The T.M.C. Asser Instituut has a strong tradition in pursuing independent research. The Institute specializes in academic and policy-oriented research in the fields of international law and European Law. In doing so, the Asser Institute continues to fulfil the following roles:

  • A facilitator for all Dutch Law Schools that wish to collaborate with the Asser institute in research networks, projects and/or knowledge disseminating activities; and
  • A vanguard institute for the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in The Hague (for the UvA Law School in general and the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) in particular).

The Asser Strategic Research Agenda (ASRA) 'International & European law as a source of trust in a hyper-connected world' (2016-2020) examines how law as one of the social institutions can contribute to the construction and cultivation of trust and trusting relations needed for cooperation in this large and hyper-connected world. The ASRA will guide the further development of the institute’s research capacity and will contribute to further strengthening Asser’s intellectual identity and its position at the interface of the world of legal academia and legal practice.

In the ASRA, the Asser Institute’s research is structured along three separate but mutually interlinked research strands and an architrave, drawing on researchers’ expertise. Research strands:

In 2020, the Asser Institute was evaluated by an independent committee of experts for the period 2016-2019. The committee has given a highly positive evaluation of the research quality, the societal outreach and relevance, and the viability of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut. Read more here

Publications from Asser researchers can be found here.

The Asser institute endorses the principles of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Research.

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Contours of the Asser Strategic Research Agenda