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Research guide Law of the Sea

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego Bay, 10 December 1982), UNCLOS, is intended to govern the use of oceans for fishing, shipping, exploration, navigating and mining. The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is the most comprehensive treaty in public international law and covers a range of Law of the Sea topics, such as delimitation of maritime boundaries, maritime zones, marine environment protection, marine scientific research, piracy and many more.

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Library blog Book Donations The Netherlands Red Cross

This month, The Netherlands Red Cross, has generously donated many books to help us expand our International Humanitarian Law collection. The Peace Palace Library would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to the staff members of the International Humanitarian Law Section of the Red Cross who made this possible.

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News and events Message for library users

Due to several events at the Peace Palace, extra security measures and procedures are in place. We thank you for your understanding. The Peace Palace Library Staff.

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Olympic Games

From 9 February 2018 to 25 February 2018, the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang (Korea). The Olympic Games are the world’s most important international athletic competition. The Olympics bring together thousands of the finest athletes to compete against one another in a variety of individual and team sports. 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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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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Peace Palace Library showcase

  • 518 G 30

  • Gat, A., The Causes of War & the Spread of Peace: But Will War Rebound?, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017.

  • Cottrell, M.P., League of Nations: Enduring Legacies of the First Experiment at World Organization, London; New York, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.

  • 523 F 23

  • S 2644 d.55

  • S 2635 d.10

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.