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  • Spanish Model Course on the International Criminal Court

    News and events - July 17, 2020

    In the early Spring of this year, the International Criminal Court launched on its website a free online Model Course for Spanish speakers on  ‘International Criminal Law and the International Criminal Court’. This project is supported by the Ibero-American Institute of The Hague for Peace, Human Rights and Justice and El Rosario University in Colombia and aims […]

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  • Letter From The Editors

    News and events - July 17, 2020

    We publish this newsletter today because July 17th marks International Criminal Justice Day, a day that commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Since 2014, the Peace Palace Library and The Hague Academy have organized small events to mark this day and to bring attention to the subject of International Criminal Law among the Academy Students. As this is no longer possible for the foreseeable future, we chose to make the subject of international criminal justice the theme of this newsletter.

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  • Academy Students in the Spotlight

    News and events - March 3, 2019

    For the first time in history, The Hague Academy of International Law organized a Winter Course in January of this year. A few days after ringing in the New Year, almost 300 students from 74 countries assembled in the Auditorium of the Academy Building to take part in a three week session, consisting of Courses in Public as well as in Private International Law. We had the pleasure to meet 4 students from Pakistan, Argentina, Germany and Colombia and learned that the cold weather and grey days in The Hague did not prevent them from getting the most out of their Academy experience. Here’s what they had to say.

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  • Book Donation from Pakistan

    News and events - February 6, 2019

    During the first week of the Winter Course, Academy student, Ms. Shahneela Tariq, donated a recent publication from Pakistan to the Peace Palace Library on behalf of the University of Lahore. The book is titled ‘The Blind Eye, U.S. Non-Proliferation Policy Towards Pakistan from Ford to Clinton’ by author Dr. Rabia Akhtar, a leading expert on security and strategy studies with a focus on nuclear politics. Challenging widely held notions, ‘The Blind Eye’ offers the first research-based critique on U.S. nonproliferation policy towards Pakistan from President Ford to President Clinton . Pak-U.S. relations have been and continue to be marred by various issues. One of the most contentious factors that strained ties between the two countries was Pakistan getting a nuclear deterrent for itself to achieve parity with India. Read the full abstract here.

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  • Academy Book Launch: The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice

    News and events - February 6, 2019

    During the first edition of the Winter Courses of The Hague Academy, a new book titled ‘The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice’ by Professor Maya Steinitz was presented to the students of the Academy. A few chapters of this book were included in the reading lists of Professor Catherine Kessedjian who was responsible for the General Course during the Winter Session. In this book, Professor Steinitz argues for the creation of an International Court of Civil Justice (ICCJ). In a world where victims of cross-border mass torts de facto lack a court to turn to in order to pursue legal action against multinational corporations responsible for disasters, atrocities, and other harms, Prof. Steinitz argues that this is the only way to provide a fair, legitimate, and efficient process for both victims and corporations.

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  • International Courts and the African Woman Judge

    News and events - February 6, 2019

    In 2018, the African Foundation of International Law organized a book launch for the publication ‘International Courts and the African Woman Judge ; Unveiled Naratives. After the opening remarks by Deputy – Registrar of the ICJ, Mr. Jean-Pelé Fomété, Dr Josephine Jarpa Dawuni, one of the editors, presented her book. She explained that the book narrates the lives and achievements of seven African female judges who currently sit on international courts and tribunals. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with ICJ Judge Julia Sebutinde and Judge Liesbeth Lijnzaad of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and former ICTY prosecutor, Daniela Kravetz. Judge Sebutinde and Judge Lijnzaad spoke on the subject of gender and international courts as well as shared their personal experiences with the members of the audience. Daniela Kravetz, former ICTY Prosecutor, talked about the Gqual campaign and their strategies to promote gender parity in international legal organs.

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  • Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda

    Library blog - January 24, 2019

    Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda

    Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    To realise access to information fully, everyone needs both access and skills to use information effectively as outlined in the ‘Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development’. Libraries have the skills and resources to help governments, institutions and individuals communicate, organise, structure and use information effectively for development.

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  • Library User in the Spotlight: Abdullahi Abdulrahman Abdalla

    News and events - December 20, 2018

    My first visit to the Peace Palace Library was on a gray morning in mid-April 2017. Since I then just moved to The Hague, I was looking forward to visit the Peace Palace Library and to see what it had to offer.I work as lecturer at Erasmus University School of Law where I teach and coordinate a course on European criminal and migration law. My visits to the Peace Palace Library are usually to look for new materials or to work on the modules and lectures for my course. What I appreciate about the Peace Palace Library is that it allows its visitors to access the Library’s extensive catalogues and collection. This offers me the opportunity to not only find and work with the classics within my field of law, but also with its most recent publications.

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  • Interview: Mr. Rudi Vranckx, Laureate Carnegie-Wateler Peace Prize 2018

    News and events - December 20, 2018

    This Fall, the Dutch Carnegie Foundation awarded Belgian war correspondent Rudi Vranckx the Carnegie-Wateler Peace Prize. Mr. Vranckx was commended by the board of the Carnegie Foundation for his outstanding courage and exceptional commitment to reporting from the most dangereous conflict zones around the world. Before the award ceremony took place in the Great Hall of Justice in the Peace Palace, we had the opportunity to briefly interview Mr. Vranckx about his work and his views on one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.

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  • Book Donation from Brazil – The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    News and events - December 20, 2018

    This month we would like to mention another Book Donation from Brazil, this time by Mr. Wiliander França Salomão who donated four books to the Peace Palace Library. Mr. Salomão is a professor and lawyer with expertise about the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts and the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Salomão has written eight books about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, both in Portuguese as well as in English. At the moment, Mr. Salomão is preparing his upcoming book about the United Arab Emirates for next year. Mr. Salomão obtained his PhD and Master in International Law at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-MG) in Brazil. He is a professor of Public International Law and Human Rights at the University of Itauna, in Brazil. Mr. Salomão also attended the Summer Course of the Hague Academy of International Law in July 2016 (Public Law) where he also particpated in the Academy’s Model United Nations regarding the topic ‘Keep space for peace’. In addition, Mr. Salomão was a participant in the United Nations Module for Africa and the Middle East in Tunisia in July 2017 and attended the International Security Course at Clingendael Institute in The Hague in November 2017. Read the abstract of his publications here:

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