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  • Fiqh, Fatwa and Shari’a

    News and events - December 16, 2012

    The Arab world is in turmoil, regimes are overturned, dictators are ousted, sent in exile, brought to justice or killed. Political events and the call for democracy are triggering constitutional reforms and changes in the legal systems. For a better understanding of Islamic law as a source of legislation the Peace Palace Library has compiled a Research Guide on Islamic Law.

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  • H.E. Mrs. Immaculee Uwanyiligira, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda in The Hague

    Hague Academic Coalition Lecture ‘Rwanda and the Restoration of the Rule of Law’, The Hague, November 29, 2012

    News and events - November 30, 2012

    Yesterday, November 29, on the occasion of the Lecture Series of the Hague Academic Coalition, an afternoon lecture was held to adress the recent developments in Rwanda concerning the judicial system and the Rule of Law, titled ‘Rwanda and the Restoration of the Rule of Law’.

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  • New Research Guide: Ecocide

    News and events - November 5, 2012

    Recently, the Peace Palace Library published the Ecocide Research Guide. This aspect of International Environmental Law has gained in importance in recent years as the activities of the human species are influencing the Earth’s natural state in a way never seen before. This Guide provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section.

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  • EU leadership

    The EU and the Nobel Peace Prize: Who will say thank you?

    Library blog - October 19, 2012

    European Council President Herman Van Rompuy or Jose-Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission or Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament? Together they will fly to Oslo on December 10 to represent the main institutions of the EU at the acceptance ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize 2012.

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  • Matthew Tindall, An Essay concerning the Laws of Nations, and the Rights of Soveraigns. With and Account of what was said at the Council-Board by the Civilians upon the Question, Whether their Majesties Subjects taken at Sea acting by the late King's Commisssion, might not be looked on als pirates ? With Reflections upon the Arguments of Sir T.P. and Dr. Ol., London, printed for Richard Baldwin near the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane, 34 pages, 1694.

    Piracy: Some Titles from the Peace Palace Library’s Old and Rare Books Collection

    Library blog - August 24, 2012

    The Egyptians did it, the Greek did it, the Romans did it: they all fought piracy. Even Julius Caesar himself was captured by pirates. After his ransom was paid, he went after them and had them crucified. At this moment researchers attending the Centre for Studies and Research of the Hague Academy of International Law are studying the topic: Criminal Acts at Sea, of which piracy is one aspect. To illustrate the historical background of piracy, we have selected four booklets for you from the Old Books collection of the Peace Palace Library.

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  • The Institute for Environmental Security

    Library blog - July 13, 2012

    Promoting security, peace and justice for man and nature by preventing environmental degradation and by restoring environmental damage where done, defines the programme of the Institute for Environmental Security (IES).

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  • Islamist militants destroying the ancient Timbuktu shrine

    Cultucide in Timbuktu: Shari’a and War Crimes

    Library blog - July 3, 2012

    Last weekend the Islamist Group Ansar Eddine (“Defenders of the Faith”) destroyed some of the age-old mausolea of Sufi Saints in Timbuktu. Despite the fact that recently on June 28 2012, these mausolea were placed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger.

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  • Tomb of Hugo Grotius in Delft

    A Grotian Moment around the Tomb of Hugo Grotius in Delft

    News and events - June 28, 2012

    On July 4, 2012 a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court will take place around the tomb of Hugo Grotius in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft.  At the same time this is a commemoration of the laying of a silver wreath on Grotius’ tomb on July 4, 1899 by the American […]

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  • George Clooney

    George Clooney, the Nuba, and SSP

    Library blog - May 21, 2012

    Searching for the political situation in Sudan and the plight of the Nuba people in particular, Mr Clooney’s name popped up together with SSP. SSP, “a game-changing collaboration, combining commercial satellite imagery, academic analysis, and advocacy to promote human rights in Sudan and South Sudan and serve as an early warning system for impending crisis’ was founded in 2010 on the initiative of George Clooney and John Prendergast.

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  • Peace Palace Library Neighbours

    News and events - May 14, 2012

    Written by Lise Bosman (ICCA) “The Academy Building also houses Permanent Court of Arbitration staff members working in cooperation with the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). ICCA is a worldwide non-governmental organisation that celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2011, and is dedicated to promoting and developing arbitration, conciliation and other forms of dispute resolution. […]

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