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  • All I want for Christmas is … Peace!

    December 21, 2018

    Peace is an elusive thing. Everyone wants peace, yet few seem to actually possess it in any substantive form. For many, the attraction of the Christmas season is the momentary fulfillment of that dream, the wonderful moment of ‘Peace on Earth’. For one night, it seems possible. As Christmas approaches, we experience a sense of ‘Peace on Earth’. The Peace Palace upholds the ideal of ‘Peace through Law’: resolving international conflicts by means of international adjudication. Some reading suggestions on this topic from your Library for the coming Christmas season. Happy Christmas!

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  • Mathijs Notermans, Recht en vrede bij Hans Kelsen: een herwaardering van Kelsens rechtsfilosofie: juridisch pacifisme als stilzwijgende betekenis van zijn Zuivere Rechtsleer, Universiteit Leiden Dissertaties, 2016.

    Library User in the Spotlight: Mathijs Notermans, Law and Peace in the Work of Hans Kelsen, Dutch PhD-thesis

    June 3, 2016

    Hans Kelsen is renowned in the world of legal philosophy as one of the most important legal scholars of the 20th century and his most important work which brought him this renown, Pure Theory of Law, is therefore ‘world famous’. However, he is less well known as a legal pacifist and his main writings on law and peace, such as Peace through Law, are very rarely studied and almost never considered in relation to his Pure Theory of Law. Mathijs Notermans wrote his PhD-thesis on this topic. Notermans spent a lot of time reading and writing in the Peace Palace Library, “a magnificent place” where he found “the necessary peace and quiet and got inspired by the very subject”. He defended his PhD-thesis successfully on 24 March 2016 at Leiden University.

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