The Hague, the Netherlands
19 September 2014

On Friday 19 September 2014, a seminar on the "The legal aspects of the role of the host State of international organisations" was held as a side-event to the 48th meeting of the CAHDI, in The Hague, the Netherlands.

This seminar was opened by Ms Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the Netherlands), Chair of the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI).




  • Mr Niels Blokker, Professor of International Institutional Law, Leiden University, (the Netherlands)

Legal aspects of the relationship between international organisations and their host States: from theory to practice

  • Ms Caroline Kraege, Head of the Diplomatic and Consular Law Section, Directorate of International Law, Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (Switzerland)

The role of Switzerland as a host State of international organisations (French only)

  • Mr Jörg Polakiewicz, Jurisconsult and Director of Legal Advice and Public International Law (Council of Europe)

The Council of Europe and its host States: legal and practical aspects

  • Ms Anne-Sophie Massa, Legal Counsel, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the Netherlands)

The Hague: world criminal capital? Or how the international criminal jurisdictions pose new challenges to their host State (French only)