Hague Legal Capital frontcover

The Hague: Legal Capital of the World

2005 Editor: Peter J. van Krieken, Netherlands Ministry of Justice, The Hague, The Netherlands
Editor: David McKay, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands



  • Published: 2005
  • Pages: xix + 569 pp.
  • Publisher: T.M.C. ASSER PRESS
  • Distributor: Springer

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 Yugoslavia Tribunal and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, to name a few.

Throughout the book renowned experts offer clear expositions 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.

Specific to this book:

  • 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

With Forewords by Bernard Bot, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands; Wim Deetman, Mayor of The Hague; and Hans Corell, Former Legal Counsel of the United Nations and Former Judge of Appeal.

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