Library lectures

Library Lectures

The Peace Palace Library Lecture Series is a lecture series on issues of general international law. Each year, approximately four lectures will be organized. All lectures are held in the Peace Palace Library, either in the Historic Reading Room or in the Academy Auditorium.

The Peace Palace Library Lecture Series are open to everyone. They are especially interesting for researchers and students, as well as diplomats, international civil servants, journalists and other professionals working in the field of public international law.


Upcoming lecture

Reaper drops first precision-guided bomb, protects ground forcesPeace and Security Salon: Drones and Robots as Means of Modern Warfare, April 9, 2015.

The Peace Palace Library has the pleasure to invite you for the first Peace and Security Salon on modern warfare on Thursday April 9, 2015. A new lecture series on Peace and Security issues of the Peace Palace Library. The Salon will discuss the current and likely future of drones and robots and the implications of such systems. The focus will be on the legal, military and operational and ethical challenges these new technologies pose in relation to modern warfare. Read more.


Previous lectures

Judge Kenneth KeithUPEACE/Peace Palace Library Lecture: Judge Kenneth Keith and PCA Legal Counsel Judith Levine on International Water Disputes, January 28, 2015

On Wednesday January 28, 2015, the fourth of a series of lectures on Peacebuilding in Progress was held at the Academy Building of the Peace Palace, The Hague. The lectures on Peacebuilding were organised by the UPEACE Centre The Hague and the Peace Palace Library. Sir Kenneth Keith, judge at the International Court of Justice, held a speech about international water disputes and specifically the roles of international courts and arbitral tribunals in resolving them. A second speech was delivered by Ms. Judith Levine, senior legal counsel of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. She gave a short introduction about the work of the PCA and proceeded by discussing three recent PCA cases concerned with the settlement of international water disputes. Read more.

Documentary Film ‘Justice for Sale’ on Criminal Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), June 26, 2012

On June 26 2012, The Peace Palace Library held a screening of the award-winning Documentary Film Justice For Sale about the criminal justice system in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by Dutch Documentary filmmakers Ilse & Femke van Velzen . The documentary was introduced by Dr. Janine Ubink, an expert on African legal issues from the Van Vollenhoven Institute of Leiden University. After the screening finished, the Question & Answer took place and audience members interacted with Ilse & Femke van Velzen. The Lecture was attended by over 85 people. The Documentary provoked many reactions from audience members. Some sent us their thoughts and opinions. Watch video and read more.

50 Years since the Eichmann Trial-Memories, March 26, 2012

The Peace Palace Library together with the Embassy of Israel have the pleasure to organize the “50 Years since the Eichmann trial-Memories” lecture by Judge Gabriel Bach. Judge Bach was a member of the Eichmann prosecution team, and was the only member of the team to interview him. Later on in his career, he was also involved in the Demjanjuk trial. Opening remarks by H.E. Judge Theodor Meron, President of The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunal. Read more.

Piracy in Somalia, January 10, 2012

The meeting’s central theme was the international community’s efforts in combating and prosecuting pirates. Commodore Michiel Hijmans discussed  the operational aspects of military operations to combat piracy, focusing on NATO’s counter-piracy operations. Marten Zwanenburg discussed the legal aspects of such operations. Henny Baan discussed the prosecution of the arrested pirates. When prosecuting Somali pirates in the Netherlands, the Dutch criminal system is confronted with various novel questions of both domestic and international criminal law. Watch video and read more.

Abyei Arbitration between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, November 30, 2012

On the 22nd of July, 2009, an Award on the delimitation of the Abyei Area was rendered, thereby settling a dispute between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army. The PCA acted as registry and provided administrative support. The rendering of the Award was meant to facilitate the organization of a referendum about the future of the area, where various oil fields are located. On the 9th of July 2011, South Sudan declared its independence, making the outcome of the referendum even more important. However, the referendum was postponed and despite the rendering of the award, the Abyei Area continues to be contested between the Republics of Sudan and South Sudan. Watch video and read more.

The ‘Eichmann’ Case, October 11, 2011

In 1961, Adolf Eichmann (1906-1962), a former SS-Obersturmbannführer, was accused, before a court in Jerusalem, of helping Hitler in his plan to exterminate the Jews in the Second World War. He was found guilty on all charges and subsequently hanged in a prison near Tel Aviv in June 1962. The trial was omnipresent in Israeli and global politics, media and academic discussions. Watch video’s and read more.

The Legacy of Prof. B.V.A. Röling, June 22, 2011

After the successful organization of the first Peace Palace Library Lecture, a second lecture was organized inside the historic reading room of the Peace Palace on 22 June 2011, between 17.30 and 19.30. Professor Nico Schrijver, Professor of Public International Law at Leiden University, spoke about the international legacy of one of the most prominent international lawyers in The Netherlands after 1945, B.V.A. Röling (1906-1985). Read more.

The ‘Van Anraat’ Case, May 23, 2011

The first Peace Palace Library Lecture took place in the seminar room of the Peace Palace. Simon Minks, Public Prosecutor to the Court of Appeal in The Hague, and Roel van Rossum, coordinating Vice-President at the District Court The Hague, discussed the Van Anraat Case, and the challenges Dutch courts face when dealing with complex issues of international criminal law. The lecture was organized in close cooperation with the JASON Institute.

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