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T.M.C. Asser and public and private international law: The life and legacy of ‘a practical legal statesman’

Mills, A; De Baere, G; (2012) T.M.C. Asser and public and private international law: The life and legacy of ‘a practical legal statesman’. Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 3 - 36.

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Abstract

This contribution commemorates the award of the tenth ever Nobel Peace Prize to Tobias Michael Carel Asser on 10 December 1911, and examines his life and his lasting contribution to scholarship and practice in private and public international law. After a biographical sketch, it considers the scholarship of TMC Asser, including his part in the foundation of the Revue de droit international et de législation comparée, and his international institution-building, particularly his role in the foundation of the Institut de droit international, the International Law Association, the ‘Hague Conferences on International Private Law’ (which ultimately became the international institution of the Hague Conference on Private International Law), the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the Hague Academy of International Law. It also explores his legal and diplomatic practice, for example his important role as a Dutch delegate at the 1899 and 1907 Hague Peace Conferences. The article concludes with a reflection on Asser’s contribution to public and private international law, and concludes that while he was no doubt a very talented scholar, it was the combination of this with his skills and initiative as a negotiator, diplomat, and international institution builder which secured his reputation and his legacy.

Type:Article
Title:T.M.C. Asser and public and private international law: The life and legacy of ‘a practical legal statesman’
Keywords:public international law, private international law, asser
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws

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