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    A selection of new acquisitions on display in our Reading Room.

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  • Justice for Sale: Interview with documentary filmmakers, Ilse and Femke van Velzen

    News and events - April 2, 2012

    On March 27 2012, documentary filmmakers, Ilse and Femke van Velzen, showed their latest documentary about the Criminal Justice system in the Congo titled Justice for Sale at the Movies that Matter film festival in The Hague. The film documents the prosecution of a suspect accused of rape and the struggle of his lawyer for a Fair Trial and Due Process of Law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DCR).

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  • Interview with Gabriel Bach: 50 Years since the Eichmann Trial – Memories

    News and events - April 2, 2012

    On Monday March 26 2012, The Peace Palace Library, together with the embassy of Israel in The Hague, invited Judge Gabriel Bach, a Prosecutor in the Trial of Adolf Eichmann to the Peace Palace to give a Lecture to share his memories of what could be considered the most famous trial of the 20th century. Judge Bach spoke to an audience of over 200 people and some were able to ask questions during and after the Q & A session.

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  • 50 Years since the Eichmann trial-Memories

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    The Peace Palace Library, in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel, organizes a lecture by Judge Gabriel Bach, Former Vice-President of the Israeli Supreme Court, about “50 Years since the Eichmann trial-Memories“.

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  • “Mare Liberum” in Persian!

    News and events - February 27, 2012

    The Peace Palace Library has received the Persian translation of Hugo Grotius’ famous book:

    “Mare liberum” : Dary¯ai ¯az¯ad = Mare liberum (The Free Sea), from chapter 12 of De Indis (De jure praedae commentarius) / H¯ug¯u Gr¯usy¯us ; transl. [from the Persian] by Hossein Piran and published in 2011 by the Sharh-e-Danesh Insitute of Law Research and Study in Tehran.

    Mr Piran who is Senior Legal Advisor at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, and a longtime client of the Peace Palace Library, kindly donated this book to the library.

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  • Library users in the spotlight

    News and events - February 27, 2012

    Dr. Ruth Bettina Birn is a historian. Between 1991 and 2005, Dr. Birn was chief historian of the war crimes and crimes against humanity division in the Canadian Justice department. Dr. Birn carried out extensive research on the trial of Adolf Eichmann. Her research mainly focussed on the use of evidence and the historical background of the trial. When asked how she feels about the Peace Palace Library Dr Birn stated that ” Moving to The Hague in 2005, I discovered the Peace Palace Library. Its world-class collection nourishes me daily and expands my knowledge of transitional justice. A new home away from home. ”

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  • Keeping Your Head Above Water: The Pacific Islands & The Rising Tide Of International Climate Litigation

    Library blog - February 10, 2012

    On February 3rd, Johnson Toribiong, the President of the Pacific Island Nation Palau, announced that his country will seek an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague regarding the issue of climate change. This blog will briefly discuss the measures that states in these circumstances can invoke during a court procedure.

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  • Dag Hammarskjöld (1905 – 1961)

    Library blog - November 10, 2011

    Fifty years ago, the former United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld tragically passed away in a plane crash, on his way to cease-fire negotiations with the leaders of Katanga province of conflict-ridden Congo.

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  • Use of Force | Research Guide International law

    Use of Force

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    The UN-Charter prohibits the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconstistent with the purposes of the United Nations. In case of aggression by one nation-State against another, the United Nations Security Council is authorized under Chapter VII of the UN Charter to allow member states to take all necessary measures to maintain international peace and security.

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  • International Peace and Security - Research Guide International Law

    International Peace and Security

    Research guide

    Many international or regional organizations are involved in peacemaking, peace-enforcing and peacekeeping activities. In fact, they send multinational forces to the various conflict areas. While the expression ‘collective security’ does not occur in the United Nations Charter, it is often used to refer to the system for the maintenance of international peace and security under the UN Charter.

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