Dear Readers,

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.

With the start of a new academic year, we have also welcomed more visitors in the Reading Room for which we are very grateful and we sincerely hope that the number of visits will continue to go up.

As always, this month’s newsletter features our most popular news item, namely ‘Library User in the Spotlight’. This time, we introduce to you Mr. Raimundo López Vives from Chile , a former Hague Academy Student (Private Law) and recent alumnus of Leiden University.

This month’s book donation is by Dr. Azab Alaziz Alhashemi, an expert on international commercial arbitration in the Middle East, who donated eight of his publications to our collection.

Since most of our library patrons will continue to work from home for the coming months due to an increase in Covid cases in many European countries, we thought it would be helpful to inform you of our Interlibrary Loan services so you can request materials from our collection from any location in the world.

For this month’s longread and open access item, we chose the special issue of the Journal of Trafficking & Human Exploitation which is now freely available online and focuses on conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking for sexual exploitation in conflict. Contributors include Patricia Viseur Sellers among many others so please make sure to check it out.

This month also marks UN Peace Day (September 21), which is the kick-off in The Hague for the Just Peace Festival. This year, almost all activities will take place in the virtual world.

The Carnegie Foundation will organize the 'Art of Peace Garden Tour', the International Court of Justice has made a special video statement from ICJ President Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN and the Permanent Court of Arbitration will organize a webinar on Sepetmber 26 to celebrate UN Peace Day.

Please make sure to check our social media channels to find out more about these exciting events in the Peace Palace.

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

Stay Safe and Strong!

We wish you a wonderful weekend and hope to welcome you soon  in the Reading Room!

Best wishes,

Candice and Rens

(The Editors)