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  • Commemorative Lecture: ‘Organizing for Peace: Bertha von Suttner, Dr. Aletta Jacobs and the International Congress of Women at The Hague’, June 16, 2015, Peace Palace

    May 12, 2015

    The lecture will focus on the work, life and legacy of Dr. Aletta Jacobs and Bertha von Suttner and the many women they inspired and who helped to make the International Congress of Women in 1915 a reality. Read more, here.
     Commemorative Lecture: 'Organizing for Peace: Bertha von Suttner, Dr. Aletta Jacobs and the International Congress of Women at The Hague', June 16, 2015, Peace Palace, The Hague

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  • Film: The Hague International City

    May 1, 2015

    The Hague is known worldwide as the International City of Peace and Justice. How does the average resident of The Hague benefit from this? The Municipality of The Hague commissioned a film on this subject.
    Film: The Hague International City

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  • Interview Professor Mineke Bosch on Dr. Aletta Jacobs

    April 30, 2015

    This month we interviewed dr. Mineke Bosch, a professor of modern history from the University of Groningen. In The Netherlands, Professor Bosch is widely regarded as a leading expert on Dr. Aletta Jacobs. On Saturday April 25, during the Centenary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and on the occasion of the unveiling of a bust of Dr. Aletta Jacobs in the Peace Palace, Professor Bosch gave a fascinating speech on the prominent role Aletta played in the International Congress of Women that took place in The Hague in April of 1915. Before the unveiling ceremony, we interviewed Professor Bosch who effortlessly took us back in time to the women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th Century and the enormous task that Aletta Jacobs took upon herself when she initiated the Congress of 1915.

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  • Unveiling the Bust of Dr. Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) by the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom

    April 30, 2015

    On Saturday April 25, a bust was unveiled of Dr. Aletta Jacobs, the first medical doctor in The Netherlands and a prominent women’s right activist. Aletta Jacobs was honored with a bust for taking the initiative to organize the International Congress of Women of 1915. The bust is a gift from the Dutch chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) to the Carnegie Foundation. WILPF arose out of the International Congress of Women of 1915, which took place in The Hague. WILPF is the oldest international women’s peace organization in the world and today it focuses on three key areas: 1) Disarmament; 2) Human Rights; and 3) Women, Peace and Security. WILPF was instrumental in getting the U.N. Security Council to adopt Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), an historic resolution which calls on governments to mainstream a gender perspective into peace and security efforts. Resolution 1325 turns 15 in October 2015.

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  • Library User in the Spotlight: Cameron Smith

    April 30, 2015

    Andrew Carnegie held a vision that international law could be used as a vector for achieving international peace. As a fellow Scot who shares this optimism and hope for the utility of international law, it is a privilege to be able to spend time in what is the physical manifestation of Carnegie’s vision, the Peace Palace. Since relocating to The Netherlands, I regularly visit the library to take advantage of its invaluable and easily accessible collection and to experience the tranquil ambiance of its reading rooms. Despite my almost daily visits, I continue to be inspired by the majesty of the buildings and their surroundings which, with Spring in the air, are starting to bloom. As I ponder upon these past months spent at the Peace Palace I would like to thank all the staff for their helpfulness and dedication for making the library the place that it is. I’m sure if Carnegie was still with us he would be proud of what this institution has become.

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  • Boglárka Pap: Digital Access to the Portraits Collection

    April 30, 2015

    My name is Boglárka Pap, and as part of my MA programme in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University, I started an internship at the Peace Palace Library in January 2015. Since then, I have been focused on the digitization and presentation of the Library’s special collections. In the course of 2014, the Peace Palace Library participated in a project – which was initiated by a collaboration of Dutch libraries – in order to digitize prints from 17th-19th-Century books from its collection, and to donate them to Wikimedia Commons. Concerning the main goal of digitization, namely easy accessibility, the aim of my project was to continue the work which started last year, by fitting the remaining images from Wikimedia Commons repository into Wikipedia articles, enhancing the existing metadata, and making approximately 500 engraved portraits from 83 books – published between 1603-1826 – available and searchable on the website of the Peace Palace Library.

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  • Model of the 3rd Hague Peace Conference Simulation

    April 30, 2015

    On Saturday May 9, 2015 the Hague student association Lunastrum organizes a simulation of the Third Hague Peace Conference at the Peace Palace. Lunastrum would like to give their students the opportunity to participate in this Model Conference to share their ideas on the modern warfare of the 21st Century and the perpetuation of peace among the nations in the rapidly changing global landscape.

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  • In Commemoration of Herman Rosse

    April 30, 2015

    We would like to honor the talented and multi-faceted artist Herman Rosse (1887-1965) with a brief summary of his artistic career since this year it is fifty years ago that he passed away. Herman Rosse was especially assigned by the Board of the Carnegie Foundation as a specialist of the design of the interior of the Peace Palace. In close cooperation with the Dutch executive architect of the Peace Palace, J.A.G. van de Steur, Herman Rosse invented merely the whole decoration scheme of the building. Rosse adorned almost all the ceilings, vaults and windows of the important rooms of the building with wonderful decorations, geometrical shapes and symbols of peace and justice.

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  • Hague Academy External Programme

    April 29, 2015

    External Programme Hague Academy of International Law, 41st Session – Montevideo (Uruguay), 30 October – 6 November 2015, Theme of the session: Water Resources and International Law. All lectures will be delivered in English or Spanish.
    New Publication: Recueil des cours, Collected Courses, Tome/Volume 370

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  • Exhibition ‘The Hague and the Atlantic Wall: War in the City of Peace’

    April 28, 2015

    At the new exhibition in the Museon the visitor becomes acquainted with the history of the construction of the Atlantikwall in The Hague. The exhibition also links the importance of current issues in the area of freedom, democracy and the rule of law to its narrative by amply illuminating the new position of The Hague as the international city of Peace and Justice.
    Exhibition 'The Hague and the Atlantic Wall: War in the City of Peace'

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