About us

The Institute of Anglo-American Law was established by Professor Basil Markesinis, and opened by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in 1988.

The opening by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales

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The presence of Prince Charles underlined not only the successful and highly valued past, but also the promising future of Anglo-American relations in the field of law. It is these relations which were and still are at the heart of the Institute’s efforts. 

On 22 October 1999 a plaque was unveiled by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Irvine of Lairg, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain to mark the Institute’s successful promotion of close Anglo-Dutch legal relations since it was officially opened by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales on 27 October 1988.

The unveiled plaque

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The board of the Institute of Anglo-American Law consists of the following members:

The objects of the foundation are:

  • to promote the knowledge of Anglo-American law;
  • to promote scientific research in the area of Anglo-American law;
  • to arrange for contacts between Anglo-American and Dutch lawyers and law students;
  • and furthermore, everything that is directly or indirectly related to these matters or that may be conducive to them, all in the broadest sense.

The foundation tries to achieve its objects, inter alia, by:

  • supporting Leiden chairs of Anglo-American Law;
  • supporting staff exchanges between Leiden and British and other Anglo-American law faculties;
  • supporting studies of Leiden law students at British and other Anglo-American universities;
  • gathering and studying professional literature and documentation;
  • establishing and maintaining contacts with persons and bodies that are important for the achievement of the said objects of the foundation;
  • supporting courses, symposiums, seminars and conferences;
  • carrying out projects on the subject of Anglo-American law, both nationally and internationally.

The foundation does not aim to make a profit.

The Institute for Anglo-American Law is registered in the trade register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce under number 41167477.