• Borders Beyond Control?

    Library blog - January 16, 2015

    In my previous blogpost “Feigning Immigration Control”, I argued that politicians are often busy with feigning immigration control while in reality they often can or want to do little about it. What do we actually know about the effects of immigration policies? In order to answer this question, I have conducted a research project on the ‘Determinants of International Migration’ (DEMIG) at the International Migration Institute at Oxford University. One of the main insights of the project is that while immigration restrictions often reduce immigration, these effects tend to be rather small. In addition, restrictions often have a four potential side-effects (‘substitution effects’) which further undermine their effectiveness or can even make them counter-productive.

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  • Grotius and the Dutch Jurists: the Bibliography Continues?

    Grotius and the Dutch Jurists: the Bibliography Continues?

    News and events - November 27, 2014

    Guest Blog by Douglas J. Osler, research fellow of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Mr Osler is currently seeking to establish a project along these lines through a Census of the Roman-Dutch Law. This encompasses all Dutch jurists between the foundation of the Republic and 1800, and all Dutch editions of foreign jurists published in the Netherlands in the same period. Its hallmark is the systematic recording of all copies of the relevant works in a select set of libraries. It includes Grotius’ legal works here in the Peace Palace Library!

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  • Creating Peace through Law the City of Hiroshima 04

    Creating Peace through Law: the City of Hiroshima

    News and events - December 24, 2013

    By Professor Hope Elizabeth May, Central Michigan University. The Hague’s identity as an international City of Peace and Justice began when the Peace Palace opened on August 28, 1913. A product of the fierce optimism of Andrew Carnegie who provided 1.5 million dollars to finance its construction, the Peace Palace provided a proper symbolic home to what Carnegie referred to as the “high court of humanity” (the Permanent Court of Arbitration) – the precious jewel of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference. The cusp of the Peace Palace Centenary marked an important moment for The Hague. As The Hague enters its next phase, it is an opportune time to consider the experience of another city that was built, by law, to be a symbol of international peace – that of Hiroshima, Japan. 2014 marks not only the centenary of World War I, but also the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law (“Peace City Law”).

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  • The Art of Peace Making: Lessons learned from Peace Treaties

    The Art of Peace Making: Lessons learned from Peace Treaties

    News and events - October 3, 2013

    A joint two-day international conference organized in the context of the celebrations for the Tercentenary of Peace of Utrecht, 1713-2013 and the Centenary of the Peace Palace, 1913-2013.

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  • S’G, the Device for the Design of the Peace Palace: a Mystery solved after 100 years!

    S’G, the Device for the Design of the Peace Palace: a Mystery solved after 100 Years!

    Library blog - September 3, 2013

    The design of the Peace Palace by the French architect Louis M. Cordonnier (1854-1940) was the prize-winning design of the international architectural competition. His drawings enclosed a motto “S’G”, an abbreviation of which the meaning was unknown for many years. A blog by Lonneke Pruijssers, graduate student History of Architecture at the VU University, Amsterdam, and part time employee at the Peace Palace Visitors Centre.

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    Why did the Peace Palace open its Doors on 28 August 1913?

    News and events - August 30, 2013

    Not coincidentally, the Peace Palace opened its doors on 28 August 1913, two-hundred-and-sixty-eight years to the day that Grotius had died in Rostock, Germany. That same year, the Dutch publisher Martinus Nijhoff gifted 55 editions of Grotius’ De Jure Belli ac Pacis (first published in 1625) to the Peace Palace Library, which would become the nucleus of the PPL’s famous Grotiana collection.

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  • Hugo Grotius, Ordinvm Hollandiae ac VVestfrisiæ pietas ab improbißimis multorum calumnijs, præsertim verò à nuperâ Sibrandi Lvbberti epistolâ ... vindicata, Lugdvni Batavorvm, Iohannes Patius, Iuratus & Ordinarius Academiæ, 1613.

    Hugo Grotius and his Ordinum Pietas (1613): a Conference at the Peace Palace Library

    News and events - July 25, 2013

    Last 13 and 14 June the Peace Palace Library hosted a celebration of the 400th anniversary of one of the most controversial publications of Hugo Grotius, written during the eventful years of the Twelve Years’ Truce.

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  • Map of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay (with) Map of Chili, by S. Augustus Mitchell, 1880

    Bolivia’s Centenarian Maritime Claim before the International Court of Justice

    Library blog - May 14, 2013

    Despite losing its maritime coast, the so-called Littoral Department, after the War of the Pacific, Bolivia has historically maintained, as a state policy, a maritime claim to Chile. The claim asks for sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean and its maritime space. The Political Constitution of 2009 established that Bolivia declares its right to access to the sea, and that its objective is to solve the problem peacefully. Therefore, on 24 April 2013, Bolivia instituted proceedings against Chile before the International Court of Justice. A guest blog by Elizabeth Santalla Vargas.

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  • Professor Emeritus Robert Feenstra (1920-2013)

    In memoriam Professor Emeritus Robert Feenstra (1920-2013), Eminent Legal Historian and Grotius Expert

    Library blog - March 28, 2013

    Professor Robert Feenstra, one of the most outstanding specialist in the legal writings of Hugo Grotius, died on March 2 at the age of 92. Prof. Feenstra was Professor of Legal History in Utrecht from 1949 till 1952 and Professor of Roman Law at Leyden University from 1952 till 1985. He published extensively on Grotius’s legal heritage.

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  • Kralendijk, Bonaire

    State Reform and Multilingualism: The Use of Papiamentu on Bonaire

    Library blog - February 22, 2013

    In 2010, an important State reform took place in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Three little islands, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, too small to become a state in this federal Kingdom, are from October 10, 2010, governed by the Dutch Parliament in The Hague. The legislation introduced for these islands contained some paragraphs on language. The islands have their own home-languages, on Bonaire most of the inhabitants speak Papiamentu, on the other islands English is the common language. In the case of Bonaire a language regulation had to be made, to codify rules on the use of written Papiamentu in government documents.

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