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Co-organised by ACIL, the T.M.C. Asser Institute is organising the summer programme 'International lawyering in a public interest.' It will take place from 8-12 July 2019 in The Hague.

Detail Summary
Start date 8 July 2019
End date 12 July 2019
Time 10:30
T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague
T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague


Explore the challenges of public interest advocacy in international law and rethink what it means to practice public interest advocacy in the international system. At the International lawyering in a public interest summer programme organised by the Asser Institute, we bring together leaders in practice, including advocates, activists, academics and members of NGOs, to discuss questions of cutting-edge legal techniques, how to find funding, how to identify causes for advocacy, how to start up your practice, and more. The summer programme will take place at the Asser Institute from 8-12 July, 2019.

View the full preliminary programme.

Visit T.M.C. Asser Institute's website for more information & registration.




What will you gain?

The knowledge lawyers need to launch and sustain practices of public advocacy with international law; and the critical knowledge necessary to challenge assumptions about the nature and limits of public interest advocacy under international law.

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. 

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)
  • Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)
  • Goeff 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)
  • Laurens Ankersmit, Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance


For more information or questions please contact