Latin American Table

Datum en tijd: Vrijdag 22 maart 2019 - 19:00 uur
Locatie: Koepelzaal, Plein
Titel: Latin American Table
Georganiseerd door: Latin American Table
Spreker(s): Prof. Dr. Jaap W. de Zwaan
Programma: 18:00 - 18:50 hrs.: Walk-in drinks at the Bar area
19:00 - 19:45 hrs.: Lecture in the Koepelzaal
20:00 hrs.: Dinner

All members of De Witte


Dear honorary member, members and friends of the “Latin American Table”,


The organizing committee is pleased and honored to announce that Prof. Dr. Jaap W. de Zwaan, em. Professor of the Law of the European Union at Erasmus University Rotterdam, has kindly accepted to be our speaker on Friday March 22, 2019. Prof. Dr. De Zwaan is also former member of the Diplomatic Service of The Netherlands and former Director of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael. The subject will be


The Future of European Union Cooperation


and will include topics like Brexit, the internal and external threats and challenges the EU is faced with at present, and enlargement.



Dinner will be served at a special reserved table in the main Dining Room on the first floor (NO last minute reservation), due to limited seats. 

Members and guests who have indicated their choice of menu (to be sent at a later stage by Mrs. Meijer) are obliged to settle their account immediately afterwards.


We kindly ask the NON-members of De Witte to be accompanied to the dining room and any other area of the premises of De Witte only by Mrs. Sonia Meijer, President, or Mr. Jorge Colombo Taricco, Vice-President, due to house rules. 


You can sign up till Wednesday 14 March via an email to:



Yours faithfully,



Chair of the Latin American Table 

Jorge E. Colombo Taricco





Jaap de Zwaan is an emeritus professor of European Union Law.


De Zwaan started his professional career as a member of the The Hague Bar. Later he worked for a period of 19 years for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague (European Integration Department and Legal Service) and Brussels (Permanent Representation of the Netherlands at the EU). He was active in international negotiations (treaty making, accession treaties and EU decision making) and acted in numerous cases as agent for the Dutch Government in legal proceedings before the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg.  


In 1998 Jaap de Zwaan was appointed full time professor of European Union Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He served his Law School as Vice-Dean for International Affairs (1999-2001) and Dean (2001-2004).


In the period September 2005 until May 2011 De Zwaan was Director of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, ‘Clingendael’, a think tank as well as diplomatic academy.


In May 2011 he returned to Erasmus University Rotterdam. In March 2014 he gave his valedictory lecture at that university.


In the period May 2012 until April 2017 De Zwaan has also been active, on a part-time basis, as Professor European Integration at the The Hague University of Applied Sciences.