Library blog

These blogs are written by the librarians of the Peace Palace Library. All blogs are dealing with subjects on International Law. Every blog contains links and references to the collection of the Peace Palace Library.

  • Preventing Bioterrorism, Risk and Legal Instruments

    April 28, 2016

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, toxins or other harmful agents used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. In both the popular imagination and among lawmakers and national security experts, there exists the belief that with sufficient motivation and material resources, terrorist groups can produce bioweapons easily, cheaply, and successfully. Some scholars disagree. Legal measures offer no guarantee for preventing bioterrorism, but nonetheless affect bioterrorism. What are the legal instruments addressing prevention?

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  • International Court of Justice 70th Anniversary!

    April 21, 2016

    On 20th April 2016, the International Court of Justice celebrated its seventieth anniversary with a solemn commemorative sitting at the Peace Palace, The Hague. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands attended the official ceremony. Speeches were given by Judge Ronny Abraham, the President of the ICJ, Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Antonio Gumende, Vice-President of the United Nations General Assembly.

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  • Royal Sperm Whales and More

    April 14, 2016

    Has any mammal inspired such romantic images of the sea and love for nature as much as the whale, yet aroused such controversy in global environmental conservation? Legal efforts to protect whales, however, extend beyond whaling issues. Even beyond protection itself. What about legal arrangements dealing with such large marine mammals found stranded on the shoreline? This so-called phenomenon of Cetacean stranding certainly is something that arouses public interest and emotion.

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  • Coral Reefs under Threat?

    April 7, 2016

    Are coral reefs condemned to disappear? During the first decade of the 21st century, the intensification of cyclones, the phenomenon of coral bleaching due to ocean warming, outbreaks of a coral-eating starfish and coral diseases left us with this fear. In terms of addressing knowledge gaps, coral reefs are a priority because of their extraordinarily high biological richness and the multitude of products and ecosystem services they provide to human beings. What is the status and legal regime of coral reefs nowadays?

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  • Dutch Referendum on the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine

    March 31, 2016

    Today, Wednesday April 6th, citizens in the Netherlands can cast their votes in an unprecedented advisory referendum. The question put to a vote is whether the Dutch government should ratify the European Union’s Association Agreement with Ukraine or not. This blog provides some background of the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine and the lead up to today’s referendum.

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  • Investigating Foreign Political Links in Timber-Producing Countries

    March 24, 2016

    At the time of writing, it is the International Day of Forests. It is on this day, 21st March 2016, that Project LEAF (Law Enforcement Assistance for Forests) of INTERPOL spoke out (again) about the link between corruption and the global trade in timber. An estimated $30 billion of government revenue is lost every year as a result of corruption in timber trade. This article will shed light on the indiscriminate destruction of our forests, under the guise of economic development for the financial benefit of elites at the highest level of the political system and how international, regional and national laws on anti-­corruption are implicated.

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  • Peace and Security Salon Bio/Chemical Weapons

    March 17, 2016

    Biological and chemical weapons continue to form a threat to worldwide peace and security. On Wednesday 11 May the Peace Palace Library will organize a third Peace and Security Salon. During this event three speakers will provide different perspectives on the use of biological and chemical weapons. The speakers will also pay attention to possible threats and future developments concerning the use of these weapons. Whereas biological weapons consist of living microorganisms that can cause deadly infectious diseases, chemical weapons are manmade toxic chemicals. Efforts to ban these WMD have been made for over 100 years.

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  • Save Wildlife: Act Now or Game Over!

    March 11, 2016

    From 1-3 March 2016, 300 Representatives from Countries, Intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, business representatives and the broader civil society were gathered in The Hague, the Netherlands for the international wildlife conference: Save Wildlife: Act now or Game over. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, the Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit. The conference has build on the London and Kasane Conferences on the illegal wildlife trade, and has set the stage for the Hanoi Conference, due to take place later in 2016.

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  • Launching a New Article 1 Treaty on European Union

    March 4, 2016

    As the late Umberto Eco already suggested, a library is not merely a collection of books, but also forms an intellectual meeting place. In the past scholars used to meet each other at the lender’s desk or in the reading room. Thanks to the digital innovations of the last decades, the Peace Palace Library blogs have become a breeding place for innovative ideas in the field of International and European Law. Thousands of visitors of the PPL-website are using the opportunity to read the weekly blogs and to contribute to development of new approaches and, indeed, of paradigm shifts.

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  • The Case of Albert Woodfox and Solitary Confinement

    February 26, 2016

    Albert Woodfox, an American prisoner who was held in solitary confinement for 43 years was finally released on February 19th, 2016. Albert Woodfox, was part of the ‘Angola Three’, a group of three prisoners who were placed in solitary confinement in the State Penitentiary of Louisiana, also known as the Angola Prison. The case of Albert Woodfox is unique because no other prisoner in US history has been held in solitary confinement for this length of time. This blog will briefly discuss the circumstances of the case of Albert Woodfox and the use of solitary confinement in light of international standards.

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