IFRRO deeply regrets to announce the death of Paul Nijhoff Asser (10 March 1928 - 9 May 2014).
Paul was a key figure in the founding of IFRRO, who worked tirelessly in the early 1980s to create the necessary consensus to establish the international organisation representing rightholders in the text and image based field that was eventually to become IFRRO. As General Secretary of the International Group of STM Publishers, he painstakingly built up the case for an independent, international non-government organisation and convinced fellow publishers to back him.
IFRRO CEO, Olav Stokkmo, salutes his efforts commenting “it is probably true to say that, without the vision of Paul Nijhoff Asser, IFRRO would not exist today. Paul himself wrote in 25 Years of IFRRO that he sometimes felt desperate, depressed and despondent during his campaign but that history had supported him, the seeds he sowed had borne golden fruit and 'the work was not in vain’. I can only echo his words – Paul, your pioneering work was not in vain and we are immensely grateful to you. I offer the condolences of the whole of IFRRO to your family.”