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International law news is a Peace Palace Library news service on topics of International Law. The library is not responsible for the content of outside sources.

  • Killer Drones in a Downward Spiral?

    April 8, 2014

    Illegal U.S. drone strikes continue (the Long War Journal says there have been eight drones strikes in Yemen so far this year), but efforts to curb the use of killer drones have made remarkable headway this year.

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  • UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Statement

    April 8, 2014

    Below is the initial statement at the conclusion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention’s visit, released at a media conference in Wellington yesterday.

    The statement provides comprehensive coverage of key issues around arbitrary detention, and includes: “The Working Group is seriously concerned about the legal advice presented to Parliament about New Zealand’s international law obligations.”

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  • European Heritage Label for the Peace Palace: Award Ceremony

    April 8, 2014

    Today, April 8th, 2014, the first European Heritage Label award ceremony will take place in Brussels, at the Solvay Library. Four heritage sites have been awarded the European Heritage Label: Park Carnuntum, Austria, Great Guild Hall, Estonia, Camp Westerbork and the Peace Palace!
    European Heritage Label awarded to the Peace Palace, The Netherlands

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  • Negligence, Corruption Threaten Tunisia’s Heritage Sites

    April 8, 2014

    On February 28, authorities in France discovered 81 Roman artifacts of Tunisian origin sitting outside a museum in Paris. Two young Tunisian men, according to the Tunisian National Heritage Institute, dropped off the items at the Bavay Museum after their families had brought them from Tunisia.

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  • Srebrenica massacre survivors take legal action against Dutch government

    April 8, 2014

    Survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre opened a civil suit against the Dutch government on Monday, saying Dutch peacekeepers should have protected the victims of Europe’s worst massacre since the second world war.

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  • Syria: Dutch priest Fr van der Lugt shot dead in Homs

    April 8, 2014

    A Dutch priest well known for refusing to leave the besieged Syrian city of Homs has been shot dead by a gunman.

    Frans van der Lugt, who was in his 70s, had become a renowned figure in the rebel-held area that has been blockaded by government forces for nearly two years.

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  • Roma in Europe: Demanding justice and protection in the face of violence

    April 8, 2014

    European states are failing to curb and in some cases even fuelling discrimination, intimidation and violence against Roma, Amnesty International said on International Roma Day on 8 April.

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  • Genocide and justice – where now?

    April 8, 2014

    Two decades after the Rwanda genocide, the promised hopes of international accountability for such crimes is in trouble, with a number of ingredients of a crisis that is both legal and political.

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  • Challenges to the effectiveness of international law

    April 8, 2014

    For the first time in its history, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) is partnering with the American Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) to combine each organization’s major conference into an extraordinary joint event. Oxford University Press is looking forward to exhibiting at the conference taking place in Washington on 7-12 April 2014. The conference theme is “The Effectiveness of International Law,” and no doubt there will be much to debate and discuss during the week. Organizers released a set of questions they hope will be addressed during the course of the conference. To kick off the debate we posed two of them to Ademola Abass, author of Complete International Law.

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  • More artworks discovered in Salzburg: Second Act in the Gurlitt case

    April 7, 2014

    The affair surrounding Cornelius Gurlitt, son of Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, has taken a new turn. The occasion is the discovery of 238 more pictures that were hidden in Gurlitt’s Salzburg house and comprise mainly impressionist masterpieces.

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