The 41st Annual Course of the International Association of Law Libraries

Geneva, Switzerland, 8-11 October 2023

Optional Day in Lausanne

Please note that, as the Optional Day is now full, new registrants will be placed on the waitlist.

The Optional Day on Thursday October 12 will take us to Lausanne, Olympic capital and recently acknowledged as a must-see city in the 2023 edition of the famous New York Times “52 Places to go to in…” series. As we depart from Geneva’s Cornavin station, the 40 minutes train journey will take us through the countryside, with view of Lake Geneva and the vineyards of the Canton de Vaud.


International Court of Arbitration for Sport

Once in Lausanne, our day will start with a guided visit and presentation of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) – sometimes referred to as the Supreme Court for sports – a unique institution responsible for resolving sport-related disputes between athletes, teams, and governing bodies from around the world. The visit will focus on the institution’s roles and resources, including a tour of their library and presentation of their databases and information management tools.

Olympic Museum and Olympic Studies Centre

Our day will continue with a lunch at TOM Cafe, the restaurant of the Olympic Museum. We will start the afternoon with a presentation on ‘The Role and Importance of Intellectual Property in the Olympic Games’ by legal counsels of the International Olympic Committee Jasmina Vouillamoz and Maxime Vuille, followed by a presentation of the Olympic Studies Centre’s activities and unique collections by Maria Bogner, head of the Olympic Studies Centre, and Diego Girod, visit coordinator and information officer. We will conclude the afternoon with a guided visit of the Olympic Museum. Dedicated to the history and culture of the Olympic Games, the Olympic Museum is a must-see in Lausanne, the world’s Olympic Capital. The Museum is home to a vast collection of artifacts and memorabilia, with collections retracing the history of the Games from ancient times to the modern era.

If the weather allows, we’ll take a lovely stroll through the Olympic Park and on the Quais d’Ouchy before heading back to Geneva.

©CIO/Lydie Nesvadba

Notice about accessibility: Kindly note that we will be using public transportation and there will be a bit of walking between the bus stops. Lausanne is a hilly city and as some of the streets are paved with cobblestones, we advise on wearing comfortable shoes. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Local Planning Committee at


8.25amMeeting at Geneva main station (Gare Genève Cornavin)
10-12pmCourt of Arbitration for Sport
Guided visit and presentation by Jean-Philippe Dubey, Head of the Scientific Department
1-2.15pmLunch at TOM Café
2.15-3.30pmThe Role and Importance of Intellectual Property (IP) in the Olympic Games
Jasmina Vouillamoz, Junior Legal Counsel, International Olympic Committee and Maxime Vuille, Legal Counsel, International Olympic Committee
3.30-4.15pmPresentation of the Olympic Studies Center
Maria Bogner, Head of the Olympic Studies Center
Diego Girod, Visit Coordinator and Information Officer
4.15-5.30pmGuided tour of the Olympic Museum
6-7.20pmJourney back to Geneva

The cost for the day is US $120. This includes transportation to and from Lausanne, as well as in the city, plus visits and lunch.

How to register for the Optional Day: Click the Optional Day box under Rates when registering. See registration page.

The Local Planning Committee looks forward to spending the day with you in Lausanne!

Please send enquiries about the Optional Day to