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  • Dag Hammarskjöld (1905 – 1961)

    November 10, 2011

    Fifty years ago, the former United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld tragically passed away in a plane crash, on his way to cease-fire negotiations with the leaders of Katanga province of conflict-ridden Congo.

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  • The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law

    October 24, 2011

    In this blog post, a new and increasingly popular way to research the work of the United Nations (UN) is introduced. Instead of seeing the international organization as mainly a political organization, the UN is increasingly seen as a “Town Meeting of the World,” i.e. a global debating society, where ideas are discussed and developed […]

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  • United Nations | Research Guide International Law

    United Nations

    The United Nations is an international organization, founded in 1945. It was established to promote a set of global values: peace and security, self-determination of peoples, social progress and development, and human dignity. It was set up to serve as a centre for harmonizing the actions of its Member States in the promotion of these values. The Organization currently has 192 Member States. It acts mainly through its six principal organs.

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  • Dutch responsibility for Srebrenica

    August 19, 2011

    Today, the Court of Appeals in The Hague published the English translation of the judgment in the cases of Mustafic and Nuhanovic versus the State of the Netherlands. The original judgments (in Dutch) of both Mustaficand Nuhanovic were published on 5 July 2011: they are almost identical. Mustafic and Nuhanovic, two Bosnian Muslims, held the […]

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  • Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL) and the Peace Palace Library (PPL)

    August 8, 2011

    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 […]

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  • United Nations Security Council Statement on Syria

    August 4, 2011

    Yesterday, August 3, The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) issued a presidential statement in which it for the first time condemned the mass human rights abuses and use of force by the Syrian government against its population. The statement called for an end to the violence by all parties involved. Syria has been troubled by […]

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  • Is the right to self-determination of the entire population of Libya currently being violated by the Government of Gadhafi?

    April 21, 2011

    Is the right to self-determination of peoples applicable to the present revolution – or civil war – in Libya? Can one claim that a State with a dictatorial regime is violating the right to self-determination of its own population?

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  • THIMUN – The Hague Model United Nations Conference (23rd – 28th January 2011)

    January 24, 2011

    The object of THIMUN is to give the youth an insight into the world’s problems and to seek solutions to problems such as human rights issues, environmental protection, disarmament, international peace and security, through negotiations, debate and discussion. The Model United Nations lets young delegates cooperate in order to search for solutions to these problems. This way, THIMUN helps the pupils to develop a spirit of international cooperation

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  • Ivory Coast : UNOCI mandat prolonged until 30 June 2011

    December 23, 2010

    At 20 December 2010 the United Nations Security Council (SC/10132) extended the mission in Cote d’Ivoire until 30 June 2011, strongly condemned attempts to usurp the will of the people and urged respect for the election outcome : Alassane Ouattara, a former prime minister, banker and leader of the opposition, has been recognized as the winner of November’s election by the United Nations, the African Union, the United States and the European Union. The incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo has resisted repeated calls for him to cede the office.

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  • What Future for Western Sahara ?

    April 26, 2010

    There is no prospect of resolving the decades-old conflict between Morocco and the Sahrawi independence movement Polisario on the future of Western Sahara. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, came to this conclusion in a gloomy report, dated 6 April 2010, to the Security Council. Ban Ki-moon reported that “it is clear […]

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