[Summer programme] International lawyering in a public interest

08 - 12 July 2019
  • Starts at: 09:00h
  • Fee: €1275,-/€750,- (regular/student)
  • 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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Explore the challenges of public interest advocacy in international law and rethink what it means to be a lawyer working on behalf of public interests in the international system. What tactics and methods can be used to advocate for a public interest? How can practitioners find the right cause and identify funding opportunities to support effective action? At the International lawyering in a public interest summer programme, we bring together leaders in practice, including advocates, activists, academics and members of international NGOs, to discuss questions of legal techniques, different approaches to handling a cause, and practical issues like how to sustain a firm or a start-up. The summer programme co-organised by the Asser Institute and the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) will take place at the Asser Institute from 8-12 July, 2019.

What will you gain?
Participants will gain the knowledge they need to launch and sustain practices of public advocacy with international law; and the critical skills necessary to challenge assumptions about the nature and limits of public interest advocacy under international law.
See this year's preliminary programme here. The programme may be subject to change.

Key topics
Strategic litigation
Creative lawyering
Networking for good
Working with media: campaigns and investigative journalism
Public interest lobbying
Public interest innovation
Pro-bono practices

Eligible Participants
Masters students; PhDs; Young professionals; Seasoned professionals looking to develop a public advocacy practice; Public interest lawyers interested in new directions and critical reflection on the field; NGO workers interested in issues of law and legal practice; Academics looking to apply their knowledge for public advocacy; Diplomats.


  • To register for the summer programme, please fill out the form here.

Please read the Registration Information & Conditions carefully before registering. 

After this training course, you will receive a professional certificate of completion from the T.M.C. Asser Instituut.

Five scholarships available (closed) 
AKD has generously offered to fund five partial scholarships for students and PhD candidates.The deadline for scholarship applications is 28 April. Selection process will be completed within two weeks after the deadline; and successful candidates will be notified by 12 May at the latest. More details on the application process and conditions can be found here

Scholarship applications are now closed. 

List of participating experts: 

Coming back this year: 

  • Jelle Klaas, Public Interest Litigation Project
  • Dr Gavin Sullivan, University of Kent
  • Matt Cannock, Amnesty International: International Justice, Lobbying and Advocacy
  • Prof. Dr Helen Duffy, Leiden University
  • Marieanne Mckeown (Public Interest Law Network) and Annemarie v/d Heuvel (Pro Bono Connect)
  • Gearóid Ó Cuinn & Ioannis Kalpouzos, Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)
  • Geoff Gordon, T.M.C. Asser Instituut 

This year's new addition: 

  • Lamin Khadar (Denton’s; NYU)
  • Robert Houston, Pro Bono Bar Association
  • Nathalie Dijkman, (SEMA)
  • Jasper Teulings, Greenpeace

For more information or questions please contact educationtraining@asser.nl.