Almost every year we organise books-presentations or participate in meetings and conferences. On this page you can look at some of the gatherings where we participated. In the past 20+ years we published more than 3000 books and had many meetings and book presentations. On this page you will just find a small selection of the events and book presentations. In 2021 we will publish a book with ALL publications that we published with many stories and details about the productions.

At the Projects-part of the website you will find much more information about the cultural events and activities.

Below you can find the overview in English and Dutch language.


September 1991: Publishing of the Tilburg Foreign Law Review

In 1991 we decided to publish the first European Student edited Law Review based on the USA Law Reviews. Our Minister of Justice Ernst Hirsch Ballin received the first copy at Tilburg University. This publication was our first international publication and it still exists! This Law Review was very interesting in Europe at that moment because we published it right after the "new Europe" where students from Eastern and Central Europe could visit the West and we could exchange information. It was the time before the internet and we had to use land-lines and fax-machines to create the publications. Fortunately the first computers were there but it all worked very slow.

Here a small part of the introduction:

"..... Thus the first issue is in front of you. An issue with very interesting work made by authors of 4 different countries. Eastern Europe, a place were the political, economic and legal structure is changing at a staggering pace. Prof. Roger Scruton writes about the reform of law in Eastern Europe. The Soviet Union seems a very unstable country these days. Crime Rates were during the days of the "Cold War" never published. Glasnost brought relief, what the future will bring is uncertain. Dr. Lev Ivanov compiles the information now available on the Crime Rates in the Soviet Union. As an exception this article is written in the German language. This, to give an opportunity to authors in mainly Eastern Europe to publish in the West.
In Western Europe and the United States, they struggle with other problems; the U.S. Supreme Court is getting more conservative. Policy lines change.

Mrs. Jill Adler, Jur.Dr., analyzes the case of Fulminante v. Arizona. Maybe this case will become a landmark decision. More concrete problems occur in Tax law. How to classify foreign entities from other law systems? Dr. Daniels examines the laws on this subject in The Netherlands, Germany and the United States. Finally mrs. Lisette van Herk (mr.) examines the E.C. laws, and how the community is taking stand against people from countries outside the E. C.

From idea to product took a half year. A lot of people were involved in creating the Tilburg Foreign Law Review. Some of them have earned special gratitude. We would like to mention just a few of them. First of all Chris Geppaart our Dean and Ernst Hirsch Ballin, the Minister of Justice, who gave us total support to fulfil our initiative and Jill Adler who gave us lots of ideas and practical information. Secondly all the members, including the students, of our Law Faculty..... 


April 1994: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Report S/25704 of the UN Secretary-General, including the proposed Statute of the International Tribunal, approved by UN Security Council Resolution 827
United Nations Security Council Resolution 808 of 22 February 1993 decided that "an international tribunal shall be established for the prosecution of persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991", and calling on the Secretary-General to "submit for consideration by the Council ... a report on all aspects of this matter, including specific proposals and where appropriate options ... taking into account suggestions put forward in this regard by Member States".

By 25 May 1993, the international community had tried to pressure the leaders of the former Yugoslavian republics diplomatically, militarily, politically, economically, and – with Resolution 827 – through juridical means. Resolution 827 of 25 May 1993 approved S/25704 report of the Secretary-General and adopted the Statute of the International Tribunal annexed to it, formally creating the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

It would have jurisdiction over four clusters of crime committed on the territory of the former SFR Yugoslavia since 1991: grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, violations of the laws or customs of war, genocide, and crime against humanity. The maximum sentence it could impose was life imprisonment.

In 1994 the ICTY established its offices within the Aegon Insurance Building in The Hague and detention facilities in Scheveningen in The Hague (the Netherlands). The ICTY hired now many staff members. By July 1994 there were sufficient staff members in the office of the prosecutor to begin field investigations and by November 1994 the first indictment was presented and confirmed. In 1995, the entire staff numbered more than 200 persons and came from all over the world. Moreover, some governments assigned their legally trained people to the ICTY.

In 1994-1995 we decided to start publishing books and series about the ICTY. Fortunately one of our members was working in Bosnia Herzegovina and from there he send us very useful and interesting information. We founded together with Professor Oppenheim the "Global War Crimes Tribunal Collection" which now still has more than 250 volumes. The ICTY appointed us as an official publisher to the Tribunal and we were able to publish many books and education materials for the Tribunal. 

1994: Establishment of Vidya Publishers and Arab-Israel publications

In 1994 we decided to publish more interesting publications related to International Law. At that moment there were still wars in the Middle East and we published several books and series on the developments there. One of the collections we started was the Arab-Israel Collection. This collection still exists and there you can find all information about the developments in the Middle East. The book "Shalom, Salaam, Peace" that we published at the end of 1993 was one of the most used collections for many years by International Lawyers. In that time there was still no internet and many researchers liked the books we made with collections of most important agreements and cases.


23 September 1997: First Persian/Dutch Poetry-book 

At the University of Tilburg Afshin Ellian was working as a lawyer. He was originally from Iran and he fled his home country. The Red Cross made it possible for him to go to The Netherlands where he started to study law. In just 1 year he spoke fluently Dutch and he decided to make a poetry bundle with texts related to the freedom of expression in Persian and in Dutch.

One of the most famous writers of our country Adriaan van Dis was very interested in his work and together with him and De Balie in Amsterdam we organised the presentation of his book. The people in Amsterdam was amazed that more than 50 people from Brabant visited the book-presentation. Afshin Ellian published his Phd Thesis and some more publications with our publishing company. He is not Professor at Leiden University in The Netherlands.

Ellian uses ancient Western and Eastern mythological figures to articulate his struggle against evil. The writer draws on his own experiences that, after fleeing Iran after the revolution, have made him wander the world like a kind of Odysseus. The special thing about this collection is the fact that the texts are written both in Dutch and Persian and printed in both languages. The Dutch text is not without a doubt a translation of the Persian or vice versa. Every poem and every piece of prose has its own history and background. Some poems are first written in Persian others first in Dutch. The poems are an indictment of dictatorships and oppression. Effian interweaves images of death with the question of why.

The philosophical jurist and poetic philosopher Afshin Ellian wants this collection to make the world witness his struggle against evil and injustice.
The book included:

"Poetry as an act of defiance.... His original found imagery and metaphors arouse amazement and force respect..." National immigrant newspaper, 22 September 1997.
"... Your strength is faith in the power of the word, you talk to the dead and make them alive again. You let east and west go together as Salman Rushdie does in his novels, truth and fiction intertwined, your poetry is boundless...""The Netherlands should be proud to have this poet . . ."Adriaan van Dis, September 23, 1997 in the Balie.


14 February 1999: First publication for the SSR (Dutch academy for Judges); Law book for Criminal Law of the Dutch Antilles and Aruba

In 1999 hebben wij de eerste officiële uitgave uitgebracht voor de Stichting Studiecentrum Rechtspleging (SSR). De samenwerking met het opleidingsinstituut voor de rechtspraak heeft meer dan 18 jaar geduurd. Het eerste boek hebben wij uitgebracht met Wetboeken van Strafvordering Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba. De rechtbanken op de Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba hadden destijds geen officieel wetboek maar alleen geprinte oude materialen waar zij met post-its wijzigingen in aanbrachten. Samen met SSR hebben wij dit wetboek gemaakt en uitgegeven. De juristen in het Caribisch gebied waren heel erg blij met dit handige, handzame boek. Bijna 18 jaar lang hebben wij bijna alle opleidingsmaterialen voor de rechterlijke macht en het openbaar Ministerie gemaakt. Nieuwsbrieven, afscheidsboeken, readers en andere materialen waren een van onze core-business activiteiten. Rosa Jansen, destijds coördinator voor de internationale activiteiten, heeft een grote bijdrage geleverd aan onze mogelijkheden om samen met de overheid interessante projecten en publicaties te produceren. 

Door de opkomst van het internet 2010 werden de geprinte/gedrukte projecten steeds minder. Nieuwsbrieven in print verdwenen net als de opleidingsmaterialen, studiegidsen en andere materialen. Toch is dit wetboek nog heel lange tijd een zeer populair boek geweest. In 2007 werd de 8e druk uitgegeven.



In 1999 we released the first official edition for the Dutch Education Centre for Judges and Public Prosecutors. The cooperation with the Judicial Training Institute has lasted more than 18 years. We published the first book with Code of Criminal Procedure in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. At the time, the courts in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba did not have an official code but only printed old materials to which they made changes with post-its. Together with SSR, we have created and issued this code. The lawyers in the Caribbean were very happy with this handy, handy book. For almost 18 years we have made almost all training materials for the judiciary and the Public Prosecutor's Office. Newsletters, farewell books, readers and other materials were one of our core business activities. Rosa Jansen, coordinator for international contacts at the time, has made a great contribution to our opportunities to produce interesting projects and publications together with the government.
Due to the rise of the Internet 2010, the printed/printed projects became less and less. Newsletters in print disappeared just like the training materials. Nevertheless, this code has been a very popular book for a very long time. In 2007, the 8th edition was issued.


Wetboeken van Strafvordering Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba
En aanverwante landsverordeningen en landsbesluiten

Koster D.A.C. ; Jansen R.H.M.

ISBN (softcover) : 9789058500021

Het wetboek van Strafvordering van de Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba is het enig bestaande (geactualiseerde) wetboek van strafvordering van de Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba. In samenwerking met Stichting Studiecentrum Rechtspleging (SSR) heeft WLP dit boek uitgebracht.

Naast de teksten van de Wetboeken van Strafvordering zijn in deze uitgave de belangrijkste aanverwante Landsverordeningen en Landsbesluiten opgenomen. Voorts zijn in de wetsteksten de wijzigingen doorgevoerd naar aanleiding van de invoering van de `Plukze` wetgeving. De wetboeken zijn in de marges voorzien van zoektermen en tevens is een uitgebreid register opgenomen.


9 June 2000: The first English Phd. thesis published: Victims of Crime in 22 European Criminal Justice Systems, 1200 pages....

This study is an analysis of the position of the victim of crime in 22 European criminal justice systems. The guiding light throughout the study is Recommendation (85) 11 of the Council of Europe on the position of the victim in the framework of criminal law and procedure. This Recommendation contains guidelines on the way the victim of crime should be treated by the criminal justice authorities in the course of criminal proceedings against the offender. It focuses on three key issues, namely information, compensation, and treatment and protection. The study examines the implementation of the body of thought contained in the Recommendation in 22 jurisdictions that were all a member of the Council of Europe when the Recommendation was first adopted in 1985.

This book was one of the first books that we published also in Open Access way for free at the website of the WODC. 

The research was very popular because the authors wrote an introduction to all countries that they researched and in 2000 there was not many information yet on the internet about criminal laws in European countries. It was an amazing project! The countries they investigated were: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, England Wales, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

For their research they had to travel thousands of miles and interview hundreds of people. Their efforts resulted in this book containing information never published before.

For their outstanding research and work the authors were awarded the ERASMUS Research Prize in 2000.


Victims of crime in 22 European criminal justice systems
The Implementation of Recommendation (85) 11 of the Council of Europe on the Position of the Victim in the Framework of Criminal Law and Procedure

Hoegen, E. ; Brienen, M.

ISBN (hardcover) : 9789058500045

The implementation of Recommendation (85) 11 is examined in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, England and Wales, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (Zurich) and Turkey. Some of the jurisdictions, in contrast to others, are affluent, modern and economically powerful countries. Populations also vary from a mere 32,000 in Liechtenstein to 64,479,000 in Turkey. The legal systems include members of both the civil law, common law and Nordic legal families. These systems have developed in diverse legal traditions, and as a consequence there are significant differences in their approach to victims of crime within the framework of criminal law and procedure. From 1994 until the end of 1999 the two researchers have been studying the implementation of recommendation (85) 11 of the Council of Europe on the position of the victim in the framework of Criminal Law and Procedure.



21 November 2002: Kofi Annan (Secretary-General of the United Nations) received a book at Tilburg University

On 21st of November 2002 Kofi Annan received at the occasion of the honoris causa at the Tilburg University - in presence of Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands - the book "Tilburg Guiding Principles on World Bank, IMF and Human Rights.

This special edition was an annex to the book World Bank, IMF and Human Rights edited by W. van Genugten, P. Hunt, and S. Mathews.

At the end of the second world war the United Nations ‘re-invented’ the human rights and this led to the adoption of many human rights instruments. The question is to what extent international organizations like the World Bank and the IMF are bound to live up to these human rights obligations. 

This book discusses the legal status of the World Bank and the IMF, in relation to human rights obligations and to issues in the political and economic field closely related to that.


January 2003: Production and publication of Educational Materials for Dutch Public Prosecutors

In de praktijkcahiers OM staan praktische tips en raadgevingen opgenomen met betrekking tot onderwerpen, vraagstukken, omstandigheden en situaties die zich in de dagelijkse praktijk van het Openbaar Ministerie kunnen voordoen. De inhoud van de praktijkcahiers heeft niet de status van officiële richtlijn, aanwijzing of handleiding. Het zijn interne documenten. Niet ondenkbaar is evenwel dat handelen naar de tips en raadgevingen uiteindelijk in de praktijk kwaliteitsbevorderend werkt. Deze boeken werden gebruikt om de leden van het Openbaar Ministerie meer inzicht te geven in hun dagelijkse werk maar ook werden er boeken gemaakt die ook in het openbaar werden uitgegeven en door andere praktijkjuristen zoals advocaten en rechters veel werden gekocht. Een goed voorbeeld hiervan was het populaire boek: Getuigen in het Strafproces van P.D.J, van Zeben.


Practical tips and advice on topics, issues, circumstances and situations that may arise in the daily practice of the Public Prosecutor's Office are included in the practice of the Public Prosecutor's Office. The content of the practitioners does not have the status of official directive, designation or manual. They're internal documents. However, it is not inconceivable that acting on the tips and advice will ultimately promote quality in practice. These books were used to give members of the Public Prosecution Service a better understanding of their daily work, but books were also made which were also published in public and bought a lot by other practitioners such as lawyers and judges. A good example of this was the popular book: Witnesses in the Criminal Trial of P.D.J. van Zeben.



Er zijn ook een aantal andere boeken uitgebracht:

  • Appèlschriftuur
  • Betekeningsvoorschriften
  • Gedragscodes
  • Inleiding rekwireren
  • Getuigen in strafzaken
  • Zedenzaken
  • OM in de raadkamer

Commerciële uitgave

Getuigen in het Nederlands strafproces

M.J. Alink & P.D.J. van Zeben

ISBN (softcover) : 9789058501561

De mogelijkheid om getuigen te ondervragen behoort tot de kern van een eerlijk strafproces. De getuige is echter een complexe rechtsfiguur. Hij kan onvindbaar zijn, hij kan minderjarig zijn, hij kan zich bedreigd voelen of zelf slachtoffer zijn geweest. Hoe moet hiermee worden omgegaan? En wat als een getuige zich beroept op zijn verschoningsrecht of als hij anoniem wenst te blijven? Welke rechten heeft de getuige aan wie toezeggingen zijn gedaan? Wat gebeurt er al een informant, een opsporingsambtenaar of een officier van justitie als getuige wordt opgeroepen?

Al deze praktische zaken worden behandeld in het boek Getuigen in het Nederlands strafproces. De auteurs gaan daarbij ook in op onderwerpen als steunbewijs, de deskundige en de getuige in ontnemingszaken.

De tekst is geschreven vanuit de optiek van de praktijkjurist die behoefte heeft aan een toegankelijk en actueel overzicht van regelgeving en rechtspraak van het EHRM en de Hoge Raad.

June 2003: International Association for Prosecutors: First Manual for Prosecutors

We were very honored that we received the order from the International Association of Prosecutors to produce and publish a manual for ALL prosecutors worldwide. The International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) is the only worldwide organization of prosecutors. It was established in 1995 and now has more than 183 organizational members from over 177 different countries, representing every continent, as well as many individual members. This handbook was the first and main book related to human rights and the work of Public Prosecutors worldwide. At the conference in Washington the first edition was presented and we made a second edition in 2009. There have been many translations of this book published in Arabic, French, Chinese, Georgian and many other languages.


Human Rights Manual for Prosecutors

Egbert Myjer, Barry Hancock, Nicolas Cowdery (Eds.).


ISBN: 978-90-5850-459-3
1st edition (2003)
2nd completely revised edition (2009)

The U.N. Vienna Declaration of 1993 declared that all human rights and fundamental freedoms are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated and should be promoted and implemented in a fair and equitable manner. The prime responsibility for doing so falls upon States.Prosecutors are agents of States.

The editors Egbert Myjer (Judge of the European Court of Human Rights and Professor of Human Rights at Amsterdam Free University) Barry Hancock (General Counsel of the IAP) and Nicholas Cowdery (president of the IAP) have compiled and edited a major work of great significance and value in the field and should find a place on the shelf of every professional working as "agent of State".

The issues discussed in the book are: public prosecutor: `human rights on duty`; international human rights law; international standards for the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession; human rights and the right to life; human rights and the investigation of offences; human rights during arrest and pre-trial detention; human rights and pre-trial procedures; human rights and trial procedures; human rights and sentencing; human rights and the treatment of prisoners; administration of criminal justice under states of emergency; human rights and juvenile justice; discrimination in the justice system and equality for women in the administration of justice.

The book is published in cooperation with the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), which is a non-governmental and non-political organisation. It is the first and only world organisation of prosecutors.


25 November 2004: World Conference on the Right to and Rights in Education

In 2004 the European Association for Education Law and Policy (ELA) organised together with us the first World Conference on Education Law and Policy in Amsterdam and Tilburg in The Netherlands.

There was a big group of ministers, academics, students and other professionals from all around the world. This conference was the starting point of many interesting meetings that we had the past 16 years.

Together with our partner ELA we organised since 2004 many conferences and meetings all around the world. Professor Jan de Groof and Gracienne Lauwers have been our partners for many years and we are privileged that we can produce with them very interesting materials on Education Law and Policy. 

Together with their team we publish the International Journal on Education Law and Policy (IJELP).

To find more events and gatherings please click here and you will see all the events of this wonderful organisation.

Find below one of our first publications that we presented at the conference.

At the Education Law page in our you can find all the publications of the Education Law projects.

No person shall be denied the rights to education

J. de Groof, G. Lauwers


ISBN (hardcover) : 9789058500984

All over Europe, governance takes on an increasingly European character, thereby obliging policy makers to comply with the dictates of international and supranational organizations. Although recognizing that the influence of the European Court of Human Rights in education is fairly minor, the high level of compliance with its provisions among signatories is remarkable.

To this end, this book deals with the implementation of the rulings of the EctHR play out in education while seeking both to assess the manner in which signatories implement its provisions and reconcile domestic law with its orders dictates. The key question is whether EctHR case-law could steadily expand and develop into a kind of “Principles of Roman Law” which spread all over Europe, thereby forming the basis of modern European human rights law while contributing to the further development of educational and other legislation in member nations.


17 October 2005: First edition of the Wolf Classics-series

For many centuries famous writers made books related to the State, Law, Kingdom and so on. 

In 2005 we decided to re-publish books from the past that have a connection to Law and Culture. The first book we published was Gulliver's Travels. Together with Blauwzuur and Moon illustrations we decided to create special covers and some special, beautiful designs. 


September 2007

For many years we worked together with URIOS. Urios is the Utrecht study association for International and European law. The association was founded in 1981. The main goal of Urios is to introduce students to International and European law on a more practical level. The association organizes many activities and together with them we published books, journals and sponsored events and symposia. We were very surprised and honored that our Managing Director received an Honorary Membership for a the work we had done. He received this special medal at the conference related to "Crime and Justice, the Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals". The symposium was divided into two parts. The first part covered the effectiveness of international criminal tribunals in general. The second part was targeted at the effectiveness of Iraqi tribunals in particular.


1 July 2009: The European Organisation for Probation published their handbook with the author Anton van Kalmthout

Already since the start of the nineties of the last century Prof.dr. Anton van Kalmthout was one of our closest friends of the company. He was one of the first and only comparative law academics at the University of Tilburg in that time. Together with him we built a lot of organisations and publications during the past 30 years. Around the year 2000 we started to publish books about comparative criminal law as well as about Probation.

In 2009 the European Organisation for Probation (CEP) wanted to publish the handbook about Probation in Europe. This book was a big success all over Europe and we received many great reviews of this publication. We present you one of them below.

Probation has been called ‘the most successful innovation since the last quarter of the twentieth century in the field of criminal sanctions’. The increased importance of it in all criminal justice systems in Europe has brought about an unprecedented dynamism in the sector of probation. Developments of national probation systems and services are many as these are focused to meet the changing needs of changing societies, taking into account the specific socio-cultural
circumstances and the context of the national criminal justice system(s) in which they operate.
Probation in Europe is the most comprehensive survey of probation service systems in Europe today. Probation service systems in 34 European countries have extensively described by esteemed scholars and experts in the field. Treated topics are the historical development, legislative basis, organization of probation services, new developments, and more. Recent figures and statistics illustrate the facts.

By using one format to describe the different national probation service systems, a comparison between the countries is made easy. In addition, for every country there is a list of books and articles which have (had) a profound influence on the national probation service or which is indispensable to understand the probation organisation. In the process of creating a European area of justice, inter-European discussions on new ideas and concepts in sentencing influence both legislature and practice. Increasing international cooperation is more and more involving national criminal systems in the enforcement of sentences imposed in other countries. In this constellation, Probation in Europe is an essential reference work for judges, public prosecution officers, probation and prison officers, forensic experts, lawyers, offenders, researchers and law makers.

Probation in Europe

A.M. van Kalmthout (1300 pages)

ISBN (softcover) : 9789058504500

Probation systems and services in 34 European countries have extensively been described by esteemed scholars and experts in the field. Treated topics are the historical development, legislative basis, organisation of probation services, new developments, and more. Recent figures and statistics illustrate the facts. By using one format to describe the different national probation service systems, a comparison between the countries is made easy. In addition, for every country there is a list of books and articles which have (had) a profound influence on the national probation service or which is indispensable to understand the probation organisation. A glossary has been inserted of all the legal terms in the field of probation that are used in the book.


6 February 2011: The Men who killed me; Rwandan survivors of sexual violence/De Mannen die mij hebben vermoord exhibition and presentation of the Dutch version

Op zondag 6 februari werd in Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught de expositie ‘De mannen die mij hebben vermoord’ geopend over het lot van overlevenden van de genocide in 1994 in Rwanda. Een aantal van hun verhalen staat symbool voor de situatie van Rwandese slachtoffers van seksueel geweld, wier familie vaak voor hun ogen vermoord werd. Blik-vangers in de expositie zijn uitvergrote portretten van de ooggetuigen, gemaakt door de Canadese fotograaf Samer Muscati.

Op 6 februari werd ook het gelijknamige boek gepresenteerd, de Nederlandse vertaling van ‘The Men Who Killed Me’ (Douglas & McIntyre, 2009). 

Op 7 april 1994 brak de hel los in Rwanda. In honderd dagen vermoordden Hutu’s een miljoen Tutsi’s en gematigde Hutu’s en verkrachtten zij naar schatting een kwart tot een half miljoen vrouwen en meisjes. Dit waren merendeels Tutsi-vrouwen, maar ook gematigde Hutu’s en (op kleinere schaal) mannen en jongens. De Tutsi’s moesten uitgeroeid worden, was het idee. Niet alleen middels moord, maar ook door Tutsi’s te verkrachten. Seksueel geweld werd ingezet als een zeer effectief middel om Tutsi’s uit de weg te ruimen: baby´s geboren uit verkrachting kregen de etniciteit van de Hutu-verkrachters; veel vrouwen werden (bewust) met hiv besmet om een langzame dood te sterven, en velen stierven aan het brute seksuele geweld of hielden er levenslange fysieke en psychologische problemen aan over. Na de genocide was zeventig procent van de overlevenden hiv-positief en worden zij vaak met de nek aangekeken door hun omgeving. De moordenaars van hun familieleden en hun verkrachters zijn inmiddels vaak weer vrij.

Het eerste exemplaar van het boek overhandigd aan Tweede Kamerlid Kathleen Ferrier. Nadat Annemarie de Brouwer (auteur) een inleiding had gegeven hoe het boek tot stand is gekomen kregen de aanwezigen een zeer indrukwekkende korte film te zien waarin op indringende wijze door middel van korte shots de Rwandese tragedie in beeld werd gebracht. Aansluitend kreeg Denise Uwimana het woord. Zij is overlevende van de genocide en beschreef hoe zij als hoogzwangere jonge vrouw moest toekijken hoe haar familie werd vermoord. “Haar water brak, gelegen onder het bed, badend in het bloed van vermoorde familieleden, een gezonde baby werd geboren... 100 dagen in angst dat ze mij, de baby en de rest kwamen vermoorden”. De bijeenkomst was tevens de start van een bijzondere  tentoonstelling van fotograaf Samer Muscati die rondgereisd heeft in Rwanda en daar portretten en sfeerbeelden heeft gemaakt van de genocide, de overlevenden en hun strijd om te overleven.
De bijeenkomst werd afgesloten met een hapje en een drankje. WLP werd flink in het zonnetje gezet door de sprekers en ter plekke werden de boeken aan het publiek aangeboden.

Zoals Kathleen Ferrier al zei: “na 1945 hebben wij als internationale gemeenschap afgesproken - DIT NOOIT WEER - maar de Rwanda genocide laat zien dat wij hebben gefaald”.

In 2019 hebben wij de tweede versie van dit boek uitgegeven: And I Live On. U kunt veel meer informatie daarover vinden in het 2019 overzicht.


On Sunday 6 February, the exhibition 'De mannen die mij hebben vermoord (The men who killed me)' opened at the National Monument Camp Vught about the fate of survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Some of their stories symbolise the plight of Rwandan victims of sexual violence, whose families were often murdered before their eyes. Gaze-catchers in the exhibition are enlarged portraits of the eyewitnesses, created by Canadian photographer Samer Muscati.
On 6 February, the book of the same name was also presented, the Dutch translation of 'The Men Who Killed Me' (Douglas & McIntyre, 2009).
On April 7, 1994, all hell broke loose in Rwanda. In 100 days, Hutus murdered a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus and raped an estimated quarter to half a million women and girls. These were mostly Tutsi women, but also moderate Hutus and (on a smaller scale) men and boys. The Tutsis had to be wiped out, was the idea. Not only by murder, but also by raping Tutsis. Sexual violence was used as a very effective means of removing Tutsis: babies born to rape were given the ethnicity of the Hutu rapists; many women were (deliberately) infected with HIV to die a slow death, and many died from brutal sexual violence or suffered lifelong physical and psychological problems. After the genocide, 70% of survivors were HIV positive and are often looked at by their environment. The murderers of their relatives and their rapists are now often free.

The first copy of the book handed over to Kathleen Ferrier Mp. After Annemarie de Brouwer (author) gave an introduction to how the book the attendees were shown a very impressive short film in which the Rwandan tragedy was brought into view in a penetrating way by means of short shots. Denise Uwimana then got the floor. She is a survivor of the genocide and described how, as a heavily pregnant young woman, she had to watch her family be murdered. "Her water broke, located under the bed, bathed in the blood of murdered relatives, a healthy baby was born... 100 days in fear that they would come and kill me, the baby and the rest." The meeting was also the start of a special exhibition by photographer Samer Muscati who has traveled around Rwanda and captured portraits and atmospheric images of the genocide, the survivors and their struggle for survival. The meeting ended with a snack and a drink. WLP was put in the spotlight by the speakers and on the spot the books were offered to the public.
As Kathleen Ferrier said, "after 1945 we agreed as an international community - NEVER AGAIN - but the Rwanda genocide shows that we have failed".
In 2019 we published the second version of this book: And I Live On. You can find a lot more information about this in the 2019 overview.


1 February 2011: Judge Egbert Myjer of the European Court of Human Rights wrote a fairy tale:


Het kan niemand zijn ontgaan dat onze rechter in het Europese Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens, Egbert Myjer, de afgelopen weken flink in het nieuws is geweest. In het kader van de viering van het 50 jarig bestaan van het hof en 60 jaar Europese Conventie is er veel aandacht geweest voor het werk, de geschiedenis en de problemen van het Hof. Eind vorig jaar heeft Egbert bij ons een bijzonder (modern) sprookje uitgegeven; ‘Jack and the solemn promise’.

In dit bijzondere boekje gaat hij in op de problemen die het Hof heeft en hoe de hoofdrolspelers in dit sprookje moeten leven, werken en overleven. Op het lustrum congres van het NJCM hebben wij het boekje voor de eerste maal in het openbaar kunnen presenteren. De aldaar aanwezige pers volgde Egbert al een tijdje en in Elsevier is een flink interview met Egbert geplaatst alsmede een korte beschrijving van het boek. NRC en volkskrant (zie beneden) volgden. Ook op TV in het programma buitenhof konden we Ebert op zien treden (jammergenoeg kon Egbert het in zijn binnenzak zittende boekje niet meer showen omdat er geen echte pauze in het interview viel..). Een bijzondere bijkomstigheid is dat van dit mooie kado-boekje een gepersonaliseerde eerste oplage is gedrukt bij Wohrmann waarvan er slechts 10 zijn gemaakt. Deze met de hand ingebonden exemplaren zijn door Egbert aan een in het nieuws aantal speciale mensen overhandigd.

Leuke bijkomstigheid was ook dat de medeauteur aan het boek, Peter Kempees, alsmede een aantal collega’s van Egbert het boek binnen het Hof hebben kunnen
“vermarkten” waardoor het volgens de boekhandel bij het Hof een van de grote bestsellers is geworden. Een tweede druk is onderweg naar ons om in de grote vraag te kunnen voorzien. Er is zelfs een verzoek gekomen om de boeken in het onderwijs te kunnen gaan gebruiken.
Ook hebben wij velen van onze vrienden een exemplaar van dit boek met Sinterklaas kado mogen doen.

Dit boek is in onze uitgeverij het meest verkochte boek wereldwijd (zelfs nog in 2020!)



It cannot have escaped anyone's attention that our judge in the European Court of Human Rights, Egbert Myjer, has been in the news in recent weeks. In the context of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the court and 60 years of the European Convention, much attention has been paid to the work, history and problems of the Court. At the end of last year Egbert published a special (modern) fairy tale with us; "Jack and the solemn promise."
In this special booklet he deals with the problems that the Court has and how the protagonists in this fairy tale have to live, work and survive. At the lustrum congress of the NJCM we were able to present the booklet in public for the first time. Egbert has been following the press there for a while and elsevier has had a big interview with Egbert as well as a short description of the book. NRC and volkskrant (see below) followed. Also on TV in the program outside court we could see Ebert perform (unfortunately Egbert could no longer show the booklet in his inner pocket because there was no real pause in the interview..). A special side effect is that a personalised first edition of this beautiful gift book has been printed at Wohrmann, only 10 of which have been made. These hand-bound copies have been handed over by Egbert to a number of special people in the news.
The accompanying note was also that the co-author of the book, Peter Kempees, as well as some of Egbert's colleagues were able to use the book within the Court 'market' which, according to the bookshop at the Court, has made it one of the great bestsellers. A second pressure is on its way to us to meet the high demand. There has even been a request to be able to use the books in education. We have also allowed many of our friends to do a copy of this book with Santa Claus gift.

This book is the best-selling book in our publishing house worldwide (even in 2020!)


Jack and the Solemn Promise

A cautionary tale

E. Myjer, P. Kempees


ISBN: 9789058505743

“Once upon a time, not so very long ago (although it may seem ages ago to young people who have grown up with mobile telephones, pizza delivery services, music downloads and social networking web sites), there was an inhuman war. Of course, all wars are inhuman, but this one was really horrible, worse than anything anyone could remember.”
Egbert Myjer and Peter Kempees` fairy tale was originally written as a contribution to a liber amicorum for fellow judge Renate Jaeger.

Myjer decided to address the backlog problem of the European Court of Human Rights from an unaccustomed perspective. He chose to write a thinly disguised allegorical story based on fact. Peter Kempees reworked the text, which was originally written in Dutch. Together they worked on what will from now on be known as `Jack and the Solemn Promise, a cautionary tale`.

Interview with Egbert Myjer in De Volkskrant and review of his book

6 February 2011: ELSA studytrip to the USA

Being the founder of ELSA-Tiburg we were delighted to be the main sponsor of a study trip to the USA. Here some stories of the participants:

Yellow taxis, Trump Towers and the Statue of Liberty. It was not difficult to guess where ELSA Tilburg's study trip would go this year. So it became ' The City that never sleeps'! This academic year we decided with our board to organize the big study trip to New York. They went to New York with a large group of 25 participants, because there was good promotion through flyering, putting up posters, sending out member emails, Facebook messages and information meetings.

Beforehand we had put together a program with activities. In the morning these were study-related activities. In the afternoon there was a social program and everyone could basically go their own way or stick to the social program. The group consisted of a mixed group, namely law students of each academic year. On Monday morning, the United Nations was scheduled to take part. Here we were expected at 9.30am and at 10.00 the tour started. During the tour we were told what the UN means, what it does and what her millennium goals are. The United Nations is an international organization and was founded by 51 countries, after World War II in 1945. The UN currently has 192 Member States. The main responsibility of the Security Council is to ensure the maintenance of international peace and security. Some of its millennium goals are to halve poverty, ensure that every child can go to school, the equality of men and women, the fight against HIV/AIDS and so on. This visit was very interesting and educational, due to the extensive tour and the information. On Tuesday, we continued our way to the Supreme Court. This was perceived by the entire group as very interesting. We also got a tour of the building here. New York University was scheduled for Wednesday morning. Professor Mary Holland explained to us how the American legal system works and made it clear where exactly the differences lie with regard to the civil law system in the Netherlands and the common law system in the United States. After that, two NYU STUDENTS were invited to share their experiences about student life and studying at an American university. Finally, we got another tour of the LLM student through the building from NYU. In the afternoon, we continued our way to the Empire State Building. The Federal Bank was scheduled for Thursday. On Friday morning we visited the Dutch consulate. Saturday and Sunday everyone was free to do and see what he wanted. The participants who wanted to get souvenirs or wanted to shop could go their own way. It was very impressive to be at the spot where the 9/11 attacks took place. We also visited the 9/11 memorial. Here all kinds of photographs, videos and new building drawings of the place, where the terrorist attacks happened, were exhibited. After that, we continued our way to St. Pauls Chapel. This was a refuge for all the aid workers at the time. Now it serves as a place for all people to reflect on the event. In the evening we went back to JFK airport. To arrive at Schiphol airport around 10.30 am on Monday 14 February. This trip has offered us a lot of good things. Everyone has very much enjoyed the days in New York. As the board of ELSA Tilburg, we can therefore say that this was a very successful study trip!

1 April 2011: Professor Ernst Hirsch Ballin komt weer naar Tilburg University

Ernst Hirsch Ballin is een van onze oudste "familieleden" in de uitgeverij. In de tachtiger jaren heeft Willem-Jan van der Wolf regelmatig met hem samen artikelen geschreven in de toenmalige faculteitskrant van de toenmalige Katholiek Universiteit Brabant. Toen wij in de eind van de tachtiger jaren van de vorige eeuw begonnen met het idee om een internationaal tijdschrift te beginnen was Ernst Hirsch Ballin daar zeer enthousiast over. Hij werd begin negentiger jaren minister van Justitie en wij waren zeer vereerd dat  hij het eerste exemplaar als minister van Justitie wilde ontvangen. De foto in de krant en de persberichten hebben ervoor gezorgd dat onze Tilburg Foreign Law Review een groot succes werd. 

Tilburg University benoemt oud-minister van Justitie en Binnenlandse Zaken Ernst Hirsch Ballin met ingang van 1 april 2011 als hoogleraar Nederlands en Europees constitutioneel recht. De leerstoel Nederlands en Europees constitutioneel recht wordt gevestigd bij het nieuwe Departement Publiekrecht, Encyclopedie en Rechtsgeschiedenis van de Tilburg Law School. De faculteit beschouwt de benoeming van Ernst Hirsch Ballin als een belangrijke aanwinst. Hij geldt als een van de meest vooraanstaande specialisten in Nederland op het gebied van het staats- en bestuursrecht en binnen de Tilburgse rechtenfaculteit stond hij eerder al aan de wieg van talrijke initiatieven die bijdroegen aan de groei en bloei van de faculteit. Sinds 2005 is hij lid van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen.


30 April 2011: Moot Court Competition in the International Court of Justice in The Hague

On 30 April, several international teams will compete against each other in the final of the Telders Moot Court Competition at the Peace Palace in The Hague. Wolf Legal Publishers, as every year sponsor, contributes to this year's Judges Dinner.

28 August 2011: Professor Frans Alting von Geusau present his book to the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy

Mr. Herman van Rompuy was the President of the European Council at that time. Professor Frans Alting von Geusau published a lot of interesting books with our company and he was able to present his very interesting European book to the President.

Professor Frans Alting von Geusau has his own page click here

European Unification into the twenty first Century
fading, failing, fragile?
Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau

ISBN (softcover) : 9789058507792

Towards the end of the year 2011 and after many a Euro-summit convened to solve the serious EURO-economic crisis, one may wonder how long the European Union is going to survive? A lesson in the history of European Unification since the end of the Second World War, may help to find an answer, or better still, to learn what to do and what not to do to assure the continuation of this fascinating process of peaceful unification.
The story of European Unification is fascinating, indeed. In 1950 two sworn enemies – France and Germany – decide to seek reconciliation and European federal unity. As a first step, they create the European Coal and Steel Community together with Italy and the Benelux countries. The fathers of this new Europe were visionary persons. Does today`s student or scholar still know who Robert Schuman, Konrad Adenauer, Alcide de Gasperi or Willem Beyen were and what they stood for?
At the time the United Kingdom refused the invitation to join such a federal project. Today`s British Government still rejects federal unity, despite the country`s adherence to the European Communities in 1973.  In France Charles de Gaulle and his Fifth Republic came after Robert Schuman and the Fourth Republic. France ever since prefers a Union with intergovernmental Summits over a Community with federal institutions. Germany re-unified in 1990 after the successful peaceful revolution against totalitarian communist rule in Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. What began as a process of reconciliation between two enemies became a peaceful enlargement of the European Union to twenty seven Member States. The division of Europe between a Soviet dominated East and a Euro-Atlantic West is no more. 
This book not only tells a success story. It also makes us understand why after more than sixty years the Germans lack the solidarity and the French the political vision to turn the Euro-crisis into true progress towards unity. Against the background of Europe`s long and turbulent history, this book may also help to understand why it is so difficult to overcome nationalism and to practice the virtue of solidarity so central to the Christian source of Europe as a civilization.
Professor Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau is professor emeritus of International Law and Western Cooperation. Website:

14 October 2011: 12 1/2 years celebration of the company

At October 14th, 2011 we celebrated that we 12 1/2 years were an official company and that our managing director, Willem-Jan van der Wolf, was publisher for 25 years.

The activities around this celebration lasted almost one year. The start of this all was at the former concentration-camp in Vught, The Netherlands.  Our Dutch Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Egbert Myjer, gave his very interesting and personal speech. It was a day of celebrations and commemorations about the victims of war, genocide from the past and from the recent history. Below you can download the special book that Egbert Myjer presented to us (in Dutch).

Het leest als een boek
Over opmerkelijke daden van een rechter, mensenrechten die vooral voor andere landen zouden zijn bedoeld, perifere zaken en wolfisering

B.E.P. Myjer

ISBN (softcover) : 9789058507181

Eind mei 2010 kreeg het Europese Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens de prestigieuze four freedoms award uitgereikt. Jan Peter Balkenende sprak de laudatio uit. Een half jaar en een kabinet later werd in sommige Nederlandse media ineens een golf van kritiek op het Hof uitgestort. Dat gaf weer aanleiding tot een tsunami aan tegengeluiden. De nieuwe minister van buitenlandse zaken merkte in een beleidsnotitie zelfs op dat ‘het Hof niet zijn eigen gezag moet verzwakken door uitspraken te doen over zaken die slechts op perifere wijze verband houden met mensenrechten.’ Alleen al die opmerking maakte dat de Eerste Kamer (met alleen de VVD tegen) een motie aannam waarin deze opmerkingen als onjuist en niet passend werden gekwalificeerd. In zijn rede zet Egbert Myjer de diverse reacties en Kamerdebatten op een rij. Alleen al dat leest als een boek. Daarnaast geeft hij wat nuttige basisinformatie ten behoeve van die critici die misschien niet helemaal op de hoogte zijn van alle ins en outs rond het EVRM. Zijn conclusie: zou het kunnen dat bij alle kritiek de echte pijn zit in de omstandigheid dat de critici er problemen mee hebben als het EVRM - zoals toegepast en geïnterpreteerd door het Hof - laat zien dat de pijler van het vreemdelingenbeleid ook aan mensenrechtelijke kwaliteits-eisen moet voldoen? Als op- en afmaat citeert hij uit werk van Pitigrilli en Rabelais: over rechter Pott die clown werd en over rechter Bridoye die altijd zijn dobbelstenen gebruikte. Het Hof is geen Euro Clown en het legt met argumenten uit waarom het tot een beslissing is gekomen. Dat alles bij gelegenheid van 12 1/2 jaar WLP en 25 jaar Willem-Jan van der Wolf als uitgever.


Het leest als een boek
PDF – 501,3 KB 536 downloads


9 February 2012: "Islam (Instruction) in Education" conference organised by Wolf and ELA

Een ieder heeft het recht om te leven als een vrij mens, op ontplooiing en bescherming. Dat is de kern van de Universele Verklaring van de Rechten van de Mens uit
1948. Een ieder heeft ook recht op onderwijs. Recht op onderwijs kan geïnterpreteerd worden als toegang krijgen tot onderwijs. Daarmee kunnen ook andere mensenrechten mede vorm krijgen zoals het recht op meningsuiting en het praktiseren van de eigen godsdienst.

Op 9 februari organiseerden wij een bijeenkomst in samenwerking met de European Association for Education Law and Policy (ELA) en de Universiteit van Antwerpen. In de ochtend was het thema “onderwijs in oorlogsgebieden”, de middag werd afgesloten met een zeer actueel thema namelijk ‘Islam (Instruction) in Education’. Bijzondere doelgroep van deze bijeenkomst zijn beleidsmakers en professionals in het veld. 


Everyone has the right to live as a free man, for development and protection. That is the core of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948. Everyone is also entitled to education. Right to education can be interpreted as access to education. This will also enable other human rights such as the right to expression and the practice of one's own religion.
On 9 February we organised a meeting in collaboration with the European Association for Education Law and Policy (ELA) and the University of Antwerp. In the morning the theme was 'education in war zones', the afternoon ended with a very topical theme namely 'Islam (Instruction) in Education'. Special target group of this meeting are policy makers and professionals in the field.

March 9: Interview with Willem-Jan van der Wolf in national journal about the future of publishing

In het februari/maart nummer van het Vakblad (vaktijdschrift voor de makers van vakinformatie in print en online) staat een interview met onze uitgever Willem-Jan van der Wolf met als titel “Superniches”. ”Wolf Legal Publishers is een degelijke juridische niche-uitgeverij met veel Engelstalige producten”, zegt directeur Willem-Jan van der Wolf. Aan Vakblad vertelt hij wat hem aanspreekt in niche-uitgeven en welke toekomstmogelijkheden hij ziet.
Met publicaties over de juridische aspecten rond Antarctica en ruimteschroot, verbindt een uitgeverij geen grote doelgroepen aan zich. “Prima”, zegt Willem-Jan van der Wolf, directeur van Wolf Legal Publishers. “De grote juridische doelgroepen laat ik graag aan de collega’s. Ik zoek de niches op.” Hij zet die opmerking kracht bij door nog twee niches te noemen: Hugo de Groot en genocide. Het zijn onderwerpen die hem persoonlijk erg interesseren. Van der Wolf studeerde internationaal recht, en Hugo de Groot is volgens Van der Wolf het begin van het denken over dat onderwerp. “Ik vond de rechtenstudie zo ontzettend saai en probeerde het aantrekkelijker te maken door de ‘buitengebieden’ van het recht op te zoeken; zo vond ik onderwerpen als terrorisme en mensenrechten – ik ben een echte mensenrechtenjurist.



In the February/March issue of the Trade Magazine (trade magazine for the makers of professional information in print and online) there is an interview with our publisher Willem-Jan van der Wolf entitled "Superniches". "Wolf Legal Publishers is a solid legal niche publishing house with many English-language products", says director Willem-Jan van der Wolf. He tells Vakblad what appeals to him in niche publishing and what future possibilities he sees. "With publications on the legal aspects surrounding Antarctica and space scrap, a publishing house does not connect large target groups to itself. "Fine", says Willem-Jan van der Wolf, director of Wolf Legal Publishers. "I would like to leave the large legal target groups to colleagues. I'm looking for the niches." He reinforces that remark by mentioning two more niches: Hugo the Great and genocide. They are subjects that are very interesting to him personally. Van der Wolf studied international law, and Hugo de Groot is, according to Van der Wolf, the beginning of thinking on this subject. "I found law school so incredibly boring and tried to make it more attractive by looking up the 'outer areas' of the law; so I found subjects such as terrorism and human rights – I am a true human rights lawyer.


30 March 2012:  25 years-Jubilee of Professor Marc Groenhuijsen

Professor Marc Groenhuijsen is een van de eerste vrienden van onze uitgeverij geweest die bij ons in de negentiger jaren met voorstellen kwam om proefschriften in het vakgebied Strafrecht in het Engels te gaan uitgeven. Op vrijdag 30 maart jl. heeft Prof. mr. Marc Groenhuijsen zijn 25 jarig jubileum als hoogleraar aan de
Tilburg University gevierd. Er werden interessante lezingen verzorgd door Mr. J. de Hullu, Raadsheer in de Hoge Raad der Nederlanden en Prof. Dr. em. E. Fattah, Professor Emeritus, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
Tevens werd prof. Mr. Marc Groenhuijsen benoemd tot Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw. Hij ontving de versierselen uit handen van de Tilburgse burgemeester Peter Noordanus in de aula van Tilburg University. 


Professor Marc Groenhuijsen has been one of the first friends of our publishing house who came to us in the 1990s with proposals to publish dissertations in the field of Criminal Justice in English. On Friday, March 30, 2015, the Prof. Marc Groenhuijsen has completed his 25th anniversary as a professor at the Tilburg University celebrated. Interesting lectures were given by Mr. J. de Hullu, Counselor in the Supreme Council of the Netherlands and Prof. Dr. em. E. Fattah, Professor Emeritus, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada. Prof. Mr. Marc Groenhuijsen was also appointed Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. He received the decorations from the hands of the Tilburg mayor Peter Noordanus in the auditorium of Tilburg University.


20 May 2012:  14th International Symposium World Society of Victimology

From 20-24 May the 14th International Symposium World Society of Victimology took place in The Hague. Wolf Legal Publishers was one of the sponsors of this busy congress. During the congress, the conference visitors were able to participate in one of the many parallel sessions in the field of Victimology. On behalf of the organization, we can certainly speak of a successful congress.

7 June 2012: Presentation in the Dutch Senat of the book American Constitutional Law / Amerikaans Staatsrecht by Eric Janse de Jonge

Voorzitter Eerste Kamer neemt boek over Amerikaans Staatsrecht in ontvangst

7 juni 2012

Tijdens een bijeenkomst in de plenaire zaal van de Eerste Kamer heeft oud-senator dr. Eric Janse de Jonge het eerste exemplaar van zijn boek ‘Amerikaans Staatsrecht’ aangeboden aan de Voorzitter van de Eerste Kamer, mr. Fred de Graaf. Ook de President van de Hoge Raad, mr. Geert Corstens, ontving een exemplaar. Dit boek behandelt de “binnenkant” van de Amerikaanse politiek. Het boek gaat systematisch in op de bevoegd­heden van Congres, President en Hooggerechtshof. Alle bevoegdheden worden geïllustreerd aan de hand van praktijkvoorbeelden.

In zijn dankwoord ging de Kamervoorzitter in op een fundamenteel verschilpunt tussen het staatsrecht van de Verenigde Staten en Nederland, namelijk de periodiciteit van de verkiezingen. In de Verenigde Staten vinden om de vier jaar presidentsverkiezingen plaats, om de twee jaar verkiezingen voor het Huis van Afgevaardigden en om de zes jaar verkiezingen voor de Senaat. In Nederland dat geen presidentieel, maar een parlementair stelsel kent, is de gewoonte ontstaan na de val een kabinet nieuwe verkiezingen voor de Tweede Kamer uit te schrijven. De Kamervoorzitter merkte op dat de duurzaamheid van coalitiekabinetten de laatste tien jaar schrikbarend achteruit is gegaan. “Terecht is, lijkt mij, de vraag gesteld of we in Nederland niet terug moeten naar het systeem dat wisseling van kabinetssamenstelling binnen een parlementaire periode mogelijk is, indien na de val van een kabinet een parlementaire meerderheid gevonden kan worden voor de samenstelling van een nieuw kabinet. De regelmaat in de verkiezingen die de Verenigde Staten kent, heeft ook aantrekkelijkheid. De Grondwet hoeven we daarvoor niet te wijzigen. Slechts nodig is samenwerkingsgezindheid van politieke partijen binnen het raam van een machtsverdeling zoals die door de kiezers - in principe voor een tijdsbestek van vier jaar - is geslagen,” aldus de Kamervoorzitter.

Speech van de Voorzitter van de Eerste Kamer


During a meeting in the plenary chamber of the Senate, former Senator Dr. Eric Janse de Jonge presented the first copy of his book 'American Constitutional Law' to the President of the Senate, Mr. Fred de Graaf. The President of the Supreme Court, Mr. Geert Corstens, also received a copy. This book deals with the "inside" of American politics. The book systematically deals with the powers of Congress, President and Supreme Court. All powers are illustrated on the basis of practical examples.
In his acceptance speech, the President of the Chamber addressed a fundamental difference between the state law of the United States and the Netherlands, namely the periodicity of the elections. Presidential elections take place every four years in the United States, elections to the House of Representatives every two years and elections to the Senate every six years. In the Netherlands, which has no presidential but a parliamentary system, the habit has arisen after the fall of a cabinet to call new elections to the House of Representatives. The President of the Chamber noted that the sustainability of coalition cabinets has deteriorated alarmingly over the last decade. "It seems to me that the question has rightly been asked whether we should not return to the system in the Netherlands that changes of cabinet composition within a parliamentary period, if a parliamentary majority can be found for the composition of a new cabinet after the fall of a cabinet. The regularity in the elections known to the United States also has attractiveness. We do not need to change the Constitution for that. Only necessary is cooperation of political parties within the framework of a division of power as struck by the electorate - basically for a period of four years," the President of the Chamber said.


Amerikaans Staatsrecht
Beschouwingen over de rule of law, staatsinstellingen en politiek in de Verenigde Staten van Noord-Amerika

Eric Janse de Jonge

ISBN (softcover) : 9789058507884

Het regeringsstelsel van de Verenigde Staten spreekt bijna iedereen tot de verbeelding. Amerika heeft de oudste, geschreven grondwet ter wereld en het regeringsstelsel functioneert in het algemeen naar behoren. Zowel in een jaar van verkiezingen (2012), als de tussenliggende perioden is het boeiend om te zien hoe deze grote democratie bestuurd wordt vanuit Washington DC. In dit boek wordt uitvoerig ingegaan op de werking van het Amerikaanse regeringsstelsel. Naast leerstukken en theorie komen praktijkvoorbeelden en actuele gebeurtenissen aan de orde. Het boek bestaat uit twee delen. Het eerste deel geeft de context aan van het Amerikaans staatsrecht. Ingegaan wordt op het begrippenkader, de historie van de koloniale periode tot en met de grondwet van 1787, de voor het Amerikaans staatsrecht relevante leerstukken. Ook wordt in dit deel ingegaan op het verschijnsel politieke partijen. In het tweede deel worden systematisch de bevoegdheden en de (on)macht van respectievelijk het Congres, de President en het Supreme Court besproken. Naast de tekst van de grondwet, worden ook ongeschreven bevoegdheden bij deze analyse betrokken en worden zoveel als mogelijk praktische voorbeelden gegeven ter illustratie. De beschouwingen worden verantwoord dooruitgebreide verwijzingen naar literatuur en jurisprudentie. Hiernaast wordt regelmatig verwezen naar websites zodat de lezer steeds de actuele stand van zaken bij de hand heeft.

Dit boek is geschreven tijdens een sabbatical van zomer 2011 tot voorjaar 2012. De voor het staatsrecht relevante bestuurlijke en politieke ontwikkelingen zijn meegenomen tot voorjaar 2012. 

Dr. Eric Janse de Jonge (1957) studeerde rechten aan de RU Leiden van 1977 tot 1983. Hij was van 1984 tot 1999 werkzaam bij de vakgroep staats- en bestuursrecht van de Universiteit van Tilburg en doceerde Nederlands en Anglo-Amerikaans staatsrecht. Daarna was hij werkzaam als hoofd bestuur-juridische zaken (BJZ) van de gemeente Helmond. Tussen 2002 en 2007 was hij lid van Gedeputeerde Staten van Noord-Brabant. Aansluitend was hij van 2007 tot 2011 hij lid van de Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal en partner bij adviesbureau BMC. Tevens was hij tussen 2009 en 2012 ambassadeur Stedelijke Distributie op het ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu. Thans vervult hij diverse bestuurlijke functies. In 1993 promoveerde hij in Tilburg op een rechtsvergelijkend onderzoek naar het Budgetrecht van het parlement in de Verenigde Staten, Engeland en Nederland. Hiernaast schreef hij ruim 100 artikelen en bijdragen aan boeken over staat, recht en bestuur in Nederland, Engeland en de Verenigde Staten.

25 June 2012: Ernst Hirsch Ballin presents his book to the Prime-minister of Aruba

Maandag 25 juni heeft Professor Ernst Hirsch Ballin het eerste exemplaar van het boek “De constitutionele orde van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden - Tekstuitgave van de fundamentele regelingen” aangeboden aan de Minister-president van Aruba, mr. M.G. Eman. 


On Monday 25 June, Professor Ernst Hirsch Ballin presented the first copy of the book "The Constitutional Order of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - Text Edition of the Fundamental Arrangements" to the Prime Minister of Aruba, Mr. M.G. Eman.

De constitutionele orde van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden Editie 2015-2016 Tekstuitgave van de fundamentele regelingen

Onder redactie van en ingeleid door prof. dr. Ernst M.H. Hirsch Ballin

ISBN (softcover) : 9789462402065

Op 10 oktober 2010 is een ingrijpende wijziging van het op 15 december 1954 ondertekende Statuut voor het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden in werking getreden. Het meest opvallende kenmerk daarvan is dat Curaçao en Sint Maarten de status van land in het Koninkrijk hebben verkregen, naast het al in 1986 verzelfstandigde Aruba. Dit betekende het einde van het land de Nederlandse Antillen en dus ook van de opmerkelijke deels constitutionele, deels organieke wet die als Eilandenregeling Nederlandse Antillen (ERNA) al sinds 1951 van kracht was en sindsdien vele malen herzien. De drie eilanden die geen land werden – Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba, afgekort BES – gingen vanaf datzelfde moment als openbare lichamen deel uitmaken van het Nederlandse staatsbestel. 10 oktober 2010 is niet alleen de einddatum van een langdurig herzieningsproces, maar ook het beginpunt van verdere ontwikkelingen. De constitutionele verankering van de in 2010 tot stand gekomen veranderingen wordt pas goed zichtbaar als men verder kijkt dan de tekst van het Statuut (wat trouwens altijd al gold voor het staatsrecht van het Koninkrijk).

Wie het constitutionele bestel van het Koninkrijk wil doorgronden, moet het Statuut voor het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, de vier grondwetten, de wet die de status van Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba regelt, een reeks organieke rijkswetten en de relevante bepalingen van de Europese Unie in onderlinge samenhang kunnen raadplegen. Al deze documenten zijn te vinden in de voorliggende bundel, die daarmee op dezelfde manier van nut wil zijn als de tientallen jaren lang gebruikte tekstuitgave van de basisregelingen, getiteld "De Rechtsorde in het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden". Na 1986 was deze bundel niet meer herzien.

10 October 2012: Frankfurt Bookfair

Van 10-14 oktober hebben we deelgenomen aan de Frankfurter Buchmesse. Deze grootste boekenbeurs van de wereld is ieder jaar weer een groot feest. Jammer genoeg dit jaar geen ontwikkeling die het vermelden waard is. E-books komen er wel aan, maar er zitten zeker voor de academische titels nog veel haken en ogen aan. Tevens lijkt het er wel op dat we de tijd met Video 2000 en VHS, Betamax gaan krijgen want er zijn ondertussen zoveel verschillende soorten E-books en
E-Media dat kiezen moeilijk wordt. Wel hebben we op de Messe verdergaande samenwerkingsverbanden aan kunnen gaan met agenten wereldwijd alsmede het startsein gegeven voor een eigen boekenproductielijn in de USA. Hierdoor is het mogelijk om in de nabije toekomst binnen 48 uur waar dan ook in de USA onze titels te kunnen leveren. Een positieve ontwikkeling waar we trots op mogen zijn. Natuurlijk mag ook niet onvermeld blijven dat we zelf ook op de boekenbeurs tussen de meer dan 7500 uitgevers onze boeken mochten presenteren. De nieuwe “Bringing a case to the European Court of Human Rights” zowel in het Frans alsook in het Engels mochten we presenteren in de stand van de “Council of Europe Publishing”. Toch bijzonder om onze eigen boeken te zien staan in deze  Internationale hal. Een unieke samenwerking met de Raad van Europa maakt het mogelijk dat we wellicht nog veel meer publicaties kunnen gaan verzorgen.


From 10-14 October we participated in the Frankfurt Buchmesse. This biggest book fair in the world is a big party every year. Unfortunately this year no development worth mentioning. E-books are coming, but there are certainly still a lot of snags for the academic titles. It also seems that we are going to get the time with Video 2000 and VHS, Betamax because there are now so many different types of E-books and E-Media that choosing becomes difficult. However, we have been able to enter into further partnerships with agents worldwide at the Messe and gave the go-ahead for our own book production line in the USA. This makes it possible to deliver our titles anywhere in the USA within 48 hours. A positive development that we should be proud of. Of course, it should not be mentioned that we were also allowed to present our books at the book fair among the more than 7500 publishers. The new "Bringing a case to the European Court of Human Rights" both in French and In English we were allowed to present in the state of the "Council of Europe Publishing". Still special to see our own books in this International Hall. A unique cooperation with the Council of Europe makes it possible that we may be able to provide many more publications.


23 October 2012: The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Nicolas Bratza, will retire

The meeting was a surprise for everyone....

For the first time Wolf Legal Publishers was contacted by members of the European Court of Human Rights to publish a Liber Amicorum for the President of the Court, Nicolas Bratza. 

The topic of the books was the Freedom of Expression and there were many contributions from around the world.

He did not know that there would be a books especially for him. The biggest surprise for everyone was the moment that he sit down to sign just "a few" books.... The whole Court wanted to have a book of him with his signature! Mr. Bratza was sitting in the room for more than 2 hours signing more than 200 books. Staff-members, judges but also guards of the Court went to him to have a book signed.

Freedom of Expression
Essays in honour of Nicolas Bratza, President of the European Court of Human Rights

ISBN (hardcover) : 9789058508836
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058508683

Freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones of all democratic systems.  Without it ideas about how to protect the common good in our societies would be impoverished.  A marketplace of ideas is essential for democracy to thrive.  It is for this reason that the European Court of Human Rights attaches such importance to political discourse as well as to speech and other forms of expression that may shock and offend.  Yet such freedom may clash with other rights such as the right to privacy, the right to a good reputation.  It may even conflict with the need to protect public order or morals.  Societies require pluralism if they are to grow yet democracy also seeks to limit extreme forms of speech that preach hate and advocate violence.  But are such restrictions on free speech legitimate and by what criteria are we to judge their necessity?
We rely on journalists to report accurately the controversies of the day and protect their right not to reveal sources.  They also enjoy a broad right of fair comment. But we expect them to be responsible in their factual reporting, to check their sources and to have regard to the need to observe some degree of restraint when reporting or commenting on matters that affect the rights of others.  But is it legitimate to interfere with reporting that is in the public interest and how can the law promote responsible journalism?
This collection of essays on freedom of expression contains contributions by distinguished judges and lawyers from many varied backgrounds that explore these themes with a critical eye.  The book seeks to honour Sir Nicolas Bratza, President of the European Court of Human Rights, for his outstanding contribution, as a jurist and leading judicial figure, to the protection of human rights in Europe.  

8-10 November 2012: 2nd World Conference on the Right to Education and Rights in Education


In 2004 we organised the 1st World Conference on Education Law and now there is the 2nd World Conference on the Right to Education and Rights in Education in Brussels. From Strasbourg we could go straight to Brussels! We were able to present a unique collection. In recent years, Charles Glenn and Jan De Groof have been working with 65 other authors to update their publication published in 2004-2005. A beautiful 4-piece collection 'Balancing freedom, autonomy and accountability in education', published by Wolf Legal Publishers, is the result. For three days we were allowed to participate in this international congress, made friends for life and put the publishing house even more on the map!

13 November 2012: Book presentation Lincoln's Inn in London

After the presentation and launch of the book Freedom of Expression in Strasbourg there was a lot of interest in the publication. Our Judge Egbert Myjer was fortunately elected to become a member of Lincoln's Inn in London and we organised there a special book presentation for Nicolas Bratza.

Lincolnn's Inn in London was on Tuesday 13 November the place where the English human rights community wanted to say goodbye to the President of the European Court Sir Nicolas Bratza. Since his Strasbourg farewell had been a great success, we could not be missed here. Never before have we been allowed to present our book in such a special place. It's like the great hall in the Harry Potter books! A place in London with more than 600 years of history. Charles Dickens described this place, and the greats of the earth were allowed to sit on. This Tuesday evening we were invited with 170 people to a dinner and reception to mark his farewell. Again, only joy and again a large number of sales and orders. Nicolas Bratza was afraid to run into us again because then he can start signing again....

This book-presentation was one of the most special occasions every of our company. 

We also celebrated there the special position of our Judge Egbert Myjer. 

21 November 2012: Tilburg Law School 50 jaar

Op 21 november, de dag voorafgaand aan de festiviteiten werd een eredoctoraat uitgereikt aan Sacha Prechal voor haar toonaangevend onderzoek op het terrein van het Europees recht. Prechal ontvangt het eredoctoraat mede voor haar belangrijke bijdrage aan constitutionele processen in Europa, waaronder mensenrechtenbescherming en bescherming tegen discriminatie, in het bijzonder discriminatie van vrouwen.

De dag van de Dies Natalis -22 november – stond in het teken van een kenmerkend profiel van de faculteit: Global Law. Matton van den Berg (emeritus hoogleraar en alumnus) heeft op verzoek van het faculteitsbestuur rondom dit thema een inspirerend symposiumprogramma samengesteld.
Wetenschappers van binnen en buiten de faculteit maar ook alumni belichten ontwikkelingen in hun vakgebied vanuit het perspectief van Global Law, maar bediscussiëren het thema ook in het licht van de toekomstige ontwikkeling van het recht, de juridische discipline en de opleiding rechtsgeleerdheid, Het symposium, bestond uit workshops en een panel sessie, opent met een keynote speech door eredoctor Sacha Prechal.

Hoogleraar Trix van Erp-Jacobs en emeritus hoogleraar Matton van den Berg presenteerden het lustrumboek over 50 jaar geschiedenis van de rechtenfaculteit.
Het lustrumboek werd door ons uitgegeven.



On 21 November, the day leading up to the festivities, an honorary doctorate was awarded to Sacha Prechal for her leading research in the field of European law. Prechal receives the honorary doctorate partly for its important contribution to constitutional processes in Europe, including human rights protection and protection against discrimination, in particular discrimination against women.
The day of the Dies Natalis -22 November – was dedicated to a characteristic profile of the faculty: Global Law. Matton van den Berg (emeritus professor and alumnus) has put together an inspiring symposium programme at the request of the faculty board on this theme. Scientists from inside and outside the faculty but also alumni highlight developments in their field from the perspective of Global Law, but also discuss the theme in the light of the future development of law, legal discipline and the law programme, The symposium, consisted of workshops and a panel session, opens with a keynote speech by honorary doctor Sacha Prechal.
Professor Trix van Erp-Jacobs and emeritus professor Matton van den Berg presented the lustrum book about 50 years of history of the law faculty. The lustrum book was published by us.


Rechtsgeleerdheid, rechtswetenschappen, Law school
50 jaar rechtenfaculteit in Tilburg

B. van Erp-Jacobs

In het kader van het vijftigjarig jubileum van de Tilburgse Rechtenfaculteit schetst Professor Jacobs in het boek `Rechtsgeleerdheid, rechtswetenschappen, Law school. 50 jaar rechtenfaculteit in Tilburg` een sprekend historisch beeld van de veranderingen van de juridische faculteit. In 1963 krijgt de Katholieke Hogeschool in Tilburg een juridische faculteit. Er komen een klassieke opleiding Nederlands recht en een opleiding fiscaal recht. De rechtenfaculteit krijgt in de jaren zestig, net als de gehele Hogeschool en andere onderwijsinstellingen, te maken met studenten en medewerkers die inspraak eisen en het onderwijsprogramma ter discussie stellen. In de loop van de jaren nemen de studentenaantallen toe, waaronder in belangrijke mate ook de aantallen avondstudenten. Dat vereist een bijzondere inspanning. Geleidelijk breidt men ook het aantal studierichtingen uit met een juridisch bestuurswetenschappelijke opleiding - later omgevormd tot bestuurskunde - en andere opleidingen, waardoor er meer diversiteit ontstaat. In de jaren negentig komt er een onderzoeksinstituut voor grondslagen en rechtsvergelijking, het Schoordijk Instituut, waarbinnen het facultaire onderzoek grotendeels wordt geconcentreerd. In de jaren 2000 richt de faculteit de blik steeds meer naar buiten: onderzoek en onderwijs worden sterker internationaal en inter- en multidisciplinair. In 2012 mondt deze ontwikkeling uit in het mede-initiatief tot de oprichting van een wereldwijde Law Schools Global League en in 2013 tot de start van een Engelstalig bachelorprogramma Global Law.

7 December 2012: Farewell of Professor Jan van Dijk

On Friday, December 7, 2015, the Prof. J.J.M. van Dijk, professor at pieter van Vollenhoven Chair of Victimology, Human Security and Safety, gave a public farewell lecture entitled: 'The International Crime Victims Survey: retrospective and future exploration'

The number of home invasions and car thefts has decreased mainly in recent years due to better security of cars and homes. If the government actively intervenes in the security market through legislation and subsidisation, crime can be fought more cheaply and better. This is what Professor of Victimology Jan van Dijk argued on Friday 7 December in his valedictory speech at Tilburg University. Van Dijk based his conclusions on the periodic International Victim Survey, which he set up himself in 1988. The International Victim Survey was conducted for the first time in 13 Western countries in 1988. Since then, this survey, which surveyed samples from the rural population about their personal experiences with crime over the past year, has been conducted in six rounds in 80 different countries under a total of over 400,000 citizens. For his leadership of this international survey, Van Dijk received the Stockholm Prize for Criminology from Queen Sylvia of Sweden on 12 June this year. In his farewell lecture as the upholsterer of the Pieter van Vollenhoven chair in victimology and human safety at Tilburg University, Van Dijk presented the results of the survey from the eight Western countries that participated in all six rounds between 1988 and 2010. The results show that the common crime rate was at its peak around 1995 and has fallen sharply since then. The sharpest declines have occurred in countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands in car thefts (especially for joyriding) and home invasions. The decreases appear to have occurred in all countries following technical security measures at most of the car park.

According to van Dijk's theory of reactive security, citizens are responding to increased chances of burglary by taking security measures, making the commission of burglaries unattractive. In countries such as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, this reaction has been actively encouraged by the government (e.g. through the Safe Living Police Label and the requirements in the Building Act of 1999). Using the data from the survey, Van Dijk shows that national trends in home invasions between 2004 and 2010 can be predicted based on the level of security per country in 2004. In countries with relatively poorly secured housing stock such as Denmark, Estonia and Switzerland, the number of home invasions has increased. In the most secure countries, the Netherlands and England/Wales, there has been a sharp decline. In the two countries with a moderate level of security, Germany and Canada, the level has remained unchanged. According to Van Dijk, the government should actively intervene in the security market through legislation and subsidisation. This preventive policy will make crime considerably better and cheaper than the current government's "more blue and tougher penalties" policy. Preventive regulation has been proven effective not only in burglaries and car thefts but also in crime at business premises and entertainment centres and in bank card fraud. An active prevention policy can also prevent the disadvantage of socially weaker environments in terms of security and objective and subjective safety. Afterwards, the Liber Amicorum 'KLM van Dijk' was offered to Prof. Dr. Jan van Dijk. The Liber Amicorum is composed by his colleagues and published by Wolf Legal Publishers.


31 January 2013: Book-presentations European Court of Human Rights

We were at the European Court of Human Rights for the opening of the legal year. We presented two new titles there; the French/English-language book "A Century of International Justice and Prospects for the Future / Rétrospective d'un siècle de justice internationale et perspectives d'avenir" by Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade & Dean Spielmann and "Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: a decade of change. Essays in honour of Anatoly Kovler, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in 1999-2012" edited by Olga Chernishova & Mikhail Lobov. This last book was signed on the spot by Judge Anatoly Kovler.

9 September 2013: Wolf Legal Publisher is the official Publisher of the European Court of Human Rights

At a special meeting on the 9th of September 2013 the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Dean Spielmann, received from us a very special edition of the Reports of Judgments and Decisions. From this moment on we were the official publisher of the European Court of Human Rights.

The past 7 years we published a lot of publications for and together with the European Court of Human Rights.

At the special page you can find the information about the books and materials.

2013: Year of Interns from all over Europe and participation in the United Nations meeting on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna

This year not only the Dutch language was spoken in our offices. Anyone visiting us would have been surprised to hear Greek, English, Slovak, Slovenian, French and Dutch during the lunches. This is all due to the arrival of our first group of interns of ELSA to the office. In the newsletters that you can find in the archives you can find back the names and photos of these interns. we want to introduce them to you individually. The students arrived to participate in our Human Rights, International Criminal Law, Space Law, Environmental Law and Medical Law Projects.

In 2013 we also started the Space Law Project. The fifty-second session of the Legal Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was held from 8-19 April 2013 at the United Nations Office at Vienna, Austria where two of our team members were present.

Dorina Andoni (intern on Space Law) visited the European Centre for Space Law Practitioners’ Forum. This one-day Practitioners’ Forum has been organised every year since 1992. The aim of the Forum is to provide those working in the space sector with a forum for the exchange of views, knowledge and information. During the forum experts present the latest developments in, for example: EC law, contracts and procurement law, telecommunications, space liability and insurance, etc. Each presentation is followed by a question and discussion session. She, together with Dorina Andoni, started our Ultimate Space Collection that was very successful.


11 June 2014: Professor Frans Alting von Geusau receives the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland

Op 11 juni 2014 jl. ontving Professor Alting von Geusau uit handen van de Poolse ambassadeur Jan Borkowski “the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland”. De ambassadeur reikte deze bijzondere onderscheiding uit namens de President van Polen. Alting von Geusau ontving deze onderscheiding voor zijn enorme inzet bij de Pools-Nederlandse samenwerking en zijn steun bij de transformatie in Polen 25 jaar geleden. 

Tijdens de ceremonie werd door Alting von Geusau een groot aantal anekdotes vertelt over de dagen voor en vlak na de omwenteling in Polen. Het publiek luisterde aandachtig naar deze verhalen en met name aan de Poolse kant werd met ongeloof en bewondering gereageerd. Na de overhandiging van de onderscheiding werd door Alting von Geusau en de Ambassadeur een kleine tentoonstelling geopend over de revolutie van 25 jaar geleden.



On 11 June 2014, the commission was arrested on 11 June 2014 Professor Alting von Geusau received from the Polish Ambassador Jan Borkowski "the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland". The Ambassador presented this special award on behalf of the President of Poland. Alting von Geusau received this award for his enormous commitment to Polish-Dutch cooperation and his support for the transformation in Poland 25 years ago.
During the ceremony, Alting von Geusau told a large number of anecdotes about the days before and just after the upheaval in Poland. The audience listened carefully to these stories and, especially on the Polish side, they reacted with disbelief and admiration. After the award was handed over, Alting von Geusau and the Ambassador opened a small exhibition about the revolution of 25 years ago.


15 August 2014: 100 year Peace Palace, exhibition and publication of Bertha von Suttner “The Stars of Eternal Truth and Right”

From 15 August to 22 September stood in the Hague Town Hall various exhibitions about 100 year Peace Palace. "Bertha von Suttner was one of the initiators of the the first Peace Conference (1907) in The Hague. At the end of the 19th century she was part of the international peace movement.

One of the exhibitions is that of Bertha von Suttner. "Bertha von Suttner was one of the initiators of the first Peace Conference (1907) held in The Hague. At the end of the 19th century she was part of the international peace movement. The International Affairs Office of the Municipality of The Hague, with a contribution from the Austrian Embassy, devotes an exhibition to Bertha von Suttner, her ideas and its significance for The Hague.

In addition, attention is paid to her contacts with the burgeoning Women-Peace Movement in the Netherlands and for a number of important women in the peace movement and feminism."
Arthur Eyffinger wrote about Von Suttner a beautiful book with colorful illustrations. 

The Stars of Eternal Truth and Right
Bertha von Suttner’s Campaigning For Peace, Social Justice, and Womanhood

Arthur Eyffinger

ISBN (hardcover) : 9789462400344

A mere three words established her lasting repute worldwide: Die Waffen nieder! The catchwords remained a pious wish to the present day, but they bespoke the astounding woman Bertha von Suttner was: intrepid, recalcitrant, forthright and spellbinding. Bertha was the type of woman the Belle Époque needed to turn the destiny of womanhood around. Enthused with the ideas of human progress, liberalism and individualism `Peace Bertha`, or `Red Bertha`, or `Jew-Bertha` campaigned passionately against social injustice or relapse in whatever shape it presented itself, be this overt militarism, rigid conservatism, the oppression of women, or anti-Semitism.

The Hague Peace Conferences of 1899 and 1907 were the undisputable highlights of Bertha`s long career as engaged peace activist. To her, the Opening of the Peace Palace in 1913 was a dream come true. This publication focuses on Bertha`s tenets and aspirations with regard to the emerging International Tradition in The Hague. It does so by giving her the floor. The substance of this book captures the gist of her views and ideals by way of hundreds of citations gathered from her Memoirs, Diaries and Correspondence, and handpicked from the tracts, novels and papers that constitute the rich yield of her unstoppable scholarly, literary and journalistic endeavours. The sum total is a fascinating portrait of an intriguing woman and public figure, a steadfast advocate of Women`s Lib and the Cassandra of Peace on the eve of the Guns of August.

Dr. Arthur Eyffinger (The Hague, 1947) is classicist and law historian.

14 October 2014: Farewell Gerard Huppertz as director of the Juridische Hoge School, Tilburg

Gerard Huppertz retired as director of the Legal College (JHS) Avans-Fontys. Gerard Huppertz received a royal award during his farewell, the crowning glory of his work. In 2002 Gerard Huppertz was the first in the Netherlands to start the HBO-Rights programme. With his departure, the JHS loses an enthusiastic director. Gerard brought the quality of education to unprecedented heights and was closely involved with his students. In particular, the common ground with the practice and value of HBO students in the legal field were crucial for him. As a 'house publisher', we have the pleasure of publishing the Maaskant lectures - current lectures on the law. Egbert Myjer wrote especially for the farewell of Gerard the Special Maaskant lecture 2014, 'The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: now also pensioner and irreplaceable'.

11 November 2014: In memoriam Willem Witteveen; shot down in the Ukraine


"Plane from Amsterdam probably crashed in Ukraine" was the headline of one of the news reports on my phone that I received on 17 September. Now that I had recently been to Ukraine, I opened the message with more interest. More and more reports came in and it became clear that it should have been a plane full of Dutch passengers. In the first few hours, not much was known. "Someone from the university was on the plane" I heard about 2 days later but had no idea who it was. Who? What faculty? Nowhere was there anything to be found. A text message from a friend from the Law faculty of Tilburg an hour later, made an abrupt end to guessing. It couldn't be true! "A colleague of ours was on that plane" and a few minutes later it became clear that Willem Witteveen and his family had died in this disaster. Willem, the man who taught me the encyclopedia of law in the late 1980s. Willem, the professor and senator with whom we have been allowed to make many books was no longer alive. A big shock to all of us. The conflict in Ukraine came very close in this way.

Willem Witteveen was a special person, with a characteristic run, a sense of humour and for an outsider perhaps sometimes some muddled and boring appearance. Willem was a very special friend of the publishing house. Willem taught and researched subjects that did not concern the legal masses, but specialized more and more in special projects in legal theory. For us as a publishing house not always the easiest subjects to highlight, but because of Willem's enormous knowledge and contacts network are always a pleasure to work on. Willem was not only that solid lawyer who examined the legal theory and basis of law and justice. Willem loved culture, poetry, language and also projects that were a bit "out of the box". The best example of this is a publication that we have made with him for the Senate (click here).

A few years ago, he called me because he wanted to present a special project to me. Willem had become a Member of parliament and wanted to publish a special book when Gerrit Brakx was farewelled as president of the Senate. He said that in the parliamentary meetings of the PvdA (Labor Party) it was the tradition to read a poem during the meeting, with which the MPs could express their feelings that day, or feeling during an event or just because they thought it was a nice poem. Willem thought it would be a nice idea to bundle these poems and ask the MPs to explain them; why they chose that poem on that one day to recite. It immediately seemed like a great idea. "Why is nothing done in the Senate" was the (very separate) title of this beautiful book. During the presentation of the book in the Senate, Willem's warm and committed personality came to the fore. It was partying with him that day. As a child in a candy factory, he took me to all the rooms, hallways and cellars of the First Room building. "Come Willem-Jan you have to see this too", "Look here the ministers were in that night, there was X at that time", "Here history was made and from here you have the best view of the courtyard" and so on. We walked off a bit that day. It was also the last official meeting of the Senate where Brakx said goodbye. Willem spoke during the meeting and mentioned that soon the special book would be handed over to Gerrit Braks and mentioned my ›› name and name of our publishing house. At the end of the meeting he came out between the green curtains, walked up to me and said with that familiar smile around his mouth: "So WJ, now you and the publishing house are officially in the Acts of the room. Nice for later right?!". Indeed, a while later I received a copy of these Acts with the relevant passage.

Together with Willem we were allowed to make some nice legal theoretical productions and everywhere I met him over the years, a chat and a joke was something that characterized him so much. He also occasionally had his own production of poems, which we could then produce for himself in small print. We will miss Willem as an eccentric person who frequently provided us with special publications. Always books with a legal/cultural component. The reactions to his death in various media, make it clear that a particularly warm and warm person has passed away from us. A few weeks ago we were asked to cross in a Liber Amicorum, by willem's name, to indicate that he was no longer there. A bizarre moment I found that and his death suddenly came very close. This contribution in the book for Trix Jacobs is the last writing we have been allowed to produce by Willem. The beauty of making books is that after death there is something tangible left of you. His work, his spirit live on in the extraordinary productions we have been able to make with him. Willem thanks for all that beauty. Rest gently wherever you may be!

Willem Johannes Witteveen (1952 2014) was a Dutch legal scholar and politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). He was the son of former Finance Minister Johan Witteveen (VVD) and a great-grandson of the Amsterdam pre-war alderman Floor Wibaut (SDAP).  Until his death, he was a member of the Senate. In the Senate, he was involved in the Justice department and the Interior Department. From 1990 until his death he was professor of encyclopedia of law at Tilburg University. Willem Witteveen published many legal books with us but also wrote poems and other books.  

Willem Witteveen died at the age of 62 with his wife and daughter in the plane crash over eastern Ukraine and left behind a son. After his death, a scholarship and study prize were named after him and his daughter at Tilburg University: the Witteveen Memorial Fellowship on Law and Humanities and the Marit Witteveen Award.


We published some poetry and other publications of Willem Witteveen. Click here for more information

Here you find the official texts that Willem Witteveen spoke in the Senate when he wanted to show his poetry-bundle 3 June 2003:


29 January 2015: Visit to the European Court of Human Rights

30 March 2015: Dutch Militairy Academy book presentation

Tijdens de eerste editie van de Nederlandse Defensie Academie (NLDA) boekenborrel op maandag 30 maart presenteerden auteurs, die verbonden zijn aan de Faculteit Militaire Wetenschappen (FMW) of het Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie (NIMH), hun gepubliceerde wetenschappelijke uitgaven in het hoofdgebouw van het Ministerie van Defensie Den Haag.
Met korte, prikkelende presentaties informeerden de auteurs de genodigden tijdens de boekenborrel over recente resultaten van defensie gerelateerd (historisch) onderzoek. Nederlands hoogste militair, de Commandant der Strijdkrachten, generaal Tom Middendorp, gaf de aftrap. Wij publiceren al vele jaren handboeken Militair recht en hebben ook wetboeken voor de militaire academische wereld geproduceerd.  Het was een mooie dag, zeker voor onze mede-directeur (en mijn vader) René van der Wolf die zelf oud militair is geweest.

During the first edition of the Dutch Defence Academy (NLDA) book drink on Monday 30 March, authors affiliated with the Faculty of Military Sciences (FMW) or the Netherlands Institute for Military History (NIMH) presented their published scientific expenditure seen in the main building of the Ministry of Defence The Hague. With short, stimulating presentations, the authors informed the guests during the book drink about recent results of defense related (historical) research. The Dutch highest military officer, the Commander of the Armed Forces, General Tom Middendorp, kicked off. We have been publishing military law manuals for many years and have also produced codes for military academia. It was a beautiful day, especially for our co-director (and my father) René van der Wolf who himself was a former soldier.


Beyond borders; The role of the Netherlands Army in public security during crisis management operations

Peter Neuteboom

ISBN : 9789462401624

At the beginning of a crisis management operation, the international community is often confronted with a poorly functioning or absent local police force. Within the chaos that reigns over the crisis area, an inadequate police force is a prelude to an explosive growth of crime and public order problems. The question then arises who could deal with these problems. In the absence of a local police force the only alternative at hand is that the military temporarily intervene as interim police, an activity that is not only beyond the primary tasks of the military but that is also likely to meet resistance of the troops. On the basis of relevant police literature, this thesis has investigated and analysed how the Royal Army of the Netherlands has contributed to improving public order and security during crisis management operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Iraq. The thesis draws the conclusion that, although the army did do interim policing during these missions, these tasks were only to a limited extent institutionalised in the organisational and operational concepts of the army. This means that the army to some extent ignore a reality typifying contemporary crisis management operations, namely that public order and security need to be restored quickly to ensure that the civilian reconstruction process can begin and be completed successfully.

The Military on Trial: The British Army in Iraq

Rachel Kerr

ISBN: 9789058503633

This volume examines a set of cases in civilian and military courts in the UK concerning the conduct of British military forces in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. It is part of the European Commission funded Framework VI research project CHALLENGE (The Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security), which brings together 23 universities and institutes in the European Union.

The research for this volume also forms part of a wider programme undertaken by the War Crimes Research Group at King’s College London, examining War and War Crimes. This project is concerned with testing and challenging our understanding of the content of the laws of armed conflict and how they are applied in the context of the contemporary use of force. At issue is where precisely the boundary between that which is acceptable and that which is not acceptable lies. Chiefly, the project is concerned with investigating salient values and attitudes among military professionals regarding the content and application of the law. The media spotlight on these issues demonstrates how far they have entered the public domain, but in the absence of a coherent analytical framework, there is a danger of misleading conclusions being drawn from individual cases about the nature and conduct of contemporary military operations. At the same time, international prosecution of alleged crimes makes it vital for the law to be informed by professional understanding of military operations as much as the law informs those operations.


War or crime? National legal Challenges in Europe to the war in Iraq

Elspeth Guild

ISBN: 9789058504357

If terrorism is the problem and security the need, where does resort to military force fit in? Three studies included here recall that the framework of obligation is clear enough in principle. Security Council mandates may be uncertain and there are tensions between peacemaking and peace-building, but just as authority marches with the use of force, so too does responsibility. Yet in a supposedly liberal and democratic environment, that responsibility is regularly resisted by Governments. The counterweight for European States is the protection provided by the ECHR, and indirectly also by the European Court of Justice. The applicable law may be in flux, but rules and remedies can apply in moments of exception, even for those for whom an espace juridique is just wishful thinking.

Militair Operationeel Recht

Joop Voetelink

ISBN (softcover) : 9789058509840

Militair operationeel recht is een relatief jong onderdeel van het militaire recht dat zich bezig houdt met het recht dat van toepassing is tijdens de voorbereiding en uitvoering van militaire operaties. Het karakter van hedendaagse operaties is sterk aan verandering onderhevig, waardoor het militair operationeel recht nog steeds in ontwikkeling is. Bovendien is het een enorm breed gebied. Daarom is er in dit boek voor gekozen om niet apart in te gaan op onderwerpen die al uitgebreid zijn bestudeerd en beschreven, zoals het recht van staten om geweld te gebruiken en het humanitair oorlogsrecht. In plaats hiervan richt dit boek zich op enkele specifieke onderwerpen met een grote impact op met name internationale operaties. Dat zijn in de eerste plaats de afspraken die op uitvoerend niveau worden gemaakt in het kader van de internationale samenwerking van krijgsmachten in de vorm van een bijzondere vorm van internationale overeenkomst, het ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MOU). In de tweede plaats komen de regelingen over de juridische positie van troepen in het buitenland aan bod. Deze worden tegenwoordig meestal aangeduid met de Engelse term ‘Status of Forces Agreement’ (SOFA). Tot slot richt de aandacht zich op de regels over het gebruik van geweld, de Rules of Engagement en daaraan verwante instrumenten en onderwerpen, zoals detentie. Vervolgens wordt in twee hoofdstukken het militair operationeel recht toegepast op twee specifieke onderwerpen die de laatste jaren in de belangstelling zijn komen te staan. Het gaat om de inzet van civiele bedrijven (contractors) en de toepassing van nieuwe technologieën, zoals de digitale informatietechnologieën en onbemande (wapen)systemen.

Inleiding krijgswetenschappen

S.N. Mengelberg, M.A.G. de Jong, A. de Munnik (red.)

ISBN (softcover) : 9789058506238

Oorlog en oorlogvoering behoren tot de meest ingrijpende en dramatische eigenheden van de mensheid. Hoewel de dreiging tussen de dominante wereldmachten sterk is afgenomen, confronteert het nieuws ons nog dagelijks met conflicten en oorlogen in de wereld. Waarom vinden oorlogen plaats? Hoe zijn karakter en functie van oorlog in de loop der tijd veranderd? Welke invloed hebben internationale machtsverhoudingen en het informatietijdperk op oorlogvoering? Met welke operationele, juridische en ethische dilemma’s heeft een krijgsmacht te maken?
Deze vragen staan centraal in de krijgswetenschappen. Ze bestuderen de kennis van het oorlogvoeren en de toepassing daarvan. De focus ligt daarbij op de inzet van militaire middelen door de krijgsmacht binnen het kader van geschiedenis en staatsinrichting, internationale veiligheidsstudies en rechtswetenschappen. Dit boek is een inleiding op het vakgebied. Het biedt meer inzicht in de complexe wereld waarin hedendaagse krijgsmachten actief zijn. De krijgswetenschappen beogen militairen een brede kennis bij te brengen, op basis waarvan vraagstukken en problemen over de inzet van militaire middelen kunnen worden begrepen en opgelost. De krijgsmachten van nu hebben behoefte aan ‘thinking soldiers’.

October 2015: Farewell to Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights

The term of office of Dean Spielmann as President of the European Court of Human Rights is coming to a close on 31st of October 2015. We were delighted to be invited to produce and publish his Liber Amicorum. The day was amazing with a big and beautiful concert in the Court room of the European Court of Human Rights.

Mélanges en l’honneur de / Essays in honour of Dean Spielmann

Liber amicorum Dean Spielmann

Edités par / edited by Josep Casadevall, Guido Raimondi, Erik Fribergh, Patrick Titiun,
Peter Kempees, John Darcy Avec l’assistance de Nicole Lehner et Nathalie Donath

ISBN (softcover) : 9789462402577

After graduating from the prestigious universities of Louvain and Cambridge, Spielmann took up the practice of the law, at which he excelled, until his election as a judge of the Court in 2004. He was elected President of a Section in 2011 and Vice-President in 2012, becoming the President of the Court later that same year. During his term of office, he has developed relations with both supreme courts and other international courts and contributed to the Strasbourg Court's high standing in the world, far beyond the continent of Europe. A man of dialogue, he has been from the outset an ardent advocate of Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights, which he has dubbed the 'Protocol of dialogue.' This book brings together contributions from judges and former judges-at the national and international level-from academics, and from officials of the Court's Registry, who wished to show their admiration and friendship for him.



28 January 2016: Michael O'Boyle (registrar of the European Court of Human Rights) received his Liber Amicorum

Michael O'Boyle has been for many years one of our favorite partners at the European Court of Human Rights. We worked a lot with him and we produced some interesting publications. In 2015-2016 he retired from the Court and we organised a farewell book for him together with the court.


On Friday, 13 February 2015 a special Seminar took place in the Strasbourg Court. It was to celebrate the work and achievements of Michael O’Boyle and to mark his retirement after 25 years as a member of the Registry of the Court, old and new, and 13 years as a member of the Secretariat of the former Commission. The seminar, the fruits of which are contained in this volume, was a remarkable event, drawing together leading figures from the judiciary, academia and the legal profession to pay tribute to the work and career of a person who had played a key role in the development of the Convention. The theme chosen for the Seminar – The Right to Life – was one which had engaged Michael’s interest throughout that career and on which he had been a frequent and highly respected commentator. The measure of the Seminar’s success was expressed in the words of one of the participants – “it had everything – a fascinating topic, intellectual content, wisdom, brilliance, wit, humour and a wonderful feeling of warmth”. It was a fitting tribute to a remarkable personality and an exceptional career.


A graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast where he was an Open Scholar, Michael O’Boyle qualified as a Barrister of the Northern Irish Bar in 1973. The same year marked his first direct involvement with the Convention system when he obtained a Diploma in International and Comparative Law of Human Rights at the International Institute in Strasbourg. He had a distinguished early academic career as a lecturer in public law at Queen’s, introducing the Convention system to students of the law school at a turbulent time in the history of that Province. He furthered his own academic education in the United States, obtaining an LLM degree in public international law at Harvard Law School, where he was a Kennedy Scholar.

In 1977 Michael O’Boyle began his Strasbourg career, becoming a member of a 10-person secretariat of the European Commission of Human Rights of which, in 1988, he became a Senior Legal Officer. These were the dynamic formative years of the Convention when, at the hands of an exceptional group of members of the Commission and former Court, major strides were taken in the development of the case-law and the Convention was fashioned into the “living instrument” that was to become its hallmark. With his knowledge of the Convention and considerable drafting skills, Michael O’Boyle was to play a central role in that development. A former member of the Commission particularly recalled the invaluable assistance he gave to newer members of the Commission at what were described as “demanding times”, as the Commission’s case-load grew with every year. His role at the Commission included participation in the early individual fact-finding missions, which were to become a major feature of the Commission’s work in Turkey in the 1990s. Throughout his period on the Commission, he also maintained his academic interests by lecturing and participating in seminars on the Convention not only in Europe but in South Africa and the United States.

In 1990 Michael left the Commission to join the Registry of the Court, first as Head of Section and, in 1995, as Head of Division. While there he was responsible for handling many of the landmark cases of the time including the McCann case, which inspired the seminar in his honour some 20 years later. With the rapid increase in size of the Council of Europe and the growing importance of the Convention throughout the Continent, he applied his skills to writing on the Convention system, in particular in co-authoring with Professors David Harris and Colin Warbrick in 1995 The Law of the European Convention on Human Rights, a work which, now in its third edition, has become the Convention bible for students and practitioners alike.

In 1998 the new permanent and full-time Court was established, combining in a single body the roles performed by the two former part-time bodies. The transition was not always an easy one. With a merged Secretariat and Registry of the former bodies, the Court was initially composed of some 10 judges of the former Court, 10 judges from the former Commission and 20 judges with no previous experience of Strasbourg. Michael O’Boyle was unique in having worked in both bodies and played an important role in building trust and confidence and in fostering harmony within the new institution. He was a key figure in the Court’s Registry, serving as a Section Registrar for some 8 years before being elected, in 2006, as Deputy Registrar of the Court, a post he held until his retirement.

As the Registrar of both Chambers and Grand Chambers of the Court, Michael O’Boyle was an immensely reassuring presence. With a fine legal intelligence, encyclopaedic knowledge of the case-law and wisdom born of his long experience of the Convention system, he was able to overcome procedural difficulties and to help in steering the substantive deliberations. In drafting committees, especially in the Grand Chamber, Michael’s input to the discussions was invaluable: he could be relied on to offer a legal solution whenever there appeared to be an impasse and, with his drafting skills, to turn an over-complex paragraph, sentence or phrase in a text into something simple and elegant. Intolerant of inefficiency or of what he regarded as empty verbosity, he was also generous and unstinting in his praise of work that had been well done, especially by newer members of the Registry, for whom working with Michael was a pleasure.

The Right to Life under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights; Twenty Years of Legal Developments since McCann v. the United Kingdom; In honour of Michael O’Boyle

Edited by Lawrence Early, Anna Austin, Clare Ovey and Olga Chernishova (eds.)

ISBN : 9789462403055

On 13 February 2015 a Seminar took place in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg entitled “The Right to Life: Twenty Years of Legal Developments since McCann v. the United Kingdom”.
The Seminar was to celebrate the work and achievements of the Court’s Deputy Registrar, Michael O’Boyle, on the occasion of his retirement. This volume contains the submissions made during and after the Seminar, and the order of inclusion of the submissions is based on the three working sessions of the Seminar.


Letter of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

29 January 2016: Opening of the European Court of Human Rights 2016

From 2013 onwards we were every year invited to be present at the opening of the court year of the European Court of Human Rights. We were allowed (as the only publisher) to built a stand at the entrance of the Court where we could present our publications and have meetings with the members of the Court. These meetings were a great opportunity for our company to meet new interns, staff members and to discuss new projects and publications. For our interns it was also an interesting experience to be able to enter the Court and to see how the court works.

The official ceremony of the opening of the year was always interesting and there were many important lawyers from around the world present.

4 March 2016: Presentation of the book "From Common Market to Common Democracy" in the Peace Palace in The Hague

On the 4th of March 2016 Jaap Hoeksma presented his book to mr. Laurens Jan Brinkhorst (Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Affairs Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries, Member of the European Parliament and Ambassador of the European Union to Japan). Jaap Hoeksma He has been involved in the development of the European Union for many years. He even produced a game to make people interested in the work of the European Union.

From common market to common democracy;

A Theory of Democratic Integration

Jaap Hoeksma


ISBN: 9789462402799

Since its foundation in 1992 the EU has been developing from an international organisation towards a European democracy. The Maastricht Treaty introduced the citizenship of the Union, while the Treaty of Amsterdam included the concept of democracy in the core values of the EU and ‘Lisbon’ construed the European Union as a democracy without turning the Union into a State.This development has not been foreseen by politicians and scholars. According to the prevailing theories the EU should have become either a sovereign State of Europe or a Europe of sovereign States. The theory of democratic integration, which is presented in this monograph, replaces the outdated paradigm of the Westphalian system of international relations with the civic perspective of democracy and the rule of law. From this angle, it seems obvious that, if two or more democratic states decide to share the exercise of sovereignty in a number of fields with the view to attain common goals, the organisation they establish for this purpose should be democratic too. The theory of democratic integration allows for the development of the EU to be summarised in the maxim that the Union is evolving from a Common Market to a Common Democracy.

19 April 2016: The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon received the book: Discover International Law, in The Hague

Willem van Genugten, Nico Schrijver and Daniela Heerdt have been starting a very interesting project in 2015-2016: Discover International Law. The book that the produced with us is a very interesting publication explaining what International Law is and how it is connected to the city of The Hague. The English version of the book has been given to Ban Ki-Moon who visited The Hague on the 19th of April 2016. Eventually the book has been published in Spanish, Chinese, French and Dutch. We produced a special website for this project where you can find all information.

Handing over of the book to the Secretary-General

Presentation of the book in the Dutch Senate December 2016

24 September 2017 Presentation of the Dutch version in museum Museon in The Hague 

21 June 2016: ELSA Law Review

In 1994 we founded in Tilburg the European Law Students' Association location. Many years we worked together with the ELSA groups to produce books and research materials for them. In June 2016 ELSA decided that we also would start to produce and publish their law review. We were happy to present them the law review.

13 October 2016: Farewell seminar Prof. Gerard-René de Groot; The future of nationality law

On the 13th of October 2016 Professor Gerard-René de Groot had his retirement meeting at the university of Maastricht. Together with him we produced many interesting publications related to Nationality Law. At his farewell there was a very interesting group of scientists from all over the world and (it is his tradition) there was a lot of music. Professor de Groot is one of the founders of the Law Faculty in Maastricht and we celebrated with him all his efforts to create the Law School there.


January 2017: Opening of the European Court of Human Rights 2017

Again we were presenting our publications at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Mr. Michael O'Boyle presented there the Russian translation of his handbook about the European Court of Human Rights.

3 June 2017: Co-publication with Filodiritto our Italian publishing partner

In 2015 we started to co-operate with some publishers around the world to be able to publish books in many more languages. Fortunately we found a very specialised Italian publisher filodiritto and together we started to exchange ideas about co-publishing. The made books in Italian mostly and we wanted to translate their handbooks in English and the other way around we wanted to publish in Italy also our books in Italian.

Today we celebrate our first co-publication with filodoritto on Polar Law.

Aurora Borealis
Studies on Polar Law and Legal Comparison

Mauro Mazza

ISBN: 9789462403833

Polar Law represents a new frontier of comparative law.

In particular, Polar Law deals with ancient questions, such as the legal status of Arctic indigenous peoples, particularly with regard to Inuit/Eskimo and Saami/Lapps, in the general context of protecting and promoting minority rights, as well as issues more recently come to the attention of scholars, as with the impact of climate change on the Arctic and Subarctic environment, protection of bio-cultural diversity in the polar regions, the exploitation of vast natural resources, including primarily oil, of the North Pole, the compatibility of scientific research and conservation of natural areas of the South Pole with the increase of tourism activities.

The book examines, in an interdisciplinary perspective and with special regard to the issues of comparative public law, the actual problems of the polar areas, geographically at the edge of the world but politically and legally in his heart.

Mauro Mazza is Associate Professor of Comparative Public Law at the Department of Law of the University of Bergamo (Italy). The researches for the preparation of this book were conducted in university departments, institutes and research centers of Denmark (Copenhagen and Aarhus), Norway (Oslo and Tromsø), Sweden (Stockholm and Uppsala), Finland (Helsinki).

12 October 2017: Frankfurter Buchmesse/Frankfurt Bookfair

Already 20 years we visit the Frankfurt Bookfair in October. This year we took a bog group of interns with us to show them how the bookfair can inspire students to get more interest in books and other media products. The Council of Europe presented a lot of times books from us there at the bookfair. Unfortunately it is not possible to buy books at the fair they just show the titles. At this bookfair we met our Spanish partner Tirant Lo Blanch and we started a cooperation with them.

17 October 2017: United Nations meeting in Geneva on 'Victims of Terrorism'

In 2017 we were contacted by Laura Dolci, a member of the UNHCR, who wanted to start a project with us about Victims of Terrorism within the United Nations. On 19 August 2003, Laura Dolci lost her husband, Jean-Sélim Kanaan, in the terrorist attack against the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. They were a ‘UN couple’ of young humanitarians, who had met in war-torn Bosnia. On the day of the blast, he was 33, she was 33. Their son was 28 days old.
“A Victimless Crime?” juxtaposes the author’s personal story with thorough research on victims of terrorism, whom she calls “the silent protagonists of our times”. 

We were delighted to present the book at the United Nations in Geneva.

Laura Dolci and our team have been able to present the book around the world. In December 2017 there was even a special seminar in Paris where she could present her book to diplomats from all over Europe.

A victimless crime?; A narrative on victims of terrorism to build a case for support

Laura Dolci


"A courageous victim lending her story to advance the cause of an ever-growing number of victims of terrorism.

A must-read for policymakers and for anyone who wants to learn about the consequences of terrorism.

A passionate one-of-a-kind human rights book."

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


On August 19, 2003, Laura Dolci lost her husband, Jean-Selim Kanaan, in the terrorist attack against the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. They were a couple of young humanitarians who had met in war-torn Bosnia. On the day of the blast, he was 33, she was 33. Their son was 28 days old. "A Victimless Crime?" juxtaposes the author's personal story with thorough research on victims of terrorism, whom she calls "the silent protagonists of our times." Today, victims of terrorism are in all continents and belong to all communities, races, genders, ages, professional backgrounds, and creeds. Yet, in most countries they are not recognized or assisted. At the international level, little has been achieved for their acknowledgment and assistance. In a problem 'without passports,' as is global terrorism today, the author argues that victims fall increasingly between the cracks as if they were everybody's and, paradoxically, nobody's responsibility. This book brings them to the fore, taking the reader through the experience of victims of terrorism. It convincingly makes the case for greater understanding and action by states, civil society, and the UN.


January 2018: First Chinese language publication

We have published already many publications in different languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, German and Italian. But today we are proud to announce the fist self-edited Chinese edited publication 探寻国际法

This book is a part of the Discover International Law Series and you can find them here


国际法对日常生活产生巨大影响,但通常只有 专家才会意识到这一点。本书的目标是让所有 感兴趣的人都可以使用国际法,但不是(还)不是这样的专家。这是发现国际法的邀请,并 了解它如何与当今世界的主要挑战联系起来。本书的第二个目标是用前联合国秘书长潘基文 的话来强调和解释国际法与海牙市之间的长期 关系,“国际正义与问责的中心”。
尽管将国际法付诸实践在许多方面都是一场艰 难的斗争,但作者详细描述了国际法并讨论了 趋势和障碍,最终得出了乐观的结论。他们通 过将国际法视为“国家间关系的持续文明”的 一部分来得出结论。通过分析一系列主题,他 们还明确指出,国际法是一个解决“无护照问 题”的领域,可以增加人,国家,民间社会(非政府组织,工会,宗教团体)和公司之间的 互动,所有这些都得到了学术界的支持和批 评。

作者是教授(Willem van Genugten和Nico Schrijver)和博士。学生 (Daniela Heerdt)在国际法领域。他们在全球法治项目方面拥有丰富 的经验。


14 May 2018: 10 years celebration of Mukomeze (foundation related to the victims of the Genocide in Rwanda) 

Mukomeze's 10th anniversary is celebrated with all their sponsors, donors and friends in Breda. Special guests include Mama Lambert (counselor at Mukomeze's partner organization in Rwanda), Denise Uwimana (Mukomeze's advisory councillor), Rianne Letschert (Ambassador Mukomeze) and Ambassador Jean Pierre Karabaranga (Embassy of Rwanda in the Netherlands). For more information look here

September/October 2018: Moving of the new office in Tilburg

After having been 12 years located in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands, we decided to move back to our starting point Tilburg. We found a great location very close to the university where we built our new office. It took us about 2 months to organise the whole moving....

The old office in moving time

The new location

10 October 2018: Frankfurt Bookfair

6 November 2018: Meeting with Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, Tilburg University Society

Premier Mark Rutte was keynote speaker bij de 35e editie van Tilburg University Society, die plaats vond op dinsdag 6 november 2018 in Sociëteit De Witte in Den Haag. Op deze druk bezochte besloten bijeenkomst hield Rutte een unieke rede getiteld: ‘Reflectie op het premierschap’. Daarna sprak prof. mr. Corien Prins, voorzitter van de Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid (WRR) en hoogleraar Recht en Informatisering bij Tilburg University.

In zijn voordracht ging Rutte in op de historische ontwikkeling van het premierschap en zijn persoonlijke beleving ervan. Corien Prins liep in haar co-referaat enkele van de WRR-rapporten langs die de Raad aan de premier heeft aangeboden en waar zij een bijdrage aan had geleverd.

Ter gelegenheid van de oprichting van de Society tien jaar geleden, overhandigde Koen Becking, voorzitter van het College van Bestuur, het eerste exemplaar van het Liber Amicorum van Tilburg University Society: ‘Het eerste decennium’, aan de minister-president.

Becking bedankte de oprichter en president van Tilburg University Society voor zijn niet aflatende inzet en de betekenis van de Society voor de universiteit om haar wetenschappers voor het voetlicht te brengen bij het bedrijfsleven en politici in Den Haag.

Het 10-jarig jubileum van Tilburg University Society valt samen met het 25-jarig jubileum van President Prof. dr. Sylvester Eijffinger als hoogleraar economie aan Tilburg University. In 2020 zal Sylvester Eijffinger zijn stokje over gaan geven aan een nieuwe voorzitter. Op 9 oktober 2020 zullen wij als Wolf Publishers voor hem een bijzonder afscheidsboek verzorgen.



Prime Minister Mark Rutte was keynote speaker at the 35th edition of Tilburg University Society, which took place on Tuesday 6 November 2018 at The Witte Society in The Hague. At this well-attended private meeting, Rutte gave a unique speech entitled: 'Reflection on the Prime Ministership'. Prof. Corien Prins, Chairman of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) and Professor of Law and Computerization at Tilburg University spoke.
In his speech, Rutte commented on the historical development of the prime minister-ship and its personal experience. Corien Prins, in her co-reference, walked through some of the WRR reports that the Council offered to the Prime Minister and to which she had contributed.
On the occasion of the establishment of the Society ten years ago, Koen Becking, President of the Executive Board, handed over the first copy of the Liber Amicorum of Tilburg University Society: 'The first decade', to the Prime Minister.
Becking thanked the founder and president of Tilburg University Society for his unwavering commitment and the significance of the Society for the university to bring its scientists to the spotlight among business and politicians in The Hague.
The 10th anniversary of Tilburg University Society coincides with the 25th anniversary of President Prof. Sylvester Eijffinger as professor of economics at Tilburg University. In 2020 Sylvester Eijffinger will hand over his baton to a new president. On 9 October 2020 we as Wolf Publishers will provide him with a special farewell book.



January 2019: European Court of Human Rights

Like every year we were invited at the opening of the new Court year 2019. There was a very interesting exhibition in the lobby of the court where you could see the history of the European Court of Human Rights. The court already exists 60 years. In 2020 we will publish a special book to celebrate the 60 years of the Court.

14 February 2019: Visit to the Vatican and presentation of the book Law and Religion to the Pope

Together with many different partners we have published the past 20+ years many books related to Law and Religion. Due to our good contacts with the Vatican and other institutions we were invited to hand over all our publications to the Vatican. There was a personal meeting with the religious leaders of the world.

April 2019: Commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda

The whole month of April 2019 the world looked back to the tragic period 25 years ago in Rwanda. Together with Mukomeze and a lot of specialists we were able to publish the very interesting book: And I Live On. Click here to go to the page with all the detailed information

In April 2019 there was a start of the commemoration in The Hague where victims of the genocide were present. On the Dutch television there was a lot of attention with regard to these events. Our author Mama Lambert was interviewed on the national TV and she showed there her own biography which you can find on the special page with regard to the Rwanda Genocide. You will also find there the exhibition that we launched.

May 2019: End of the term of The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Guido Raimondi

For decades – and long before he became the President of the European Court of Human Rights – Guido Raimondi has been a true amicus of the Council of Europe, whose professional eminence is paralleled by his engaging character. Guido Raimondi has been a judge at the Strasbourg Court since May 2010
and became its President on 1st November 2015. Prior to this he acted as both Section President and Vice-President of the Court from 1 November 2012.
His exceptional legal career began more than four decades ago – and has been so rich that it would be futile trying to recall here all the steps that led him to the
Presidency of the Strasbourg Court. President Raimondi has been a member of the Judiciary since 1977 – originally in his native Italy. He started in the lower courts, dealing with civil and criminal cases before being seconded, in 1986, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1989 to 1997 he was Co-Agent of the Italian Government before the European Court and the European Commission of Human Rights, already posted in Strasbourg to the Permanent Representation of Italy
to the Council of Europe, where he was also a legal adviser. Between 1997 and 2003, he served on the Italian Court of Cassation, first in the Advocate General’s
office and later as a judge. During the same period he was an ad hoc judge in a number of cases before the Strasbourg Court. He was also a member of Council of Europe steering and expert committees, including the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), of which he was a Bureau member from 1993 onwards and an esteemed President (1999-2000). From May 2003 until his election to the Strasbourg bench, it was the International Labour Organization (ILO) which benefitted from Guido Raimondi’s skills – first as Deputy Legal Adviser and, from February 2008, as Legal Adviser. On top of his other duties, he was also a member of the Italian Intergovernmental Committee for Human Rights (1998-2003) and of different ministerial commissions created to adapt certain aspects of Italian law to the requirements of international law.

He is also the author of numerous publications in the field of international law, particularly human rights and has taught in a number of Italian universities.

The Council of Europe as a whole accords the highest priority to safeguarding the authority of the judiciary, as a vital and independent branch of state power in a healthy democracy. The Superior Court Network began its work just one month before the start of Guido Raimondi’s presidency. Under his stewardship it has grown rapidly and is now comprised of over 70 national courts from a total of 35 states. To quote President Raimondi himself, “the Network is now part of the Convention landscape. That it has developed so quickly shows an understanding by our respective courts that the way forward is through deeper dialogue, the recent entry into force of Protocol No. 16 being a further strong indicator in this regard”.4 And today, Protocol 16 is not only in force: new procedures have been put in place by the Court and the protocol is in active use, since the French Court of cassation lodged a first request for an advisory opinion. 

Regards croisés sur la protection nationale et internationale des droits de l’homme /

Intersecting Views on National and International Human Rights Protection

Liber Amicorum Guido Raimondi

Edités par / edited by Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Iulia Antoanella Motoc, Robert Spano & Roberto Chenal


ISBN: 978-94-6240-517-2 (hardcover/hardback)
ISBN: 978-94-6240-518-9 (softcover/paperback)
ISBN: 978-94-6240-519-6 (.epub)
ISBN: 978-94-6240-529-5 (PDF)

Guido Raimondi’s mandate as President of the European Court of Human Rights is coming to an end. In view of his departure, his colleagues, judges at the Court, judges in national and international jurisdictions, as well as his Colleagues at the International Labour Organisation and his numerous friends, wish to pay tribute to Guido Raimondi’s, the wealth of his professional accomplishments, which culminated with his Presidency of the Court, as well as his exceptional contribution to the latter institution.

The wide range of topics characterising the present work reflects the diversity characterising
Guido Raimondi’s interests, which include not only civil and political rights, but economic and social rights as well, particularly in the sphere of labour law. The different forms of judicial dialogue addressed in the present work further reflect one of President Raimondi’s key contributions. It is against this backdrop that the contributions seek to honour an exceptional personality who has left his mark on the European Court of Human Rights.

August 2019: 79th session of the Institut de droit international and presentation of a book

The Institut de droit international held its 79th meeting from 25 to 31 August 2019 in The Hague, at the Peace Palace and in the Hague Academy of International Law Auditorium. During the opening ceremony, in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, speeches were delivered by Professor Nico Schrijver, President of the Institut de droit International and Member of the Curatorium of the Academy, Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf, President of the International Court of Justice, Ms. Sigrid Kaag, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Professor Yves Daudet, President of the Curatorium, Ms. Saskia Bruines, Deputy Mayor of The Hague, and Professor Marcelo Kohen, Secretary-General of the Institut de droit international.

On this occasion, the President of the Curatorium referred to the ties linking the Institut de droit International and the Academy of International Law, in particular by recalling the history of the Academy, which will soon attain its centenary, and by mentioning the fact that many Members of the Institut have not only taught at the Academy, but that two-thirds of the Members of the Curatorium are also members of the Institut. By explaining the respective roles of these institutions, and extending his remarks to other institutions of international law, such as the International Court of Justice, the HCCH, and the United Nations International Law Commission, President Daudet recalled that, with regards to the Academy, René-Jean Dupuy considered that it fulfilled the dual function of revealing and anticipating international law, leading to the development of the latter. When questioning the Academy's contribution to the development of international law, President Daudet argued that this development was in fact based on the work of all the institutions mentioned, if only because they share many of their members, and that the Academy certainly plays a role in it through its courses. In conclusion, President Daudet stressed that the Academy, a service of general interest to the international community, makes an important contribution to promoting the "spirit of The Hague", a city rightly called the "capital of international law", among the young lawyers who attend its courses, many of whom will subsequently perform important functions in the international order: "if they remember, as I believe, the spirit of The Hague, the Peace Palace and the Academy, we will all benefit".

The Institut de droit international: Cradle and Creed of the City of Justice and Peace

With a Foreword by Professor Nico Schrijver, President of the Institut, and an Avant-Propos by Professor Jean Salmon


Author: Arthur Eyffinger

ISBN: 9789462405820 (Paperback)

ISBN: 9789462405608 (Hardcover)


This books explains to you the complete history of the Institut de droit international (IDI). In the summer of 2019 a conference was organized by the IDI in The Hague and to celebrate this gathering Arthur Eyffinger published this very wonderful book.

In the summer of 2019, the IDI was at last back in the Netherlands and in The Hague, having evolved into a truly global association during its past sixty years with membership from all continents. It is also striving towards more gender equality. In the midst of so many other learned bodies of international law as well as institutionalized intergovernmental expert groups, the IDI has faced admirably the challenge of continuing to serve as one of the most authoritative fora for the progressive development of international law and its gradual codification. And, notably, in the field of both private and public international law.

Reading Eyffinger’s works (click here for more information), including this book, makes one realize that it is the Institute’s rich intellectual history and its particular personalities as well as its taking up of topics ahead of the curve which explain its continued prominent position in the field of international law, now for nearly 150 years.

This book is being published in Hardcover, Softcover and pdf-ebook version and can be ordered at our website.

September 2019: Presentation of Portraits of Injustice Forced marriage and related sexual violence
under the Khmer Rouge

The victims portrayed in this book are victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, who agreed to contribute to a research project in which we aim to examine the impact of international justice interventions on the lives of victims of serious violations of human rights such as genocide. Besides writing academic publications on this relevant topic, we also believe it is important to give further voice to the victims’ stories. Victims who so kindly agreed to participate in our research by sharing their stories of past or continuous suffering and, at times, stories of hope. Publishing their stories together with their portraits is important because it serves to acknowledge their past. They wish the world to know what happened to them, in particular also with regard to the practice of forced marriages during the Khmer Rouge regime. Forced marriage was a unique type of sexual and gender-based violence practiced during the Khmer Rouge period. Such marriages took place in massive impersonal ceremonies organized by Khmer Rouge cadres that could involve anywhere from 3 – 160 couples. Couples were arbitrarily married without choice and consent and forced to consummate their marriage, as the main reason for weddings was to produce children who could serve the revolution rather than forming family units.

In the peculiar situation of international crimes such as genocide, the importance of acknowledgment acquires additional meaning: under the perpetrating regime, what happened to victims was neither considered to be a crime, nor were they considered to be victims. A justice reaction such as the establishment of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia that includes the presumption of victimhood offers victims some official acknowledgement that they were indeed victims and that what happened to them was indeed criminal. Withholding this acknowledgement reaffirms one of the crucial ways in which victims of international crimes were wronged.

Participating in such justice initiatives can be empowering for victims but may also pose challenges, which we aim to reveal in our study. We do so by stipulating that people (attempt to) make sense of victimisation through narrative modes of understanding. This applies not only to the victimisation experience itself but also to its aftermath, including attempts to provide redress and justice. Narrative is not only the mode by which victims consider their own experiences, but also the means through which they share and connect this experience with that of the wider collective, as well as the cultural and social context. This photobook presents you the life stories of the victims - their narrative - aiming to acknowledge their suffering but also their strength and resilience. We deeply thank them for sharing their stories and pictures with us and the wider public.

Portraits of Injustice Forced marriage and related sexual violence under the Khmer Rouge

Alina Balta

Portraits of Injustice: Forced marriage and related sexual violence under the Khmer Rouge was created out of a desire to translate legal and victimological research on international crimes into a form of communication widely appreciated beyond specialized audiences.The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia acknowledged in a landmark decision the perpetration of forced marriage in a very specific context. But who are the victims of these crimes? How do they look like? What are their life stories?
In June 2018, Researcher Alina Balta traveled across Cambodia with her team to document the stories of 12 such survivors of forced marriage and related sexual violence under the Khmer Rouge regime. In a unique depiction of portraits and life narratives, this photobook emerged to raise awareness with regard to the victimization of thousands of victims of forced marriages under the Khmer Rouge regime. It aims to put at the forefront the beautiful portraits of 12 brave women, who decided to open up, and share their visible and invisible scars with the world.
By reading and understanding their stories, this photobook becomes a platform that connects the modern day reader with the lived realities of a large population of Cambodia in the late 1970s. Integrating law, victimology, and photography, this photobook is a valuable addition to any library.

17 October 2019: Bookfair Frankfurt

Moving the office from Tilburg to a stock and to start a new office was a big issue. However we go every year to the Bookfair in Frankfurt. Due to some health problems of our director it was not the best visit ever but at the same time it was great to meet partners with who we already work for many years.

24 October 2019: Symposium 25 jaar Algemene Wet Bestuursrecht

Op 24 oktober 2019 hebben wij in Maastricht onze recente publicatie van Twan Tak kunnen presenteren. Click hier voor zijn nieuw publicatie.

De Universiteit Maastricht en de rechtbank Limburg organiseerde op donderdag 24 oktober 2019 een symposium ter ere van het 25-jarig bestaan van de Algemene wet bestuursrecht. Rechtsbescherming voor de burger was een centraal thema bij de invoering van de Algemene wet bestuursrecht. Wat is van dit uitgangspunt terechtgekomen? Hoe maatschappelijk effectief is de bestuursrechter? En hoe is de relatie tussen het bieden van rechtsbescherming en de regie die de rechter voert? Hoe zorgen we ervoor dat de bestuursrechter er over 25 jaar nog toe doet? Die vragen stonden centraal op het symposium dat de rechtbank Limburg en de Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid op 24 oktober organiseerden.

Diverse sprekers, Prof mr. B.J. van Ettekoven, voorzitter Afdeling bestuursrechtspraak Raad van State, Mr. T. Avedissian, president Centrale Raad van Beroep, Mr. Martina Bijker-Veen, rechterlijk bestuurslid Rechtbank Limburg, Prof. dr. A.F.M. Brenninkmeijer, lid Europese Rekenkamer, faculteitshoogleraar Universiteit Utrecht en voormalig raadsheer en Nationale ombudsman en Mr. A.M.L. Jansen, universitair hoofddocent bestuursrecht Universiteit Maastricht, werkzaam in de rechtspraak en de wetenschap, boden een interessante inkijk in de werkzaamheden van de bestuursrechter en de bestuursrechtelijke rechtsbescherming anno 2019 en in de toekomst. 


On 24 October 2019 we were able to present our recent publication of Twan Tak in Maastricht.
Maastricht University and the Limburg Court organised a symposium on Thursday 24 October 2019 in honour of the 25th anniversary of the General Administrative Law Act. Legal protection for citizens was a central theme in the introduction of the General Administrative Law Act. What has come of this premise? How socially effective is the administrative court? And what is the relationship between providing legal protection and the direction of the courts? How do we make sure that the administrative judge still matters in 25 years? These questions were central to the symposium organised by the Limburg Court and the Faculty of Law on 24 October.
Several speakers, Prof. B.J. van Ettekoven, Chairman of the Administrative Judicial Council of State, Mr. T. Avedissian, President Central Board of Appeal, Mr. Martina Bijker-Veen, judicial board member Court Limburg, Prof. A.F.M. Brenninkmeijer, Member of the European Court of Auditors, Faculty Professor utrecht University and former council member and National Ombudsman and Mr. A.M.L. Jansen, associate professor of administrative law Maastricht University, working in the judiciary and science, offered an interesting insight into the work of the administrative court and administrative law protection in 2019 and in the future.



25 January 2020: Presentation of the "Boekenbunker"

Eind vorig jaar hebben wij besloten een nieuwe locatie op te tuigen waar wij onze nieuwe plannen en ideeën kunnen gaan uitvoeren. Dit pand is gelegen in Breda en aldaar was op 25 januari een gemeentelijke Cultuurnacht. Op 25 januari 2020 waren er erg veel mensen die het pand van de Teruggave hebben bezocht... het was leuk om met veel mensen te kijken naar de verschillende boeken en mediavormen die er tegenwoordig zijn.

Het produceren van boeken in allerlei vormen en maten staat centraal in onze bunker. Het boek is een veelgebruikte manier om informatie vast te leggen in de vorm van tekst, afbeeldingen en om informatie weer te geven, op te slaan en te verspreiden. In 2020 willen wij als boeken producent iedereen kennis laten maken met alle verschillende vormen van boeken en publicaties.

In onze bunker zullen jullie kleine, grote, nieuwe, oude boeken uit de 17e eeuw maar ook de allernieuwste versies in elektronische vorm kunnen bewonderen.

Deze bunker te maken was nogal een werk... Click hier om een filmpje te zien...


At the end of last year we decided to set up a new location where we can implement our new plans and ideas. This building is located in Breda and there was a municipal Culture Night on 25 January. On January 25, 2020 there were a lot of people who visited the refund property... it was nice to look at the different books and media forms that are there today with a lot of people. Producing books in all shapes and sizes is central to our bunker. The book is a common way to capture information in the form of text, images and to display, store and disseminate information. In 2020 we as a book producer want everyone to get acquainted with all the different forms of books and publications. In our bunker you will be able to admire small, large, new, old books from the 17th century but also the latest versions in electronic form. To make this bunker was quite a work... Click here to see a movie...


De bunker voor de 25e

De echte Bunker 

March 2020: CORONA Virus

Sad enough the world is now infected by the Corona-virus. It was our intention to start in April with the new company location and open our office in The Hague. Unfortunately because of the virus the whole bussiness is down and we need to wait until all is more or less settled.

We think of you all and wish you good health and good luck to survive this crisis! We will be alive after the crisis.