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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.

  • Encyclopedia of Law and Religion Online (ELRO)

    January 11, 2021

    The Encyclopedia has been edited by Gerhard Robbers and W. Cole Durham. It covers various subjects. For example the relation between law and religion in its diverse aspects, freedom of religion or belief, the role of religion in society, interaction between law, religion and state, relations between religion and state institutions and legal aspects of religious traditions. This online encyclopedia provides an important foundational resource for study of these subjects.

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  • New Era for EU: The European Model of Transnational Governance

    December 18, 2020

    The decision of the European Council to introduce a rule of law mechanism in the budget of the EU marks the emergence of a new model of transnational governance in Europe.

    The European Model of Transnational Governance, as it may be called, has arisen alongside the prevailing Westphalian System of International Relations, according to which the EU had either to become a federal state or to form a confederal union of states.

    However, the Westphalian imperative has not materialised. By establishing itself as a Union of democratic States, based on the rule of law, which also functions as a constitutional democracy of its own, the EU has evolved into a new category of international law.

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  • Online Centre for Studies Bibliography: “Epidemics and International Law”.

    December 14, 2020

    For the researchers of the Online Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations of the Hague Academy of International Law, Eveline van Trigt, jurist and a senior foreign, comparative, and international law librarian of the Peace Palace Library, has compiled a bibliography about epidemics and international law.

    The directors of research for the Online Centre programme of 2020-2021 are Professor Shinya Murase (Sophia University, Tokyo) and Ms. Suzanne Zhou (McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Melbourne).

    This bibliography is concerned with epidemics and international law. It deals both with epidemics in relationship to international law in general and with the interrelationships of several international law disciplines and applicable international law rules.

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  • Between UN-System and EU-Model

    December 4, 2020

    In the midst of the corona pandemic the EU is facing yet another fundamental crisis. Two of its 27 Member States are threatening to veto the Corona Recovery Fund and the multi-annual budget in protest against the rule of law-mechanism. The main argument, which Hungary and Poland invoke against the application of this mechanism, is that they are sovereign states and that other states and/or the EU should refrain from interfering in their internal affairs.

    Blog by Jaap Hoeksma

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  • Interview President Kosovo Specialist Chambers : Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova

    November 4, 2020

    Performing duties in the field of international criminal justice requires expertise in criminal law, procedure, humanitarian law and human rights as well as a profound knowledge of evidence law. Thus, efforts to master all these closely related areas should be an important and daily part of the professional development of everyone dedicated to international criminal justice. However, to provide you with a more precise answer, apart from my knowledge on international law related areas, evidence law is of particular interest to me.

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  • European sovereignty Peace Palace Library blog Jaap Hoeksma

    Nature EU Established Beyond Doubt

    August 26, 2020

    Guest blog by Jaap Hoeksma.

    The EU and its predecessors have been struggling with their identity ever since the start of the great transformation of Europe after World War II. As early as 1957 an international conference was convened in order to assess the nature of the newly founded European Coal and Steel Community. Was the ECSC comparable to the existing international river commissions or should it be regarded as a new kind of entity? Since the participants as well as later generations failed to reach consensus, the stakeholders in the debate agreed to disagree by describing the EC as an ‘organization sui generis’. Numerous treaties and enlargements onward, the academic community continues to portray the EU in terms of an ‘organization sui generis’ as if nothing has happened!

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  • First Podcast about International Law in Spanish

    July 1, 2020

    The first Podcast about international law in Spanish has been launched! The Podcast Hablemos de Derecho Internacional (HDI), created and hosted by Edgardo Sobenes, Lawyer and Consultant in Public International Law, addresses contemporary issues of international law of global relevance. HDI features conversations with international lawyers and jurists, such as H.E. Mr. Philippe Couvreur, Prof. Antonio Remiro Brotons and Prof. Juan José Ruda, among other well-known legal personalities.

    The Podcast is intended to contribute to the dissemination and study of contemporary legal issues in the Spanish language, and is available on the main platforms: Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast. For more information about the guests and the episodes subscribe to Hablemos de Derecho Internacional (HDI), and follow HDI’s social media accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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  • The case BVerfG v EUCoJ

    May 26, 2020

    Guest blog by Jaap Hoeksma.

    The clash between the BundesVerfassungsGericht (BVerfG) and the European Court of Justice (EUCoJ), which erupted at the height of the corona crisis in the first week of May 2020, may be interpreted as a collision between two visions on the principles and functioning of international law.

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  • Could China be Taken to ICJ over COVID-19 Pandemic?

    May 12, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc worldwide, with over 3,1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and almost 218000 COVID-19 related deaths over time. Until an effective vaccine will have been created and will become widely available to the world population, the coronavirus remains a serious threat to global health. The efforts to prevent further spread of the virus and to control […]

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  • Free Access due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

    April 1, 2020

    Due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, legal publishers are providing additional free access to the legal community. These resources will be on free access for a certain period of time to support education and research. We will keep you posted should these be extended or shut down. This does not affect the existing digital reference […]

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