This week’s research guide Piracy

Piracy - Research Guide International Law

Piracy was one of the first crimes that had to be recognized as a crime against international law and subject to universal jurisdiction. The first precise attempt to codify piracy was in 1958 when the Convention on the High Seas was adopted in order to clarify the legal status of pirates and the competence to arrest pirates. These articles in the Convention on the High Seas have been incorporated into the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) and have today become the definition of piracy under international law.

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Hague Academy Model United Nations on Drone Warfare and International Law

Hague Academy Model United Nations on Drone Warfare and International Law

Directed energy weapons, drones, self targeting bullets, mobile tactical high energy lasers, military robots, spy weapons, weapons undetectable under an x-ray scan, remote controlled insect armies, self driving tanks, robotic mules, thermal camouflage, surveillance technologies and autonomous unmanned systems are some examples of the high tech weapons and military technology that are now used during warfare. The use of this state of the art military technology raises serious ethical and legal questions: (when) is the use of drones acceptable?

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Special collections

  • Grotius collection

    • 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]

    • 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]

    • DeIureBelliAcPacis_1st_state
      DeIureBelliAcPacis_1st_state

      De iure belli ac pacis libri tres (1st state) / Hugo Grotius, 1625

    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 »
  • Peace movement

    • Banse, E., Wehrwissenschaft: Einführung in eine neue nationale Wissenschaft, Leipzig, Armanen, 1933.
      Banse, E., Wehrwissenschaft: Einführung in eine neue nationale Wissenschaft, Leipzig, Armanen, 1933.

      Banse, E., Wehrwissenschaft: Einführung in eine neue nationale Wissenschaft, Leipzig, Armanen, 1933.

    • Plüschow, G., De avonturen van den vliegenier van Tsingtau, Amsterdam, W. ten Have, 1917.
      Plüschow, G., De avonturen van den vliegenier van Tsingtau, Amsterdam, W. ten Have, 1917.

      Plüschow, G., De avonturen van den vliegenier van Tsingtau, Amsterdam, W. ten Have, 1917.

    • Rostworowski, J. (et al.), Katholische Stimmen gegen den Krieg: eine internationale Sammelschrift, Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Hans Winter Buchdruckerei, 1928.
      Rostworowski, J. (et al.), Katholische Stimmen gegen den Krieg: eine internationale Sammelschrift, Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Hans Winter Buchdruckerei, 1928.

      Rostworowski, J. (et al.), Katholische Stimmen gegen den Krieg: eine internationale Sammelschrift, Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Hans Winter Buchdruckerei, 1928.

    The Peace Palace Library holds a unique collection on the peace movement from the period 1899- 1940. More about this collection »