As of writing these last editorial notes of the year, the Netherlands has entered the second week of the third national lockdown. 2020 has been a year unlike any other the world has ever experienced in modern times. The Library and Carnegie Foundation have been impacted heavily by the global pandemic, but throughout the many challenges we faced, the Library managed to persevere and come out stronger than before. We are confident that we will make it through the current lockdown as well.
This December, we worked hard on the preparations for the upcoming Winter Edition of The Hague Academy. The Library has been setting up the electronic learning environment on the Academy’s website where we uploaded the materials for each participating professor.
During the Winter Session, the Law Librarians will be available during office hours to provide support and assistance to the attendees of the Academy. We are working on setting up a Live Chat Service for the students to instant message us. Of course, the students are most welcome to send us their questions via the email.
Recently, we have also completed another important activity for the Academy’s Center of Studies, namely a bibliography on International Law and Global Pandemics. Read all about this current topic in this Library Newsletter.
And there is even more interesting news related to the Academy!
This month, we are honored to have Professor Pietro Franzina recommend the second International Law Must Read of 2020. Pietro Franzina is a professor of Private International Law & the Law of International Arbitration at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy. Professor Franzina will be teaching a special course on 'Private International Law and Time' during the Academy 2021 Summer Courses. Make sure to check out which fascinating book he recommends you to read!
Since we want to end 2020 with positive stories only, we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to a young peace activist from Georgia, named Salome Adamia. In 2019, Ms. Adamia was inspired to create the first international Peace Prize in the nation of Georgia in honor of Bertha von Suttner who lived in Georgia at the end of the 19th century.
In this newsletter, we also introduce you to frequent library visitor, Mr. Gijs Dreijer, a Dutch PhD student of legal history from the University of Exeter and the Free University of Brussels. We were pleasantly surprised to learn of his interest in Grotius and his appreciation of one of our special collections, the Scheldt Question.
As usual, we will inform you of the latest book donation from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and bring you another library blog on the European Union by Mr. Jaap Hoeksma.
As of January 1, 2021, the annual Library membership fee will be increased to 50 Euro. The costs for a day membership cards will remain at 5,50 Euro.
As this year is drawing to a close, we would like to thank you once more for your support, compassion, encouragement and collaboration. We hope 2021 will bring better times for all of us and we look forward to meeting you again in the Library Reading Room.
A blessed festive season for all!
Stay safe, stay strong & hope to see you in the new year!!
Candice & Rens
Editors of the Peace Palace Library Newsletter