ASA International Law Board 2019/2020

Dear students,

As we are finally complete, it is time to introduce our new board!


Chair: Dajana Madzura

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 a master in Public International Law. Dajana completed her Bachelor degree in Law in Utrecht and is currently still living there. You very are welcome to approach Dajana if you have any questions about ASA, she is happy to help you herself or to help you find the right person.


Secretary: Caterina Woudenberg

Her primary task is to communicate with members, manage all information received from the university, and take minutes during our weekly board meetings. She also assists in coordinating events. Caterina is half Italian, half Dutch and is studying Public International Law. She has previously done a Bachelor in European Studies, where she discovered an interest in EU and international law.


PR Officer: Claudia Meijer

Her tasks involve creating the website, writing newsletters and promoting events. Claudia is currently studying International and European Governance and has previously majored in European Union Law. She grew up in Amsterdam and is half Dutch, half Portuguese. For any questions relating to promotion or collaborations, or feedback, you are very welcome to contact her!


Treasurer: Chloé Bakker

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. Chloé is currently doing a pre-Master programme in Law and has previously obtained her Bachelor’s in European Studies, with a major in European Union Law. She is half Dutch and half French and grew up in Leiden. You are more than welcome to contact Chloé if you have any questions regarding finances or your ASA membership!


Events & Geneva Officer: Maren Støldal Risa

Maren is responsible for the Events and the Geneva Trip and is your contact for any practical questions regarding our events! She is Norwegian and is currently studying Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam. Last year she obtained a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sussex, during which she did an exchange year to Taiwan.



And finally, this year’s official board picture:

We are super excited for this academic year and to see all of you at our events!

Yours sincerely,

The 2019/2020 ASA International Law Board


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


The Siege of Eastern Ghouta: crimes without accountability? – SOLD OUT

siegeOn May 2 2018 ASA is co-hosting a Panel Discussion on facts, law and diplomacy concerning Eastern Ghouta
Topic: facts on sieges and forced displacement of civilians, failure of international law and diplomacy, and challenges for accountability. 
• Hussam Alkatlaby, director Syrian Violations Documentation Centre (VDC) 
• Dr Karin Wester, policy advisor Middle East & North Africa, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
• Joost Hiltermann, program director Middle east & North Africa, International Crisis Group (ICG) 
• Kevin Jon Heller, associate professor Public International Law, ACIL, UvA 
Moderator: dr. Frederiek de Vlaming (UvA) 
• War Reparations Centre / Amsterdam Centre for International Law (ACIL), 
• Amsterdam Students Association (ASA) International Law 
• Syria Legal Network (SLN) 
Wednesday 2 May 2018, 17.00-19.00 hrs 
Location: Building A room 3.15, Roeterseiland Campus Amsterdam 
The panel discussion will be followed by a reception 

March Borrel

Come and join us for a spring time borrel. We’ll be returning to Cafe de Jaren for a chat over a beer with other ASA members and students. We warmly welcome new members, students returning from exchange and new students who enrolled in February, so feel more than free to bring along new faces.IMG_4392

Sign up now!

ASA turns 60

ASA celebrates our 60th birthday this year and we are inviting you to celebrate with us with a birthday party at the Havelaar Cafe. Everyone is welcome, including non-members who want to celebrate with us.

Tickets are on sale now, and include a free drink and food.

We’re also asking for help with our playlist, head over to this link where you can suggest a song for the evening’s playlist. All submissions are secret, so get classic or get creative with your ideas –!

We also have a competition on the night, we want everyone to wear something orange – tie, glasses, socks, underwear, whatever (we are in the Netherlands after all!). The winner with the best outfit as judged by the boardwill win 1L of beer,


There will be a special discount for Early Birds, divided between ASA – €5 and non-ASA members – €7.

For “regular” birds it will be €7 and €9. respectively

All tickets include one free drink and food at the venue. There will also be a bar.

Buy your tickets now by sending us an email  and we will provide you with further information and select your song here:!

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North Korean Nuclear Weapons: Starting Point of a 3rd World War?

We’re excited to announce that ASA will be hosting a lecture by Sico van der Meer is a Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute.

The lecture will focus on the continuing tension surrounding North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes is posing an ever-increasing threat to the world peace. We will explore the political and international law issues at play and discuss how the latest developments could impact on the global threat of a third world war. After the lecture, you will have an opportunity to join the discussion and ask questions from Sico van der Meer, an expert in Security and Defence issues.

The lecture will be held at Cafe de Jaren, 11 January 2018, 5pm to 7pm.

Tickets cost €5 for ASA member and €7 for non-members and include some light refreshments during the event.

Places are strictly limited so please email us at ASAP to reserve a place. The lecture will be followed by a borrel in the main bar at Cafe de Jaren


November borrel

ASA’s next borrel will take place 27 November, Café de Jaren, 8pm.

The borrel is an informal opportunity for students to meet outside of their studies. We are grateful that we will be joined by Gio Geroli and Thomas Gilks from “The Monkjacks” who will be playing live on the night.

Guest lecture by Britta van Beers, hosted by ASA International Law

Guest lecture by Britta van Beers, hosted by ASA International Law

The revolutionary developments in genetic and stem cell research have enabled sexless reproduction. Prospective parents may choose from dozens of embryos (whose genetic makeup is known) to pick one or two for implantation, gestation, and birth. The ethical and legal challenges as result of implementing these new technologies will be discussed in this lecture.

What are the meaning of humanity and human rights when we can design our offspring? Are ‘PGD’ (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) and IVF (vitro fertilization) the end of sex and future of reproduction?

Britta van Beers is associate professor at the VU University Law school. In her teaching and research she explores the legal-philosophical aspects of biomedical technologies, including assisted reproduction.”

Date, Time & Location

16th of November
13:00 – 15:00
REC-Building room A2.12

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A

Free for ASA members!
€5 for non-members (pay with cash at the location)

If you have any questions send us an email:

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