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EU and Mexico reach new agreement on trade

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:17:32 +0000

Saturday, 21 April 2018, the European Union and Mexico reached an agreement on a new free trade deal. “With this agreement, Mexico joins Canada, Japan and Singapore in the growing list of partners willing to work with the EU in defending open, fair and rules-based trade,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The EU and Mexico wanted to update a trade deal agreed 21 years ago that largely covers industrial goods. The European Union and Mexico agreed in 2015 to modernize their trade relations and held two rounds of talks last year. The election of U.S. President Donald Trump has reinforced Mexico’s need to reduce its reliance on the U.S. imports and exports.

Friday 27 April 2016 ‘Koningsdag’, Library Closed

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:27:12 +0000

Dear Library Users, the Library will be closed on Friday April 27th 'Koningsdag' (King’s Day, the national day in The Netherlands). With regards, the PPL Staff (image)

Polishing the Golden Rule of International Copyright Protection

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:45:20 +0000

This week’s fascinating guest blog concerns the national treatment principle that deals with the issue of non-discrimination in international intellectual property law. The blog provides a brief overview of the development of this eminent principle in international conventions protecting copyright. Dr. Danny Friedmann combines intellectual rigor with clever anecdotes in this blog. Find out why Charles Dickens complained about the unfairness of the massive piracy of his books in the United States and how a former copyright pirate like Belgium could transform itself to a copyright advocate.

Hague Academy Programmes

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:29:22 +0000

Starting May 1st, it will be possible to register online for the External Programme and the Advanced Course on International Criminal Law. Both programmes will take place in November 2018 (image)

Looted Ethiopian Treasure

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:21:45 +0000

On April 13, it was the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Maqdala between the British empire and the Abyssinian empire, in modern day Ethiopia. The battle of 1868, which basically started as an expedition to free British hostages taken by the Abyssinian emperor, resulted in a decisive victory for the British and the suicide of the Abyssinian emperor Tewodros. In the aftermath, the British troops plundered the empire and loaded 15 elephants and almost 200 mules with their spoils. The Victoria and Albert Museum now hosts a special display with a number of the artifacts. This exposition raises the issue of the restitution of the looted artifacts to Ethiopia.

Revolutionary Breakthrough in EU Research

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:19:34 +0000

The debate about the future of Europe has been deadlocked ever since the start of the process of European integration in the midst of the 20th century. According to one school of thought the process had to result in the emergence of a federal State of Europe, while another theory held that the participating states should aspire to form a Europe of Nation States or a Europe des Patries. Both theories underlined that there were no other options available. The present blog aims to demonstrate that both theories are outdated and have to be replaced.

Mali War Crimes Suspect Mr. Al Hassan Makes Initial Appearance Before the ICC

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:31:57 +0000

After the Al Mahdi case, a landmark trial, a second case has been referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Timbuktu, Mali between 2012 and 2013. Another Malian national, 40-year-old Mr Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He has been accused of destroying holy places, mausoleums of Muslim saints in Timbuktu and of enforcing a policy of forced marriage which had led to sexual slavery and rape of women and girls. The alleged crimes were committed between 2012 and 2013 when Timbuktu was under the control of militant islamists. From April 2012 until January 2013, Mr Al Hassan was head of the Islamic Police.

Ballet de la Paix (1668)

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:02:50 +0000


Collective Expulsion of Russian Diplomats

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:21:24 +0000

The collective expulsion of Russian diplomats was all over the news the past few days. The United States, Canada and 18 European countries have ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats in response to the nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom. We have created a bibliographic overview on diplomacy and expulsion, intended as a starting point for research. It provides materials available in the Peace Palace Library catalogue, both in print and electronic format.

Book Launch ‘International Criminal Law Investigations: Law and Practice”

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:12:35 +0000

On March 8th, the Peace Palace Library and Eleven International Publishing hosted a book launch to celebrate Eleven’s most recent publication titled International Criminal Law Investigations: Law and Practice. The first copy of the book was presented to the honourable Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court who delivered the keynote speech. The book launch was follwed by a panel discussion.