This afternoon, the Supreme Court of India delivered a landmark judgment that overturned a colonial era law that made homosexuality a crime. The ruling was delivered by a five-judge bench headed by India’s outgoing Chief Justice Dipak Misra and was unanimous. When reading out the operative portion of the historic verdict, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said: “Any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates fundamental rights”. “Social morality cannot be used to violate the fundamental rights of even a single individual […]Constitutional morality cannot be martyred at the altar of social morality,” he added. India now joins 17 commonwealth nations that have overturned laws criminalizing homosexuality, a legacy stemming from British Colonial Rule.Read more
On August 20, the President of Argentina, Mr. Mauricio Macri, announced during a press meeting that he intends to report Venezuela to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over alleged crimes against humanity. President Macri stated that his plans to refer the Venezuelan government to the ICC are supported by Colombia, Chile and Paraguay. If Argentina succeeds, it will be the first time in history that a state party to the Rome Statute refers a fellow member to the ICC.Read more
The Summer Courses of The Hague Academy are in full gear and on July 30th, we welcomed another group of 350 students for the Private International Law Session of The Hague Academy. As always, the Library plays a central role in the life of many a student throughout their stay at the Academy. For this reason, we would like to introduce you to our Summer Assistants who will work at the main desk in the Reading Room and who will try their hardest to make you feel welcome and at home each time you enter the Library.Read more
During the Public Law Session of the Hague Academy, students from Colombia, South-Korea, Bulgaria, Brazil, Greece, India, Mexico, Jordan, Australia and Hungary had the opportunity to pay a visit to the illustrious Hugo Grotius Collection of the Peace Palace Library. The Peace Palace Library holds the largest Hugo Grotius Collection in the world. It’s considered one of the most important collections which are housed by the Peace Palace Library as the works of Grotius play a major role in the study of the history of international law.Read more
One of the highlights of the Academy’s Public Law Session was a Lecture held by Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf, the current President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Judge Yusuf spoke about his career, the work of the Court and engaged in a Question and Answer Session with the students.Read more
On July 27, 2018, a total of 342 students hailing from 83 countries were awarded a certificate upon successfully completing the Public International Law Session of The Hague Academy. Four alumni from Peru, India and France reflect and share with us their thoughts and experiences on their time spend at the Academy. It turns out, their experience was filled with many hightlights:Read more
Database : LLMC Digital
LLMC Digital is a database containing full-text legal publications, mostly on Anglo-American Law as well as foreign jurisdictions from selected countries. It includes books, journals, law reports, legislation and government publications. These legal materials , dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, cover a wide range of legal topics such as: British Empire studies, canon law, military law, comparative law, Roman law and legal philosophy. Materials from the United States Federal Government, States and Territories are also included. These are: US Supreme Court Reports, the US Code (1925-1990s) , Official Edition (1790-1996), First series of West’s regional Reporters (1880s-1925).
In addition, this database provides materials from selected countries including the United Kingdom, the English Reports (1378-1865) and individual series of nominate reports, UK official publications about other countries (these will be listed under the names of the respective countries), India, Pakistan, Iraq, Japan, Palestine, South-Africa.
Lastly, this database also contains monographs and titles covering legislation, Treaties and case law.Read more
On March 8th, the Peace Palace Library and Eleven International Publishing hosted a book launch to celebrate Eleven’s most recent publication titled International Criminal Law Investigations: Law and Practice. The first copy of the book was presented to the honourable Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court who delivered the keynote speech. The book launch was follwed by a panel discussion.Read more
I have been frequenting the Peace Palace Library since last September and yet I still find myself straining my neck to look up at the structure of the Peace Palace every time. The building reminds me of the significance of everything that I am learning about and puts me in the proper mindset to conduct research. On certain days, such as the day of writing, I have been lucky enough to cross paths with giants in the field who are either coming out of hearings at the Court or are embarking on their own research at the Library.Read more
On December 22, the Peace Palace Library, the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) and the Bertha von Suttner Peace Institute organized a commemorative meeting to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Felix Stone Moscheles. Moscheles was a 19th century peace activist and painter. He was one of the best-known pacifists of his time, a familiar face in the International Peace Movement and a close friend of Bertha von Suttner, the first female recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He participated in the Hague Peace Conferences and was a staunch supporter of international arbitration. This blog will briefly discuss his life and will mainly focus on his peace activities.Read more