On May 25th, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union’s new privacy law, will come into effect throughout the EU. One of the major areas of change, is that companies will need the customer's consent for having their personal data and sending emails about newsletters and marketing products. Article 4 (11) of the regulation requires that consent should be “freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous”.

GDPR consent
For consent to be valid under GDPR, a customer must actively confirm their consent, such as ticking an unchecked opt-in box. Email consent must be freely given and email consent needs to be separate from terms and conditions, privacy notices, or any other services. Further on the GDPR not only sets the rules for how to collect consent, but also requires companies to keep a record of these consents.

Peace Palace Library Services
The Peace Palace Library's goal is sharing legal knowledge with our library subscribers and relations through newsletters, new title alerts, research guides, library specials and blogs.

1. Newsletter
The library publishes a newsletter (e-only) on a regular basis. In this newsletter, we can inform you about several events and lectures, the newest publications, databases, research guides and library specials. We encourage all users to subscride on our newsletter.

2. New titles alerts
If you subscribe to alerts via our alert service, we will notify you on the new acquisitions on topics of your interest. These new titles can be books, book chapters, journals and journal articles, either in print or electronic.

3. Research guides
The Peace Palace Library Staff has prepared a collection of Peace Palace Library Research guides. These Research guides introduce the researcher to the main topics of international law, both public and private. Besides providing a brief introduction, the guides also suggest certain books, articles, databases and other materials considered indispensable. All these materials are available in the Peace Palace Library. The topics of the Research guides reflect our collection profile. The Research guides are designed for students, scholars and others interested in international public and private law, municipal and comparative law, international relations, diplomacy, war and peace. The guides are a flexible tool embedded in a network of thematic guides, to keep researchers up to date with the latest developments in their research field. A short description of the subject is followed by links to the Peace Palace Library catalogue, online resources, websites and other resources.

4. Library specials
These specials are posts on our website concerning specific topics or actual events. The specials are created for you to provide you easy access to our collection about the specific topics. All these Library specials on specific topics provide you easy access to our collection: a selective bibliography, newsletters, books, articles and online resources. Explore them!

5. Events and lectures
The Peace Palace Library and the Carnegie Foundation has organized several events and lectures on issues of general international law. The Peace Palace Library lectures are open to everyone. They are especially interesting for researchers and students, as well as diplomats, international civil servants, journalists and other professionals working in the field of public international law.  For lectures and events in the future, we can inform you via our newsletter and library posts.

6. Blogs
The blogs are mostly written by the librarians of the Peace Palace Library. All blogs are about latest issues and subjects on International Law. Every blog contains links and references to the collection of the Peace Palace Library.

May we keep informing you?
The Peace Palace Library like to be in accordance with the GDPR. We are keen to continue informing you and inviting you to our lectures and events in the future, but require your permission to do so. You will receive an email for your consent. Without your permission the Peace Palace Library will not be able to send you any emails with latest news, events of lectures. So if you like us to continue informing you about our services, new titles, our latest news, lectures and events, please give us your consent!

The Peace Palace Library Staff


For more information about the GDPR, please consult the website of the Dutch Data Protection Authority.

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