Research Seminars and Research Labs

During the Asser Research Seminars, external researchers are invited to present their current and upcoming research with the Asser research community. The seminars are semi-open, as we invite a few external people who may be interested in the specific topic of the seminar. However, we aim to keep the group’s size limited, to stimulate interaction and high quality, in-depth discussions. Researchers who are interested in presenting their research to the Asser research community are very welcome to send an e-mail to the coordinator of the seminars Dr. Christophe Paulussen (

Upcoming research seminars


Research seminars & labs

  • 25-Jan: Anna Wójcik (visiting research fellow), “Coming to terms with Soviet and communist past. Memory laws and their human rights implications”.
  • 8-Feb: Enrico Partiti, “Trusting global value chains? Voluntary sustainability standards and human rights due diligence in trust-based transnational regulatory approaches”.
  • 22-Feb: Geoff Gordon "New methods for researching institutions of international law".
  • 8-Mar: Rumyana Grozdanova (visiting research fellow), “Cyber Space: The ‘New’ Frontier for Counter-Terrorism, Human Dignity and Individual Identities”.
  • 10-Apr: Vesna Lazic, "Recent developments in European PIL and International Arbitration – CJEU and decisions of national courts", with the emphasis on the CJEU judgment of 6 March 2018 (Achmea)
  • 26-Apr: Jens Hillebrand Pohl (visiting research fellow), "Individual-rights screening of international investments".
  • 30-May: Maria Weimer (invited speaker), “Reconciling regulatory space with external accountability
    through WTO adjudication – Trade, environment and development”.
  • 14-June: 2018: Berenice Boutin, “Artificial Intelligence and International Law: Exploring Issues of Responsibility and Regulation”.
  • 21-June: Cornelia Furculita (Visiting research fellow),“A Complicated relationship between FTA and WTO DSMs: The case of Third Generation EU FTAs”.


Research seminars & labs:

  • 18-Jan: Aravind Ganesh (invited speaker, research fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg), "A Republican Argument for Unilateral Jurisdiction to Provide Global Public Goods?".
  • 9-Feb: Steffen van der Velde, “The new EU conflict mineral regulation; a missed opportunity?”.
  • 9-Mar: Berenice Boutin, research lab on preliminary research ideas.
  • 29-Mar: Enrico Partiti, "Public play upon private standards. How European and international economic law enter into voluntary regimes for sustainability".
  • 6-Apr: Berenice Boutin, “Algorithmic decision-making and responsibility for targeted killings: Going beyond the ‘human-in/on-the-loop’ rhetoric”.
  • 27-Apr: Nora Chronowski (visiting research fellow), "Constitutional turmoil in in an 'illiberal' EU member state - the case of Hungary".
  • 17 May: Edith Loozen (invited speaker), "Why the Maximization of Healthcare Interests Requires Strict Competition Enforcement".
  • 30 May: Alejandro Del Valle Galvez (visiting research fellow) “Territorial Claims and Disputes in the Strait of Gibraltar Region”.
  • 14-Jun: Kushtrim Istrefi (invited speaker), "European Judicial Responses to Security Council Targeted Sanctions: A Consequentialist Assessment".
  • 27-Jun: Alejandro Del Valle Galvez (visiting research fellow), “Refugee Crisis and the EU Cooperation with Mediterranean States” (public)
  • 26 Jun: Eva Kassoti, (CLEER visiting research fellow), "The EU and trade agreements covering occupied territories: A comparative study of Palestine and Western Sahara".
  • 7-Sept: Sofia Stolk, ‘‘Justice needs to be seen to be done: The International Legal Landscape in a Visual Age".
  • 27-Sept: Alessandra Arcuri (invited speaker, Erasmus University Rotterdam), "The great asymmetry and the rule of law in international investment arbitration".
  • 18-Oct: Maria Kaveskaya (visiting research fellow), "Russian NGOs after the Foreign Agents Law: Sustaining Civic Activism in an Adverse Setting".
  • 19-Oct, PhD master class with Thomas Skouteris and Wouter Werner (invited speakers), "International Law, History & Method".
  • 9-Nov: Christopher Waters (visiting research fellow), "Blockade, Submarines and the Legal History of WWI Reconsidered".
  • 29-Nov: presentation Emma Irving (external speaker), "Capture, Tweet, Repeat: Social Media and the Democratisation on International Criminal Justice".
  • 4 Dec: PhD master class with Gleider Hernandez (invited speaker), "Working with Theory (Methodologies Seminar)".
  • 6-Dec: presentation Antoine Duval, "Publish (tweets and blogs) or perish? Legal academia in times of social media".

Book reading meetings:

  • 16-Feb/ 4-May/ 15-Jun/ 13-Jul: The Status of Law in World Society: Meditations on the Role and Rule of Law by Friedrich Kratochwil
  • 16-Nov: A world of struggle: How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy by David Kennedy.


Research luncheons:

  • 18-Jan: Olivier Ribbelink, discussed a Summary Judgement.
  • 21-Mar: Michiel de Rooij, discussed "Wenander - Recognition of Foreign Administrative decisions".
  • 18-Apr: Davor Jancic, presented "Membership Crisis in the European Union: Implications of Brexit".
  • 23-May: Janne Nijman, discussed the paper "Renaissance of the City as Global Actor” The Role of Foreign Policy and International Law Practices in the Construction of Cities as Global Actors.
  • 13-Jul: Janne Nijman, discussed "Onora O'Neill: A question of Trust. The Reith lectures".

Book reading luncheons:

  • 13-Oct: The Law of Peoples by John Rawls

Research seminars:

  • 12-Jan: Miriam Cullen, "Dangerous Liaisons: The Security Council and International Justice".
  • 4-Feb: Steven Stuij, "Recital 26 of the EU Regulation on Successions and Wills: fraude à la loi Revisited?".
  • 3-Mar: Wybe Douma, "Chlorinated chicken tonight? TTIP and the integration of sustainable development".
  • 7-Apr: Isabella Querci, "Implementations of Acts of International Organizations into EU Law: the Case of Individual Sanctions".
  • 28-Apr: Isabel Aldave, “The impact of the “Global War on Terror” on the international legal system: ius ad bellum, ius in bello and human rights".
  • 11-May: Melanija Jancic,"The prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity".
  • 23-Jun: Geoff Gordon, "Questioning the conflict of laws paradigm in transnational legal discourse".
  • 8-Sept: Oskar van Maren, "Prioritisation in State aid control: Filtering out “unwanted” complaints".
  • 12-Oct: Uladzislau Belavusau, "Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspective".



Research luncheons:

  • 16-Feb: Janne Nijman, discussed “Empire of security and security of empire”, an article by Kim Lane Scheppele (2013).
  • 16-Mar: Steffen van de Velde, discussed “Methodology for Phd research”.
  • 11-May: Mary Durfee (research fellow), “Where Will the Arctic Live in the EU?”.
  • 21-Sept: Christophe Paulussen, discussed three chapters from Cassese's last book “Realizing Utopia: The Future of International Law”.
  • 12-Oct: Ben van Rompuy, “Culture of Justification”.
  • 16-Nov: Steven Stuij: “the impact of recent supranational developments (EU, ECHR) on private international law methodology”.
  • 14-Dec: Tamara Takacs: “Universal Exceptionalism in International Law”.

Research seminars:

  • 5-Mar: Davor Jancic, “National Parliaments and EU Fiscal Integration”.
  • 2-Apr: Vesna Lazic, “Procedural Justice for ‘Weaker Parties’ in Cross-Border Litigation under the EU Regulatory Scheme”.
  • 7-May: Luca Pantaleo, “Legal implications of the ruling of the General Court in Joined Cases T 208/11 and T 508/11, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)”.
  • 4-Jun: Tomas Hamilton (research fellow), “International Criminal Law as Regulation of Individual Arms Trade Conduct”. 2-Jul: Antoine Duval: “Gunther Teubner: "The fragmentation of law in a post-national context".
  • 3-Sep: Oskar van Maren, “EU State aid law and professional football: A threat or a blessing?”.
  • 24-Sep: Jessica Dorsey/ Marloes Van Hooijdonk/ Antoinette Wessels, “Social media workshop”.
  • 1-Oct: Agne Augutaviciute (research fellow): “Social Dialogue in Professional Sports Regulation” (PhD).
  • 5-Nov: Berenice Boutin, "The Role of Control in Allocating International Responsibility in Collaborative Military Operations” (PhD).