This week’s research guide Private International Law

Private International Law - Research Guide International Law

Private International Law governs the choice of law to apply when there are conflicts in the domestic law of different countries related to private transactions. In the United States, Canada, and Great Britain it is also known as conflict of laws. Private International Law deals with a variety of topics, such as international commercial law, international contracts, torts (lex loci delicti), international law of persons, international family law, child adoption and abduction, recognition of judgments, real property (lex rei sitae) and intellectual property.

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The Destruction of the Cathedral of Reims

The Destruction of the Cathedral of Reims, 1914

On 20 September 1914, German shellfire burned, damaged and destroyed important parts of the magnificent Cathedral of Reims. The destruction of the Cathedral was generally regarded as an act of sheer vandalism. At the time, it was generally admitted by writers on international law that if the military commander of a besieged place used a church or other building whose immunity had been established, as a stronghold, a storehouse, or an observatory, the besieger might bombard the site without being held responsible for damages caused in consequence of their proximity to other buildings which are liable to bombardment. Even the French war manual itself admitted this.

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Special collections

  • Grotius collection

    • Neff, S.C. (ed.), Hugo Grotius on the Law of War and Peace, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
      Neff, S.C. (ed.), Hugo Grotius on the Law of War and Peace, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

      Neff, S.C. (ed.), Hugo Grotius on the Law of War and Peace, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2012. [English translation De jure belli ac pacis, Parisiis, apud Nicolaum Buon, 1625]

    • Mare liberum
      Mare liberum

      Mare Liberum

    • Feenstra, R. and J.B. Vervliet (eds.), Hugo Grotius Mare Liberum: 1609-2009, Leiden, Brill, 2009. [Original Latin text, facsimile of the first edition, 1609 and modern English translation]
      Feenstra, R. and J.B. Vervliet (eds.), Hugo Grotius Mare Liberum: 1609-2009, Leiden, Brill, 2009. [Original Latin text, facsimile of the first edition, 1609 and modern English translation]

      Feenstra, R. and J.B. Vervliet (eds.), Hugo Grotius Mare Liberum: 1609-2009, Leiden, Brill, 2009. [Original Latin text, facsimile of the first edition, 1609 and modern English translation]

    The Peace Palace Library in The Hague holds one of the greatest collections in the world of the works of Hugo Grotius. More about this collection »
  • Postcards

    • Postcard Peace Palace 1923
      Postcard Peace Palace 1923

      Peace Palace 1923

    • Postcard Peace Palace 1914
      Postcard Peace Palace 1914

      Peace Palace 1914

    • Postcard Peace Palace 1958
      Postcard Peace Palace 1958

      Peace Palace 1958

    Over the past century numerous postcards depicting the Peace Palace have been sent home. More about this collection ».