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These blogs are written by the librarians of the Peace Palace Library. All blogs are dealing with subjects on International Law. Every blog contains links and references to the collection of the Peace Palace Library.

  • 2019 Telders International Law Moot Court Competition – 42nd Edition

    May 23, 2019

    The 23rd and the 24th of May, the semi-finals of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition will be held at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University Campus The Hague.  And on the 25th of May, the final will be held in the Great Hall of Justice at the Peace Palace. But […]

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  • The Peace Palace Library Blogs on Brexit

    May 2, 2019

    Major events in history tend to bring about or further major innovations in technology. The announcement of the then Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, in January 2013 that he wanted to organise an in- or out-referendum about British membership of the EU triggered the present author to start a series of blogs about Brexit on the website of this library. Blogs form a challenge for traditional academics inasmuch as they have to be short and sharp. The effect of the blog will be highlighted by the punch line in which it culminates. A blog, which solves an age-old conundrum, may turn out to be a greater leap forward in academic advancement than many contemplative books have been.

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  • Brexit progress? House of Commons says NO

    March 29, 2019

    Today is the set date in the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union, the United Kingdom is allowed formally to leave the European Union (Brexit).

    However, the British Parliament (House of Commons) has to give her approval to Theresa May’s deal. The British Prime minister has even offered to resign, if the House of Commons would vote for her deal. Nevertheless, the House of Commons has shown many ‘NO’ ‘s even to options discussed and proposed within the Parliament.

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  • Bringing the Peace Palace into the Twentieth Century

    March 28, 2019

    At the time it was being built, many people were dissatisfied with the design for the Peace Palace exterior by Louis Cordonnier; he designed a Renaissance building with gothic elements, made out of brick and natural stone with sculptured ornamentation such as pilasters and friezes. The public felt the traditional design-aesthetic harked back to old ways of thinking, which had led to war, rather than being a visual representation of the hope for a modern, peaceful society. Herman Rosse was able to bridge the gap between past and present in his style of design for the interiors of the building. But where did he get his inspiration to bring the Peace Palace into the twentieth century?

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  • Peace Palace Interiors

    March 27, 2019

    The designers behind the great artworks of the Peace Palace’s interiors are part of a research project by the Carnegie Foundation. Amongst these designers was Herman Rosse – the youngest, least-experienced of them all – yet his artworks cover the largest surface area of the building. His work here was the start of a wondrous career that would lead him to an Oscar. We followed his tracks, from several archives to his children, to find out more about the man behind the most impressive artwork of the Peace Palace.

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  • Did you know that the youngest designer of the Peace Palace was also an Oscar-winner?

    March 13, 2019

    The designers behind the great artworks of the Peace Palace are part of a new research project by the Carnegie Foundation. Amongst these designers was Herman Rosse – the youngest, least-experienced of them all – yet his artworks cover the largest surface area of the building. His work here was the start of a wondrous career that would lead him to an Oscar.

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  • The end of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    The end of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    February 22, 2019

    Russian president, Vladimir Putin, held his yearly ‘State of the Union’ to the Russian federal assembly on Wednesday 20 February 2019. In his speech he addressed the recent tensions between the United States and Russia, following the suspension of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF-treaty) dating from 1987. Putin said that Russia will not hesitate to deploy new nuclear weapons targeting the United States if the United States deploy such weapons in Europe. Russia has no intentions of deploying these weapons first, but feels forced to do so if the United States continue to place weapons in Europe, namely in Romania and Poland.

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  • Gbagbo

    February 14, 2019

    On January 15 2019, Mr Laurent Gbagbo, the former head of state of Côte d’Ivoire (2000-2011) and his right-hand man, Charles Blé Goudé, were acquitted from all charges of crimes against humanity that were allegedly committed between 2010 and 2011. Post-electural bloodshed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 resulted in the death of about 3,000 people and the displacement of 500,000. Gbagbo was charged with four counts of crimes against humanity: murder, rape, other inhumane acts or – in the alternative – attempted murder, and persecution, allegedly committed during the 2010-2011 post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire. Gbagbo, who has pleaded not guilty, was taken into custody by the ICC in 2011. He remained in custody for seven years. The trial was a landmark in the history of the ICC. Gbagbo was the highest profile official and the first former head of state, to stand trial at the ICC since the establishment of the Court.

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  • Dutch Youth For Climate Change

    February 7, 2019

    Today, on 7th February, thousands of Dutch school children are demonstrating against climate change, missing a day of school in the process. The pupils are supporting the Youth for Climate NL campaign on Instagram, which was launched by school children at the Dalton school in The Hague. The campaign website, which invites donations to pay for banners, urges teenagers to ‘play truant for our future’. The youth wants the Dutch government to take more action against climate change.

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  • Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda

    January 24, 2019

    Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda

    Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    To realise access to information fully, everyone needs both access and skills to use information effectively as outlined in the ‘Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development’. Libraries have the skills and resources to help governments, institutions and individuals communicate, organise, structure and use information effectively for development.

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