• Asteroid(s) coming in at Collision Course

    Asteroid(s) coming in at Collision Course

    Library blog - April 12, 2013

    How to handle an incoming asteroid? What does Don Quijote have to do with it? Movies like “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon” make it seem so easy. But in reality there are many technological, legal and political obstacles to cope with. From 15-19 April, 2013, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will hold its third Planetary Defence Conference “Gathering for Impact!” in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.

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  • Shell and Ogoni People : (s)oil pollution in the Niger Delta

    Library blog - February 15, 2013

    On January 30, 2013, the court (Rechtbank) in the Hague, The Netherlands, ruled that Royal Dutch Shell can be held partially responsible for pollution in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region and ordered it to pay damages to one farmer. The Dutch court dismissed four out of five allegations of the Ogoni people against the oil company. Although Shell blames the oil pollution to sabotage, activists say the case could set a precedent for damage claims related to the foreign activities of multinational companies.

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  • Electronic Resources: E-books in Springer, Beck and Kluwer

    News and events - January 24, 2013

    In order to develop our digital library, the Peace Palace Library is offering a multitude of E-resources: E-journals, E-books and electronic (legal) databases. Those e-resources are only available inside our Library.

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  • Hamas versus Israel : Gaza dangerzone again

    Library blog - November 23, 2012

    The military leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Ahmed Jabari, has been assassinated in an Israeli air strike in Gaza. Who is the initial aggressor in this particular case? Peace negotiations with Hamas resulted in a ceasefire on November 21, at 9 pm., which has been respected so far.

    Both parties claim the victory.

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  • Senkaku or Diaoyu(tai) Islands?

    Library blog - September 28, 2012

    The Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute has been close to the boil for months. The Japanese prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, took the decision to buy the islands to head off a more destabilising but popular proposal not only to acquire them but also to begin their active development.

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  • Osaka Rule and Doping at Olympics

    Library blog - August 10, 2012

    Cheaters have caused a lot of harm to the Olympic movement over the past few decades and it is reasonable for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to wish for clean Olympic Games. In the fight against doping the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) set up a system of strict liability on doping offences

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  • Olympic Games and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

    Library blog - July 27, 2012

     This evening the XXX Olympic Games will start in London. London has organized the Olympic Games twice: in 1908 and 1948. How will the Court of Arbitration for Sports be involved in Olympic Games in general and in the London Olympics in particular? “Because the IOC and each IF seek to apply and enforce a set of uniform rules consistently […]

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  • Football players do not make war, but big money!

    Library blog - June 15, 2012

    With the European Championships Football about halftime now, this is a blog about football, football players, football players’ contracts and the increasing influence of money in professional football.

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  • Dirty diamonds forever?

    Library blog - March 23, 2012

    Diamonds are found in many countries around the world, but the majority (approximately 65%) are found in Africa. Conflict diamonds are rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance conflict aimed at undermining legitimate governments. as described in relevant resolutions by the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly. Currently, less than 1% of the world’s diamonds are conflict diamonds. Kimberley Process

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  • Consilium Place Toronto Canada

    Fighting the Architecture of Death

    Library blog - March 9, 2012

    Nowadays nature is threatened by all kinds of dangers which usually have one common denominator: they are caused by humans. Everyday human activity is affecting wildlife in many ways, such as habitat destruction, the use of pesticides, monoculture, genetically manipulated organisms and pollution, which is driving many species towards extinction. For birds, habitat loss is the most important factor closely followed by threats posed by materials used to build in the construction industry. The trend among architects is to use plate glass in building, purely for aesthetic reasons.

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