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Research guide International Criminal Law

International criminal law is the part of public international law that deals with the criminal responsibility of individuals for international crimes. A distinction can be made between international crimes which are based on international customary law and therefore apply universally and crimes resulting from specific treaties which criminalize certain conduct and require the contracting states to implement legislation for the criminal prosecution of this conduct in their domestic legal system.

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Library blog Categorizing the EU as a New Subject of International Law

Guest blogger Jaap Hoeksma provides ample evidence for the conclusion that the EU has established itself at the global level as a ‘democratic regional organisation’. The suggestions, put forward in this blog, are based on his book ‘The EU: A Democratic Union of Democratic States’, to be published at the start of the Conference on the Future of Europe by Wolf Legal Publishers.

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News and events Library Closed until Further Notice

The Library will be closed until further notice due to the extended national lockdown in the Netherlands.

All online resources will be available during confinement and our programs will run without interruption, with the exception of our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services.

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Stay healthy, stay safe, the PPL Staff

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Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914)

Bertha von Suttner was a 19th century author, peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate from Austria. Her most famous work, the anti-war novel titled ‘Die Waffen Nieder’, became an international bestseller. Upon the success of her novel, Von Suttner quickly rose to prominence within the international peace movement that was gaining ground in Europe and in the United States of America. She also played a significant role in helping the Peace Palace come in to existence.

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Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)

Andrew Carnegie’s quest for peace led to the founding of a wide range of funds and trusts. Shortly after the 1899 Hague Peace Conference had ended, William T. Stead, a British journalist and pacifist, and Andrew D. White, an American diplomat, convinced the Scottish-born American steel magnate and philanthropist to finance the ‘Temple for Peace’ that was to become the Peace Palace in The Hague. We have created this Research guide on Andrew Carnegie in order to provide you easy access to our collection.

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Peace Palace Library showcase

  • 530 F 23

  • 526 B 31

  • 531 C 11

  • 536 C 23

  • 529 G 16

  • 533 A 10

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.