Research Guides

The Peace Palace Library Research Guides are prepared and maintained by our team of Law Librarians. The Research Guides introduce the researcher to the main topics of international law, both public and private. Besides providing a brief introduction, the guides also suggest certain books, articles, databases and other materials considered indispensable. All these materials are available in the Peace Palace Library. Taken together, the topics of the Research Guides also reflect our Collection Profile.

The Research Guides are designed for students, scholars and others interested in international public and private law, municipal and comparative law, international relations, diplomacy, war and peace. The guides are a flexible tool embedded in a network of thematic guides, to keep researchers up to date with the latest developments in their research field. A short description of the subject is followed by links to the Peace Palace Library Catalogue, online resources, websites and other resources.

Thematical                                            Alphabetical

Public International Law                                                            Air Law

Customary International Law                                                        Cultural Heritage

History of International Law                                                           Customary International Law

Public International Law                                                                Environment


Private International Law

International Commercial Law

International Contracts

International Family Law

Private International Law

Special Topics

Air Law

Cultural Heritage


Law of the Sea

Polar Regions

Space Law




Individuals and Groups

Human Rights




International Organizations and Relations

European Union

International Organizations

International Relations

League of Nations

United Nations

Economic and Financial Relations

Foreign Direct Investment

Settlement of International Disputes

International Arbitration

International Court of Justice

Permanent Court of Arbitration

Settlement of International Disputes

War, Peace, and Security

International Humanitarian Law

International Peace and Security

War and Peace

International Criminal Law

International Criminal Law

The Nuremberg Trials

The Tokyo Trial