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  • Speech by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, 70-th session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York

    Speech by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, 70-th session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York

    September 29, 2015

    In his address, the King has discussed the significance of the United Nations, and the contribution the Kingdom of the Netherlands has made in the fields of peace, justice and development. He also mentioned the Peace Palace!
    Speech by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, 70-th session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York

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  • Peace Weekend Celebrations – International Rule of Law?

    September 18, 2015

    This weekend The Hague will celebrate the International Day of Peace, September 21st, with a designated ‘Peace Weekend’.

    The celebrations vary from a peace run (with a Peace Palace team) to The Hague Open Doors Event, where the Peace Palace Library, together with the other international organizations of The Hague, will open their doors to the public.

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  • “Our Work Here, is the Direct Result of Grotius’ Work at the End of the 17th Century”

    August 28, 2015

    August 28 is a special day for the Peace Palace as this day is our Anniversary! Today, 28 August 2015, it is 102 years ago that the opening ceremony of the Peace Palace took place. It is also the anniversary of the death of Hugo Grotius. Grotius, who died in 1645, is recognized as the founder of the vision of International Law of which the Permanent Court of Arbitration is an expression. During the opening ceremony, Abraham Pieter Cornelis van Karnebeek, former Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Board of the Carnegie Foundation, emphasized that the Peace Palace would not only be ‘the workplace where people would endeavour towards the reign of Peace through Law’, but also ‘a symbol’ for everyone who believed in the ideal ‘of civilization, that there would be no more wars between the Nations’. In that same spirit we, the people of Peace Palace, continue to strive for Peace. Every day!

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  • Peace Palace webshop

    Peace Palace Webshop

    May 29, 2015

    Please have a look at our webshop where you can buy special Peace Palace items, such as cards, gifts, books, magnets, ties and accessories.
    Peace Palace Webshop

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  • Unveiling the Bust of Dr. Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) by the Women's International League of Peace and Freedom

    Unveiling the Bust of Dr. Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) by the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom

    April 30, 2015

    On Saturday April 25, a bust was unveiled of Dr. Aletta Jacobs, the first medical doctor in The Netherlands and a prominent women’s right activist. Aletta Jacobs was honored with a bust for taking the initiative to organize the International Congress of Women of 1915. The bust is a gift from the Dutch chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) to the Carnegie Foundation. WILPF arose out of the International Congress of Women of 1915, which took place in The Hague. WILPF is the oldest international women’s peace organization in the world and today it focuses on three key areas: 1) Disarmament; 2) Human Rights; and 3) Women, Peace and Security. WILPF was instrumental in getting the U.N. Security Council to adopt Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), an historic resolution which calls on governments to mainstream a gender perspective into peace and security efforts. Resolution 1325 turns 15 in October 2015.

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  • In Commemoration of Herman Rosse

    In Commemoration of Herman Rosse

    April 30, 2015

    We would like to honor the talented and multi-faceted artist Herman Rosse (1887-1965) with a brief summary of his artistic career since this year it is fifty years ago that he passed away. Herman Rosse was especially assigned by the Board of the Carnegie Foundation as a specialist of the design of the interior of the Peace Palace. In close cooperation with the Dutch executive architect of the Peace Palace, J.A.G. van de Steur, Herman Rosse invented merely the whole decoration scheme of the building. Rosse adorned almost all the ceilings, vaults and windows of the important rooms of the building with wonderful decorations, geometrical shapes and symbols of peace and justice.

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  • Permanent Court of Arbitration | Research Guide International Law

    Permanent Court of Arbitration

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is an intergovernmental organization with 116 member states. Established in 1899 to facilitate arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution between States, the PCA has developed into a modern, multi-faceted arbitral institution that is now perfectly situated at the juncture between public and private international law to meet the rapidly evolving dispute resolution needs of the international community. Today the PCA provides services for the resolution of disputes involving various combinations of States, state entities, intergovernmental organizations, and private parties. The PCA’s Secretariat, the International Bureau, headed by its Secretary-General, provides administrative support to tribunals and commissions.

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  • The Peace Palace Prize Competition: Cartoon "Projet pour le Palais de la Paix" from ‘Uilenspiegel', Rotterdam, 15 October 1904

    The Peace Palace Prize Competition: Cartoon “Projet pour le Palais de la Paix” from ‘Uilenspiegel’, Rotterdam, 15 October 1904

    February 11, 2015

    On 15 August 1905 the “Programme of the Competition for the Architectural Plan of the Peace Palace for the use of the Permanent Court of Arbitration with a Library” was sent out all over the world. The competition was open to all. On the closing day, 15 April 1906, no less than 216 plans had […]

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  • Korean Donation to the Peace Palace: A ‘Haechi’ Symbolizing Peace and Justice

    January 30, 2015

    One month ago, the Republic of Korea presented a national gift to the Peace Palace. Congressman Lee Byung Suk, who initiated the donation project, presented the gift, a smiling ‘Haechi’, to the Carnegie Foundation. This granite sculpture has been especially created for the Peace Palace. The ‘Haechi’, a mythical animal with a righteous temperament, is a Korean symbol of justice and fairness. The Peace Palace and The Republic of Korea share a sad chapter in our modern history. Mr Cho Tae-Yul, Vice Foreign Minister of Korea and speaker at the unveiling ceremony, explained our historical bond and spoke about our common interest to further international peace and justice in the world.

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  • PCA to host Vis Pre-Moot in March 2015

    Permanent Court of Arbitration to host Vis Pre-Moot in March 2015

    December 5, 2014

    On 16-17 March 2015, the Permanent Court of Arbitration will host practice moots to prepare students for the Twenty Second Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna from the 27 March to 2 April 2015. The practice moots will be held at the PCA’s facilities in the Peace Palace.
    PCA to host Vis Pre-Moot in March 2015

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