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Research guide European Union

In 2012, the European Union (EU) received the Nobel Peace Prize for its decades-long contribution to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. When the first steps towards supranational cooperation were made in the aftermath of World War II, primarily targeted at preventing the rearmament of Germany, the Founding Fathers of the European integration could never have imagined this outcome in their wildest dreams.

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Library blog HELF Lecture: ‘Landmark US Federal Climate Lawsuit – From a Legal and Socio-Political Perspective’

HELF Lecture – ‘Landmark US Federal Climate Lawsuit – From a Legal and Socio-Political Perspective’

On Tuesday May 16th, 2017, the third Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF) Lecture brought attention to a pending case between American Youth Groups and the Federal Government of the United States of America. The complaint of the American Youth Groups, age 9 to 20, asserts that through the US Governments’ affirmative actions in causing climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources. Last November, a US Court issued a historic ruling denying the US Government and fossil fuel industry’s motions to dismiss the constitutional climate change lawsuit. This means the Youth Groups have legal standing in this case because their rights are at stake. The case is now headed to trial.

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News and events Library Closing Days

Dear Library users, the Peace Palace Library will be closed on the following days: 14 April 2017 Good Friday, 17 April 2017 Easter Monday, 27 April 2017 Koningsdag, 5 May 2017 Liberation Day, 25 May 2017 Ascension and 5 June 2017 Pentecost Monday. Happy holidays! With regards, the Peace Palace Staff.
Library Closing Days

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South China Sea Territorial Disputes

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade passes every year. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims. In addition to substantial natural resources, the South China Sea is of paramount strategic significance to the Asian security paradigm and to global stability. We have created a Library Special on this topic in order to provide you easy access to our collection: a selective bibliography, newsletters, books, articles and online resources.

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Brexit

The British newspaper The Guardian calls the referendum on June 23 the ‘biggest political decision of the century’. British voters should answer the question: ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’ We have created a Library Special on this topic in order to provide you easy access to our collection: a selective bibliography, newsitems, books, articles and online resources.

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Peace Palace Library showcase

  • 521 B 41

  • 516 G 33

  • Strand, M., The passing-on problem in EU law damages and restitution, Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA ; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017.

  • 523 F 32

  • 522 F 36

  • 519 G 20

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.