This week’s research guide Space Law

Space Law - Research Guide International Law

Space law is a relatively new branch of law, roughly starting in 1957 with the launch of the Sputnik I, the first satellite in space. Space law consists of international space law, governing the activities of States and international intergovernmental organizations, and national space law, governing the activities of individual countries and their nationals. Advancing technology and scientific progress extend human activities in space more and more. These developments will require new international regulation.

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The Origins of EU and EMU: Towards a Post-Westphalian Paradigm 02

The Origins of EU and EMU: Towards a Post-Westphalian Paradigm

The theoretical hallmark of the European Union is its flexible approach to sovereignty. According to the Westphalian system of international relations which forms the prevailing paradigm in international law and lies at the heart of the organisation of the United Nations, sovereignty is one and indivisible. States are sovereign and without sovereignty there is no State. Guest blog by Jaap Hoeksma, Philosopher of Law, Director of Euroknow and Creator of the Boardgame Eurocracy.

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Special collections

  • Peace movement

    • De wereldvrede: orgaan van de Nederlandsche R.K. Vereeniging tot Bevordering van den Wereldvrede, No. 2, November 1912.
      De wereldvrede: orgaan van de Nederlandsche R.K. Vereeniging tot Bevordering van den Wereldvrede, No. 2, November 1912.

      De wereldvrede: orgaan van de Nederlandsche R.K. Vereeniging tot Bevordering van den Wereldvrede, No. 2, November 1912.

    • Wapenstilstand of Vrede?. Tjechoslowakije, uitgave van de Bond van Soc. Dem. Vrouwenclubs, Amsterdam, 1938.
      Wapenstilstand of Vrede?. Tjechoslowakije, uitgave van de Bond van Soc. Dem. Vrouwenclubs, Amsterdam, 1938.

      Wapenstilstand of Vrede?. Tjechoslowakije, uitgave van de Bond van Soc. Dem. Vrouwenclubs, Amsterdam, 1938.

    • Killinger, E., De avonturen van een Oostzee-vlieger, Utrecht, G.J.A. Ruys, 1917.
      Killinger, E., De avonturen van een Oostzee-vlieger, Utrecht, G.J.A. Ruys, 1917.

      Killinger, E., De avonturen van een Oostzee-vlieger, Utrecht, G.J.A. Ruys, 1917.

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

    • De iure belli ac pacis (3rd state)
      De iure belli ac pacis (3rd state)

      De ivre belli ac pacis libri tres (3rd state) / Hugo Grotius, 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 »