Dr. Nout van Woudenberg is deputy ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (KotNL) to Central Asia in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Before, he worked in Aruba and The Hague (NL) as Kingdom Affairs Adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the KotNL
Moreover, Nout van Woudenberg can be considered as an expert on the international protection of cultural property. In 2010, he co-edited and co-wrote a book on the protection of cultural objects during armed conflict. In 2012, his book “State Immunity and Cultural Objects on Loan” has been published, addressing the question whether cultural State property on international loan is immune from seizure according to customary international law. In 2014, on request by the International Law Association, he drafted a proposal for a Convention on Immunity from Suit and Seizure for Cultural Objects on Loan.
From 2010 until 2012 Van Woudenberg acted as Chairperson of the UNESCO Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property during Armed Conflict. From 2008 until 2010, he acted as vice-Chair of the same Committee.
Nout has a doctorate in international law.