• Treaty of Versailles Centennial: British Aims in Paris

    Library blog - June 17, 2019

    During the Paris Peace Conference and for the most of the period after 1919, the aims, interests, and policies of Britain differed fundamentally from those of France. Neither of the two countries was able to pursue unhampered the course it laid out for itself. Great Britain had suffered huge casualties but little land devastation during the war. However, the British wartime coalition was re-elected at the end of 1918, with a policy of squeezing the German “’til the pips squeak”. Public opinion favoured a “just peace”, which would force Germany to pay reparations and be unable to repeat the aggression of 1914, although those of a “liberal and advanced opinion” shared Wilson’s ideal of a peace of reconciliation.

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  • Treaty of Versailles Centennial: French Aims in Paris

    Library blog - June 14, 2019

    What war aims did the French have during World War I and how did they negotiate the treaties that ended this war? In 1917 the Comité d’études was created by Aristide Briand to assist the French Government in formulating these aims. The work of this Comité resulted in an impressive report of around 1500 pages: maps, statistics, tracing the borders of the Alsace, the Saar Region, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, etc. At the Paris Peace Conference, the French Prime Minister, Georges Clemenceau, controlled his delegation and his chief goal was to weaken Germany militarily, strategically and economically.

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  • The Hague Academy Summer Courses 2019

    - June 14, 2019

    We welcome all students of the The Hague Academy of International Law’s summer courses, 8 July-16 August 2019. The coming six weeks, the library will serve as the Academy’s ‘home library’, providing the students with access to all books, articles, essays and documentation on international law available in either paper or electronic format. In this Library special, we present you all relevant information. Our July and August Newsletters will be entirely devoted to the summer courses, so stay tuned!

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  • Treaty of Versailles Centennial: Negotiations in Paris

    Library blog - June 13, 2019

    This year is the Centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Signed on 28 June 1919 in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles Palace, the Treaty was the most important of the peace treaties that brought an end to World War I. To mark this anniversary, the Peace Palace Library has put together a collection of books exploring the background and aftermath of the Versailles Treaty. This collection will be published on the website and social media.

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  • Book Donation ‘Negotiating Peace. A Guide to the Practice, Politics, and Law of International Mediation’

    News and events - May 7, 2019

    Sven M.G. Koopmans donates his recently published “Negotiating Peace. A Guide to the Practice, Politics, and Law of International Mediation, Oxford University Press, 2018. Sven Koopmans, currently a Member of Parliament in the Netherlands, obtained his doctorate in international law at Oxford University (resulting in the book “Diplomatic Dispute Settlement. The Use of Inter-State Conciliation [T.M.C. Asser Press, 2008])” He is a former Senior Mediation Expert at the United Nations, political advisor at the European Union and consultant to the African Union, and in these capacities he worked e.g. on peace Cyprus, Kosovo, Darfur, Syria and Sudan/South Sudan; he has been involved in numerous peace processes around the world.

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  • De kleine Hoge Raad voor Dummies

    News and events - May 6, 2019

    Afgelopen maandag mochten wij uit handen van de bibliotheek/het kennisplein van de Hoge Raad der Nederlanden een donatie ontvangen. Hartelijk dank! De kleine Hoge Raad voor Dummies vertelt over de Hoge Raad, de hoogste rechter in ons land op het gebied van het civiel-, straf- en belastingrecht. Het boekje legt op een toegankelijke manier uit wat de taken van de Hoge Raad zijn (en wat juist niet) en beschrijft op welke manier de Hoge Raad die taken uitvoert. Ook lees je over de geschiedenis van de Hoge Raad, zijn organisatie en de procureur-generaal bij de Hoge Raad en zijn parket. Bovendien gaat het boekje in op de betekenis van een ‘rechtsstaat’ en de rol van de hoogste rechter daarin. Maarten Feteris is president van de Hoge Raad en hoogleraar formeel belastingrecht aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Jason van Heusden is de persoonlijk medewerker van de president van de Hoge Raad en raadsheer-plaatsvervanger in het Gerechtshof Amsterdam.

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  • Book Presentation ‘The Hague Conferences’, 19 February 2019, Registration Open

    News and events - February 14, 2019

    On 19 February 2019, from 17.30 till 18.30, the New Zealand historian Maartje Abbenhuis will speak in the Peace Palace Library about her most recent book “The Hague Conferences and International Politics, 1898-1915”, which has been published by Bloomsbury.

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  • The Hague Academy Event ‘Hours in Crisis’

    News and events - February 1, 2019

    During the first week of the Winter Course, 40 Academy students took part in the first ever ‘Hours in Crisis’ simulation exercise where they acted as legal counselors in a fictitious case dealing with an international crisis. The ‘Hours of Crisis’ simulation exercise, created entirely by the Academy’s Secretary-General Professor Thouvenin, lasted almost 10 hours and gave students an exciting chance to put their international law knowledge and skills to the test.

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  • Grotiana

    Grotiana, Volume 39 (2018)

    Library blog - January 10, 2019

    New issue. Grotiana appears under the auspices of the Grotiana Foundation. The journal’s leading objective is the furtherance of the Grotian tradition. It welcomes any relevant contribution to a better understanding of Grotius’ life and works. At the same time close attention will be paid to Grotius’ relevance for present-day thinking about world problems. Grotiana therefore intends to be a forum for exchanges concerning the philosophical, ethical and legal fundamentals of the search for an international order. The Library contributes with a bibliography on Grotius.

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  • All I want for Christmas is … Peace!

    Library blog - December 21, 2018

    Peace is an elusive thing. Everyone wants peace, yet few seem to actually possess it in any substantive form. For many, the attraction of the Christmas season is the momentary fulfillment of that dream, the wonderful moment of ‘Peace on Earth’. For one night, it seems possible. As Christmas approaches, we experience a sense of ‘Peace on Earth’. The Peace Palace upholds the ideal of ‘Peace through Law’: resolving international conflicts by means of international adjudication. Some reading suggestions on this topic from your Library for the coming Christmas season. Happy Christmas!

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