The Peace Palace Library looks back on the most notable international law news and library blogs this year. A new website was launched in order to improve our (online) library services and optimize the accessibility of our resources. With the renewed design and interface we hope our services to be clear, attractive and more user friendly. We hope you like these improvements. Besides international law news and library blogs, the Peace Palace Library provides more news services about library activities such as the library newsletter, RSS feeds, new title alerts and tweets. On behalf of the Peace Palace Library staff, I would like to thank our members, users and readers. We wish you a very happy new year!Read 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
Fifth lecture about piracy in Somalia: The meeting’s central theme was the international community’s efforts in combating and prosecuting pirates.Read more
Interview with Prof. Rosalyn Higgins by Ingrid Kost & Otto Spijkers, on 1 December 2011, at the Peace Palace. We spoke about her time as President of the International Court of Justice, the relationship between the Peace Palace Library and the Court, and the difference between men and women.Read more
News about important or otherwise relevant developments related to subjects in the field of International Law.Read more
The Peace Palace Library in The Hague holds one of the greatest collections in the world of the works of Hugo Grotius [1583-1645], founder of a systematic modern doctrine of international law and universally called the “Father of International Law”.Read more
The Library, not far from the place where he was arrested in 1618 has become the centre of Grotius- Research for scholars from all over the world.
The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme (ILFP) organized a 45 minutes presentation of the Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL) for the participants of their six-week course in the Peace Palace. Representatives of The Hague Academy of International Law, the Dutch Carnegie Foundation and members of the Peace Palace Library Staff also were in […]Read more
On June 28, 2011 a conference was held about The European Union (hereafter EU) as a Polity in International Law at the Academy Hall of the Peace Palace, The Hague, The Netherlands. The conference was held at the initiative of Mr. Jaap Hoeksma, Director of Euroknow. This initiative was supported by Dr P. H. Kooijmans, Prof Dr L-J Brinkhorst, Dr W.F. van Eekelen, Dr W.van Gerven and Dr Th. van Boven.
The theme of the conference was the legal status of the European Union and its relationship with international law.From its inception, the main goal of the European Union and its integration in the legal as well as political systems of the Member states has been faced with conceptual problems regarding the final goal of the establishment of the European Union. The purpose of the conference was to discuss whether the Lisbon Treaty has overcome the problems by constructing the EU as a democratic polity without turning the Union into a state. If so, what are the consequences for the place of the EU as a polity in international law and for its role in international relations?Read more
Invitation to lecture about the influence of Röling’s work on international law practice and scholarship by Prof. Nico Schrijver, organized by the Peace Palace Library. The lecture takes place on Wednesday 22 June, 2011, at 17.30-19.30 (lecture starts at 18.00). The location is the Historic Reading Room of the Peace Palace Library. Entrance is free.Read more
From a traditional point of view, International Public Law has been understood as a set of rules produced by states in order to regulate relations between them. Since the end of the Cold War, the role of NGOs in international law is growing in importance and their activities are reaching the remotest parts of the world. In this blog, I will briefly discuss how NGOs have transformed international law as well as how they continue to contribute to the development of international law.Read more