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Research guide International Humanitarian Law

International Humanitarian Law - Research Guide International Law

International humanitarian law, also known as the laws of war or law of armed conflict is the part of public international law that regulates international and non-international armed conflict. International Humanitarian Law consists of the rules applicable during the conflict. These rules also apply to a situation of occupation arising from armed conflict. The International Humanitarian Law rules can be found in both treaties and international customary law.

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Library blog A Historic Moment for International Criminal Justice: ICC Jurisdiction Activated over the Crime of Aggression

A historic decision has been taken to activate the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the Crime of Aggression, at the Sixteenth meeting of Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Statute of the ICC  in New York. The ASP adopted a resolution that adds the crime of aggression to the crimes of genocide, […]

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News and events December Closing Days

The Library will be closed from the 25th until the 29th of December and on the 1st of January. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

With regards, the Peace Palace Library Staff
Library closed after 14.00h

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The Martens Clause

Friedrich Fromhold Martens was a diplomat and jurist in service of the Russian Empire who made important contributions to the science of international law. He represented Russia at the Hague Peace Conference of 1899, during which he drafted the so-called The Martens Clause, and helped to settle the first cases of international arbitration. We have created a Library special on this topic in order to provide you easy access to our collection.

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Women’s Rights and Gender Equality


Women’s rights are the fundamental human rights that were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet nearly 70 years ago. These rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage. Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured.

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Peace Palace Library showcase

  • 523 F 13

  • Schroer-Hippel, Gewaltfreie Männlichkeitsideale: psychologische Perspektiven auf zivilgesellschaftliche Friedensarbeit, Wiesbaden, Springer, 2017.

  • 518 G 39

  • Grieco, J., et al., Introduction to International Relations : Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives, London, Palgrave, 2015
    Grieco, J., et al., Introduction to International Relations : Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives, London, Palgrave, 2015

    Grieco, J. (et al.), Introduction to International Relations: Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives, London, Palgrave, 2015

  • Macalister-Smith, P. and J. Schwietzke, Diplomatic Conferences and Congresses: A Bibliographical Compendium of State Practice 1642 to 1919, Graz-Feldkirch, Wolfgang Neugebauer, 2017.

  • 517 C 26

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.