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  • Library Closed until February 9, 2021

    December 21, 2020

    Due to the confinement annoucement by the Dutch governement on January 12, 2021, the Peace Palace Library will be closed from December 15, 2020 until February 9, 2021.

    All online resources will be available during confinement and our programs will run without interruption, with the exception of our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services.

    If you need to contact the Services Desk or you would like to speak to a Librarian, please send an email to library@peacepalace.org. As soon as we are legally able, we will gradually reopen the Library.

    For the latest information, please follow our social media channels and sign up for the Library Newsletter.

    Stay healthy, stay safe, the PPL Staff

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  • Library User In The Spotlight: Gijs Dreijer

    December 21, 2020

    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!

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  • International Law Must Read by Prof. Pietro Franzina

    December 21, 2020

    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.

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  • Editorial Notes December 2020

    December 21, 2020

    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.

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  • Book Donation

    December 21, 2020

    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.

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  • Increase Library Membership Fee 2021

    December 21, 2020

    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.
    The costs for a Library membership are 50 Euro as of January 1, 2021.

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  • Georgia’s Bertha von Suttner International Peace Prize

    December 21, 2020

    The Peace Palace Library was delighted to hear that Salome Adamia, a young peace activist from Georgia, was inspired to create an international peace prize in honor of Bertha von Suttner, a 19th century historical figure who played a prominent role in the history of the Peace Palace.

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  • UPDATE DECEMBER: Visiting the Library upon Registration

    November 27, 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.

    FACE MASKS WILL BE MANDATORY IN PUBLIC INDOOR AREAS AS OF DECEMBER, 1, 2020.

    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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  • Book Donation: Embassy of Peru

    November 27, 2020

    Last month, the librarians were pleasantly surprised when the Embassy of Peru in The Hague donated two journals, namely Revista Peruana de Derecho Internacional to the Library. Even though this is an open access journal, the printed version from 1941 – 2019 is available in the library collection as well.
    The Peruvian Journal of International Law is the dissemination body of the Peruvian Society of International Law which, since its creation in 1941, aims to provide a multidisciplinary contribution on the main aspects of international reality. Original contributions to the world of law, political science, international relations, economics, history and other branches of knowledge from an international perspective are included in this journal.
    In the interest of promoting greater global knowledge, the RPDI provides free and open access to its content, since knowledge must be available to everyone, in Peru and the rest of the world.
    The editorial team consists of many eminent scholars such as professor Tulio Treves, professor Alain Pellet, professor Patrícia Galvão Teles, professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin and professor Marcelo Kohen among many others.
    The Peace Palace Library would like to express its gratitude to the Peruvian Embassy in The Hague for their generous donation and support which helps us create a resource-rich library.

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  • Open Access Long Read November 2020

    November 27, 2020

    On 25 February 2019, the International Court of Justice (ICJ or the Court) issued its advisory opinion on legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965.

    The request for the advisory opinion was made by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) through its Resolution 71/292. The Resolution adopted on 22 June 2017 with 94 votes in favor, 15 against and 65 abstantions. The Court held unanimously that it has jurisdiction to give the advisory opinion as requested and by 13 votes to one decided that the detachment of the Chagos Archipelago immediately before the final stage of decolonization was wrongful thus violating international law and specifically the right to self-determination.

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