This month, The Netherlands Red Cross, has generously donated many books to help us expand our International Humanitarian Law collection. The Peace Palace Library would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to the staff members of the International Humanitarian Law Section of the Red Cross who made this possible.
The Netherlands Red Cross Society was founded in 1867. It is a member of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies which is the mother organization. The Netherlands sends hundreds of soldiers to conflict areas every year. The Dutch politicians also decides on, for example, the purchase of new weapons or participation in peace missions. They must have knowledge of the laws of war. The Netherlands Red Cross therefore provides information about humanitarian law of war to soldiers, students, politicians and journalists. Because knowledge of the rules can prevent violations. This applies in times of war, but also now.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a global humanitarian network of 80 million people that helps those facing disaster, conflict and health and social problems. It consists of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the 191 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols, its Statutes – and those of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – and the resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.
War and Law on the ICRC Website
Services and Resources
A selection of relevant publications from the Peace Palace Library collection
- Liivoja, R., and McCormack, T. (eds.), Routledge handbook of the law of armed conflict, London, Routledge, 2016.
- Dinstein, Y., The conduct of hostilities under the law of international armed conflict, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- Clapham, A., and Gaeta, P., and Sassoli, M. (eds.), The 1949 Geneva Conventions: a Commentary, Oxford, United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, 2015.
- ICRC, Handbook on International Rules governing Military Operations, Geneva, International Committee of the Red Cross, 2013.
- Blank, L.R., and G.P. Noone, International Law and Armed Conflict: Fundamental Principles and Contemporary Challenges in the Law of War, New York, NY, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2013.
- Bothe, M. (et al.), New rules for Victims of Armed Conflicts: Commentary on the Two 1977 Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 (2nd ed.), Leiden, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013.
- Carey, J. (et al.) (eds.), International Humanitarian Law, Ardsley, NY, Transnational, 2003-2006.
- Clapham, A., and P. Gaeta (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Crawford, E., and Pert, A., International Humanitarian Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- Crowe, J., and K. Weston-Scheuber, Principles of International Humanitarian Law, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2013.
- David, E., Principes de droit des conflits armés (5th ed.), Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2012.
- Dinstein, Y., Non-International Armed Conflicts in International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- Fleck, D. (ed.), The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law (3rd ed.) Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Henckaerts, J.-M. and L. Doswald-Beck (eds.), Customary International Humanitarian Law (2 vols), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
- Kalshoven, F. and L. Zegveld , Constraints on the Waging of War: An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (4th ed.), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
- Kolb, R., Advanced Introduction to International Humanitarian Law, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2015.
- Rogers, A.P.V., Law on the Battlefield (3rd ed.), Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2012.
- Thürer, D., International Humanitarian Law: Theory, Practice, Context, The Hague, Hague Academy of International Law, 2011.
- White, N. D., Advanced Introduction to International Conflict and Security Law, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2014.
- Wilmshurst, E. (ed.), International Law and the Classification of Conflicts, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.