The Peace Palace will welcome around 600 students from all over the world during this year’s summer session of The Hague Academy of International Law. For many students, it will be their first time in The Hague and finding your way around the city can be quite a challenge. Fortunately, there will be four lovely ladies to give out a helping hand when you need one. Find out who they are and what they have to say.

Monique Legerman, Deputy Secretary-General for Administrative Affairs

Monique is the main contact person for invited lecturers as well as attendees, and has been working for the Academy in different capacities since November 2010. The more the Courses’ start date approaches, the more the excitement and nervousness tend to mount all around. Students are worried about last minute health insurance coverage and whether their requested visas will be delivered; Invited lecturers submit the last draft of their course outlines and their Power Point presentations to complement the reading materials for the attendees, which the Peace Palace Library’s staff prepares with great care and makes available on the Academy’s e-learning environment. The most gratifying part of the job for Monique is to finally meet and interact with all the different students and world renowned lecturers when they come together in the Summer. "It’s incredibly touching to notice that teaching a course at the Academy can sometimes have even the most established legal experts shaking in their boots before stepping on to the podium for their first class", she comments. Monique’s office is located on the first floor of the Academy Building, next to the Seminar Room.

Elisabeth Schuit, Registration and General Affairs Assistant

Elisabeth has been working for the Academy’s Secretariat since November 2013. She studied law and lived in different foreign countries for several years. Elisabeth has been in touch with the attendees all throughout their registration process in the months preceding the Summer Courses to assist them, answer questions and provide them with all the relevant practical information they might need. “I am looking forward to the Summer Courses! I will be at the Welcome desk in the main hall of the Academy in the mornings”.

Anna Vasilyeva, Secretary

Anna is the newest recruit of the Academy’s Secretariat! She joined the team in April 2016. She studied linguistics in St. Petersburg and during the last years she lived in France. “This year will be my first time to meet hundreds of international students coming to The Hague for the Summer Courses and I wait with impatience for this period! I will be at the Weclome desk in the mornings and will be glad to answer your questions and provide you with the information required. It will be a pleasure to welcome you all this summer in the Academy!”.

Merula Oomen, Accomodation

Since many years Merula takes care of the housing of the Academy – students and professors.  She checks the lodging and makes sure that everybody has a pleasant place to stay. Maintaining 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 everybody 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 Courses, Ms. Oomen will be at the Weclome desk in the mornings.

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