Thursday, August 7, 2008

New International Law Resource Coming Soon

The United Nations is preparing to launch the Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Historic Archives section contains original film and audio (e.g., interview with Raphael Lemkin on Genocide) on the Genocide Convention and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (e.g., Eleanor Roosevelt). The Lecture Series section contains a lecture by Judge Tulio Treves. The Research Library is under construction. The AVL will consist of three pillars: (1) the Lecture Series containing lectures by eminent international law scholars and practitioners from different countries on virtually all subjects of international law; (2) the Historic Archives containing introductory notes by leading experts on legal instruments adopted under the auspices of the United Nations as well as archival film, audio and photos of the negotiation and adoption of these instruments (e.g., the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Genocide Convention); and (3) the Research Library containing treaties, jurisprudence, United Nations materials and scholarly writings. This innovative teaching and research tool will be available to all institutions and individuals around the globe free of charge. The AVL will be launched on 28 October 2008. To learn more you may view the Pilot Project at Hat tip to Virgina Morris (cgb)

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