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  • The Data Retention Saga: Dutch Court Declared National Data Retention Law Invalid!

    The Data Retention Saga: Dutch Court Declared National Data Retention Law Invalid!

    April 2, 2015

    On March 11, 2015, the district court of The Hague in the Netherlands declared the country’s 2009 Telecommunications Data Retention Act invalid. This decision was a foreseeable effect because of a previous judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the annulment of the European Directive on data retention on April 8, 2014. It seems now that European Member States are starting to face the consequences of that annulment. The cause of this is the fact that the European judgement did not automatically make national data retention legislation invalid. I will briefly discuss the case of the Dutch national data retention law.

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  • (Judicial) Constitutional Review in the Netherlands: A Comparative Law Blog

    March 6, 2015

    With the provincial elections coming up, the Dutch Legislature this week discussed another important and long discussed topic in Dutch politics. The Dutch parliament for the second time reads the bill that would make judicial constitutional review in the Netherlands possible with regard to certain named constitutional provisions detailing constitutional rights. A bill first introduced by former Second Chamber member Halsema in 2002.

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  • Scheldt River collection

    The Scheldt is a transboundary river which originates in North-Western France and runs through Western Belgium and the South-West of the Netherlands. The Scheldt Estuary is shared between Belgium and the Netherlands. The Dutch section of the estuary is called the Western Scheldt, and is of vital importance as navigation channel to the port of […]

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  • Bibliotheek van het Vredespaleis viert 200 jaar Nederlandse Grondwet

    Dutch Constitution Festival

    April 11, 2014

    On Saturday 29 March, the Netherlands celebrated the 200-year anniversary of the 1814 Dutch constitution, the oldest constitution in the world after the American constitution. The Peace Palace Library participated in this event with an interactive tour explaining the relationship between the Dutch constitution and international law.

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    Constitution Festival, The Hague, 28-29 March 2014

    March 26, 2014

    Saturday, 29 March 2014 marks the 200-year anniversary of the Dutch constitution, the oldest in the world after the U.S. constitution. On 28 and 29 March, The Hague will provide the setting for a grand scale event called the Constitution Festival (Grondwet Festival).
    Constitution Festival, The Hague, 28-29 March 2014

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  • Bibliotheek van het Vredespaleis viert 200 jaar Nederlandse Grondwet

    Bibliotheek van het Vredespaleis viert 200 jaar Nederlandse Grondwet

    March 25, 2014

    On Saturday 29 March, the Netherlands will celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the 1814 Constitution. During the so-called Grondwetfestival (Constitution Festival) government buildings normally off limits to the public, like the Catshuis and Trêveszaal, will open especially for this occasion. The Peace Palace Library will also participate in this event with an interactive tour – in Dutch – explaining the relationship between the Dutch Constitution and international law. [Further information in Dutch]

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  • Building a ‘Temple for Peace’ the Choice of the Site

    Building a ‘Temple for Peace’: the Choice of the Site

    November 8, 2013

    The Treaty for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes, concluded on 29 July 1899, determined that the newly created Permanent Court of Arbitration was to be established at The Hague. As Andrew Carnegie’s gift of 1903 was meant primarily for the erection of a new and appealing court house and library to serve its arbiters, there could be no argument, as to where this ‘Temple for Peace’ was to be built. It should be at The Hague. But where in The Hague precisely was quite another thing.

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  • Engraving - Treves kamer - Zitting der Heeren in 't Congres

    Treves kamer – Zitting der Heeren in ‘t Congres

    September 6, 2013

    18th century engraving. Meeting in the Treves hall of the States General of the United Netherlands, The Hague Binnenhof. The engraving contains a description of the interior, i.e. wall panels and ceiling panels.

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  • D'eeuwige gedenck-teekene

    D’eeuwige gedenck-teekene

    September 6, 2013

    Engraving on the Treaty of Breda, signed on 31 July 1667  by England, the United Provinces (Netherlands), France, and Denmark–Norway. This treaty brought an end to the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665–1667). Image: A group of statesmen are standing behind a table. There are documents on the table with lead seal and a quill pen with an inkwell. The upper part of the engraving depicts […]

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  • Wilhelmina. Eerlijkheid, vertrouwen, liefde

    Richtsnoer tusschen personen en volken

    September 6, 2013

    Fragment from the message of Her Majesty Queen Wilhelmina on the occasion of the call for moral and spiritual rearmament; 10 October 1928.

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