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Research guide United Nations

United Nations | Research Guide International Law

The United Nations is an international organization, founded in 1945. It was established to promote a set of global values: peace and security, self-determination of peoples, social progress and development, and human dignity. It was set up to serve as a centre for harmonizing the actions of its Member States in the promotion of these values. The Organization currently has 192 Member States. It acts mainly through its six principal organs.

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Library blog Robots and Rights

Recently, an intelligent and human looking robot named Sophia made global headlines when Saudi Arabia granted the humanoid robot Saudi citizenship. According to the headlines, Saudi Arabia became the first country to grant a robot citizenship. The news caused quite a stir – the female looking robot was not wearing a hijab, she was not accompanied by a male guardian and the robot was awarded citizenship, which made it look like a humanoid intelligent robot was given more rights than women and migrants living in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is known for its restrictive policy concerning women’s rights and Saudi women have only recenly been given the right to drive a car. Perhaps it is a bit premature to give an AI humanoid robots like Sophia citizenship rights. Was it a publicity stunt? Yes.

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News and events Vacature

Voor de Bibliotheek van het Vredespaleis zoekt de Carnegie-Stichting per direct een

Juridisch-Wetenschappelijk Bibliotheekmedewerker (36 uur, tijdelijk/tot einde 2018)

De Carnegie-Stichting is de eigenaar van het Vredespaleis in Den Haag, het icoon van Vrede door Recht(spraak). In het Vredespaleis zijn het Internationaal Gerechtshof van de Verenigde Naties en het Permanent Hof van Arbitrage gevestigd, alsmede de Haagse Academie voor Internationaal Recht.

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A World Free of Nuclear Weapons

With it’s recent decision to honour the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Nobel Committee has sent a powerful message of concern that should be attached to nuclear weapons. It comes at a moment when North Korea is actively developing its nuclear programme, the fate of the Iran nuclear deal is in the balance, and the United States and Russia are both seeking to modernise their nuclear forces. ICAN campaigned for the drafting of an entirely new disarmament agreement – the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – that was opened for signature at the United Nations in July this year. We have created a Library special on nuclear disarmament in order to provide you easy access to our collection.

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Balfour Declaration, 1917

The Balfour Declaration of 1917 had many long-lasting consequences. It greatly increased popular support for Zionism, and led to the creation of Mandatory Palestine, which later became Israel and the Palestinian territories. As a result it is considered to have caused the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, often described as the world’s most intractable conflict. We have created a Library special on this topic in order to provide you easy access to our collection.

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Peace Palace Library showcase

  • Ahmed, M., The Nature and Enforcement of Choice of Court Agreements : A Comparative Study, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2017.
    Ahmed, M., The Nature and Enforcement of Choice of Court Agreements : A Comparative Study, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2017.

    Ahmed, M.,The Nature and Enforcement of Choice of Court Agreements: A Comparative Study, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2017 / Ahmed, M., 2017

  • 517 C 26

  • 518 G 39

  • S 2539 d.9

  • S 2422 d.39

  • 522 F 36

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.