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  • Page extent: 590 pages
  • Size: 245 x 163 mm
  • Weight: 1.075 kg

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  • LC Classification: KZ6250 .H34 2005
  • LC Subject headings:
    • International courts
    • International agencies--Netherlands
    • International law--History--20th century
    • Hague (Netherlands)--History--20th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9789067041850 | ISBN-10: 9067041858)

Former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali was the first to call The Hague the 'legal capital of the world'. Now, Peter van Krieken and David McKay in The Hague: Legal Capital of the World examine the city that hosts the world's main legal bodies. The book discusses the International Court of Justice (the 'World Court'), the International Criminal Court, the Yugoslav Tribunal and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, to name a few. Throughout the book renowned experts offer clear exposition and incisive analysis, supported by fact sheets and key documents. Alongside the cases that make the headlines, the reader will discover lesser-known but surprisingly influential organizations, such as the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Hague Conference on Private International Law. A rich introductory section adds historical context and legal essentials.

• A testament to the vital important of the rule of law and the special role The Hague plays in promoting peace and justice • An indispensible addition for those interested in knowing more about international law, international organizations, arms control or dispute settlement • An excellent reference work that will be of interest to academics, practitioners and students


Forewords The Netherlands' Minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard R. Bot; The Mayor of the City of The Hague Wim J. Deetman; The United Nations Legal Counsel Hans Corell; Acknowledgements; Background and Context: 1. Introduction Peter van Krieken and David McKay; 2. Living up to a tradition Arthur Eyffinger; 3. The Hague in the world – the world in The Hague Bob Lagerwaard; 4. Headquarters agreements; 4.1 Unity and diversity in headquarters agreements Niels Blokker; 5. The depositary role of The Hague; 5.1 The Hague: a depositary city Gerard Limburg; Part I. Conflict Resolution: 6. The permanent court of arbitration; 6.1 The permanent court of arbitration: an overview Bette Shifman; 7. The permanent court of international justice and international court of justice; 7.1 The international court of justice at the beginning of the twenty-first century Shabtai Rosenne; 8. The Iran-United States claims tribunal; 8.1 The Iran-United States claims tribunal: an analysis Charles Brower; Part II. International Criminal Law: 9. The ad hoc international criminal tribunals; 9.1 The Yugoslav tribunal: an ad hoc tribunal prosecuting individuals accused of serious international crimes Kelly Askin; 10. The united nations detention unit 10.1 The United Nations detention unit: an introduction Nancy Grosselfinger; 11. International criminal court; 11.1 The international criminal court: an analysis Nancy Combs; Part III. Arms Control: 12. The organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons; 12.1 The organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons: an overview Treasa Dunworth; 13. The organization for the prohibition of biological weapons; 13.1 The case of the organization for the prohibition of biological weapons Lisa Tabassi and Scott Spence; Part IV. International Private Law: 14. The Hague conference on private international law; 14.1 The Hague conference on private international law: an introduction Hans van Loon; 15. The carnegie foundation, the academy and the library; 15.1 A view from the peace palace Steven van Hoogstraten; 16. Schuman: regional organizations; 16.1 Some regional organizations in The Hague: Europol, Eurojust and the OSCE high commissioner on national minorities David McKay; About the contributors; Abbreviations; Index.


'The present book - The Hague: Legal Capital of the World - serves the purpose of explaining in clear and matter-of-fact terms the institutions present in The Hague and how one can make use of them. It should be a useful tool in capitals and at the diplomatic representations in The Hague. But it should also be of use in teaching and at non-governmental organizations.' Hans Corell, former Legal Counsel of the United Nations

'By providing scholarly analysis of over a century of developments in The Hague, it forms a significant addition to the available literature on the subject. Naturally, the information in the book also provides a solid basis for understanding future developments, such as the work of the International Criminal Court.' Wim Deetman, Mayor of The Hague

'We in the Netherlands are proud to be at the heart of international legal practice and theory. When you read the interesting contributions to this book, you will undoubtedly understand why.' Bernard Bot, Min. of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands


Bernard R. Bot, Wim J. Deetman, Hans Corell, Peter van Krieken and David McKay, Arthur Eyffinger, Bob Lagerwaard, Niels Blokker, Gerard Limburg, Bette Shifman, Shabtai Rosenne, Charles Brower, Kelly Askin, Nancy Grosselfinger, Nancy Combs, Treasa Dunworth, Lisa Tabassi and Scott Spence, Hans van Loon, Steven van Hoogstraten, David McKay

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