Brill Reference Works

Brill Publishers is an international publishing house founded in 1683 with a rich history and a strong international focus. Brill’s publications focus on international law, the humanities and social sciences and selected areas in the sciences. The Peace Palace Library subscribes to the following reference works:

International Law and World Order: Weston & Carlson Basic Documents

This online documentary compendium gathers in a single easy-to-use collection the most significant and influential legal primary sources of the post-WWII global order. It is both a comprehensive documentary history of public international law over the past 70 years and an anthology of currently operational international instruments. Start your research here.

International Maritime Boundaries 

International Maritime Boundaries Online is an unmatched comprehensive reference for international State practice concerning maritime boundary delimitation, and is used and referenced widely by practitioners of international law. Complete with hyperlinked maps and keyword search functionality, features include a systematic examination of all international maritime boundaries worldwide illustrated with maps and detailed analyses of the status of maritime boundary delimitations in each of the ten regions of the world. Start your research here.

Publications of the Hague Academy of International Law

The publications of the Hague Academy of International Law are divided into four series:

  • Collected Courses of The Hague Academy of International Law

A key feature of Brill and one of its most prestigious collections are the Collected Courses of The Hague Academy of International Law (Recueil des Cours). These contributions by prestigious authors deal with the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject, including legislation and case law. Start your research here.

  • Colloques/Workshop Series

The Hague Academy publishes the papers from the Workshops which it organizes, each looking at future oriented topics in international law. Start your research here.

  • Special Editions

The Special Editions is a collection of handbooks on selected topics of international law. Start your research here.

  • The Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations

The publications of the Centre for Studies and Research focus on some of the most topical and complex issues in international relations. Identified problems are studied from a broad global perspective by researchers from all over the world, combining, where appropriate, expertise in public and private international law. Start your research here.

Rosenne’s Law and Practice of International Courts (1920-2015)

The popularity of his monumental and definitive works established Shabtai Rosenne as the undisputed expert on the International Court of Justice’s law and practice of his time. The Fifth Edition by Malcolm N. Shaw (updated through 2015) is an essential component of all international law libraries and an indispensable work for those practicing in the field, who will all appreciate access to the most recent work on the Court. Start your research here.

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