After the successful organization of the first Peace Palace Library Lecture, the Peace Palace Library now cordially invites everyone to attend the Second Peace Palace Library Lecture, which will take place inside the historic reading room of the Peace Palace on the 22 of June 2011, between 17.30 and 19.30. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Professor Nico Schrijver, currently Professor of Public International Law at Leiden University, will talk about the international legacy of one of the most prominent international lawyers in The Netherlands after 1945, B.V.A. Röling (1906-1985). Nico Schrijver completed his LLM in Dutch and International Law at the University of Groningen under the supervision of Professor Röling and served for a number of years as his assistant. Röling’s appointment as a judge to the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal prompted Röling to take up issues of international criminal law and general international law. He subsequently became one of the founding fathers of the new international discipline of peace research. He often took points of view which today would be regarded as firmly rooted in contemporary international law and conventional wisdom, but were certainly not so at the time.

The Peace Palace Library Lecture Series consists of approximately four lectures a year about issues of international public law. Each lecture will start with a small reception in the library’s new reading room, followed by the lecture in the historical reading room. The Lecture Series are open to everyone and are especially interesting for researchers and students, as well as diplomats, international civil servants, journalists and other professionals working in the field of international public law.

Please register in advance by sending an email to Otto Spijkers, at

Detailed information in this PDF file.

We hope to see you on the 22nd of June 2011!

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