• LIBRARY RE-OPENS May 20, 2021: Visiting the Library upon Registration

    News and events - May 18, 2021

    The Library is re-opened for visitors as from Thursday May 20, 2021. 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 25 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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  • Library Closed

    News and events - May 11, 2021

    Dear Library User,

    We would like to inform you that the Peace Palace Library will be closed for online services on Thursday May 13, 2021 due to Ascension Day, a national holiday in The Netherlands.

    This means that the Law Librarians will handle your request on Friday May 14, 2021.

    The Library and Reading Room will remain to be closed until further notice due to the extended national lockdown in the Netherlands.

    Best wishes,
    PPL Staff

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  • COVID-19 Flyer and Protocol for Non-residents: Visiting the Library’s Premises

    Library blog - April 19, 2021

    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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  • Editorial Notes April 2021

    News and events - April 16, 2021

    Today we bring you our April 2021 Newsletter! As the Peace Palace Library is still closed to the public due to the current national lockdown, the Librarians are still working from home. Despite the fact that we work remotely, we have recently managed to continue to assist Library patrons as well as possible.

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  • Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Bibliographic Overview

    News and events - October 30, 2020

    Armenia and Azerbaijan went to war over Nagorno-Karabakh in 1988-94, eventually declaring a ceasefire. As recent clashes show, they have never reached a settlement over the dispute. The Library’s collections contain publications on this conflict. A bibliographic overview.

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  • First Podcast about International Law in Spanish

    Library blog - July 1, 2020

    The first Podcast about international law in Spanish has been launched! The Podcast Hablemos de Derecho Internacional (HDI), created and hosted by Edgardo Sobenes, Lawyer and Consultant in Public International Law, addresses contemporary issues of international law of global relevance. HDI features conversations with international lawyers and jurists, such as H.E. Mr. Philippe Couvreur, Prof. Antonio Remiro Brotons and Prof. Juan José Ruda, among other well-known legal personalities.

    The Podcast is intended to contribute to the dissemination and study of contemporary legal issues in the Spanish language, and is available on the main platforms: Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast. For more information about the guests and the episodes subscribe to Hablemos de Derecho Internacional (HDI), and follow HDI’s social media accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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  • Poll: Share Your Summer Reads

    News and events - June 18, 2020

    Ah, the summer! It’s time to relax a little. Yes, that’s even possible for international lawyers working in the field of Peace and Justice. For a lot of people, that might mean actually kicking back and reading a book. What’s at the top of your reading list this summer?

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  • Refugees - Research Guide International Law

    The Alleged Replacement of Peoples

    Library blog - February 26, 2020

    A Dutch politician is addressing the Court in The Netherlands in summary proceedings in order to obtain rectification by the editorial staff of a talkshow, which has attributed some statements about the policies of the EU to him, which he adamantly denies. According to the hostess of the talkshow the politician concerned has argued in parliament that the EU aims to replace the populations of the member states with immigrants in order to weaken their national identities and to undermine their existence. The talkshow refuses to give and states to have paraphrased the views of the politician in a balanced manner.

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  • Brexit and European Democracy

    Library blog - February 10, 2020

    Guest blog by Jaap Hoeksma.

    On the face of it, it appears to be a mere coincidence that the Conference about the Future of Europe is to start shortly after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. The decision to convene a conference was taken in reaction to the nomination by the European Council of a candidate for the post of President of the European Commission, who had not participated in the May 2019 elections for the European Parliament. This intergovernmental disregard for the democratic procedures practised by the EP caused such an outcry with the citizens of the Union that the Conference will be tasked to ‘give a new impetus to European democracy’.

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  • The EU as Guardian of the Rule of Law

    Library blog - January 22, 2020

    The March of the Magistrates, which took place in Warsaw on January 11 2020, heralded a new stage in the process of European integration. Judges from various EU member-states gathered in the Polish capital in order to lend support to their colleagues, demonstrating against the erosion of the rule of law in Poland. In doing so, the judges highlighted that respect for the rule of law is no longer an internal matter for EU member-states. Instead, the March of the Magistrates confirms that the EU has become the guardian of the rule of law.

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