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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 Free Access due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

Due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, legal publishers are providing additional free access to the legal community. These resources will be on free access for a certain period of time to support education and research. We will keep you posted should these be extended or shut down. This does not affect the existing digital reference […]

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Our website will be unavailable from 11:00 – 13:00 on Friday April 10th, 2020.

This period of downtime will be scheduled for necessary updates to be applied to the Library network servers. We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause you. Kind regards, Peace Palace Library Staff.

Coronavirus update!

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

Our online services remain unchanged.

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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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World War II

World War II was the global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving two opposing military alliances, the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history. In a state of “total war,” the participants placed their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities at the service of the war effort. Marked by significant events involving the mass death of civilians, including the Holocaust and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare, it was the deadliest conflict in human history.

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Peace Palace Library showcase

  • 530 F 23

  • 533 A 10

  • Gozzi, G., Rights and Civilizations: A History and Philosophy of International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019.

  • Kristensen, K.S. and J. Rahbek-Clemmensen, Greenland and the International Politics of a Changing Arctic: Postcolonial Paradiplomacy between High and Low Politics, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY, Routledge, 2018.

  • 529 G 16

  • Idris, M., War for Peace: Genealogies of a Violent Ideal in Western and Islamic Thought, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2019.

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.