Nout van Woudenberg


Now: Deputy ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Central Asia in Astana, Kazakhstan

Since August 2020, Nout van Woudenberg acts as deputy ambassador of the Embassy of the KotNL to Central Asia in Astana, Kazakhstan. In that position, he aims to promote the interests of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, as well as to enhance understanding about the five Central Asian countries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Previous: Kingdom Affairs Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, foreign affairs/foreign relations is to be considered a “Kingdom affair” on the basis of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Consequently, there is one Minister of Foreign Affairs who has ultimate responsibility for the foreign relations of the Kingdom as a whole and for incorporating the interests of all four autonomous countries in the Kingdom’s foreign policy to the best extent possible. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the embassies, consulates and missions abroad work for the Kingdom as a whole and all its constituent parts. As Kingdom Affairs Adviser, Nout van Woudenberg assisted the Minister in his task.

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Then and now: Expert on international protection of cultural property

Nout van Woudenberg can be considered as an expert on the international protection of cultural property. One can think of: the protection of cultural property during armed conflict; immunity from suit and seizure for cultural objects on loan; underwater cultural heritage; restitution and recovery of cultural objects. He regularly gives presentations on these topics and wrote/edited books on the protection of cultural objects during armed conflict and on immunity from seizure for cultural objects on international loan.

From 2008 until 2012, Van Woudenberg acted as (vice) Chair of the UNESCO Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property during Armed Conflict. He wrote his dissertation on state immunity for cultural objects on loan.

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