The Peace Palace will welcome around 700 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 six lovely ladies to give 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, who had left the Academy in August 2017, is actually very happily back at her desk at the head of the Secretariat again! Assisted by an entirely new and wonderful team she is looking forward to the start of the 2018 session. 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 tends 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 PowerPoint 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.
Daphne Tengbergen, Registration and General Affairs Officer
Daphne joined the Academy in December 2017. She is in charge of the registration of students and all affairs related to the administration of the Summer Courses. With her international background, she looks forward to welcoming students from all over the world and see the Peace Palace come to life during this exciting period towards which, together with the entire team of the Academy, she has been working throughout the year. Please feel free to go see her at the Welcome Desk where she will be happy to answer any questions you may have in English, en français, en español, in het Nederlands, o in italiano. Perhaps you can even teach her an extra language along the way to add to her repertoire!
Sabrienna van Rijn, General Affairs Officer
Sabrienna is stepping in for Anna Vasilyeva who is currently on maternity leave. She immediately found her place in the team and has been a wonderful addition. You will also find her at the Welcome Desk all throughout the Summer Courses. She’s happy to answer your questions on how things work in Holland and at The Hague Academy and is eager to meet as many nationalities as possible. Come and say hello, guess which languages she speaks, and let her guess what language you speak.
Merula Oomen, Accommodation
For many years now Merula has been taking care of the housing for the Academy – students and professors alike. She checks the lodgings and makes sure that everybody who is not at the Skotel also has a pleasant place to stay. Maintaining a large network of private 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 museums, historical buildings and modern amusement” is her motto. During the courses, Merula will be at the Welcome desk in the mornings only.
Vanina Guenier, Registration and General Affairs Officer
Vanina has recently joined the Academy’s Secretariat and is in charge of the registrations for the brand new Winter Courses. She is the main contact person for all questions related to registration and provides students with the assistance and information they need before coming to The Hague. “This summer will be my first experience of the Summer Courses and will give me an idea of what to expect for the winter of 2019. I will be around to help where and when needed, so do not hesitate to come and see me for any questions you may have. À bientôt, see you soon!”
Rosine is the youngest member of the team! “I am currently working on an alumni project for the Academy, trying to get back in touch with alumni from many summers ago. But, I will be helping from time to time during this year’s summer session too. So, do not hesitate to ask me any question related to the Academy! I will be glad to help you.”[number of readers: 602]