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Archive for March, 2013

This year, the Peace Palace in the Hague turns 100 years old.

The Peace Palace houses the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. It also contains the largest international law library in the world which is accessible to any researcher who approaches the gate and says they wish to visit the library.  The library’s books are borrowed by judges in the International Court of Justice and lawyers in the ICTY and other international criminal tribunals.  In short, these resources help craft a new generation of decisions in public international law.

Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie built the Peace Palace in 1913, 100 years ago.  As he wished, the resources of the Peace Palace have been used to develop the rule of law and contribute to world peace.  For students and practitioners, the Peace Palace is also home to the Hague Academy of International Law where a crash course in public international law and a separate crash course in private international law are available every summer for a small tuition fee.

To celebrate the Centenary, the Peace Palace will host the following events in 2013, under a provisional schedule posted by the Peace Palace:

April 11 Commemoration of Thomas Mawson,architect of the Peace Palace gardens.*
June 27 Hague Prize of International Law *
August 28 Official Commemoration, Unveiling of Buste Bertha von Suttner, Presentation of Book 100 years Peace Palace
August 28-29 Conference by The Hague Institute for Global Justice: “Justice in Post Conflict States”
September 2-3 Symposium on Modern Philanthropy, in the footsteps of Andrew Carnegie
September 11 Musical “Peace of Me”, Koninklijke Schouwburg
September 13 Conference “Cartooning for Peace” with cartoonist Plantu
September 14 Model United Nations for Young Professionals
September 17-18 Conference UPEACE on International Water issues
September 19-20 Conference “Lessons Learned from Peace Treaties”, organised by Carnegie Foundation
September 21 United Nations Day of Peace, International Day of Peace
September 22 The Hague Peace Marathon

* on invitation

RJ Gaudet & Associates LLC maintains a branch in The Hague, minutes away from the Peace Palace by tram or taxi.  The legal professionals at RJ Gaudet & Associates LLC have experience with private international law, public international law, the representation of sovereign nations and States within the United States, and international human rights.  The firm has used the resources of the Peace Palace library to conduct research and write briefs.  (The source of information in this blog is the Peace Palace’s own website and a newsletter circulated by the Peace Palace library.)