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This week’s research guide United Nations

United Nations | Research Guide International Law

The United Nations is an international organization, founded in 1945. It was established to promote a set of global values: peace and security, self-determination of peoples, social progress and development, and human dignity. It was set up to serve as a centre for harmonizing the actions of its Member States in the promotion of these values. The Organization currently has 192 Member States. It acts mainly through its six principal organs.

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Library Blog

The official announcement of the date of the Palestinian accession to the ICC, in the form of a letter from Ban, was posted on a U.N. website. (Photo: Reuters)

Palestine in the International Criminal Court: impact and consequences!

The year 2014 ended with a cliff-hanger for the Israeli-Palestinian question. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute on New Year’s eve, a day after a UN resolution mandating Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank failed to pass at the Security Council. As a result, on 6 January 2015, the UN secretary-general confirmed by an official note that Palestine will accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015. In this blog I will explain the meaning of the Palestinian accession, the procedure of preliminary examination by the International Criminal Court and possible consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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Special collections

  • Peace movement

    • Irwin, W., The splendid story of the Battle of Ypres, Reprinted from The Daily Mail, March 4, 1915.
      Irwin, W., The splendid story of the Battle of Ypres, Reprinted from The Daily Mail, March 4, 1915.

      Irwin, W., The Splendid Story of the Battle of Ypres, Reprinted from The Daily Mail, March 4, 1915.

    • Lehmann-Russbüldt, O., Aggression: the Origin of Germany's War Machine, London, Hutchinson, 1942.
      Lehmann-Russbüldt, O., Aggression: the Origin of Germany's War Machine, London, Hutchinson, 1942.

      Lehmann-Russbüldt, O., Aggression: the Origin of Germany's War Machine, London, Hutchinson, 1942.

    • Ein Volk klagt an!: Fünfzig Briefe über den Krieg, Wien/Leipzig, Hess & Co. Verlag, 1931.
      Ein Volk klagt an!: Fünfzig Briefe über den Krieg, Wien/Leipzig, Hess & Co. Verlag, 1931.

      Ein Volk klagt an!: Fünfzig Briefe über den Krieg, Wien/Leipzig, Hess & Co. Verlag, 1931.

    The Peace Palace Library holds a unique collection on the peace movement from the period 1899- 1940. More about this collection »
  • Postcards

    • Postcard Peace Palace 1958
      Postcard Peace Palace 1958

      Peace Palace 1958

    • Postcard Peace Palace 1945
      Postcard Peace Palace 1945

      Peace Palace 1945

    • Postcard Peace Palace 1989
      Postcard Peace Palace 1989

      Peace Palace 1989

    Over the past century numerous postcards depicting the Peace Palace have been sent home. More about this collection ».