Library Specials

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    Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

    March 3, 2017

    Women’s rights are the fundamental human rights that were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet nearly 70 years ago. These rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage. Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured.

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  • Tsar Nicholas II: Peace and International Jurisdiction

    February 23, 2017

    The initiative of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia to organize an international peace conference at the dawn of the twentieth century came at exactly the right moment. During the First Hague Peace Conference of 1899, 26 countries came together to speak about disarmament and about the possibility of international jurisdiction, which led to the establishment of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. In 1907 a second peace conference was organized in The Hague, in which 44 countries participated. Find out more about the Tsar’s initiative and his relationship with the Peace Palace.

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  • Syria Crisis: Humanitarian Law, Warfare, Refugees

    October 13, 2016

    The Syrian civil war is an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict in Syria in which international interventions have taken place. The war grew out of the unrest of the 2011 Arab Spring and escalated to armed conflict after President Bashar al-Assad’s government violently repressed protests calling for his removal. Violence in Syria has escalated amid an absence of meaningful efforts to end the war. A confidential list of individuals and units are believed to be responsible for crimes against humanity, breaches of international humanitarian law and gross human rights violations. We have created a Library Special on the Syrian civil war in order to provide you easy access to our collection. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask the librarian: r.steenhard@ppl.nl

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  • South China Sea Territorial Disputes

    October 12, 2016

    China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade passes every year. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims. In addition to substantial natural resources, the South China Sea is of paramount strategic significance to the Asian security paradigm and to global stability. We have created a Library Special on this topic in order to provide you easy access to our collection: a selective bibliography, newsletters, books, articles and online resources.

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  • United Nations Climate Change Conference: Paris 2015 COP21/CMP11

    Paris Global Climate Agreement

    September 6, 2016

    On 12 December 2015, an historic agreement has been established. Governments of more than 190 nations gathered in Paris, France, and agreed to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions aimed to reduce the threat of dangerous climate change.This new global agreement will enter into force after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification. In order to accelerate the Paris Agreement entry into force, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from all countries to attend a special event on 21 September 2016. The countries have the opportunity to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will also provide an opportunity to other countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the agreement before the end of 2016.

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  • Olympic Games

    August 4, 2016

    From 5 August to 21 August 2016, the 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, and commonly known as Rio 2016, will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympic Games are the world’s most important international athletic competition. The Olympics bring together thousands of the finest athletes to compete against one another in a variety of individual and team sports. We have created a Library special on this topic in order to provide you easy access to our collection: a selective bibliography, newsletters, books, articles and online resources. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask the librarian: r.ridderhof@ppl.nl.

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  • The Hague Academy Summer Courses 2016

    July 7, 2016

    We welcome all students of the The Hague Academy of International Law’s summer courses, first period 11 July – 29 July (Public International Law) and second period 1-19 August (Private International Law). The coming six weeks, the library will serve as the Academy’s ‘home library’, providing the students with access to all books, articles, essays and documentation on international law available in either paper or electronic format. In this Library special, we present you all relevant information. Our July and August Newsletters will be entirely devoted to the coming summer courses, so stay tuned!

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  • Brexit

    April 29, 2016

    The British newspaper The Guardian calls the referendum on June 23 the ‘biggest political decision of the century’. British voters should answer the question: ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’ We have created a Library Special on this topic in order to provide you easy access to our collection: a selective bibliography, newsitems, books, articles and online resources.

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  • Refugee Crisis in Europe

    January 12, 2016

    As migration and refugee movements to Europe have gained unprecedented momentum last year and continue to dominate the news, we have created a Library Special on this topic in order to provide you easy access to our collection: a selective bibliography, newsletters, books, articles and online resources.

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  • Picture: the archives of the International Military Tribunal on their way to the International Court of Justice, arriving at the Peace Palace, 14 March 1950.

    The Nuremberg Trials Legacy

    November 6, 2015

    This year we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials against the principal perpetrators of the Hitler regime. The Nuremberg Trials mark an important moment in the history of international law. Individual war criminals, prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of Nazi-Germany, were held responsible and indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity and brought to justice before an international tribunal. The Nuremberg Trials provided a legal framework on which thereafter prosecution of international crimes was built and thus laid the foundation for international criminal law to emerge as a modern discipline.

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