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Research guide International Relations

International Relations - Research Guide International Law

International relations can be defined as political activities and other kinds and aspects of interactions among two or more States. The academic field of international relations is a branch of political science that is concerned with the study of relations between states, the foreign policy of nation-States, and the mechanisms and institutions, such as international organizations, inter-governmental organizations, international and national non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations, through which States interact.

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Library blog COVID-19 Flyer and Protocol for Non-residents: Visiting the Library's Premises

The Peace Palace Library implements new COVID-19 procedures for visiting the Library’s Reading Room. Registration upon visiting the Library is obligatory. Please read the flyer and protocol in advance.

The health of our guests and staff is our highest priority and we therefore ask you to respect our measures regarding COVID-19. As these rules and procedures are subject to constant monitoring, evaluation and review, the the flyer and protocol too, will be subject to ongoing monitoring and evaluation. If need be, they will be updated.

Stay healthy, stay safe!

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News and events Re-opening 22 June: Visiting the Library upon Registration

As of Monday June 22, the Library is re-opened for visitors. Your visit will be impacted by Covid-19. We kindly request you to prepare for your visit by reading the COVID-19 Flyer and Protocol first.

Registration for each visit will be compulsory. A maximum of 30 people will be allowed to visit the Library on a daily basis. The Reading Room will be open on workdays from 10.00-17.00 hrs. Studying, returning and borrowing books is possible during time slots only. Please bring your own laptop with you and a valid ID card. There are no public computers available in the Reading Room.

We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

Kind regards, PPL Staff

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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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Syria Crisis: Humanitarian Law, Warfare, Refugees

The Syrian civil war is an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict in which international interventions have taken place. The war grew out of the unrest of the Arab Spring and escalated to armed conflict after Bashar al-Assad’s government violently repressed protests calling for his removal. Violence in Syria has escalated amid an absence of meaningful efforts to end the war. A confidential list of individuals and units are believed to be responsible for crimes against humanity, breaches of international humanitarian law and gross human rights violations.

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Peace Palace Library showcase

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

  • 533 A 10

  • Gozzi, G., Rights and Civilizations: A History and Philosophy of International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019.

  • 529 G 16

  • 530 F 23

  • 531 C 11

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.