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Research guide International Commercial Law

International Commercial Law - Research Guide International Law

International commercial law is a body of applicable rules, principles and customary practices that govern cross-border commercial activities and transactions of private parties. As such, international commercial law is part of private international law, while its international trade law counterpart, governing the trade relations between States, is part of international economic law. In these fields of law there is a strong tendency for harmonization and unification, for example in UNCITRAL Model laws.

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Library blog Brexit and European Democracy

Guest blog by Jaap Hoeksma.

On the face of it, it appears to be a mere coincidence that the Conference about the Future of Europe is to start shortly after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. The decision to convene a conference was taken in reaction to the nomination by the European Council of a candidate for the post of President of the European Commission, who had not participated in the May 2019 elections for the European Parliament. This intergovernmental disregard for the democratic procedures practised by the EP caused such an outcry with the citizens of the Union that the Conference will be tasked to ‘give a new impetus to European democracy’.

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News and events Book Donation: Application of Foreign Law

During the Private Law Course of The Hague Academy, mr. Can Yöney, a Turkish researcher and teaching assistant at Marmara University, donated his book the ‘Application of Foreign Law’ (Yabancı Hukukun Uygulanması) to the Peace Palace Library.

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Tsar Nicholas II: Peace and International Jurisdiction

The initiative of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia to organize an international peace conference at the dawn of the 20th century came at exactly the right moment. During the First Hague Peace Conference of 1899, 26 countries came together to speak about disarmament and about the possibility of international jurisdiction, which led to the establishment of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. In 1907 a second peace conference was organized in The Hague. Find out more about the Tsar’s initiative and his relationship with the Peace Palace.

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South China Sea Territorial Disputes

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve both island and maritime claims among several sovereign states within the region, namely Brunei, the People’s Republic of China, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. A significant aspect of the territorial dispute in the South China Sea concerns China’s construction of (artificial) islands. The disputes in the South China focus on the question whether the (land reclamations on the) reefs in the South China Sea are islands or rocks or Low Tide Elevations.

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Peace Palace Library showcase

  • 526 B 31

  • READ HUM 060 507

  • 531 C 11

  • 536 C 23

  • 530 F 23

  • 529 G 16

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.