• The Capture of the Santa Catarina (1603)

    Library blog - September 20, 2018

    By 1602, the newly formed Dutch East India Company (VOC) was threatening Portugal’s monopoly over the Asian spice trade. In response, the Portuguese government designed an extensive campaign to drive out the Dutch from the East Indies. Outraged by the atrocities the Portuguese inflicted on the Dutch and their allies, Admiral Van Heemskerck – sailing in the Strait of Singapore – prepared to retaliate against the Portuguese. After spending months of looking for a Portuguese ship to capture, they at last found one on that morning of February 25, 1603. And not just any ship, but the treasure ship Santa Catarina. The ship and its cargo ended up as booty of war and were taken back to Europe. The incident of the Santa Catarina was most certainly not uncontroversial from a legal point of view …

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  • Happy Birthday! Peace Palace 105 Years

    News and events - August 28, 2018

    Today, it is our Birthday! Photograph: De Porceleyne Fles, Delft, 1913. Made after a design by Leon Senf (1860-1940), for the opening of the Peace Palace in The Hague. 23 cm. Photo collection Carnegie Foundation
    Happy Birthday! Peace Palace 105 Years Anniversary

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  • World War II Selective Bibliography


    Reference works Churchill, W.L.S., The Second World War, London, Cassell, 1948-1955. Gilbert, M., The Second World War: A Complete History, New York, Holt, 1989. Keegan, J., The Second World War, New York, Viking, 1989. Recent books Bazyler, M. and F.M. Tuerkheimer, Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust, New York; London, New York Press, 2014. Broichmann, C., […]

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  • Could Trump and Kim agree to a Peace Treaty ending the Korean War?

    News and events - June 14, 2018

    Please, check our Library special ‘A World Free of Nuclear Weapons’ for international law publications on nuclear disarmament.

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  • Hague Academy Programmes

    News and events - May 1, 2018

    Starting May 1st, it will be possible to register online for the External Programme and the Advanced Course on International Criminal Law. Both programmes will take place in November 2018.

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  • Andrew Carnegie’s Legacy: 100 Years Later and into the Next Century

    News and events - April 27, 2018

    As the centennial of the death of Andrew Carnegie approaches in 2019, the institutions he founded are organizing a series of programs to celebrate Carnegie’s legacy and address the national and international challenges ahead. Carnegie institutions in New York, Washington, Pittsburgh, California, and Europe will sponsor events over the next 18 months to commemorate Andrew Carnegie’s lasting achievements in peace, education, the arts, science, culture, and philanthropy.

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  • Friday 27 April 2016 ‘Koningsdag’, Library Closed

    News and events - April 25, 2018

    Dear Library Users, the Library will be closed on Friday April 27th ‘Koningsdag’ (King’s Day, the national day in The Netherlands). With regards, the PPL Staff

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  • The Theory of Democratic Integration, Jaap Hoeksma

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  • World War I Selective Bibliography


    Reference works Becker, J.-J., La Première Guerre mondiale, Paris, Belin, 2003. Cochet, F. et R. Porte (dir.), Dictionnaire de la Grande Guerre 1914-1918, Paris, Robert Laffont, 2008. Ham, P., 1914: The Year the World Ended, London; Toronto; Sydney; Auckland; Johannesburg, Doubleday, 2013. Hirschfeld, G., G. Krumeich and I. Renz (eds.), Brill’s Encyclopedia of the First World […]

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  • Library Closing Days

    News and events - March 27, 2018

    Dear Library Users, the Library will be closed on Friday, March 30, 2018 (Good Friday) and on Monday, April 2, 2018 (Easter Monday). With regards, the Peace Palace Library Staff
    Library Closing Days

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