Reading room

Reading Room

If you want to do research on topics on international law, the library is here for you. Visit our state of the art reading room and enjoy our facilities and services. The Library’s reading room is situated in the new wing of the Peace Palace and is open on weekdays.  

Opening hours

The Peace Palace Library reading room is open when the library is open, i.e. on Mondays from 1-5 PM, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10-5PM. The library is closed during the weekend. Visitors need a valid ID.

Virtual Library Tour

virtualtour_06We are  proud to present a virtual tour of our Library, the ‘next best experience’ in addition to a visit to our physical building. This comprehensive virtual tour allows you to take a virtual, self-guided, room-by-room tour through our Library by using a desktop computer or a mobile device. Information about the reading room and the inventory is included in the tour.

Reading room map

In the Reading Room, you will find the handbooks and principal publications on various research topics. You can also find reference works, encyclopedias and dictionaries. All the other publications are located in the stacks, which are not accessible to the public. To make it easier for you to find books in our new reading room, you can use our Reading room map (pdf’) »

New titles in Reading room


READ TRA 030 737 The WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights : a commentary / J. Malbon, C. Lawson and M. Davison. - Cheltenham, UK : Northampton, MA, USA : Edward Elgar, [2014]. - LV, 875 pages. ; 25 cm. - (Elgar commentaries)
READ TRA 030 406 The foundations of international investment law : bringing theory into practice / edited by Zachary Douglas, Joost Pauwelyn, and Jorge E. Viñuales. - First edition. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2014. - XLIII, 541 pagina's. ; 24 cm
International law of the sea : current trends and controversial issues / Angela Del Vecchio (ed.). - The Hague : Eleven International Publishing, [2014]. - VII, 434 pagina's. : illustraties. ; 25 cm
READ PUB 001 063 International law / edited by Malcolm D. Evans. - Fourth edition. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2014. - LXIV, 873 pages. ; 25 cm
READ PUB 001 063 A Short History of International Law / Stephen C. Neff. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 3-28
READ PUB 001 063 What is International Law for? / Martti Koskenniemi. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 29-52
READ PUB 001 063 A View of Delft: some Thoughts about Thinking about International Law / Iain Scobbie. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 53-88
READ PUB 001 063 The Sources of International Law / Hugh Thirlway. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 91-117
READ PUB 001 063 Soft-law in International Law-making / Alan Boyle. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 118-136
READ PUB 001 063 International Law and "Relative Normativity" / Dinah Shelton. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 137-165
READ PUB 001 063 The Practical Working of the Law of Treaties / Malgosia Fitzmaurice. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 166-197
READ PUB 001 063 Statehood, Self-determination, and Recognition / Matthew Craven. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 201-247
READ PUB 001 063 International Organizations / Dapo Akande. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 248-279
READ PUB 001 063 The Individual and the International Legal System / Robert McCorquodale. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 280-305
READ PUB 001 063 Jurisdiction / Christopher Staker. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 309-335
READ PUB 001 063 International Law and Restraints on the Execise of Jurisdiction by National Courts of States / Hazel Fox. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 336-378
READ PUB 001 063 Immunities Enjoyed by Officials of States and International Organizations / Chanaka Wickremasinghe. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 379-411
READ PUB 001 063 The Relationship between International and National Law / Eileen Denza. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 412-440
READ PUB 001 063 The Character and Forms of International Responsibility / James Crawford and Simon Olleson. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 443-476
READ PUB 001 063 Issues of Admissibility and the Law on International Responsibility / Phoebe Okowa. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 477-508
READ PUB 001 063 The Responsibility to Protect / Spencer Zifcak. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 509-533
READ PUB 001 063 Countermeasures and Sanctions / Nigel D. White and Ademola Abass. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 537-562
READ PUB 001 063 The Means of Dispute Settlement / John Merrills. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 563-588
READ PUB 001 063 The International Court of Justice / Hugh Thirlway. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 589-617
READ PUB 001 063 The Use of Force and the International Legal Order / Christine Gray. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 618-648
READ PUB 001 063 The Law of the Sea / Malcolm D. Evans. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 651-687
READ PUB 001 063 International Environmental Law / Catherine Redgwell. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 688-726
READ PUB 001 063 International Investment Law / Surya P. Subedi. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 727-751
READ PUB 001 063 International Criminal Law / Robert Cryer. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 752-782
READ PUB 001 063 International Human Rights Law / Sir Nigel Rodley. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 783-820
READ PUB 001 063 The Law of Armed Conflict (International Humanitarian Law) / David Turns. - Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press. - Page 821-853
READ ENV 066 202 Introduction to international environmental law / Timo Koivurova. - Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2014. - XXI, 213 pages. : illustrations. ; 24 cm
READ DIS 072 916 A guide to the PCA arbitration rules / Brooks Daly, Evgeniya Goriatcheva, Hugh A. Meighen. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. - XXVI, 262 pages. : photo. ; 26 cm
READ DIS 072 635 The International Court of Justice and the judicial function / Gleider I. Hernández. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. - XXV, 330 pages. ; 24 cm
Future perspectives on international criminal justice / Carsten Stahn & Larissa van den Herik, ed. - The Hague : T.M.C. Asser Press, cop. 2010. - XXII, 693 p. ; 25 cm

Facilities and services

Service desk

In the reading room you will find the Library’s service desk. A staff member of the Library will be always there to assist you. This is also the place to become a member of the Library, and to return and collect your books and publications.

International newspapers

In a corner of the reading room, you will find the ‘lounge.’ On the coffee table in the lounge we will deposit, every day the Library is open, the latest edition of some of the most prominent newspapers in Europe. We have paper subscriptions to Le Monde, Die Zeit, the Guardian and the weekly Economist. All our visitors are free to read these newspapers in the lounge, during opening hours of the Library. We kindly ask you to leave the newspapers inside the lounge.

Librarians choice

Our library is updated with about 600 new titles (books, journals and journal articles) every week. You can find a selection of these publications in the shelves opposite to the Service desk.

Make photocopies

To the right of the elevator, with the service desk at your left hand side, there is a photocopying room with several copiers for your use. Go to the service desk to buy a photocopying card:

  • €2 for 20 photocopies,
  • €5 for 50,
  • €10 for 120, and
  • €20 for 250 photocopies.

You can pay in cash or with pin-card. Handle your photocopying cards with care as crumpled or damaged cards will not be accepted by the machines.

Printing

To print a document from a computer inside the Reading Room:

  • Send the order to printer ‘OCE8465’ (this is the standard setting on all desktops in the reading room).
  • Write down the number of the computer you are working on. You can find the number on the sticker in the left corner of the monitor (LZ01, LZ02, etc)
  • Go to the copy room. Inside the copy room, you will find the printer directly on your right.
  • Insert your copy/printing card in the small card reader.
  • Fill in your PC number on the screen.
  • Select and print the document. You can only print one print-job at a time.
  • Print jobs will be stored for 30 minutes.

Wireless

It is very easy to connect to the library network; we have a socket for your laptop at every desk in the reading room. Also, you can join our wireless network. Ask the service desk for the access key. If you don’t know how to connect to our network, please view our instructions. To connect to our network; Windows users click here, and Mac users click here. If you want to use a UTP cable but forgot yours, ask our service desk. We have spare cables to use inside the reading room.

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