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The Library will be closed until further notice due to the extended national lockdown in the Netherlands.
All online resources will be available during confinement and our programs will run without interruption, with the exception of our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services.
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Stay healthy, stay safe, the PPL StaffRead more
My name is Franz Zubieta Mariscal from the world’s highest capital city: La Paz, Bolivia. I am a practitioner lawyer, career diplomat and lecturer on international law. As a Bolivia’s legal counsel, I had the honour to serve my country before many international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice. Due to the latter, my first visit to the Peace Palace Library took place in December 2012, and from that moment, I had the privilege to be there uncountable times.Read more
On January 19, 2021, professor José E. Alvarez of New York University was invited by Kings College London to give a webinar on the new Biden Administration and International Law. The Lecture was based on a paper professor Alvarez presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Council of International Law in November 2020.
In the webinar, professor Alvarez discussed the attempts that the new Biden Administration’s will most likely make to restore respect for international law and how its institutions will be constrained by eight foreign policy trends that will outlast President TrumpRead more
The Peace Palace Library’s Live Chat Service is intended to answer brief, factual questions. We kindly request all library users to be as specific as possible when stating your question. In case your question is a little more in-depth, we will request you to send us an email instead so we can properly provide you with an answer.Read more
Today we bring you the first Library Newsletter of 2021! Until a few days ago, The Hague and all of The Netherlands had turned into a magnificent Winter Wonderland due to one of the heaviest snow falls we’ve experienced in recent years.Read more
I work on the history of maritime law in sixteenth-century Belgium, not necessarily a topic which many coming to the Peace Palace Library may necessarily consider their speciality… Yet the collection is excellent for my research, as both material on the history of maritime law and present-day maritime law is available here. The research guide on the Scheldt question, which only is a side note in my research, was particularly useful to understand the complicated legal background. Moreover, works in other languages than English and Dutch (for example French, German and Spanish) are easily accessible, something that is definitely not always the case in other libraries!Read more
So, how would a book on the history of the idea of territory be useful for someone interested in international law? To begin with, territory clearly occupies a special place in international legal discourse. One of the first things one learns about public international law is that statehood entails, for a political entity, sovereignty over a territory, a portion of the earth’s surface uniquely allocated to a given State. Unsurprisingly, a large share of international law is concerned precisely with territory and with the way in which States use it. The rules of private international law, too, frequently refer to territory. Legal relationships are presented as being connected with a particular space, which frequently implies that the law in force in that space governs the substance of such relationships, and that local courts have jurisdiction over the disputes arising thereunder. Reflecting on the notion of territory is thus a good way to get a better understanding of the law, insofar as its rules make use of geographical references.Read more
As of writing these last editorial notes of the year, the Netherlands has entered the second week of the third national lockdown. 2020 has been a year unlike any other the world has ever experienced in modern times. The Library and Carnegie Foundation have been impacted heavily by the global pandemic, but throughout the many challenges we faced, the Library managed to persevere and come out stronger than before. We are confident that we will make it through the current lockdown as well.Read more
This month we received a book donation from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. Professor Carmen Otero García-Castrillón, a professor of private international law at the law faculty of the Complutense University donated three publications to the Peace Palace Library.Read more
The management of the Carnegie Foundation and the Peace Palace Library have made the decision to increase the annual Library Membership Fee starting January 1, 2021.Read more
The costs for a Library membership are 50 Euro as of January 1, 2021.