Commissie van Advies inzake Volkenrechtelijke Vraagstukken (CAVV)

The Advisory Committee on Issues of Public International Law (CAVV) is an independent body that advises the government, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Netherlands on international law issues.

The CAVV deals with legal questions in cases which centre on the interpretation of international law and the perceived need for such law to be developed. It publishes advisory reports at its own initiative or at the request of the government or parliament and presents them to the House of Representatives and the Senate. It is one of the advisory bodies falling under the Advisory Bodies Framework Act of 3 July 1996 (Bulletin of Acts and Decrees 1996, 378) and was established pursuant to this Act on 1 January 1998, by the Advisory Committee on Issues of International Public Law Act (Bulletin of Acts and Decrees 1998, 219).

The CAVV has a long history. A committee of this name was active between 1920 and 1940, having succeeded a committee set up ahead of the Third Hague Peace Conference (which would have taken place in 1915 had the First World War not intervened). In 1919 this committee advised on the establishment of the League of Nations, obtaining a permanent status a year later as the Committee on Issues of Public International Law. A second CAVV was set up in 1953. So the CAVV that was established on 1 January 1998 following the reorganisation of Dutch advisory bodies is the third of that name.

List of members

Prof. dr. L.J. van den Herik (chair)

Mr dr. C.M. Brölmann (vice-chair)

Mr. dr. R. van Alebeek
Dr. G.R. den Dekker
Dr. B. van Ginkel, LLM
Mr. dr. A.J.J. de Hoogh
Prof. dr. J.G. Lammers
Mr. A.E. Rosenboom
Prof. C. Ryngaert


Ex Officio member: Prof. mr. dr. R.J.M. Lefeber


mr. F. Arichi

mr. V.J. de Graaff LLM

For more information about the CAVV, contact the secretariat at