Monique Legerman : Registration and General Affairs Officer for the Academy:

“It’s that time of the year again, the one which is most anticipated by the staff of the Hague Academy of International Law: the summer courses are about to start. The participants have been selected and the invited professors are putting the finishing touches on their upcoming lecture sessions. The atmosphere during the summer courses is something very special. Around 650 participants attend the courses each year and they literally make the Academy Building come alive.  I studied international law myself and can honestly say that many of my friends that went on to becoming legal advisers for international organizations attended the summer courses at one point of their careers or another. But maybe even more importantly, they made some lifelong acquaintances during their stay at the Academy”.

The close collaboration with the Peace Palace Library, which is also located in the Academy Building, is one of the unique features of the Academy’s programmes and is particularly relevant during the summer sessions. Being able to dispose of a resource centre of such caliber is of incredible value for participants and even professors wishing to make the most of their stay in The Hague.

This year’s summer courses are already fully booked but the programme for the 2013 session will be available online in September. Official registration will start on November 1st and can be done through the website:


Sophie de Seze :  Communications & Publications Assistant : welcomes the attendees of the Summer courses at the help desk in the mornings:

“I prepare the receptions at the embassies in the Hague for the attendees, the summer courses are indeed a complete experience for the attendees. There are the lectures of course and the seminars and directed studies for those who prepare the Diploma. But there are also all the activities around such as those visits to embassies where diplomats explain their work to the students. I also prepare the sales of the Recueil des cours which the students can buy at an affordable price. “the Academy communication is very important to us that is why we send regularly a newsletter with news of the programmes but also the latest publications released, we also are present on Facebook, especially during the summer”.


Merula Oomen : Head of the Accomodation Department

Since many years Merula takes care of the housing of the Academy-students and professors. She checks the lodgings and makes sure that everybody has a pleasant place to stay. Maintaing a large network of persons in The Hague with rooms, apartments or houses available for the Hague  Academy Summer Courses, is part of her important task. « To make verybody feel at home in this wonderful city near the beaches and the dunes, full of musea, historical buildings and modern amusement » is her motto. During the Academy courses she will be at the help Desk in the Foyer of the Hague Academy.


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