August 28 – Anniversary of the Peace Palace

Posted on August 28, 2015

Did you know that, on this date in 1913, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
opened a Peace Palace in The Hague? (The Hague is the seat of government in the Netherlands.)

The Peace Palace is considered by many to be the seat of international law, because it houses the International Court of Justice. This is the main court of the United Nations. The Peace Palace also houses the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law, and a large international law library.

Unfortunately, less than a year after opening the Peace Palace, Europe became embroiled in World War be followed not so long after by World War II!

Still, the striving for peace continues. Fifty years to the day after the Peace Palace was opened, Martin Luther King, Jr., gave a speech urging peaceful protest for civil rights, and psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker has documented the fact that violence and war are decreasing and have drastically decreased. Believe it or not, we are living in the most peaceful time in humanity's existence!

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