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Hugo Grotius (1583-1645)

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    Why did the Peace Palace open its Doors on 28 August 1913?

    August 30, 2013

    Not coincidentally, the Peace Palace opened its doors on 28 August 1913, two-hundred-and-sixty-eight years to the day that Grotius had died in Rostock, Germany. That same year, the Dutch publisher Martinus Nijhoff gifted 55 editions of Grotius’ De Jure Belli ac Pacis (first published in 1625) to the Peace Palace Library, which would become the nucleus of the PPL’s famous Grotiana collection.

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  • Gala-voorstelling Hugo de Groot 9 april 1883

    Gala-voorstelling Hugo de Groot 9 april 1883

    August 23, 2013

    Typographic poster announcing a gala performance to commemorate the 300-year birthday of Hugo Grotius on 18 April 1883.

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  • Hugo Grotius, Ordinvm Hollandiae ac VVestfrisiæ pietas ab improbißimis multorum calumnijs, præsertim verò à nuperâ Sibrandi Lvbberti epistolâ ... vindicata, Lugdvni Batavorvm, Iohannes Patius, Iuratus & Ordinarius Academiæ, 1613.

    Hugo Grotius and his Ordinum Pietas (1613): a Conference at the Peace Palace Library

    July 25, 2013

    Last 13 and 14 June the Peace Palace Library hosted a celebration of the 400th anniversary of one of the most controversial publications of Hugo Grotius, written during the eventful years of the Twelve Years’ Truce.

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  • Mare Liberum

    Mare Liberum

    June 12, 2013

    Poster on Mare Liberum (1609), the famous work by Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) in which he formulated the new principle that the sea was international territory and all nations were free to use it for seafaring trade. The Peace Palace Library has an original copy of Mare Liberum , TMD 541, in the famous Ter Meulen/Diermanse Bibliographie de Grotius. […]

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  • Professor Emeritus Robert Feenstra (1920-2013)

    In memoriam Professor Emeritus Robert Feenstra (1920-2013), Eminent Legal Historian and Grotius Expert

    March 28, 2013

    Professor Robert Feenstra, one of the most outstanding specialist in the legal writings of Hugo Grotius, died on March 2 at the age of 92. Prof. Feenstra was Professor of Legal History in Utrecht from 1949 till 1952 and Professor of Roman Law at Leyden University from 1952 till 1985. He published extensively on Grotius’s legal heritage.

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  • Nellen, H.J.M., Grotius’s Memory Honoured: On the Acquisition of the First Edition of De Iure Belli ac Pacis by the Peace Palace Library, The Hague, Peace Palace Library, 2012.

    Grotius’s Memory Honoured

    January 22, 2013

    A booklet by Professor Henk Nellen on the acquisition of the first edition of De Iure belli ac pacis by the Peace Palace Library. It is an adapted version of a speech held in the Peace Palace on 21 February 2011, when the copy of De iure belli ac pacis was presented to the public. After a short survey of the genesis, printing history and early reception, the booklet goes into the differences between the three states of the first edition and their significance for the interpretation of Grotius’s work.

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  • Groepsfoto Pelgrimage Hugo Grotius 28 augustus 2012

    Commemoration of Hugo Grotius: A pilgrimage to Delft

    September 11, 2012

    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.

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    Peace Palace Library Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Hugo Grotius August 28, 2012

    July 26, 2012

    Join the Peace Palace Library Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Hugo Grotius in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft! To commemorate the fact that Grotius died 367 years ago the Peace Palace Library pays tribute to the legacy of this great “Dutchman”, the “Father of International Law “ with a small ceremony at his grave. Upon arrival at the Nieuwe Kerk a wreath of fresh flower will be laid at his tomb. After speeches, a small passage from his most famous work “De Iure Belli ac Pacis” will be read.

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  • Tomb of Hugo Grotius in Delft

    A Grotian Moment around the Tomb of Hugo Grotius in Delft

    June 28, 2012

    On July 4, 2012 a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court will take place around the tomb of Hugo Grotius in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft.  At the same time this is a commemoration of the laying of a silver wreath on Grotius’ tomb on July 4, 1899 by the American […]

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  • “Mare Liberum” in Persian!

    February 27, 2012

    The Peace Palace Library has received the Persian translation of Hugo Grotius’ famous book:

    “Mare liberum” : Dary¯ai ¯az¯ad = Mare liberum (The Free Sea), from chapter 12 of De Indis (De jure praedae commentarius) / H¯ug¯u Gr¯usy¯us ; transl. [from the Persian] by Hossein Piran and published in 2011 by the Sharh-e-Danesh Insitute of Law Research and Study in Tehran.

    Mr Piran who is Senior Legal Advisor at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, and a longtime client of the Peace Palace Library, kindly donated this book to the library.

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