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Research guide Islamic Law

Islamic Law - Research Guide International Law

Shari’a or the sacred law of Islam is the will of God revealed to the prophet Muhammad and eventually taken down in the text of the Quran. The Quran together with the Sunna, the normative precedents of the prophet and his followers, written down in the form of Traditions (hadith), form the two main sources of the Shari’a. The legal scholars of the science of Shari’a (fiqh) developed methodologies and constructed an elaborate legal system, discussing cases and exercising legal reasoning on the basis of consensus (ijma’) and on analogy (qiyas). The Shari’a prescribes in detail how a Muslim must behave in all aspects of life, that is, in the religious, moral and legal sphere and represents an eternally valid ideal to which society must aspire.

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Library blog First Podcast about International Law in Spanish

The first Podcast about international law in Spanish has been launched! The Podcast Hablemos de Derecho Internacional (HDI), created and hosted by Edgardo Sobenes, Lawyer and Consultant in Public International Law, addresses contemporary issues of international law of global relevance. HDI features conversations with international lawyers and jurists, such as H.E. Mr. Philippe Couvreur, Prof. Antonio Remiro Brotons and Prof. Juan José Ruda, among other well-known legal personalities.

The Podcast is intended to contribute to the dissemination and study of contemporary legal issues in the Spanish language, and is available on the main platforms: Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast. For more information about the guests and the episodes subscribe to Hablemos de Derecho Internacional (HDI), and follow HDI’s social media accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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News and events Re-opening 22 June: Visiting the Library upon Registration

As of Monday June 22, the Library is re-opened for visitors. Your visit will be impacted by Covid-19. We kindly request you to prepare for your visit by reading the COVID-19 Flyer and Protocol first.

Registration for each visit will be compulsory. A maximum of 30 people will be allowed to visit the Library on a daily basis. The Reading Room will be open on workdays from 10.00-17.00 hrs. Studying, returning and borrowing books is possible during time slots only. Please bring your own laptop with you and a valid ID card. There are no public computers available in the Reading Room.

We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

Kind regards, PPL Staff

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Kosovo Specialist Chambers & Specialist Prosecutor’s Office

The ‘Kosovo Specialist Chambers & Specialist Prosecutor’s Office’ are tasked with the prosecution of individuals for crimes against humanity, war crimes and other crimes under Kosovo law which occurred between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2000 in Kosovo.

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Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914)

Bertha von Suttner was a 19th century author, peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate from Austria. Her most famous work, the anti-war novel titled ‘Die Waffen Nieder’, became an international bestseller. Upon the success of her novel, Von Suttner quickly rose to prominence within the international peace movement that was gaining ground in Europe and in the United States of America. She also played a significant role in helping the Peace Palace come in to existence.

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Peace Palace Library showcase

  • Thirlway, H., The Sources of International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019.

  • Boelens, R., T. Perreault and J. Vos (eds.), Water Justice, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 2018.

  • 531 C 11

  • May, L. (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of the Just War, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018.

  • 530 F 23

  • 536 C 1

You can find the showcase in our Reading Room.