This week’s research guide War

War - Research Guide International Law

War is a state of organized, armed and often prolonged conflict carried on between states, nations, or other parties typified by extreme aggression, social disruption, and usually high mortality. In addition to the existence of this organized behavior pattern amongst human primates, very similar organized warlike behavior patterns are also found in many other primate species. The set of techniques used by a group to carry out war is known as warfare. An absence of War is usually called Peace.

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European Court of Justice Clarification of the Research and Private Study Exception to Copyright Infringement for Libraries

On Thursday 11 September 2014, the European Court of Justice ruled on the meaning of the research and private study exception to copyright infringement for libraries, educational establishments, museums and archives. The Court decided that libraries are allowed to digitise books and make them available to the public at e-reading points within its vicinity, without the author’s permission. The judgment was issued in Case C-117/13, Technische Universität Darmstadt v Eugen Ulmer KG.

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Special collections

  • Peace movement

    • Armaments and Education, London, National Peace Council, 1937.
      Armaments and Education, London, National Peace Council, 1937.

      Armaments and Education, London, National Peace Council, 1937.

    • 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.

    • Viruly, A., Por la Honoro de Nia Lando, Rotterdam, D. van Sijn & Zonen.
      Viruly, A., Por la Honoro de Nia Lando, Rotterdam, D. van Sijn & Zonen.

      Viruly, A., Por la Honoro de Nia Lando, Rotterdam, D. van Sijn & Zonen.

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

    • Postcard Peace Palace 1914
      Postcard Peace Palace 1914

      Peace Palace 1914

    • Postcard Peace Palace 1961
      Postcard Peace Palace 1961

      Peace Palace 1961

    • 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 ».