Activities of the Society
The main activities of the Society are:
- The Spring Meeting (April/May)
- The Annual General Meeting (first Friday in November)
- Meetings of the Working Groups
- Awarding the François Prize for international law papers (every other year)
The Spring Meeting
During the Spring Meeting a subject of current interest relating to public international law or private international law is discussed. For this meeting two or sometimes three speakers are invited to give a brief introduction on the chosen subject. This is followed by a debate. Usually, this meeting is held in The Hague during the evening hours. Often, English is spoken to render the meeting accessible to a broader audience. The introductions are not published. Generally, the meeting ends with drinks.
The Annual General Meeting
Traditionally, the Annual General Meeting is held in the afternoon of the first Friday in November.
The meeting consists firstly of a brief session devoted to the Society’s domestic affairs. During this part of the meeting the internal affairs of the Society are discussed by the members and the Executive Board, new Board members are appointed and a report of the Society’s finances is provided
This is followed by a public session, covering most of the afternoon, which is open also to non-members. Every year, the Board of the Society invites at least two persons to write a paper on a subject of public international law or private international law that is relevant to practice and scholarship in The Netherlands. These papers are sent to the members in September or October. At the meeting a brief introduction by the authors is followed by a discussion of the contents of the papers. A report is made of the discussion. Until 2007 this report was published separately and distributed among the members. Since 2008 the report, together with the minutes of the first part of the meeting, is placed on the Society’s website.
In principle, if in a certain year the subject of the meeting was one of public international law, the next year a subject in the area of private international law will be chosen. More than once, the subjects chosen will have connections with both public international law and private international law.
In 2013 the subject was ‘One hundred years Peace Palace”. In 2012 it was ‘Corruption’ and in 2011 ‘Immunity’.
For a list of the subjects of recent papers, please click here …
The Society has a number of Working Groups, which varies, parallel to the ILA Committees. The following Working Groups are active at this time:
- Sustainable Development
- Law of the Sea
- International Trade Law
- Feminism and International Law
- Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
- Law of the International Organisations
In 2014 the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law will, once again, award the biennial J.P.A. François Prize. The François Prize has been created with a view to encouraging the study of public international law and private international law.