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The Henry G. Schermers Fellowship is aimed at promoting research in the field of national law in an international context. It is co-sponsored by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL).
The Henry G. Schermers Fellowship is named after the great legal scholar Henry G. Schermers (1928-2006), Professor of the Law of International Organisations in Amsterdam and Leiden. Schermers was instrumental in the recognition of international law within national legal systems, with a focus on human rights law. The fellowship was set up with HiiL in honour of his contribution to the field of law.
Currently there is a great need for reforming the national and international law systems so that the justice needs of citizens are better served. It is urgent that research is carried out that will lead to effective and fair legal systems of the future. The Henry G. Schemers Fellow will produce publications but also prototypes ready for implementation. Examples of innovative prototypes now being implemented that originated from HiiL are: a procedure for international wildlife crime, a process for resolving protracted conflicts between citizens and governments and a design for coping with rule-making becoming ever more international, private and informal (Rulejungling). The fellowship programme brings foreign researchers in contact with Dutch researchers and society at large in order to maximally benefit from each other's knowledge and experience.
HiiL is an advisory and research institute for the justice sector, based in The Hague, city of peace and justice. HiiL professionals are leading academics and researchers from various cultural backgrounds. The core of their work is to improve rulemaking and conflict resolution processes.
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