at: