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Many congratulations to Máté Csernus for being awarded the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law in public international law. This prestigious award was first given in 1950 and few recipients receive it each year. Students come to the Academy from all over the world and Máté is the first Hungarian to receive the award in its history.

Máté is an external PhD Candidate and a part-time lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. He is preparing his dissertation on the topic of international courts' subject matter jurisdiction over incidental questions. The incidental questions problem has arisen in many high-stakes inter-State disputes over the recent years, such as the Coastal State Rights and Chagos arbitrations. Máté's thesis supervisors are Prof. Ingo Venzke and Dr. Andrea Leiter.

It is a truly momentous achievement to receive the Diploma of The Hague Academy—many international lawyers would like to have it, few get it. This time Máté was the sole recipient. My heartfelt congratulations. Professor Ingo Venzke

The Hague Academy of International Law awards a high-level diploma for students who already have a thorough knowledge of international law and who pass an examination in either public international law or private international law. The exam consists of a five-hour written examination and a one-hour oral interview.

The Jury of the Exam consisted of Professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin, Secretary-General of the Academy, Professor Campbell McLachlan (General Course), Professor Fuad Zarbiyev (Director of Studies for the English-speaking section), and Professor Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida (Director of Studies for the French-speaking section).