• Adopt-A-Book Program

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    The Adopt-A-Book program allows you to financially support a specific work or part of our collection or the special collections. In case you are a frequent user of a specific collection of the Library, which has over time come to hold a special place in your heart, you can help us to preserve, maintain and […]

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  • Book Donations

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    We welcome book donations! Are you interested in donating books? The Library is open to book donations. The reference librarians require all donations to meet certain criteria. Here are some guidelines: Is your donation a good addition to the current collection and does it suit the collection development policy of a particular legal subject? Are there […]

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  • Grotiana

    Grotiana, Volume 38 (2017)

    News and events - January 30, 2018

    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. The Library contributes with a bibliography on Grotius.

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    The Peace Palace Library is the international law library serving the international legal community. Based in The Hague, the international city for Peace and Justice, the Library plays a essential role in the functioning of international law and is recognised within the community for its excellent legal information services. The Library’s extensive collection covers international […]

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  • Air Warfare and International Law: A Bibliographic Overview

    Library blog - January 4, 2018

    All armed conflicts are covered by the basic rules and principles of the laws of war, wherever the theatre of operations might be, land, sea or air. Although some treaty and customary law specifically refers to certain aspects of aerial warfare, no specific regulation of modern air warfare has yet been adopted. Nevertheless, it is clear that the general principles and rules of international humanitarian law apply. We have created a bibliographic overview on this topic intended as a starting point for your research.

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  • Air Warfare/Bombardments: A Bibliographic Overview

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  • Jerusalem and International Law: A Bibliographic Overview

    Library blog - December 7, 2017

    US President Donald Trump’s pledge to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has caused considerable controversy across the world. If the United States moved the embassy to Jerusalem, it would mean that the US effectively recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. That would overturn 70 years of international consensus, and, many argue, would effectively signal the end of moves to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians. We have created a bibliographic overview on this topic intended as a starting point for research.

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  • Jerusalem’s Legal Status: A Bibliographic Overview

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  • Hiroshima A-Bombed Tree Ceremony

    News and events - December 6, 2017

    On the occasion of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN, a descendant of a Haki-kima-kaki tree (Diospyros kaki) that has emerged after the Hiroshima atomic attack has found a new home in the garden of the Peace Palace. Seeds from that Hako-kima-kaki tree were sent from Hiroshima to the Hortus botanicus in Leiden. They have been germinated there and have now grown into a beautiful young tree. In short speeches we have commemorated the victims of the atomic attack that remind us of the need to abolish nuclear weapons. The cruelty of atomic bombs and the suffering of the citizens of Horoshima and Nagasaki is engraved in our memory. Yet the beauty of a surviving tree from Japan gives hope for a better and more peaceful world.

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  • Book Launch: Oppenheim’s International Law: United Nations

    News and events - November 23, 2017

    On Tuesday, 21 November, the Great Hall of Justice was the scene of the book presentation of the newest book in the Oppenheim series ‘Oppenheim’s International Law: United Nations’. In front of distinguished guests from the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law, the Carnegie Foundation, and legal specialists from abroad, this book was presented as the result of many years of hard and diligent work by Dame Rosalyn Higgins.

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