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Research guide Diplomacy

Diplomacy can be regarded as an application of intelligence and tact to the conduct of official relations between the governments of independent States. Whereas the terms diplomacy and foreign policy are often used interchangeably, diplomacy is an instrument of foreign policy. Foreign policy is orientated towards settling goals, occasionally with mention to the strategies and tactics to be used. Diplomacy is used to its accomplishment. The purpose of diplomacy is to strengthen the State and to serve in its relations with others.

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Library blog Book Donations The Netherlands Red Cross

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.

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News and events Impact Summit Europe, 20-21 March 2018

The Impact Summit Europe is an investor- and invitation-only conference that aims to catalyse private institutional capital to support the financing of the SDGs and the mainstreaming of impact and sustainable development investing. Impact Summit Europe will be held on 20 and 21 March 2018 at the Peace Palace in the Hague, The Netherlands.
Impact Summit Europe

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Olympic Games

From 9 February 2018 to 25 February 2018, the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang (Korea). The Olympic Games are the world’s most important international athletic competition. The Olympics bring together thousands of the finest athletes to compete against one another in a variety of individual and team sports. 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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Tsar Nicholas II: Peace and International Jurisdiction

The initiative of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia to organize an international peace conference at the dawn of the twentieth century came at exactly the right moment. During the First Hague Peace Conference of 1899, 26 countries came together to speak about disarmament and about the possibility of international jurisdiction, which led to the establishment of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. In 1907 a second peace conference was organized in The Hague, in which 44 countries participated. Find out more about the Tsar’s initiative and his relationship with the Peace Palace.

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Peace Palace Library showcase

  • 523 F 23

  • 518 C 22

  • 523 E 1

  • Plesch, D., Human Rights after Hitler: the Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes, Washington, DC, Georgetown University Press, 2017.

  • Sloss, D.L., The death of treaty supremacy: an invisible constitutional change, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2016.

  • 515 C 26

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.