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Law of the Sea

  • The Capture of the Santa Catarina (1603)

    September 20, 2018

    By 1602, the newly formed Dutch East India Company (VOC) was threatening Portugal’s monopoly over the Asian spice trade. In response, the Portuguese government designed an extensive campaign to drive out the Dutch from the East Indies. Outraged by the atrocities the Portuguese inflicted on the Dutch and their allies, Admiral Van Heemskerck – sailing in the Strait of Singapore – prepared to retaliate against the Portuguese. After spending months of looking for a Portuguese ship to capture, they at last found one on that morning of February 25, 1603. And not just any ship, but the treasure ship Santa Catarina. The ship and its cargo ended up as booty of war and were taken back to Europe. The incident of the Santa Catarina was most certainly not uncontroversial from a legal point of view …

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  • OSAIL Update

    August 21, 2018

    OSAIL Update

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  • Book Launches Law of the Sea: ‘Maritime Boundary Delimitation’ and ‘Traité de Droit international de la Mer’

    May 22, 2018

    The Peace Palace Library was delighted to host, along with the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) of the UiT the Arctic University of Norway and Le Club de Droit International, the book launch of Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Case Law; Is it Consistent and Predictable? This book, which is edited […]

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  • The Ocean Conference, 5-9 June, New York, 2017

    June 6, 2017

    The Ocean Conference, the first United Nations conference on this issue, presents a unique and invaluable opportunity for the world to reverse the precipitous decline of the health of the oceans and seas with concrete solutions. The Conference will also promote progress in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, which is part of the 2030 Agenda adopted by all 193 UN Member States in 2015. The goal calls for efforts to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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  • Mare Liberum in Suriname

    February 17, 2017

    Last month, The Peace Palace Library donated a copy of Mare Liberum to the Anton de Kom University in Suriname. The book was donated on the first day the Anton de Kom University opened its new law faculty.

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  • Library Special: South China Sea Territorial Disputes

    March 21, 2016

    The South China Sea is of paramount strategic significance to the Asian security paradigm and to global stability. 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. 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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  • New Publication: La criminalité en mer = Crimes at Sea

    September 9, 2014

    The Centre for Studies and Research of the Hague Academy devoted its Session in 2012 to the issue of ‘Criminal Acts at Sea’. The present volume includes some of the outstanding products of their work. The chapters in this volume underscore the common challenges in international co-operation at the level with respect to crimes at sea identify a number of the potential shortcomings of the applicable international law.
     New Publication: La criminalité en mer = Crimes at sea

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  • Tuvalu, Quo Vadis?

    Tuvalu, Quo Vadis?

    November 4, 2013

    Climate change damage in the South Pacific is a problem for all small island developing states, including Tuvalu. These island states may become uninhabitable within the foreseeable future. What about the maritime boundaries and maritime claims of the former (Tuvalu) sea territory, which options do Tuvaluans have here? Does a disappearing Tuvalu have international repercussions? Tuvalu (formerly the Ellice Islands) comprises a cluster of nine islands, plus islets, located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean just south of the Equator. These remote atolls are situated about 1,050 km (650 mi) n of Suva, Fiji, and 4,000 km (2,500 mi) of Sydney, Australia. Tuvalu has a coastline of 24 km (15 mi). As a rather small archipel Tuvale possesses considerable maritime claims on fishing grounds and natural resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf.

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  • Abstracts, introductions and conclusions

    May 3, 2012

    Next week the research guide ‘Law of the Sea’ will be topic of the week. In every research guide there is a tab ‘Bibliography’ which contains all sorts of relevant bibliographical references to books, articles etc. Sometimes these articles are availabla in a full text version. However, these full text versions can only be read, […]

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  • Library lecture about piracy in Somalia

    Fifth lecture about piracy in Somalia: The meeting’s central theme was the international community’s efforts in combating and prosecuting pirates.

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