Today on August 28, 2020, 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 that would find a ‘home’ here.
And this is exactly what the Library has been doing for over a century! For more than 100 years, we have and continue to take pride in serving the international legal community in The Hague and beyond. We sincerely hope we will be here for a long time to come. Since we celebrate our birthday today, we have made sure that you are in for a treat.
In this newsletter, we introduce our first new item ‘International Law Must Reads' where we will ask well-known (and less well-known) legal professionals which books they would recommend most to students of international law. We are very fortunate to have Professor John Dugard, emeritus professor of Public International Law and Ad-Hoc Judge of the International Court of Justice, be the first to contribute to this new item. Coincidently, his choice is very fitting for our anniversary newsletter as it relates to the history of international law!
This newsletter also features our second new item, an open access Longread by authors Tanja Aalberts and Sofia Stolk on the (art) history of the Peace Palace.
Dr. Laura Íñigo Álvarez, a researcher from Spain and former Hague Academy student, contributed to the newsletter and wrote on the donation of her PhD and her experience in the Reading Room. And lastly, we have included an item on one of our new databases, Hein Online Legal Classics.
As we celebrate our anniversary today, the Global Pandemic is still very much in the forefront of our minds. Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, all rules and regulations will remain in place as they have been since June 22, 2020 when the Library re-opened after a 14 week lockdown.
We kindly request all visitors to register each visit to the Library Reading Room at least one day in advance. In addition, please make sure that you stick to your scheduled appointment time, in particular your starting time. In case you don’t arrive at your scheduled time, the security at the gate of the Peace Palace will not allow you to enter the premises.
Again, we are grateful for your continued readership and support throughout these complicated times and we hope to meet you soon, during these last days of Summer or in the Fall in the Library Reading Room!
Stay safe & strong!
Candice and Rens.