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

Geneva, Switzerland, 8-11 October 2023

IALL Annual Course Program

Please note that all details might be subject to change.

Sunday, October 8
Pre-Conference Workshop on Digitization (for registered delegates)
Colin Wells, Knowledge Management Officer, United Nations Library & Archives Geneva
Morten Rasmussen, Associate Professor, Saxo Institute and Chair, Centre for Modern European Studies, University of Copenhagen
Haakon A. Ikonomou, Assistant Professor, Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen

Guided Walking Tours (limited attendance)

Opening Reception at the Société de Lecture de Genève
with opening remarks on Multilateralism and the « Spirit of Geneva » by Pierre-Etienne Bourneuf, Scientific Advisor, United Nations Library & Archives Geneva
Monday, October 9
Registration & conference bag pick-up | Welcome coffee & pastries in Petal 2 Hall

Opening Address
Andrea Bianchi, Director of Studies and Professor of International Law, Geneva Graduate Institute
Nils Melzer, Director of International Law, Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy, International Committee of the Red Cross

Keynote Speech: Applying International Law in Pursuit of the UN Mission
Bertrand G. Ramcharan, former Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations

Coffee break & meet with sponsors

The New Roles of the World Trade Organization after the Pandemic Crisis
Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counsellor, Research Division of the WTO Secretariat, and Associate Professor, University of Geneva

Presentation by Platinum Sponsor Lefebvre Sarrut
A European Leader Introduces Itself / Rhett Williams, Chief Revenue Officer & Richard Salandre, European Business Development Manager

Departure for the Palais des Nations at 1.15pm. Please don’t forget to bring your passport.

Visit to the United Nations Geneva Library & Archives in the Palais des Nations

International Law-making at the United Nations – Seeking the Balance between the Codification and Progressive Development of International Law
Arnold Pronto, Principal Legal Officer, Codification Division, Office of Legal Affairs (recorded)

Within International Law’s Sistine Chapel: José María Sert y Badia’s “The Lesson of Salamanca” in, and as, International Legal History (1936)
Daniel Ricardo Quiroga-Villamarín, PhD Researcher in International Law

Geneva in the Origins and Research of the World Court
Cyril R. Emery, Librarian of the International Court of Justice

Presentation on the Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI) Program
Femi Cadmus, Law Librarian and Professor of Law, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School
Edit Horvath, User and Outreach Librarian, International Labour Organization
Alison A. Shea, Research & Instructional Law Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

UNOG Library and Museum Tours

Reception hosted by TaxNotes in the rooftop restaurant of the Geneva Graduate Institute’s campus (La Terrasse de la Paix, Maison de la Paix, Petal 5)
Tuesday, October 10
Welcome coffee & pastries in Petal 2 Hall

The Swiss Legal Order and International Law: Does Direct Democracy Make a Difference?
Andreas R. Ziegler, Professor of International Law and Director of the Centre for Comparative, European and International Law, University of Lausanne
Treaty Interpretation in the Fog of War: ICRC Commentaries to the Geneva Conventions
Ellen Policinski, Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross

Coffee break & meet with sponsors

The Work of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore
Wend Wendland, Director, Traditional Knowledge Division, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization
Presentation by Gold Sponsor Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US
Leading Legal Professionals into the Future / Justin Sythes, Senior Account and Relationship Manager


1.30-2.30 pm
IALL Annual General Meeting

The War in Ukraine: Challenges and Opportunities for International Humanitarian Law
Marco Sassòli, Professor of International Law, University of Geneva

Coffee break & meet with sponsors
Pandemic Law-making: a Tale of Two Processes
Gian Luca Burci, Senior Visiting Professor of International Law, Geneva Graduate Institute
Spotlight on current doctoral research at the Geneva Graduate Institute
When Mayors Enter the Conversation: Multilateralism and Law-Making in ‘International Geneva’
Jana Šikorská, PhD Researcher in International Law
Searching for a Legal Framework: Missing Migrants in International Law
Fekade Abebe, PhD Researcher in International Law
International Human Rights Law in Online Content Moderation: A New Avenue for Inclusiveness?
Stefania Di Stefano, PhD Researcher in International Law
Wednesday, October 11
Welcome coffee & pastries in Petal 2 Hall

Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines: Perspective from Médecins Sans Frontières
Hu YuanQiong, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor for the Access Campaign, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors without Borders)

Current Issues in Disarmament and Arms Control
Cécile Aptel, Deputy Director, UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)

Coffee break & meet with sponsors
From Words to Deeds, Understanding Armed Non-State Actors Practice and Interpretation of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Norms
Annyssa Bellal, Senior Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Geneva Graduate Institute
Presentation by Gold Sponsor MEMORIST
Legal Collections: Global or Dedicated Solutions to Preserve and Share Your Heritage / Lisa Le Goff, International Project Manager with Arkhênum, a MEMORIST division & Rosalie Pernot, MEMORIST Business Development Manager

Departure for the ICRC Humanitarium at 1pm

ICRC Mandate and Contemporary Challenges
Lindsey Cameron, Head of Thematic Legal Advisers, International Committee of the Red Cross
Perspectives from an ICRC Operational Legal Adviser
Anne Lardy, Operational Legal Coordinator in Nigeria, International Committee of the Red Cross
Curating the International Review of the Red Cross – A view from the kitchen: (i) navigating academic freedom versus operational constraints; and (ii) “walking the talk” on Diversity and Inclusion
Bruno Demeyere, Editor-in-chief of the International Review of the Red Cross, International Committee of the Red Cross

Coffee break

The Librarian’s Gateway to International and Comparative Law: Databases from International Organizations
Susana Cardoso, Chief of Client Services, ILO
Sandra Manzi Kutner, Librarian, Legal Division, ICRC
Katherine Rewinkel El-Darwish, Librarian, WTO
Iris Van Der Heijden, Protection Research and Information Officer, UNHCR

Guided Tour of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
From 6.15pm
Annual Dinner at the Restaurant Vieux-Bois, Ecole hôtelière de Genève