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Research guide Refugees

Refugees - Research Guide International Law

The UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 1951 defines a refugee as ‘owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable […] to avail himself of the protection of that country’. Later this was expanded by the Convention’s 1967 Protocol to include persons who had fled war or other violence.

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Library blog Encyclopedia of Law and Religion Online (ELRO)

The Encyclopedia has been edited by Gerhard Robbers and W. Cole Durham. It covers various subjects. For example the relation between law and religion in its diverse aspects, freedom of religion or belief, the role of religion in society, interaction between law, religion and state, relations between religion and state institutions and legal aspects of religious traditions. This online encyclopedia provides an important foundational resource for study of these subjects.

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News and events Library Closed until February 9, 2021

Due to the confinement annoucement by the Dutch governement on January 12, 2021, the Peace Palace Library will be closed from December 15, 2020 until February 9, 2021.

All online resources will be available during confinement and our programs will run without interruption, with the exception of our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services.

If you need to contact the Services Desk or you would like to speak to a Librarian, please send an email to library@peacepalace.org. As soon as we are legally able, we will gradually reopen the Library.

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Stay healthy, stay safe, the PPL Staff

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Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

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Women’s rights are the rights claimed for women and girls worldwide, and formed the basis for the women’s rights and feminist movement. In some countries, these rights are institutionalized by law and local custom, whereas in other countries these rights are ignored and suppressed. Issues associated with women’s rights include the right: to bodily integrity and autonomy, to be free from sexual violence, to vote, to hold public office, to enter into legal contracts, to have equal rights in family law, to fair wages or equal pay, to have reproductive rights, and to education. Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured.

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Refugee Crisis in Europe

As migration and refugee movements to Europe have gained unprecedented momentum last year and continue to dominate the news, we have created a Library Special on this topic in order to provide you easy access to our collection: a selective bibliography, newsletters, books, articles and online resources.

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Peace Palace Library showcase

  • 531 C 11

  • 534 C 27

  • 536 C 23

  • 526 B 31

  • 530 F 23

  • Thirlway, H., The Sources of International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019.

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.