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.

  • ‘Trade Talks’

    November 18, 2015

    On Thursday November 5th the Peace Palace Library, in cooperation with the Netherlands Society of International Affairs / Club Clingendael, organized ‘Trade Talks’. About 120 people attended the evening, hearing lectures and participating in discussions on international trade and the present negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA).

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  • From The Hague to Nuremberg: Our Visit to Nuremberg

    November 12, 2015

    From Sunday 8 November 2015 to Tuesday 10 November 2015, Sophie Brinkel, Candice Alihusain and Fé de Jonge, visited the city of Nuremberg in Germany. This city is internationally known for the war crimes trials that took place in Nuremberg after the Second World War, from 1945 to 1949. These trials encompassed both the International Military Tribunal, which was created by the Allied forces, and the subsequent Nuremberg Trials, organized by the USA authorities.

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  • Climate Change and Planetary Security

    November 6, 2015

    On 2 and 3 November 2015, experts of the Hague Centre of Strategic Studies attended in the international conference on “Planetary Security: Peace and Cooperation in Times of Climate Change and Global Environmental Challenges” at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands organized this Planetary Security Initiative. The Netherlands aims to facilitate events on an annual basis and like to provide a regular time and place where experts, organizations, and decision makers could assemble, share, connect and strengthen their parts of the new strategies needed for the future of planetary security.

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  • What is TTIP?

    October 29, 2015

    During the G8 Summit in June 2013, the United States of America and the European Union, the world’s leading economies, launched talks of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): a proposed international trade and investment agreement. The TTIP is said to create the world’s largest free trade area and to boost both US and EU economic growth. The TTIP will also create extra jobs, as well as cheaper products and services. Additionally, there will be more commercial interaction between the US and the EU.

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  • Google Books and Fair Use

    October 23, 2015

    On the 16th of October 2015, the United States Court of Appels for the Second Circuit made clear that Google Books is legal. The Court ruled for Google against the Authors Guild, a professional group of
    published writers which had alleged that Google Library Project and Google Books project infringed their copyrights. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the appeals Court considered four factors of the US copyright law.

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  • UN Peace Day, Andrew Carnegie and Dunfermline

    October 13, 2015

    On September 21, UN Peace Day was celebrated for the third time in Dunfermline, Scotland. The celebrations were initiated by Queen Anne High School who invited a total of 600 pupils from 11 different schools in the county of Fife to participate in a special Peace Day Conference.The event was supported by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust who together with Queen Anne High School invited the Dutch Carnegie Foundation to give a speech on Andrew Carnegie, the ‘founding father’ of the Peace Palace and Dunfermline’s most famous son.

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  • Victory for Privacy in Europe again? ECJ ‘torpedoes’ Safe Harbor

    October 9, 2015

    Last Tuesday, October 6, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has declared the Safe Harbour Decision invalid. Mr Schrems, a frequent Facebook-user, lodged a complaint with the Irish supervisory authority because in his view leaks from Edward J. Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security Agency, made it clear that American intelligence agencies had almost unfettered access to the data, infringing on Europeans’ rights to privacy.

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  • The Gerritsen Collection

    October 2, 2015

    The Gerritsen Collection is a comprehensive collection of works pertaining to women’s history, but it also contains a plentitude of books, articles and essays relevant to peace history and the development of international law. The collection honors the legacy of famous peace heroes and feminists. To help educate the public about the 19th century peace movement, the Library – with the assistance from the Bertha von Suttner Project – has subscribed to this database for 2015.

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  • An Ad Hoc Hybrid Special Court for Sri Lanka: What Does It Take?

    September 25, 2015

    On 16 September 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka issued two reports on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. Their recommendation: the creation of an ad hoc hybrid special court to try war crimes and crimes against humanity. Which crimes were committed and how did the international community reach such a recommendation? This post will take a look at the civil war which plagued Sri Lanka for 25 years, the subsequent international response and finally, what does it take to create an ad hoc hybrid tribunal?

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  • Peace Weekend Celebrations – International Rule of Law?

    September 18, 2015

    This weekend The Hague will celebrate the International Day of Peace, September 21st, with a designated ‘Peace Weekend’.

    The celebrations vary from a peace run (with a Peace Palace team) to The Hague Open Doors Event, where the Peace Palace Library, together with the other international organizations of The Hague, will open their doors to the public.

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