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  • UPDATE OCTOBER: Visiting the Library upon Registration

    September 25, 2020

    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.

    THE LIBRARY STRONGLY URGES ALL VISITORS TO WEAR A MOUTH MASK UPON ENTERING THE PEACE PALACE PREMISES.

    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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  • Editorial Notes September 2020

    September 25, 2020

    Summer season has officially come to an end in The Hague. Usually September is a time for us to reflect and evaluate our work for the Hague Academy’s Summer Courses. The cancellation of this year’s Summer Courses and Covid -19 have resulted in very drastic changes in a time period that had become very familiar to us over the years.

    We were therefore very fortunate to be able to still contribute to the Academy’s first online Centre program on International Law and Epidemics for which we have created a special bibliography.

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  • Open Access Journal : The Journal of Human Trafficking, Enslavement and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

    September 25, 2020

    This Special Issue on the nexus between conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking for sexual exploitation in conflict is now published and freely available online!

    In the past years, the UN Secretary-General has continuously stressed the urgency of addressing the nexus between human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence. Although both crimes are most of the times looked upon separately, there are many similarities to be found.

    One can think of the sexual nature that can be found in both crimes, the taboos and stigmas surrounding both crimes, the difficulty in defining the crimes, the focus on law enforcement (prosecution) rather than on prevention, prosecutorial challenges (e.g. protection, secondary victimization, reliance on victims’ testimonies), lack of comprehensibly understanding victims’ rights and needs, misconceptions about perpetrators and victims, and the fluidity of victim- and perpetrator roles, the consequences of both crimes (e.g. trauma, children born as a result), the causes and purposes of the crimes, to name a few. In addition, how does human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence compare with the crime of enslavement? Again, there are significant overlaps, although the crimes do not seem to fully coincide.

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  • Library Holidays December

    Interlibrary Loan Service

    September 25, 2020

    The Peace Palace Library participates in the WorldShare Interlibrary Loan System (ILL). This service connects you to thousands of libraries all over the world whose entire collections can be viewed at a glance in WorldCat. Together, these libraries have created a shared, global library collection for the benefit of all library users.

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  • Library User in the Spotlight: Raimundo López Vives

    September 25, 2020

    Raimundo López Vives says that “the spacious premises for studying with proper social distancing measures along with the enormous amount of material that the Peace Palace Library offers, many of it not really available in South America, has truly made my membership to the library a must-have”.

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  • Book Donation by Dr. Azab Alaziz Alhashemi

    September 25, 2020

    Earlier this year, Dr. Azab Alaziz Alhashemi, an expert on international commercial arbitration in the UAE & the Middle East, visited the Peace Palace Library and generously donated eight of his own publications to our collection. Dr. Azab Alaziz Alhashemi has more than thirteen years of experience in international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration. He informed us that he has been working on his new book for the last six years which will be published later this year.

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  • Register Your Visit To The Library!

    August 28, 2020

    Your visit will be impacted by Covid-19. We kindly request you to prepare for your Library visit by reading the COVID-19 Flyer and Protocol first.
    A reservation for each visit will be compulsory. A maximum of 30 people will be allowed to visit the Library on a daily basis.

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  • Editorial Notes

    August 28, 2020

    Dear Readers, Today, on August 28, the Peace Palace Library marks its 107th anniversary! When philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated US$1.5 million to have the Peace Palace come into existence, he insisted that a library should be part of this new world institution to serve the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) as well as future courts […]

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  • International Law Must Read by Prof. John Dugard

    August 28, 2020

    Most international law students see international lawyers as a rather boring lot who render erudite judicial decisions or write learned treatises and who live in the Peace Palace or some academic tower removed from real life and the troubles of our times. Philippe Sands’s book about two prominent international lawyers, Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin, dispels this myth.

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  • Book Donation: Towards a Regime of Responsibility of Armed Groups in International Law

    August 28, 2020

    My name is Laura Íñigo Álvarez and I am a doctor in International Law. I conducted my PhD research between Utrecht University and the University of Seville under a Joint Doctorate Agreement. During the time I spent in the Netherlands, I visited the Peace Palace Library several times and wrote part of my thesis there. I am really grateful to have had the opportunity to consult sources from such a huge collection of books and journals on international law.

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