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On September 28, the world celebrated the United Nations Day of Peace with all sorts of festivities, including music, dance and poetry. In our series of interviews for our Newsletter we met with Hanneke Eggels, who expresses her concern for peace through another artistic manner, poetry.Read more
This study provides an analytical, practical and theoretical framework on State liability and responsibility for environmental damage caused by major nuclear accidents as a result of nuclear activities in accordance with the existing rules of international law. Despite the traditional rules of international liability focus on reparation of the incidence damage, this study concludes that the role of liability for environmental damage must be extended to prevent damage that might result from a nuclear activity as a hazardous activity before it happens. The regime of liability has two functions: a preventive function and a reparative functionRead more
The International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) held its 31th Annual Course in Toronto, Canada from the September 30 until October 4, 2012. This year’s annual conference was organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. The theme of the Conference was “Canada, the Cultural Mosaic and International Law”. The cultural mosaic as a principle has found its way into legislation since the 1970s and the legendary Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has greatly contributed to this development. In 1988 the ‘Canadian Multiculturalism Act’ was adopted in order to guarantee “the freedom of all members of Canadian society to preserve, enhance and share their cultural heritage”. This interest was reconfirmed in the 1992 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Read more
On 27 September 2012 Professor Pieter Sanders passed away, one week after his 100th birthday, leaving a unique legacy in both international and Dutch arbitration law.
Professor Sanders was perhaps best known to dispute resolution lawyers as one of the principal drafters of the 1958 New York Convention (on the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and arbitration agreements) and for his contributions to the drafting of the 1976 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the 1986 Dutch arbitration legislation.Read more
The Politics of Justice: From a Human Rights Revolution to Global Justice?
More than twenty years ago, Martti Koskenniemi (1990) published a ground-breaking article in the inaugural issue of the European Journal of International Law, entitled ‘The Politics of International Law’. Koskenniemi critiqued the liberal, normative tendency that set the rule of law above a serious engagement with politics. Cautioning against an over-reliance on legal certainty, Koskenniemi anticipated that lawyers would be obliged to venture into other disciplines, including politics, sociology and economics.Read more
Law Via the Internet Conference, Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School, Ithaka, NY, October 7-9, 2012October 5, 2012
In 2012, we mark the 20th Anniversary of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School, the first legal website on the Internet and the birthplace of the free law, open access movement.Read more
31st IALL Annual Course on International Law and Legal Information, Toronto, Canada, September 30 – October 4, 2012October 1, 2012
The Annual Course on International Law Librarianship is the International Association of Law Libraries’ main meeting and educational event of the year. The theme of the conference is Canada: The Cultural Mosaic and International Law. Topics will reflect Canada’s unique perspectives on international and domestic issues. Speakers at the sessions include top Canadian legal academics, […]Read more
Every year, on the third Tuesday in September, The Netherlands celebrates Prince’s Day (Prinsjesdag). This day signals the start of the Dutch parliamentary year. Queen Beatrix, Head of State, delivers the “Speech from the Throne” ( De Troonrede) before a joint meeting of both chambers of parliament, members of the cabinet, the Council of State and other invited guests. The Speech sets out the main features of government policy for the coming parliamentary sessionRead more
Keina Yoshida is currently working as an intern at the ICC and is in the middle of writing a PhD at the London School of Economics (LSE). Her research focuses on the interaction & interrelation between International Criminal Justice and Cinema. Find out more about Keina and her Blog where the worlds of Law and Film collide.Read more
On the sunlit summer morning of Tuesday August 28th, a small group of people gathered in the New Church in Delft, which dominates the north-eastern side of the medieval marketplace, to visit the tomb of Hugo Grotius, known as the ‘Father of International Law’. On this day he died 367 years ago and to honor his legacy the Peace Palace Library organized a commemoration to celebrate his life and achievements.Read more