Dear Readers,

It’s been a little over a week since we came out of the second lockdown this year, but the Peace Palace Library is still going strong!

During the second lockdown, the librarians worked from home answering questions from our patrons and assisting the Permanent Court (PCA) and International Court of Justice (ICJ) with their requests. The moment we returned to the office, we started our preparations for the Winter Courses of The Hague Academy that will commence on January 11, 2021. This time all Academy Sessions will take place online and the Library is working hard on adjusting our services.

Recently, there have been a few changes with regards to some of our most popular electronic resources. The database'Investment Arbitration Reporter, Global Arbitration Review  and the online journal IPRax Zeitschrift will only be available inside the Reading Room of the Library.

This month’s newsletter will bring you the latest Library news such as another Embassy Book donation, an interesting database and the Open Access Longread, this time on the ICJ’s Advisory Opion Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965’, by author Besfort T. Rrecaj and published in the Utrecht Journal of International & European Law, published on November 9, 2020.

This month, our Library User in the Spotlight is Ms. Daphne Engel, a Dutch student of International Relations from Leiden University who after frequently visiting the Library, became inspired to pursue a degree in International Law.

As we’re heading towards the end of the year, we are also planning the library opening hours in late December. At this point, nothing is set in stone, but due to a limited number of available study & visiting spots, we kindly request you to schedule and book your appointments in the online registration system as far in advance as you possibly can. This way, we will know how many visitors to expect during the holiday season.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news from the Library, please make sure to follow us on social media.

We thank you once more for your ongoing interest and support for the Peace Palace Library.

Stay safe & strong!

Best wishes,

Candice & Rens.