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

  • Grotius collection

    • Mare liberum
      Mare liberum

      Mare Liberum

    • DeIureBelliAcPacis_1st_state
      DeIureBelliAcPacis_1st_state

      De iure belli ac pacis libri tres (1st state) / Hugo Grotius, 1625

    • De iure belli ac pacis (3rd state)
      De iure belli ac pacis (3rd state)

      De ivre belli ac pacis libri tres (3rd state) / Hugo Grotius, 1625

    The Peace Palace Library in The Hague holds one of the greatest collections in the world of the works of Hugo Grotius. More about this collection »
  • Peace movement

    • Who bought the Bomb?, New York, American Boycott Against Agressor Nations, ca. 1938.
      Who bought the Bomb?, New York, American Boycott Against Agressor Nations, ca. 1938.

      Who bought the Bomb?, New York, American Boycott Against Agressor Nations, ca. 1938.

    • Plüschow, G., De avonturen van den vliegenier van Tsingtau, Amsterdam, W. ten Have, 1917.
      Plüschow, G., De avonturen van den vliegenier van Tsingtau, Amsterdam, W. ten Have, 1917.

      Plüschow, G., De avonturen van den vliegenier van Tsingtau, Amsterdam, W. ten Have, 1917.

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

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

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