New President of the Board – Mr Piet Hein Donner

Mr J. P. H. Donner, LLM was nominated as President of the Board of The Hague Academy of International Law and Chairman of the Carnegie Foundation Peace Palace by its board and the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands has accepted this nomination. Mr Donner succeeds Dr Bernard Bot, who has held both positions for twelve years and whose final term of office ended on 1 March 2019.Mr Donner is a Dutch honorary Minister of State and was Vice-President of the Council of State until November 2018. His previous offices include Minister of Justice, Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, and Member of Parliament.

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Election of a New Member of the Curatorium

At its last meeting on January 18th, 2019, the Curatorium elected a new member: Ms. Hannah Buxbaum (United States), Vice-President for International Affairs at Indiana University and Professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Professor Buxbaum succeeds Mr. Peter Trooboff, Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. and member of the District of Columbia and New York Bars. Mr. Trooboff held the seat since 1991.

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Arrest of Professor Maurice Kamto, Member of the Curatorium of the Academy

The Hague Academy of International Law is deeply concerned about the recent arrest and conditions of detention of Prof. Maurice Kamto, prominent member of the Curatorium of the Academy, Member and former President of the International Law Commission of the United Nations, in violation of his fundamental rights and freedoms. While the President, the members of the Curatorium and the Secretary-General of the Academy do not wish to comment on the internal affairs of the State of Cameroon, they firmly stress the need for the immediate release of Prof. Kamto, fervent advocate of International Law, of the Rule of Law and of Democracy.

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Second Conference on the “Case of the Day” delivered during the Academy’s Winter Courses

Monday, January 21st, 2019, during the third week of the Winter Courses, Mr. Ben Juratowitch, Head of the Public International Law Practice and Partner in the Arbitration Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris, delivered the second conference presented as a “Case of the Day”. It focused on the efficient resolution of longstanding disputes through compulsory conciliation, taking as an example the success of the conciliation process between Australia and Timor Leste over their maritime dispute.

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Special Short Courses on European Union Law and Comparative Law

This Summer, for the third year in a row, the Academy will organize two special short courses on European Union Law and Comparative Law, exclusively for the attendees of the Private International Law period of the 2018 Summer Courses. The lectures of the Private International Law Courses often refer to EU Law. This can be a source of difficulty for those Academy attendees who come from non-European countries or from countries where this field of law isn’t taught. To help attendees better understand the courses of the Private International Law period, the Academy has decided to offer a short ‘crash-course’ at the start of the period on the fundamentals of European Union Law. This course is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 29th, from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Mr. Peter Trooboff Awarded Manley O. Hudson Medal

Peter Trooboff, member of the Curatorium of the Academy since 1991, received the Manley O. Hudson Medal on April 5th, during the Assembly meeting of the American Society of International Law’s Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. The Manley O. Hudson Medal is awarded annually by the Society’s Executive Council to a distinguished person of American or other nationality for outstanding contributions to scholarship and achievement in international law. A traditional luncheon in honor of the medalist was organized on April 6th, following which Professor Harold Koh interviewed Mr. Trooboff about his life and his work in the field of international law in front of a room filled with family, friends and colleagues. The Curatorium of the Academy warmly congratulates Mr. Trooboff for obtaining this prestigious award.

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