Invitation to lecture about the influence of Röling’s work on international law practice and scholarship by Prof. Nico Schrijver, organized by the Peace Palace Library. The lecture takes place on Wednesday 22 June, 2011, at 17.30-19.30 (lecture starts at 18.00). The location is the Historic Reading Room of the Peace Palace Library. Entrance is free.

About Prof. Nico Schrijver
Prof. Schrijver completed his LLM in Dutch and International Law at the University of Groningen under the supervision of Professor Röling and served for a number of years as his assistant. Professor Nico Schrijver is currently Chair of Public International Law at Leiden University, and Academic Director at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University/Campus The Hague. He is also President of the Netherlands Society of International Law, and Member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He appeared before the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and as legal counsel in law of the sea cases before special ad hoc tribunals, and as expert in proceedings before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and before the Inter-American Court for Human Rights. He has working experience in the UN system, including as legal officer for the Office of the Legal Counsel, United Nations. He is Chairperson of the Committee on the International Law of Sustainable Development of the International Law Association (previously General Rapporteur) and Co-Chair (with Dr. Kamal Hossain) of the ILA Study Group on UN Reform.

About Prof. Bert Röling and his influence on international law

B.V.A. Röling (1906-1985) was one of the most prominent international lawyers in The Netherlands after 1945. Initially specializing in Dutch criminal law and working as a judge in a Dutch district court, his appointment as a judge to the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal marked a shift in his thinking and his career, prompting him to take up issues of international criminal law and general international law. He subsequently became one of the founding fathers of the new international discipline of peace research. He often took points of view which today would be regarded as firmly rooted in contemporary international law and conventional wisdom, but were certainly not so at the time. Examples include his early plea to dismantle colonialism and to transform traditional international law from a European law of nations into a world law of nations as well as his strict interpretation of the ban on the use of force.


If you wish to attend the lecture, we kindly ask you to register in advance. To enter the premises of the Peace Palace, you are required to bring a valid ID (passport, driving license), and show this to the security at the gate of the Palace. They will show you the way to the Library. For registration and for more information, please contact Mr. Otto Spijkers of the Peace Palace Library at

About the Peace Palace Library Lecture Series


The Peace Palace Library Lecture Series is a lecture series on issues of general international law. Each year, approximately four lectures will be organized. All lectures are held in the Peace Palace Library. The evening starts with a small reception in the library’s new reading room. The lecture itself takes place in the historical reading room. There will be plenty of time for questions afterwards. The Peace Palace Library Lecture Series are open to everyone. They are especially interesting for researchers and students, as well as diplomats, international civil servants, journalists and other professionals working in the field of public international law.
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