Dean of The Hague Institute Receives Doctorate Honoris Causa

On 12 September 2012, Willem van Genugten, Professor of International Law at the Law School of Tilburg University and Dean of the Hague Institute for Global Justice, will receive a doctorate honoris causa from the North-West University in South-Africa. The honorary doctorate will be conferred on him for his international scholarly work in the field of international law, his empowerment of South-African postgraduate students, and his passion for the promotion of international scholarly relations and for the development of legal research in South-Africa.

After the decline of the Apartheid regime, Prof. Van Genugten first became a guest professor at the University of the North, Thohoyandou, South-Africa, followed by an extraordinary chair in international law at the North-West University, Potchefstroom campus. Since 2006, he teaches a crash course in international law in Potchefstroom every year. Prof. Van Genugten also wrote extensively on the rights of African indigenous peoples, with a special emphasis on the interaction between traditional indigenous law, South-African law and international law. One of his articles was published as a lead article by the American Journal of International Law, being one of the top journals in the field of international law.

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