• Hiroshima A-Bombed Tree Ceremony

    December 6, 2017

    On the occasion of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN, a descendant of a Haki-kima-kaki tree (Diospyros kaki) that has emerged after the Hiroshima atomic attack has found a new home in the garden of the Peace Palace. Seeds from that Hako-kima-kaki tree were sent from Hiroshima to the Hortus botanicus in Leiden. They have been germinated there and have now grown into a beautiful young tree. In short speeches we have commemorated the victims of the atomic attack that remind us of the need to abolish nuclear weapons. The cruelty of atomic bombs and the suffering of the citizens of Horoshima and Nagasaki is engraved in our memory. Yet the beauty of a surviving tree from Japan gives hope for a better and more peaceful world.

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    Creating Peace through Law: the City of Hiroshima

    December 24, 2013

    By Professor Hope Elizabeth May, Central Michigan University. The Hague’s identity as an international City of Peace and Justice began when the Peace Palace opened on August 28, 1913. A product of the fierce optimism of Andrew Carnegie who provided 1.5 million dollars to finance its construction, the Peace Palace provided a proper symbolic home to what Carnegie referred to as the “high court of humanity” (the Permanent Court of Arbitration) – the precious jewel of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference. The cusp of the Peace Palace Centenary marked an important moment for The Hague. As The Hague enters its next phase, it is an opportune time to consider the experience of another city that was built, by law, to be a symbol of international peace – that of Hiroshima, Japan. 2014 marks not only the centenary of World War I, but also the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law (“Peace City Law”).

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