• World War II - Research Guide International Law

    Deuxième guerre mondiale

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    La Deuxième guerre mondiale est le conflit mondial qui a duré de 1939 à 1945 et qui a impliqué la plupart des pays du monde – y compris toutes les grandes puissance – qui ont formé deux alliances militaires opposés, les alliés et l’axe. Il s’agit du conflit le plus étendu de l’histoire, avec plus […]

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  • Polar Regions | Research Guide International Law


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    L’Antarctique est le cinquième continent par la taille et celui qui se trouve le plus au sud. Il est situé dans la région antarctique de l’hémisphère sud, presque entièrement au sud du cercle antarctique, et il est entouré de l’Océan Antarctique. Environ 98% de l’Antarctique est couvert par les glaces. Il n’y existe aucune population […]

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  • Dutch responsibility for Srebrenica

    Blog - août 19, 2011

    Today, the Court of Appeals in The Hague published the English translation of the judgment in the cases of Mustafic and Nuhanovic versus the State of the Netherlands. The original judgments (in Dutch) of both Mustaficand Nuhanovic were published on 5 July 2011: they are almost identical. Mustafic and Nuhanovic, two Bosnian Muslims, held the […]

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  • Marine Debris

    Plastic Soup – What Legal Response to Marine Debris Pollution ?

    Blog - juillet 5, 2011

    Solving the problem of marine debris and plastic pollution in the World’s oceans is a very complex and challenging enterprise. In particular, its legal framework. Various international and regional instruments, domestic and local laws and regulations apply directly or indirectly to marine debris pollution. The conspicuously global nature of this problem indicates that a potential role of significance is reserved for international environmental law. However, not all international and regional instruments are legally binding, and not all have a strong focus on marine debris and plastic pollution.

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  • Conference about ICJ’s judgment in the case between Nicaragua and the USA

    Blog - juin 28, 2011

    In 1986, the International Court of Justice issued its judgment on the merits in a dispute between Nicaragua and the United States of America. Twenty-five years later, members of the legal teams of both Nicaragua and the United States faced each other once again in the Peace Palace.

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  • When Röling Waves Advanced Towards the Shores of International Law

    Blog - juin 17, 2011

    Invitation to lecture about the influence of Röling’s work on international law practice and scholarship by Prof. Nico Schrijver, organized by the Peace Palace Library. The lecture takes place on Wednesday 22 June, 2011, at 17.30-19.30 (lecture starts at 18.00). The location is the Historic Reading Room of the Peace Palace Library. Entrance is free.

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  • Is the right to self-determination of the entire population of Libya currently being violated by the Government of Gadhafi?

    Blog - avril 21, 2011

    Is the right to self-determination of peoples applicable to the present revolution – or civil war – in Libya? Can one claim that a State with a dictatorial regime is violating the right to self-determination of its own population?

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  • Global Honey Bee Colony Disorder and Other Threats to Insect Pollinators

    Bees under Bombardment : Time for Plan Bee

    Blog - avril 8, 2011

    Current scientific evidence demonstrates that a sixth major extinction of biological diversity event is underway. The Earth is losing between one and ten percent of biodiversity per decade, mostly due to habitat loss, pest invasion, pollution, climate change, over-harvesting and disease. Certain natural ecosystem services, which are vital for human societies, are under stress.

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  • Dresden 1945

    Dresden 1945: An Allied War Crime?

    Blog - février 18, 2011

    Since 1945, the bombing of Dresden is considered by many as a violation of international law and as a crime against humanity, even though positive rules of international humanitarian law were absent at the time. The Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, were among the first formal statements of the laws of war and war crimes in the nascent body of international law. However these conventions, adressing the codes of wartime conduct on land and at sea, were adopted before the rise of air power. Despite repeated diplomatic attempts (→ The Hague Rules of Air Warefare 1922/1923) to update international humanitarian law to include aerial warfare, it was not done before the outbreak of World War II. The absence of positive international humanitarian law does not mean that the laws of war did not cover aerial warfare, but there was no general agreement of how to interpret those laws. The aerial bombardment of Dresden does not only raise the question as to whether or not it was an Allied war crime, but it also makes a moral appeal to prevent total war against civilian populations. It’s memory is kept alive.

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  • Climate Change and Human Rights

    Blog - février 15, 2011

    On Friday 11 February 2011, the Dutch Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (NJCM), ICCO and Stand Up For Your Rights together organized a seminar on Climate Change and Human Rights. It took place at ICCO Headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands. Below follows a brief impression of the seminar.

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