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Research guide International Relations

International Relations - Research Guide International Law

International relations can be defined as political activities and other kinds and aspects of interactions among two or more States. The academic field of international relations is a branch of political science that is concerned with the study of relations between states, the foreign policy of nation-States, and the mechanisms and institutions, such as international organizations, inter-governmental organizations, international and national non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations, through which States interact.

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Library blog The case BVerfG v EUCoJ

Guest blog by Jaap Hoeksma.

The clash between the BundesVerfassungsGericht (BVerfG) and the European Court of Justice (EUCoJ), which erupted at the height of the corona crisis in the first week of May 2020, may be interpreted as a collision between two visions on the principles and functioning of international law.

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Coronavirus update!

The Peace Palace Library is closed to the public until further notice due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and national government measures.

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The Nuremberg Trials Legacy

Picture: the archives of the International Military Tribunal on their way to the International Court of Justice, arriving at the Peace Palace, 14 March 1950.

The Nuremberg Trials mark an important moment in the history of international law. Individual war criminals, prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of Nazi-Germany, were held responsible and indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity and brought to justice before an international tribunal. The Nuremberg Trials provided a legal framework on which thereafter prosecution of international crimes was built and thus laid the foundation for international criminal law to emerge as a modern discipline.

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Scheldt River: Controversy, Cooperation, International Law

Scheldt River: Controversy, Cooperation, International Law | Library Special

The Scheldt is a transboundary river which originates in France and runs through Belgium and The Netherlands. The Scheldt Estuary is shared between Belgium and the Netherlands. The Dutch section of the estuary is called the Western Scheldt, and is of vital importance as navigation channel to the port of Antwerp. Since the separation of Belgium from the Netherlands in 1839, the free navigation of the Scheldt and the maintenance and improvement of the navigation channel have been a bone of contention and legal controversy.

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Peace Palace Library showcase

  • Thirlway, H., The Sources of International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019.

  • 536 C 1

  • 536 C 23

  • Boelens, R., T. Perreault and J. Vos (eds.), Water Justice, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 2018.

  • 534 C 27

  • 533 A 10

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.