• Forward Into Memory: Untold Stories of Peace through Law from Pyonyang to Versailles

    June 18, 2019

    In her final novel, “When Thoughts Will Soar” (Der Menschheit Hochgedanken), Nobel laureate and 19th century peace activist Bertha von Suttner writes of the power of specific ideas and stories to traverse time and space, to soar from one culture and era to another, and provide the “motive power” for the work of human uplift. However, fragmentation […]

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  • Book Donation ‘Negotiating Peace. A Guide to the Practice, Politics, and Law of International Mediation’

    May 7, 2019

    Sven M.G. Koopmans donates his recently published “Negotiating Peace. A Guide to the Practice, Politics, and Law of International Mediation, Oxford University Press, 2018. Sven Koopmans, currently a Member of Parliament in the Netherlands, obtained his doctorate in international law at Oxford University (resulting in the book “Diplomatic Dispute Settlement. The Use of Inter-State Conciliation [T.M.C. Asser Press, 2008])” He is a former Senior Mediation Expert at the United Nations, political advisor at the European Union and consultant to the African Union, and in these capacities he worked e.g. on peace Cyprus, Kosovo, Darfur, Syria and Sudan/South Sudan; he has been involved in numerous peace processes around the world.

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  • All I want for Christmas is … Peace!

    December 21, 2018

    Peace is an elusive thing. Everyone wants peace, yet few seem to actually possess it in any substantive form. For many, the attraction of the Christmas season is the momentary fulfillment of that dream, the wonderful moment of ‘Peace on Earth’. For one night, it seems possible. As Christmas approaches, we experience a sense of ‘Peace on Earth’. The Peace Palace upholds the ideal of ‘Peace through Law’: resolving international conflicts by means of international adjudication. Some reading suggestions on this topic from your Library for the coming Christmas season. Happy Christmas!

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  • The Declaration of Christmas Peace

    December 21, 2018

    A Declaration of Christmas Peace is announced in several Finnish cities on Christmas Eve. The oldest and most popular event is held at noon at the Old Great Square of the former Finnish capital Turku, where the declaration has been read since the 1320s. The Declaration of Christmas Peace is a tradition which launches the Christmas celebrations and in a way marks the official start of Christmas. The exact wording used during the first few centuries of the tradition has been lost over time, but the main contents of the declaration remain the same: the declaration is read out loud to remind people that Christmas Peace has begun, to advise people to spend the festive period in harmony, to threaten offenders with harsh punishments, and to wish all a merry Christmas!

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  • Interview: Mr. Rudi Vranckx, Laureate Carnegie-Wateler Peace Prize 2018

    December 20, 2018

    This Fall, the Dutch Carnegie Foundation awarded Belgian war correspondent Rudi Vranckx the Carnegie-Wateler Peace Prize. Mr. Vranckx was commended by the board of the Carnegie Foundation for his outstanding courage and exceptional commitment to reporting from the most dangereous conflict zones around the world. Before the award ceremony took place in the Great Hall of Justice in the Peace Palace, we had the opportunity to briefly interview Mr. Vranckx about his work and his views on one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.

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  • SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions → the Peace Palace!

    November 15, 2018

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations that came into effect in January 2016, are the most important goals that the world should work on for the future. These goals are the successor of the Millennium Goals. In the Sustainable Development Goals, the promotion of just, peaceful and inclusive societies was included a an essential goal for the future for the first time. This is SDG16. It is a goal that matches the ideal with which the Peace Palace was founded well! The Carnegie Foundation – Peace Palace signed the SDG Charter in September 2017. A year later, on 24 September 2018, the Peace Palace was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands as official ‘SDG 16 House’, the first of its kind in the world.

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  • Concert To End All Wars, Vredespaleis en Doorn, 10 en 11 november 2018

    November 2, 2018

    In een uniek concert bundelen het Montiverdi Kamerkoor Utrecht en de Konrad Koselleck Big Band hun krachten om het einde van de Eerste Wereldoorlog te herdenken. Indringende koormuziek uit die tijd van componisten als Elgar en Ravel ontmoet de vroegere Jazzbandmuziek, nieuwe composities wisselen af met oorlogsklassiekers.

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  • Conferentie 100 Jaar Vrede Organiseren 1918-2018, Vredespaleis, Den Haag

    October 31, 2018

    Op 10 november vindt de interdisciplinaire conferentie ‘100 Jaar Vrede Organiseren, 1918-2018’ plaats. Als aanvullend programma worden er twee concerten georganiseerd in het Vredespaleis en in de Maartenskerk, Doorn.

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  • Carnegie PeaceBuilding Conversations, 24-26 September 2018

    September 24, 2018

    A 3 day programme presented by Carnegie institutions Worldwide and other partners at The Peace Palace, The Hague, the Netherlands.

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  • Legislating Peace: From the Outlawry of War to the Crime of Aggression, 3-4 July 2018

    June 27, 2018

    Dialogue and Speeches. Venue: Peace Palace Library and the Nieuwe Kerk, Delft
    Legislating Peace

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