"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
We made an appointment ahead of time to take a guided tour of The Peace Palace, which is accessible to the public. Once inside the palace, photographs are stricly prohibited. For more imagery, visit this website;
The Peace Palace is home to many international judicial institutions. The International Court of Justice is by far the most well-known.
The International Court of Justice may not be the oldest institution in the Peace Palace but it is by far the most well-known. When construction was finished in 1913, the Peace Palace was intended to house only the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the Library, but in 1922 it also became the seat of the newly established Permanent Court of International Justice, the predecessor of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The ICJ was created as the principal judicial organ of the United Nations when they both were founded in 1945. The Court has a dual mission: to settle legal disputes submitted to it by UN member states in accordane with international law and to give advice which is referred to by UN organs and agencies.
All UN member states automatically have access to the ICJ. States which are not part of the UN can gain access to it by becoming parties to the Statute of the Court or by depositing with the Registry a specific declaration to that effect. The ICJ, commonly known as the World Court, consists of fifteen judges from all continents who represent the various legal systems and traditions of the world.
The Court’s sessions are open to the public and are held in the Great Hall of Justice, the largest room in the palace, on the right side of the building.
The history of the International Court of Justice dates back to the early 1920s. Before this, there was little voluntary adjudication between countries and the idea of settling disputes through voluntary arbitration was regarded as a major, if not unusual, step. The desire to attempt to resolve disputes between states with the help of a permanent court of judges increased after the horrors of the First World War became known. In 1920, the establishment of the Permanent Court of International Justice was provided for in the Covenant of the League of Nations. In 1945, when the United Nations was created, this court was succeeded by the International Court of Justice.
Other institutions include the Permanent Court of Arbitration http://www.pca-cpa.org/ , The Hague Academy of International Law www.hagueacademy.nl , and The Peace Palace Library http://www.ppl.nl/ which is one of the most prestigious international law libraries in the world. It is at the disposal of the institutions based in the Peace Palace and is open to all other international legal institutions in The Hague. The Library’s collection covers public and private international law, comparative law and jurisprudence from every country in the world, as well as works on international political and diplomatic history and on the peace movement.
The Peace Flame
The World Peace Flame, where 197 countries join together in peace. In April 2004, for the first time in history, every country of the world endorsed a joint statement for peace. The ambassadors representing their nations also donated a special stone from their country for the World Peace Flame Pathway, symbolizing their commitment to peace.
The Palace, the premises on which it stands and the Library are the property of the Carnegie Foundation. The Foundation encourages the organization of seminars and other initiatives to foster the peace ideal.
Triumph of Peace