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

Geneva, Switzerland, 8-11 October 2023

IALL Annual Course Program

This edition of the IALL annual course will focus on the fields of international law that have developed in conjunction with the work of multilateral organizations based in Geneva. The course’s program will build upon this unique setting and the wealth of knowledge generated by these organizations. Sessions will cover the work of the International Law Commission, international humanitarian law, human rights law, refugee law, as well as selected topics from the fields of international law connected with the work of UN specialized agencies, such as intellectual property law, trade law and global health law. Academics and practitioners will share their insights into both the making of international law from a historical perspective and the most recent substantive developments currently being discussed in Geneva. A couple of sessions will also explore how such developments coexist with the Swiss legal system and institutions.

Below is a tentative outline of the program of the 41st IALL annual course. More information will be added progressively. Please note that all details are subject to change.

Sunday, October 8
Pre-conference workshop on digitization or guided walking tour
Opening reception at the Société de Lecture de Genève
Monday, October 9 Geneva, Capital of Multilateralism & The Development of International Law
am Academic sessions: focus on multilateralism and international trade law
pm – Visit of the Palais des Nations, home to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Tuesday, October 10 – Specialized UN Agencies and International Law | Swiss Law & Institutions
Academic sessions & lightning talks
Wednesday, October 11 Human Rights Law, Refugee Law and International Humanitarian Law
am Academic sessions
pm – Presentations at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) HQ and guided tour of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

Annual Dinner at the Restaurant Vieux Bois, Ecole hôtelière de Genève