• UPDATE NOVEMBER: Library Reopens Tomorrow

    News and events - November 18, 2020

    Tomorrow, Thursday 19 November, we will reopen the Library!

    On November 17, the Dutch government announced that Libraries will be able to reopen again, after a two week closure. This means that the Library Reading Room will reopen its doors to regular full-time hours (10.00-17.00) on working days. Please do not forget to register your visit at least one day in advance, to wear your mask during your visit and observe social distancing.

    We look forward to welcoming you soon!

    Kind regards, PPL Staff

    For the latest information, please check our website and social media channels and sign up for the Library Newsletter.

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  • UPDATE NOVEMBER: Library Closed

    News and events - November 4, 2020

    Due to the reconfinement announcement by the Dutch government on Tuesday November 3, 2020, the Peace Palace Library will be closed, as of Thursday November 5, for a period of two weeks.

    All online resources will be available during confinement and our programs will run without interruption, with the exception of our ILL Services. If you need to contact the Services Desk or you would like to speak to a librarian, please send an email to

    As soon as we are legally able, we will gradually reopen the Library. For the latest information, please check our website and social media channels and sign up for the Library Newsletter.

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  • Library User in the Spotlight: Abdoulaye Sylla

    News and events - October 30, 2020

    Je suis Abdoulaye SYLLA et je viens de la République de Guinée (Château d’eau de l’Afrique de l’Ouest). Depuis 2013, je vis en France dans le cadre de mon projet d’étude. Après un double Master 2 en droits de l’homme respectivement à l’Institut des droits de l’homme de Lyon (IDHL) et à l’Université Pierre-Mendès-France de […]

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  • HeinOnline: Civil Rights and Social Justice

    News and events - October 30, 2020

    HeinOnline’s Civil Rights and Social Justice database brings together a diverse offering of publications covering civil rights in the United States as their legal protections and definitions are expanded to cover more and more Americans. Containing links to more than 500 scholarly articles, hearings and committee prints, legislative histories on the landmark legislation, CRS and […]

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  • European sovereignty Peace Palace Library blog Jaap Hoeksma

    Nature EU Established Beyond Doubt

    Library blog - August 26, 2020

    Guest blog by Jaap Hoeksma.

    The EU and its predecessors have been struggling with their identity ever since the start of the great transformation of Europe after World War II. As early as 1957 an international conference was convened in order to assess the nature of the newly founded European Coal and Steel Community. Was the ECSC comparable to the existing international river commissions or should it be regarded as a new kind of entity? Since the participants as well as later generations failed to reach consensus, the stakeholders in the debate agreed to disagree by describing the EC as an ‘organization sui generis’. Numerous treaties and enlargements onward, the academic community continues to portray the EU in terms of an ‘organization sui generis’ as if nothing has happened!

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  • Book Donation: Application of Foreign Law

    News and events - January 8, 2020

    During the Private Law Course of The Hague Academy, mr. Can Yöney, a Turkish researcher and teaching assistant at Marmara University, donated his book the ‘Application of Foreign Law’ (Yabancı Hukukun Uygulanması) to the Peace Palace Library.

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  • Library User in the Spotlight: Taras Leshkovych

    Library blog - December 20, 2019

    My name is Taras Leshkovych and I am from Western Ukraine, from the beautiful city of Lviv. I have dreamt about getting to the Peace Palace for nearly 10 years, since my graduate studies in Ukraine. And not merely as a visitor but in some form of professional capacity. I even have had a picture of the Palace on my work desk since that time as an inspiration and a constant reminder of my professional goals.

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  • Final Words: Interview with Librarian Niels van Tol

    Library blog - December 20, 2019

    After 16 years, it is time to leave the Peace Palace Library. My colleague Candice Alihusain asked me for an interview but unfortunately, due to lots of work, this did not happen. My current work for Erasmus University Library, extremely interesting and educational as it is, also left me unable to write down something. But one has to do what one has to do and I hereby provide you with a small interview.

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  • Ode to the Library by Giampaolo Guizardi Righetti

    Library blog - December 15, 2019

    The Library is an incredible place. Every time I come I feel energised. The beauty of its gardens is simply breathtaking -nothing heals a confused soul like a flourished garden- but it is not only the place itself nor the fantastic collection of every possible book or article or judgment ever written in International and Comparative Law that makes it so unique. It might in itself suffice to make it so, but the PPL is much more than that.

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  • Letter to Andrew Carnegie

    News and events - December 14, 2019

    Andrew Carnegie died on August 11, 1919. Now, 100 years after his death, the leadership of the Carnegie institutions who honor and carry on his legacy, and Mr. Carnegie’s great-grandson, William Thomson, have written letters to Andrew Carnegie recording their collective achievements, future aspirations, and even some failures, in a singular publication, Letters to Andrew Carnegie. The Letter to Andrew Carnegie by Erik de Baedts, Director of the Carnegie Foundation | Peace Palace contains a fragment on the Peace Palace Library.

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