International Law

The year 2019 will see the publication of Arthur Eyffinger’s major study of the life, thought and works of T.M.C. Asser (1838-1913), the outcome of a full decade of painstaking research. Tobias Asser, who was a professor of long-standing at Amsterdam University, is the jewel in the crown of an ongoing family tradition of well over two centuries of legal luminaries. He was a key figure in the so-called Oeuvre de La Haye and the rise of the Hague Tradition of international law. Asser was co-founder of the Institut de droit international (*1873) and the International Law Association (*1873), founder of the Conférence de La Haye (*1893), initiator of the Hague Academy of International Law (*1924) and the only Dutchman ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1911). The two-volume monograph will be published with Brill Publishers in the series Studies in the History of International Law, under the directorship of Prof. Randall Lesaffer.

As a first corollary offspring of the above research, Eyffinger will publish an edition in Dutch, with introductory note, of an address Tobias Asser gave at Amsterdam in 1857, at the age of nineteen, on the historic role and central position of France in the political constellation of Europe. The address anticipates on some of the major ideas and trains of thought that marked Asser’s intellectual life and career. The text will be available on this website as of November 2018.

Grotian Studies

The year 2018 will see the publication, initially on this website, of the first issue of a series of fresh translations into Dutch of Hugo Grotius’ three biblical dramas with heavy political overtones: Adamus Exul (1601), on the controversial issues of Free Will, the Lord’s Grace and Predestination; Christus Patiens (1608) on the Atonement and Redemption; Sophompanes (1635) on Archfather Joseph’s realm as vice-roy in Egypt. The renderings into Dutch will be in the same metre and volume as Grotius’ Neo-Latin originals, which are mostly in the Senecan amble. The first drama to be made available, still in 2018, will be Christus Patiens.

Eyffinger has contributed a Chapter to The Cambridge Companion to Hugo Grotius (eds. R. Lesaffer and J. Nijman) to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. The Chapter will address the legal and political implications of Grotius’ literary writings and drama.