The Peace Palace, The Hague
5th September - 8th September 2010
The Hague and Rotterdam, Netherlands
(9th September, Optional Day in Delft and Leiden, Netherlands)

IALL 2010 Netherlands - Photo Album
View photos taken at the Conference

[As of September 28, 2010]

  Programme     - Preliminary Programme
    (as at 20th August, 2010)

The annual course in international legal information and law is the Association's main meeting and educational event of the year. There are three main themes this year:

  • The broad reach of international law

  • The role of The Hague as the world capital of international law, and the evolution of international law

  • Tolerance in legal systems as demonstrated in Dutch law
  • This year's conference in The Hague will give participants the exciting opportunity to visit the world capital of International Law, and learn about issues being addressed in its world renowned courts, such as the ICJ, the ICC, the ICTY and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

    There will also be a focus on more controversial and topical legal themes including euthanasia and refugee policy, and a visit to Erasmus University and the port of Rotterdam will provide the setting for aspects of maritime law. Speakers will include highly regarded scholars, jurists and members of the legal community from the Netherlands.

    Group visits to libraries will be available to The Peace Palace, the University Library at Erasmus University; the Historical Museum of The Hague, the Museum of the Book, and The Library of Parliament.

      Optional Day in Delft & Leiden   

    The conference also offers an optional additional day in Delft and then in Leiden (see the registration form).

    In Delft we will visit one of the following:

    the Delft University of Technology Library,

    Delft University of Technology Library

    the New Church,

    New Church of Delft

    or take a walk around the town.

    Leiden, the 'key to discovery', was once the second most important city in the Netherlands, and home to Rembrandt, Grotius, and even Einstein, who was 'special professor' at the University. Our visit will start off at the Universiteit Leiden,

    Universiteit Leiden

    with sessions on legal education and air law, followed by a tour of the Historic Academy Building,

    Historic Academy Building Leiden

    the Hortus Botanicus, Pieterskerk and the Municipal Museum of Leiden, housed in the Lakenhal.

    Leiden is a short drive from The Hague, allowing delegates plenty of time to wander around this beautiful, historic university town.


    The Hague is the Royal Capital of the Netherlands, located 36 miles from Amsterdam, and has been the International City of Peace for over a century. Just a tram-ride from the centre are the North Sea beaches of Scheveningen, the most popular beaches in Holland.

    Rotterdam is just 16 miles from The Hague, and has the largest port in Europe.


    Please complete the Registration Form and fax it send it with payment by regular mail to:

    René Winter
    Erasmus University Library
    University Library (Building B)
    Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062 PA Rotterdam
    P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam

    Fax: +31 (0)10 408 9052
    e-mail: secretariaat@ubib.eur.nl.

    You will receive a confirmation of your registration by e-mail.

    Earlybird deadline is 30 June!
    Registration closes on 15 August!

    The full registration fee includes:

  • lunches and refreshment breaks Monday to Wednesday
  • Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening buffet receptions
  • visits to museums and other cultural events
  • the Annual Dinner and dance on Wednesday.

  •   Travel   

    Getting there: Amsterdam - Schiphol International Airport is 50 km from The Hague, and is serviced by most international airlines.

    There is a regular fast train service (30 minutes) from Schiphol to The Hague (ticket information).

    Getting around: The tramway system around The Hague is user friendly. You will be provided with a free pass for public transportation facilities within the city of The Hague once you have registered at the Peace Palace Library. The local currency is the euro €.


    The Association's annual meeting will be held at the Peace Palace and the Peace Palace Library close to the heart of The Hague. It is about 45 minutes from the international airport.

    We will have one day in Rotterdam, where we will be visiting our co-hosts at Erasmus University before undertaking a boat trip offered by the Rotterdam Port Authority.

    Academic sessions and the trade exhibition will be located in the dramatic new building of The Hague Academy and the Peace Palace Library

    A range of hotels within close distance of the Peace Palace are listed in the Accommodation section (below).


    See the Hotel Information Sheet for detailed information and the Hotel Map for locations. Please mention IALL2010 in order to benefit from the discounted rates.

    Other hotels are available in the vicinity or near the beach through www.the-hague.info.

      Social Events   

    Social activities will provide opportunities to get to know colleagues and learn about Holland.

    On Sunday there will be a welcome reception and buffet offered by law firm Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn in the foyer of the new Peace Palace Library and Hague Academy of International Law building.

    The Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library new building

    On Monday evening Kluwer Law International will host the IALL conference dinner in the Kurhaus in Scheveningen.

    Kurhaus in Scheveningen

    On Tuesday, the Rotterdam day, the Rotterdam Port Authority will show its operations and provide IALL participants a cruise around the harbour.

    Rotterdam Port Authority

    The Rotterdam municipal authorities will host drinks and a buffet in the City Hall.

    Rotterdam City Hall

    On Wednesday, we will visit one of several museums located near the Binnenhof.


    The Hague History Museum, Parliament (and its library)

    the Hague Parliament Library

    and the Prison Gate Museum are on the agenda, and the Annual Dinner will take place at the prestigious Sociëteit De Witte in the heart of the Hague.

    Sociėteit De Wittee

      Visa & Identification   

    Entry requirements and visa information can be found here.

    Please bring your passport on the first day at the Peace Palace for identification at the security entrance.


  • The International Association of Law Libraries homepage:

  •   Questions and Contacts   

    For questions about the Conference, please contact the Local Organizing Committee:

  • Jeroen Vervliet, Peace Palace Library, The Hague

  • René Winter, Erasmus University Library, Rotterdam
  • For questions about IALL, please contact:

  • Ruth Bird, Bodleian Law Library.

  •   Warning   

    As in all cities, please be on your guard. Beware of pickpockets and thieves at the airport, on the train and in trams. Police asking for ID's without good reason should be considered as suspect; these 'policemen' can be robbers in disguise.