Peter Van Krieken, Chair, Röling Foundation; Professor, Webster/Hague University, Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Peter van Krieken is now affiliated with Hague University and Webster where he lectures international law, human rights as well as refugee and migration. He is the holder of the prestigious (Webster) Kemper award for excellence in teaching and chair of the Röling Foundation as well as the treasurer of the Netherlands Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) and inter alia also of Voorschoten Sinfonietta.

He has a long list of publications (150+) to his credit on subjects such as asylum, migration, torture, hijacking, statelessness, family reunification, migration, health, terrorism and repatriation. In particular his books Terrorism and the International Legal Order (2002) and The Hague, Legal Capital of the World (2005) have been widely acclaimed.

Prof. Dr. van Krieken recently retired from his position as special advisor with the Netherlands Government  and is now actively involved in various EU projects in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Malawi.

During 2005, Prof. Dr. van Krieken was a UNDP special advisor to the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs (and received a honourable award at his departure). He has recently been approached to serve as Lao DDR's honorary consul to the Netherlands. Besides that, as an international civil servant with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for more than 16 years, he has served in Geneva, Stockholm, Peshawar, Juba (South Sudan), Beirut, Sana'a, Addis Ababa and Zirndorf (FRG) (1975-1996). In between these various assignments he headed Stichting Vluchteling 999, a leading Dutch refugee organization, from 1983-1987.

Prof. Dr. van Krieken earned his Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Groningen in 1976, and has also studied at Johns Hopkins (Bologna).