The Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has appointed André Nollkaemper (1962), professor of Public International Law, as the new dean of the Faculty of Law. The appointment will take effect on 1 May 2016 and will be for a period of five years.
Nollkaemper succeeds Professor Edgar du Perron, who will this spring take up a post as justice in the First Chamber (civil matters) of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Until such time as Nollkaemper officially assumes his duties in May, Marjoleine Zieck, vice dean of the faculty and professor of International Refugee Law, will serve as acting dean.
The dean is responsible for the overall administration of the faculty and provides direction and guidance to the faculty in the fields of teaching and research. As the new dean, Nollkaemper’s most important responsibilities will be to shape a new direction for the faculty, ensure the faculty is on a sound financial footing going forward and to consolidate the quality of teaching and research.
The decision to appoint Nollkaemper was taken in consultation with the faculty student council and works council.
‘André Nollkaemper has many outstanding qualities. Besides being an excellent legal expert and scholar, he has also successfully held various advisory posts at governments and organisations at home and abroad. His chair, together with the many administrative duties he has taken on board, has equipped him with an intimate knowledge of the faculty. I am delighted that he will be heading the Faculty of Law’, says Prof. Dymph van den Boom, rector magnificus and acting president of the UvA.
Prof. P.A. Nollkaemper has been professor of Public International Law at the UvA since 1998. Over the course of his career, Nollkaemper has gained extensive administrative experience. For example, he is the director of the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), which he established in 1999 and which has grown into a ‘centre of excellence’ at the UvA. He was the chair of the Faculty of Law’s research committee from 2009 to 2015, as well as vice dean for Research between 2010 and 2013. Prior to this, from 2000 to 2003, he headed the department of International Law.
In 2011, Nollkaemper was appointed as external legal advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. In addition, he is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, president of the European Society of International Law and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
His practical experience includes cases before the European Court on Human Rights, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, courts of the Netherlands and consultancy for a variety of international and national organisations. From 1998 to 2010 he was of-counsel at Böhler Attorneys (renamed Prakken d’Oliveira Human Rights Lawyers) in Amsterdam.
With more than 4,300 students and 400 staff, the Faculty of Law is one of the largest law schools in the Netherlands. The faculty pursues an international and interdisciplinary approach to legal education and research. Students with diverging ambitions and goals are offered a large selection of Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. The faculty’s legal research is internationally respected. Together, its teaching and research produce a vibrant academic environment in the heart of Amsterdam. The faculty creates knowledge that is relevant for society at large. Its members of staff are active in legal practice, the corporate world and in civic organisations, both locally and internationally.