The Advisory Committee on Public International Law (CAVV) is an independent body that advises the government, the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Netherlands on international law issues. It deals with legal questions which centre on the interpretation of international law and the perceived need for such law to be developed.
The CAVV produces advisory reports for the government and parliament about issues of international law both on its own initiative and on request. Its reports contribute to a substantive debate on a broad range of issues of international law. That debate takes place both at national level, within the government and parliament, and at international level.
The CAVV 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 Public International Law Act (Bulletin of Acts and Decrees 1998, 219).