• Iraqi civilian casualties on a bridge over the Euphrates River at Al Hindiyah (Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003)

    The Body Counts : Civilian Casualties in War

    Library blog - May 10, 2012

    Throughout the post Cold War period there has been a widespread view that war and armed conflict have changed radically since the First World War to the point where some 80-90% of war victims are now civilians. Many modern wars have been accompanied by significant depopulations, along with destruction of infrastructure and resources.

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  • Okavango Delta

    40 Years of the Ramsar Convention : Appraisal and Outlook

    Library blog - April 20, 2012

    On 2 February 1971, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was adopted. The original Contracting Parties of the Convention were driven by an anxiety that migratory waterbirds were in increasing danger because of loss of their habitats. And yet in their wisdom they created a convention focused on wetland ecosystems rather than just wetland birds.

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  • New Titles service updated!

    News and events - April 2, 2012

    As of April 1, 2012 the Peace Palace Library has updated its New Titles service. In order to be more consistent with developments of international law, our list of New Titles topics has been revised. Please, check whether your actual subscriptions are up to date and subscribe to our newly added topics!

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  • Hans Island

    Hans Island : Crisis in the Arctic?

    Library blog - February 23, 2012

    Compared with other regions on the planet, the Arctic is warming faster. More of the Arctic is free of ice for longer periods. The possibilities for exploitation of natural resources and for control over Northern shipping lanes have prompted countries’ renewed interest in their competing claims to the region. Recently, Denmark (for Greenland) and Canada have clashed over their claims to a small, barren rock known as Hans Island.

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  • Yves Daudet

    Interview with Prof. Yves Daudet

    Library blog - January 20, 2012

    Interview with Prof. Yves Daudet, Emeritus Professor of the University Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Secretary General of The Hague Academy of International Law. We spoke about the Hague Academy, its relationship with the Peace Palace Library, and one of the paradoxes of modern life. A quote from this interview: “The fact that an Academy was created gives the institution its originality.”

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  • Pirates, Buccaneers and Privateers : Concepts of International Law

    Library blog - January 6, 2012

    Establishing an authoritative definition of “piracy” in international law has always been rather problematic. The definition is relevant, because any confusion in terminology invariably leads to debates between State sovereignty and universal jurisdiction over crimes at sea. The various international law meanings of piracy are derived from, among others, international treaties, and various municipal law meanings are defined by statutes and State practice.

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  • Interview with Prof. Rosalyn Higgins

    Library blog - December 22, 2011

    Interview with Prof. Rosalyn Higgins by Ingrid Kost & Otto Spijkers, on 1 December 2011, at the Peace Palace. We spoke about her time as President of the International Court of Justice, the relationship between the Peace Palace Library and the Court, and the difference between men and women.

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  • Fighting and Prosecuting Pirates: An Evening about Piracy

    News and events - December 13, 2011

    Fighting and Prosecuting Pirates: An Evening about Piracy, plus Book Launch of “Internationaal Publiekrecht als Wereldrecht” by Prof. Nico Schrijver. On 10 January 2012 at the Peace Palace.

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  • Abyei Arbitration between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement

    Library blog - November 2, 2011

    The Peace Palace Library organizes an evening of lectures and discussion about the Abyei Arbitration between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The speakers are Mr. Brooks W. Daly, Deputy Secretary-General and Principal Legal Counsel of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), and Prof. Johan G. Lammers. The lecture will take […]

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