Peace Palace Library
The international law library

Search our resources

Research guide Hugo Grotius (1583-1645)

Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) - Research Guide International Law

The Peace Palace Library holds one of the greatest collections in the world of the works of Hugo Grotius (1583-1645), founder of a systematic modern doctrine of international law and universally called the “Father of International Law”. His works also include theological, poetical, historical and philosophical themes. His involvement in the dispute between the Dutch Republic and England over the freedom of the seas led to his views published in “Mare liberum” (1609), still studied by modern researchers of the law of the sea.

Check our Research Guide on Hugo Grotius (1583-1645)
Read more

Library Blog Paris Global Climate Agreement: Toward Entry into Force

paris-climate-agreement

On 21 September 2016, a special event will take place. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from all countries to the UN Headquarters in New York from 8:00-9:00am to attend this event and to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Climate Agreement on climate change. The event will provide an opportunity to countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the agreement before the end of 2016. It is expected that the September event will help efforts to secure early entry into force of the Paris Agreement.

Read blog
Read more

Library news | Events Just Peace Festival: Peace Palace Library – In the Footsteps of …

Visit the Library during The Hague Open Doors Day 2016 and meet four historical figures who have provided an important contribution to the Library and international law.
Just Peace Festival: Peace Palace Library - In the Footsteps of …

Read more
Read more

Paris Global Climate Agreement

United Nations Climate Change Conference: Paris 2015 COP21/CMP11

On 12 December 2015, an historic agreement has been established. Governments of more than 190 nations gathered in Paris, France, and agreed to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions aimed to reduce the threat of dangerous climate change.This new global agreement will enter into force after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification. In order to accelerate the Paris Agreement entry into force, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from all countries to attend a special event on 21 September 2016. The countries have the opportunity to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will also provide an opportunity to other countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the agreement before the end of 2016.

Read more
Read more

South China Sea Territorial Disputes

South China Sea Territorial Disputes.02jpg

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade passes every year. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims. In addition to substantial natural resources, the South China Sea is of paramount strategic significance to the Asian security paradigm and to global stability. We have created a Library Special on this topic in order to provide you easy access to our collection: a selective bibliography, newsletters, books, articles and online resources.

Read more
Read more

Peace Palace Library showcase

  • 517-f-20
    517-f-20

    517 F 20

  • Liu, D. and Zhang, B. (ed.), Historical War Crimes Trials in Asia, Brussels, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, 2016.
    Liu, D. and Zhang, B. (ed.), Historical War Crimes Trials in Asia, Brussels, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, 2016.

    Liu, D. and Zhang, B. (ed.), Historical War Crimes Trials in Asia, Brussels, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, 2016.

  • s-2306-d-138
    s-2306-d-138

    S 2306 d.138

  • 500-c-35
    500-c-35

    500 C 35

  • 508-e-17
    508-e-17

    508 E 17

  • 520-e-4
    520-e-4

    520 E 4

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.