Debate on Maritime Strategies & Piracy



in cooperation with Otto Spijkers

Maritime Strategies & Piracy

On Monday 1 October 2012 the first debate evening of this
academic year will take place in the Council Hall (Raadzaal) of Achter Sint
Pieter 200 in Utrecht. This time we will discuss issues concerning Maritime
Strategies and Piracy with two guest speakers who will attend: Niels Woudstra
(Captain of the Royal Netherlands Navy and Associate professor at the
Netherlands Defence Academy) and Michiel Hijmans (Deputy Permanent Military
Representative at NATO and EU of the Netherlands Ministry of Defense, and
former Commander of the Counter Piracy Operation Ocean Shield).  These experts in this topic will present us
their experience and debate with us about this well discussed topic. The debate
evening starts at 7.00 pm and is free to enter. You can sign up by sending an
e-mail to



New Peace Palace Library Website, interviews with Professors Yves Daudet and Rosalyn Higgins

The Peace Palace Library has a wonderful new website. I highly recommend that you have a look at it. It can be found at the old address:, or if you are in a hurry:

It has various brand new features, including a series of interviews. The first is an interview with Prof. Rosalyn Higgins. It is about her time as President of the International Court of Justice, the relationship between the Peace Palace Library and the Court, and the difference between men and women.

The second interview is with Prof. Yves Daudet, Emeritus Professor of the University Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Secretary General of The Hague Academy of International Law. The discussion is about the Hague Academy, its relationship with the Peace Palace Library, and one of the paradoxes of modern life.

Goettingen Journal of International Law

A new issue of the Goettingen Journal of International Law has just been published. It is available for free on the journal’s homepage:

In Vol. 3 No. 3 (2011) GoJIL pays tribute to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and dedicates a GoJIL Focus to its legacy. Furthermore, the issue contains two articles about current developments in international law and an article discussing the legal status of the Holy See.

The Göttingen Journal of International Law is highly recommended!

Fighting and Prosecuting Pirates: An Evening about Piracy in The Hague’s Peace Palace

Date: 10 January 2012
Time: 17.00-19.30
Organizer: JASON Institute, Peace Palace Library  
Venue: Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, The Hague

Fighting and Prosecuting Pirates: An Evening about Piracy Plus Book Launch of “Internationaal Publiekrecht als Wereldrecht” by Prof. Nico Schrijver 

The meeting’s central theme is the international community’s efforts in combating and prosecuting pirates.

Commodore Michiel Hijmans will discuss the operational aspects of military operations to combat piracy, focusing on NATO’s counter-piracy operations. He was Commanding Officer of the Standing NATO Maritime Group, leading the operations `Ocean Shield´ (counter piracy) and `Operation Active Endeavour´ (counter terrorism).

Marten Zwanenburg will discuss the legal aspects of counter-piracy operations. He is Senior Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands, and has a doctorate in international law from the University of Leiden.

Henny Baan will discuss the prosecution of arrested pirates. When prosecuting Somali pirates in the Netherlands, the Dutch criminal system is confronted with various novel questions of domestic and international criminal law. Henny Baan is a Dutch Public Prosecutor to the Rotterdam District Court, responsible for the first prosecution in Europe in modern times for the ancient crime of attempted "sea robbery.”

On the same evening, “Internationaal Publiekrecht als Wereldrecht” (published by Boom) will be offered to Dr. Bernard Bot, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former ambassador. Nico Schrijver, the author of the book, is Professor at Leiden University, Senator in the Dutch House of Parliament and President of the International Law Association. 

The Peace Palace Library Lecture Series consists of approximately four lectures a year about issues of international public law. Each lecture will start with a reception, followed by the lecture. The Lecture Series are open to everyone and are especially interesting for researchers and students, as well as diplomats, international civil servants, journalists and other professionals working in the field of international public law. 

Please register by sending an email to Otto Spijkers at

Eleven International Publishing and the Peace Palace Library bring you… Boomdoc!

Eleven International Publishing and The Peace Palace Library embarked on a unique pilot project which gives free access to all Eleven publications in BoomDoc Academic, the online publication platform of Boom Publishers The Hague and Eleven international Publishing. The pilot will last till 11-11-’11. 

Clients of the Peace Palace Library will enjoy full text access to all Eleven publications in Boomdoc Academic.

They will also be able to download all Eleven publications in PDF and/or order it as a paperback free of charge, as long as they access BoomDoc Academic at the Peace Palace Library. 

Paperbacks that have been ordered via BoomDoc can be picked up at the information desk of the Peace Palace Library within five days.  

Brand new issue of the Goettingen Journal of International Law

By Otto Spijkers

A brand new issue of the Goettingen Journal of International Law is now available on the website of the journal. In Volume 3, No. 2 (2011), the editors have compiled nine great articles about questions and current developments in general public law, international criminal law, refugee law and the law of international organizations. These include an article on the politics of deformalization in international law, by my former colleague Jean d’Aspremont; an article on the myth of ‘international crimes’ by Mayeul Hiéramente, and an article on genocide, the ‘Crime of Crimes’.

The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law

By Otto Spijkers

On Wednesday 12 October 2011 I will defend my dissertation at the Academy Building of Leiden Univeristy, located at Rapenburg 67-73, Leiden. The book The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law describes how moral values have determined the founding of the United Nations Organization in 1945 and the evolution of its purposes, principles and policies since then. It will be published by Intersentia in the School of Human Rights Research Series

A detailed examination of the proceedings of the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco demonstrates that the drafting of the United Nations Charter was significantly influenced by global moral values, i.e. globally shared beliefs distinguishing right from wrong, good from bad, and the current from a preferable state-of-the-world. A common desire to eradicate war, poverty, inhuman treatment, and to halt the exploitation of peoples, has led to an affirmation of the values of peace and security, social progress and development, human dignity and the self-determination of all peoples. All these values ended up in the UN Charter. The book further analyzes how the United Nations, and especially its General Assembly, has continued to influence the maturing of global morality through contributions to the values-debate, and to the translation of these values into the language of international law, including the law on the use of force, sustainable development, human rights and the right to self-determination.

Venice Academy of Human Rights takes place July 11-16 2011

This year’s Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place in less than two months. The programme will focus on legal, political and philosophical aspects of globalisation and global governance with lectures by famous professors from all over the world including Abdullahi A. An-Na’im, David Held, Yasuaki Onuma, Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Mary Robinson (Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights).


A few reasons why this programme is unique and particularly appealing:


  • It focuses on a complex and yet practical topic,
  • Its lectures will be delivered by eminent professors;
  • It is an interdisciplinary programme;
  • It is open to only 50 participants (academics, experienced practitioners, Ph.D. researchers);
  • It offers a space where participants can present their work in progress (book chapters, articles, projects, etc.);
  • It allows a unique environment for exchange of ideas and perspectives for research and debate;
  • It is organised by EIUC which is the leading EU human rights higher education institution associating 41 European Universities;
  • It is organised in the fascinating location of the Monastery of San Nicolò in Venice Lido.


Find out more on the application procedures at For more information visit or write an email to

When Röling Waves Advanced Towards the Shores of International Law: lecture about the influence of Röling’s work on international law

Lecture by Prof. Nico Schrijver

Organized by the Peace Palace Library

  • Date: Wednesday 22 June, 2011
  • Time: 17.30-19.30 (lecture starts at 18.00)
  • Location: Peace Palace Library, Historic Reading Room
  • Free entrance

About Prof. Nico Schrijver

Professor Nico Schrijver is Chair of Public International Law at Leiden University, and Academic Director at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University/Campus The Hague. He is also President of the Netherlands Society of International Law, and Member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He appeared before the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and as legal counsel in law of the sea cases before special ad hoc tribunals, and as expert in proceedings before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and before the Inter-American Court for Human Rights. He has working experience in the UN system, including as legal officer for the Office of the Legal Counsel, United Nations. He is Chairperson of the Committee on the International Law of Sustainable Development of the International Law Association (previously General Rapporteur) and Co-Chair (with Dr. Kamal Hossain) of the ILA Study Group on UN Reform. He was also a student and research assistant of Prof. Röling.

About Prof. Bert Röling

Bert Röling (1906-1985) studied law at the University of Nijmegen. In 1933, he defended his dissertation on the legislation regarding the so-called professional and habitual criminals (‘De wetgeving tegen de zoogenaamde beroeps- en gewoontemisdadigers’), cum laude, at Utrecht University. In 1934, Röling founded the Institute of Criminology, often called the cradle of the postwar ‘Utrecht School’. Since 1936, Röling gained practical experience in criminal law as deputy judge in the District Court of Utrecht. A conflict with the Germans led to his transfer, in 1941, to Middelburg. Four years later he returned to Utrecht, and became judge at the Court of Utrecht. In 1946, he also became professor of Dutch-Indian criminal law and criminal procedure in Utrecht. But as soon as he was appointed, he was asked to serve as judge on the bench of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. From 1946 to 1948 Röling lived and worked in Tokyo and played a prominent role in the work of the tribunal. During his stay in Tokyo, Röling was appointed professor of criminal law and criminal procedure at the University of Groningen. After his return to the Netherlands he was also, from 1949 to 1951, judge at the Special Court of Appeals. Röling’s research interest and teaching at Groningen turned increasingly towards international law. In 1953, he became a member of the Advisory Committee for International Law Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1949 to 1957 he was a member of the Dutch delegation to the United Nations, where he got involved in the work of the Special Commission on the Definition of Aggression.


If you wish to attend the lecture, we kindly ask you to register in advance. To enter the premises of the Peace Palace, you are required to bring a valid ID (passport, driving license), and show this to the security at the gate of the Palace. They will show you the way to the Library. For registration and for more information, please contact Mr. Otto Spijkers of the Peace Palace Library at

About the Peace Palace Library Lecture Series

The Peace Palace Library Lecture Series is a lecture series on issues of general international law. Each year, approximately four lectures will be organized. All lectures are held in the Peace Palace Library. The evening starts with a small reception in the library’s new reading room. The lecture itself takes place in the historical reading room. There will be plenty of time for questions afterwards. The Peace Palace Library Lecture Series are open to everyone. They are especially interesting for researchers and students, as well as diplomats, international civil servants, journalists and other professionals working in the field of public international law.