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December Closing Days

Dear Library Users, Friends and Colleagues,

The Library will be closed from the 25th until the 29th of December and on the 1st of January. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful 2018! We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

With regards, the Peace Palace Library Staff

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Library User in the Spotlight: Nathália Brandão

Welcome to Den Haag, an international city where peace and democracy are cardinal virtues! Sunday morning and I was right there: at the entrance, just waiting for the course on the fundamentals of European Union Law. In spite of being pervaded by both enthusiasm and anxiety, the iconic Peace Palace building and its glorious garden engaged me with anticipation of the things to come. I glimpsed a path that would lead me to an intellectual journey shrouded by a serene atmosphere.
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Library User in the Spotlight: Marta Manzoni

Since the first time I entered the Peace Palace Library I feel grateful for having the opportunity of engaging in research for my master thesis in such an inspiring environment. The enormous and invaluable collection of the library is a fascinating territory to be explored for students keen on international law, with great passion for books, as I am.
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The Peace Palace Library has subscriptions to the most important providers of e-journals in the field of international and domestic law. You can search our collection of almost 2000 unique electronic journals. Go to them directly by clicking the links of your choice below. Please, be aware of the fact that the library is not always subscribed to all materials offered on the website of the provider. This means you will not always be able to see the fulltext of everything in your general search results.
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Hiroshima A-Bombed Tree Ceremony

On the occasion of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN, a descendant of a Haki-kima-kaki tree (Diospyros kaki) that has emerged after the Hiroshima atomic attack has found a new home in the garden of the Peace Palace. Seeds from that Hako-kima-kaki tree were sent from Hiroshima to the Hortus botanicus in Leiden. They have been germinated there and have now grown into a beautiful young tree. In short speeches we have commemorated the victims of the atomic attack that remind us of the need to abolish nuclear weapons. The cruelty of atomic bombs and the suffering of the citizens of Horoshima and Nagasaki is engraved in our memory. Yet the beauty of a surviving tree from Japan gives hope for a better and more peaceful world.
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Jerusalem and International Law: A Bibliographic Overview

US President Donald Trump’s pledge to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has caused considerable controversy across the world. If the United States moved the embassy to Jerusalem, it would mean that the US effectively recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. That would overturn 70 years of international consensus, and, many argue, would effectively signal the end of moves to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians. We have created a bibliographic overview on this topic intended as a starting point for research.
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A Historic Moment for International Criminal Justice: ICC Jurisdiction Activated over the Crime of Aggression

A historic decision has been taken to activate the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the Crime of Aggression, at the Sixteenth meeting of Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Statute of the ICC in New York. The ASP adopted a resolution that adds the crime of aggression to the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. This achievement has only been possible due to the work of many NGO's, States and ceaseless individuals, in particular the former Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Tribunal, Benjamin Ferencz . He worked for many decades with an unending patience to achieve this breakthrough.
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War and Peace

War and Peace | Research Guide International LawWar is a state of organized, armed and often prolonged conflict carried on between states, nations, or other parties typified by extreme aggression, social disruption, and usually high mortality. In addition to the existence of this organized behavior pattern amongst human primates, very similar organized warlike behavior patterns are also found in many other primate species. The set of techniques used by a group to carry out war is known as warfare. An absence of War is usually called Peace.
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