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 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.

Latest Lecture:


Documentary Film ‘Justice for Sale ‘ on criminal Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

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.


Previous lectures

Lectures 2012:

Sixth lecture: 50 Years since the Eichmann trial-Memories

New Peace Palace Library lecture on Monday 26.3.12, at 18.00, in the Library & Academy Building of the The Peace Palace.
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


Fifth lecture about piracy in Somalia

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 about this lecture »

Lectures 2011

Fourth lecture about the Abyei Arbitration between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement

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 about this lecture »

Third lecture about the Eichmann case

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 about this lecture »

Second lecture about Prof. B.V.A. Röling

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). More about this lecture »

First lecture about van Anraat

The first Peace Palace Library Lecture took place on the 23rd  of May 2011, inside 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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