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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.

  • Refugees - Research Guide International Law

    The Alleged Replacement of Peoples

    February 26, 2020

    A Dutch politician is addressing the Court in The Netherlands in summary proceedings in order to obtain rectification by the editorial staff of a talkshow, which has attributed some statements about the policies of the EU to him, which he adamantly denies. According to the hostess of the talkshow the politician concerned has argued in parliament that the EU aims to replace the populations of the member states with immigrants in order to weaken their national identities and to undermine their existence. The talkshow refuses to give and states to have paraphrased the views of the politician in a balanced manner.

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  • Brexit and European Democracy

    February 10, 2020

    Guest blog by Jaap Hoeksma.

    On the face of it, it appears to be a mere coincidence that the Conference about the Future of Europe is to start shortly after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. The decision to convene a conference was taken in reaction to the nomination by the European Council of a candidate for the post of President of the European Commission, who had not participated in the May 2019 elections for the European Parliament. This intergovernmental disregard for the democratic procedures practised by the EP caused such an outcry with the citizens of the Union that the Conference will be tasked to ‘give a new impetus to European democracy’.

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  • The EU as Guardian of the Rule of Law

    January 22, 2020

    The March of the Magistrates, which took place in Warsaw on January 11 2020, heralded a new stage in the process of European integration. Judges from various EU member-states gathered in the Polish capital in order to lend support to their colleagues, demonstrating against the erosion of the rule of law in Poland. In doing so, the judges highlighted that respect for the rule of law is no longer an internal matter for EU member-states. Instead, the March of the Magistrates confirms that the EU has become the guardian of the rule of law.

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  • Library User in the Spotlight: Taras Leshkovych

    December 20, 2019

    My name is Taras Leshkovych and I am from Western Ukraine, from the beautiful city of Lviv. I have dreamt about getting to the Peace Palace for nearly 10 years, since my graduate studies in Ukraine. And not merely as a visitor but in some form of professional capacity. I even have had a picture of the Palace on my work desk since that time as an inspiration and a constant reminder of my professional goals.

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  • Final Words: Interview with Librarian Niels van Tol

    December 20, 2019

    After 16 years, it is time to leave the Peace Palace Library. My colleague Candice Alihusain asked me for an interview but unfortunately, due to lots of work, this did not happen. My current work for Erasmus University Library, extremely interesting and educational as it is, also left me unable to write down something. But one has to do what one has to do and I hereby provide you with a small interview.

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  • Defining European Democracy

    December 17, 2019

    At the start of the new millennium the federalist philosopher Michael Burgess launched the aphorism that the EU cannot function in theory and yet works in practice. This ambiguity was recently underlined by the President-designate of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen, who stated in her political guidelines: ‘’Our Union’s democratic system is unique, bringing together directly elected parliamentarians at local, regional, national and European level with elected Heads of State or Government.”

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  • Ode to the Library by Giampaolo Guizardi Righetti

    December 15, 2019

    The Library is an incredible place. Every time I come I feel energised. The beauty of its gardens is simply breathtaking -nothing heals a confused soul like a flourished garden- but it is not only the place itself nor the fantastic collection of every possible book or article or judgment ever written in International and Comparative Law that makes it so unique. It might in itself suffice to make it so, but the PPL is much more than that.

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  • The Effectiveness of Sanctions and Iran’s Nuclear Program

    September 27, 2019

    With Iran and the United States seemingly on the brink of war, it would be justified to examine both country’s viewpoints and intentions to gain a greater understanding of this international relations dilemma. While the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif affirms that his country would never pursue a nuclear weapon since Islam prevents the country in doing so, many in Washington are not convinced. US President Donald Trump remains certain that Iran’s nuclear program represents a threat to international security and peace, with his administration opting to impose sanctions this past year. However, with all of the controversy surrounding this international situation an important question should be asked: Are sanctions an effective tool in order to make Iran comply with the demands of the international community?

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  • Review: The CIJ-ICJ App

    September 22, 2019

    “The free app, called CIJ-ICJ, allows users to keep abreast of developments at the Court in its two official languages, French and English, by providing essential information on the Court and its activities, including on pending and concluded cases, decisions, press releases and the Court’s judicial calendar. It also allows users to receive real-time notifications […]

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  • Centre 2019: Extraterritoriality (Insights)

    September 2, 2019

    Guestblog by Philipp Ullmer

    This blogpost entails a short insight on the topic of extraterritoriality, which I was working on during the last six months as an intern at the Peace Palace Library. My tasks were mainly related to finding relevant titles for the bibliography that serves the Centre for Studies and Research as part of The Hague Academy of International Law.

    So, from where do we start?
    To grasp the concept of extraterritoriality, one must understand its underlying jurisdictional principles. For the purpose of this blog, I would like to focus on the territoriality principle, under which a state has jurisdiction over acts or omissions committed within its territory.

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