The 2019/2020 ASA International Law Board

As the new academic year has officially started, it is time to introduce our new board!

From left to right: Claudia Meijer (PR Officer), Dajana Madzura (Chair), Caterina Woudenberg (Secretary) and Chloé Bakker (Treasurer).

However, we are still missing one person as the position of Events and Geneva Officer is still open. The Events & Geneva Officer is responsible for organising our annual study trip to Geneva and several other events. Here follows a short description of the tasks and responsibilities, by last year’s Events & Geneva Officer:

“The tasks you will encounter as the Events & Geneva Officer are very diverse. It is about planning interesting visits to the different organisations, guest lectures, borrels or whatever you wish to do throughout the year, so you can also be very creative! You will be in contact with all the major institutions important for International Law such as the UN, ICJ or the ICC. Regarding the Geneva trip, arranging accommodation, flights and the overall activities might seem like taking a lot of responsibility, but you will definitely learn a lot from it.”

So if you’re up for a challenge, want to improve your organisational skills and would like to be part of our team, you can now apply for this position. Please do so by sending a short motivation letter (max. 1 page, in English) and your CV to:

Deadline: 30 September

Eurojust & OPCW visit 2019

The ASA visit to Eurojust and the OPCW was great! We had the opportunity to hear presentations about the work of the organisations and the way international law plays a role in the day-to-day work of the employees. Thanks to all the participants for joining us and we hope to see you at our next ASA event!

ASA is looking for a new board!


Become the new board of ASA International Law!

Are you looking for a new challenge for the upcoming year? Gain practical experience by managing the only student association specifically focussed on international law! By becoming a board member of ASA International Law, you develop organisational skills, work together in a team and you’ll have the freedom to decide how ASA should be run next year.

Apply now by sending a short motivation letter (max. 1 page, in English) and your CV to: Please mention for which position you would like to apply (Chair, Secretary, Geneva Officer, PR Officer, Treasurer).
Deadline: 16 June


ASA visit to Eurojust & OPCW


On the 7th of May you will have the opportunity to visit two important organisations (both seated in The Hague) with ASA.

The first organisation is Eurojust: an agency of the European Union dealing with judicial co-operation in criminal matters.

The second one is the OPCW (The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), an intergovernmental organisation and the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The visit will include travel discount (by train) and a free lunch in between the visits (only for members, for non-members 12,50)! We will have a guided tour and a presentation directed at the legal aspect of both organisations. Once you sign up, you will get a detailed schedule of the visit one week in advance (including train information) by email.

Please register by filling in this form:

The maximum number of participants is 15 so be quick!

We hope to see you there!

ASA Career event

ASA Career event 2019

The ASA Career event was a great success! The three speakers from a law firm, an NGO and the European Commission, gave very interesting and encouraging presentations about their own experiences with working in the field of international law. Thank you all for coming and we hope to see you at our next ASA event!

Board members

Chair: Lisa Langendijk

Lisa is the Chair of the ASA International Law Board 2018-2019. In that capacity, she oversees the work done by the other board members and acts as the face of the organization. She is Dutch and she is doing the master International Trade and Investment Law as well as the master Law and Finance. Her focus is on investment law and on international arbitration.You very are welcome to approach Lisa if you have any questions about ASA, she is happy to help you herself or to help you find the right person.

Secretary: Ipek Ülker

Ipek is the secretary of this year's ASA International Law board. Her primary task is to communicate with members, and manage all information received from the university. She also assists in coordinating events. She is from Turkey and was born in Belgium, and her passion for International Law stems from her multicultural upbringing. She currently studies European Studies with a major in European Union Law and a minor in law, economics and business. You can always approach her with questions related to ASA!

PR manager: Suzanna Bazaz

Suzanna is the PR Manager of ASA. Her tasks involve creating the new website, designing the logo and newsletters and promoting events. She is currently studying the master Public International Law with a special interest in international migration law. This semester she is participating as a team member in the JESSUP Moot Court competition. For any questions relating to promotion or collaborations you are very welcome to contact her!

Events officer: Julia Krämer

Julia is responsible for the Events and the Geneva Trip and is your contact for any questions relating to that field! She is a German Bachelor student in her final year at the University of Amsterdam. She is studying European studies and mayoring European Law and is now focussing with her electives on Law and Economics. With her minor in Conflict Studies she discovered her passion for International Law and she thinks the ASA board is the perfect opportunity to deepen her knowledge in this field.

Treasurer: Vera Naaijkens

Vera is the Treasurer of the ASA International Law board 2018-2019. She is responsible for overseeing the board’s budget and financial management, working closely with other members of the board to safeguard ASA’s finances. Vera obtained her Bachelor degree of Laws at the University of Amsterdam, for which she also spent half a year at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris. She is currently studying Public International Law and has a special interest in international human rights law. You are more than welcome to contact Vera if you have any questions regarding finances or other matters!

Career Event

On Monday 11 February ASA is organising a career event! At this event you will hear three speakers from different fields of international law. They will elaborate on what kind of career path they had, their experiences and their work at the moment. At the end of every lecture there will be a possibility to ask questions.

The three speakers are:

Krit Zeegers, who worked at the Yugoslavia tribunal, the ministry of foreign affairs and the university of Mekelle in Ethiopia. Moreover, he has done a PhD and worked at Allen & Overy. Right now, Krit works at Jebbink Soeteman Advocaten, where he focuses on (financial) criminal law.

Ellen Gorris, who is a policy officer on gender and age at the European Commission, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), where she works on gender-and age-sensitive humanitarian aid, gender-based violence in emergencies and child protection. She previously worked at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice, Gender Equality and Consumers Affairs (rights of the child) and the International Commission of Jurists. She has authored several publications on conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys.

Mr. Vivek, who works as Human Rights Officer at the NGO Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) will give his lecture together with Mr. Sital, the Chairman of GHRD. The NGO promotes and advocates human rights in areas where minorities and marginalised groups are targets of regular human rights violations and global attention for these abuses is lacking. The key countries of operation are Pakistan and Bangladesh, two of the most dangerous countries for religious, sexual and ethnic minorities.

The event will start at 19:30 (walk-in from 19:00) in a separate room in Cafe de Jaren. Afterwards we will have drinks in the bar area.

Entrance is free, but make sure to register via:

We hope to see you on the 11th!

ASA International Law

Geneva trip

Visit Geneva with ASA

It is time to announce the annual trip of
ASA of 2019 – we will visit Geneva, the centre of diplomacy!

During our stay, we will have the
opportunity to visit some of the most important international organizations and
institutions. Visits include the UNHCR, the UN office in the Palais des Nations
and the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands (more to be confirmed) and
all presentations will focus on International Law or will take place in the
legal department of the organization.

Next to our visits, we will also have time
to discover the city, to stroll along the Lake Geneva with its alpine panorama
and to enjoy the Swiss culture with a cheese fondue. The trip is open for
everyone who is eager to see the work of international organizations from a
different perspective than the textbook

Our trip will take place the 3rd until the 6th of June 2019, and we will be staying in Geneva for 3 nights.
The cost of the trip will be 220 € for members and 230€ for non-members. The price will include hostel accommodation, breakfast, flights, public transport card in Geneva and entrance tickets for the institutions. The payment can take place in two steps, however after with your registration you are required to pay 110€.

The payment can be made to:
NL63 TRIO 0777 8852 63
Bank account name: ASA Amsterdam (NB: we recently changed our bank account name, if you receive an error message, please continue your payment because the bank account number is leading and we will receive your payment)

Make sure you mention the ‘first payment for the Geneva trip’ and your name in the payment details.

The registration period will be open until 13th
of January. Places are limited and will only be confirmed on receipt of the
first payment. So make sure you register on time!

Studypong with ASA

Do you think studypong sounds nerdy? You are absolutely right! But it’s a good excuse to study while getting drunk 🍻
This evening we will not just be playing regular beerpong, but our own nerdy version of it! How the game works: under some cups there will a question about international law. If you answer correctly, you don’t have to drink the cup yet, which means: more chance at winning! ASA will provide beer for the first few games.

The event will take place on the 5th of December at CREA around 17:30, so you can just roll out of the library into a game of beerpong with us!

Hope to see you there!

The board of ASA International Law

The Hague visit = full

The applications for the The Hague visit have been closed. If you want to be placed on the waiting list (in case we receive a cancellation) you can send us an email with the request: