"Comparative and International Law in a Multilingual Environment:
Current Issues and Information Resources"

23rd - 26th September 2001
Swiss Institute of Comparative Law
Lausanne, Switzerland

Updated: November 2, 2001

- The Conference Photo Album -

- Report on Lausanne meeting from Halvor Kongshaven -

 - see Final Programme

The annual course in international law librarianship is the Association's main meeting and educational event of the year. Since it is held this year in Switzerland, a country with four national languages, the course is dedicated to comparative and international law in a multilingual environment. With sessions at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law and the Swiss Supreme Court (both situated in Lausanne), plus a day in Geneva, between United Nations and CERN, the scientific programme covers the best of what the region has to offer in connection to our general theme.

Social Events

As listed in the programme there are receptions on Sunday and Monday evenings in Lausanne, an excursion to the vineyards of Lavaux (, the Castles of Chillon ( and Aigle ( and on Tuesday afternoon, with dinner served in the Aigle Castle. On Wednesday, the Annual Dinner will be served in the wine cellars of the Castle of Allaman (

The Association's annual meeting is being held in Switzerland. A crossroad in the centre of Europe, the country is a living example of a peaceful cohabitation of different cultures and languages. Lausanne is beautifully situated on one of Europe's largest lakes, Lac Léman, and offers breathtaking views of the lakeside and the Alps.


Please complete the Conference Registration Form [pdf] and return it to the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. The full registration fee includes all lunches and receptions, visits and excursions, and the Annual Dinner. A daily rate is also available for local participants, which includes the social events of the day, except for the Annual Dinner for which tickets are available.

Lausanne does not have its own airport, but can easily be reached both from Geneva (30 minutes by train) and from Zurich (2½ hours by train). There are railway stations situated within both airport areas, and direct trains bring you to Lausanne at regular intervals. The conference hotel Royal Savoy is 10 minutes walk from the railway station, and about the same by taxi.  


A range of accommodation is available and is described in the Hotel Information section of the conference web-page. The Hotel Registration Form [pdf] should be returned directly to Lausanne-Tourisme. Please book early to get your first choice. Accommodation is reserved at conference rates and will be released beginning of August.


Most of the course is being held at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. Situated at the University Campus outside of the town, it can be reached easily by tram: from the conference hotel (Royal Savoy), take the Métro Lausanne-Ouchy to the station "Lausanne-Flon" (city centre), then the Métro Lausanne-Ouest (TSOL) to the station "UNIL-Dorigny" (sixth stop). From there, follow the signs marked "Institut suisse de droit comparé".

Refreshments, buffet meals and publishers exhibition will be organised on the premises.   


Programme, speakers, exhibitors, registration :
Jarmila Looks
Swiss Institute of Comparative Law
CH - 1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 49 11, fax +41 21 692 49 49

Lausanne-Tourisme, PO Box 49
CH - 1000 Lausanne 6
Tel. +41 21 613 73 21, fax +41 21 616 86 47

Final Programme

 Sunday, Sept. 23

11:00 - Registration
12:00 - 14:00 Buffet Lunch
14:00 - 14:15 Welcome by the Director of the Institute

14:15 - 15:30

1st session at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (SICL)
· Comparative Law: Current Issues and Challenges (F. Werro)
· Applied Comparative Law: How to Find Foreign Law in an Imperfect World (D. Clark)
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee pause
16:00 - 17:15 2nd session at the SICL
· The Influence of Swiss Private International Law on the Italian Codification (A. Bonomi)
· Foreign and International Law Influences in the new Swiss Constitution (W. Haller)
19:00 Welcome Dinner at the Royal Savoy Hotel (Conference Hotel)
Monday, Sept. 24

9:00 - 10:15

3rd session at the SICL
· International Company Law: European Perspectives (W. Stoffel)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee pause
10:45 - 12:00 · The Role of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Promoting Comparative Approaches, followed by a guided tour of the library (J. Looks)
12:00 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:30 4th session at the SICL
· Translation and Law (G. Toscani)
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee pause
15:00 - 17:00 · IALL membership meeting with information on new methods of accessing the backfiles of the International Journal of Legal Information via "Hein on-line" (B. Hein)
17:00 Departure from the Institute (coaches)
17:30 - 18:30 Reception by the City Council, Villa Mon Repos
  Free Evening
Tuesday, Sept. 25


Departure from the hotels to the Swiss Supreme Court (coaches)

9:00 - 10:15

5th session at the Swiss Supreme Court
· Swiss Supreme Court Case Law (A. Gerber)
· Indexing and Access to the Cases (J. Bühler)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee pause
10:45 - 11:30 · Swiss Legislation Resources on the Web (B. Ayer)
11:30 - 12:30 Visit of the Supreme Court Building and the Library
12:30 Departure from the Supreme Court (coaches)
13:00 - 14:15 Buffet Lunch in Aran-Villette
14:15 Departure for Chillon (coaches)
14:30 - 16:00 Excursion to Château de Chillon
16:30 Departure for Aigle (coaches)
17:00 - 18:00 Wine Museum and Cellar in Aigle
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner at the Château d'Aigle
Departure from Aigle (coaches),
Planned arrival in Lausanne

Wednesday, Sept. 26


Departure from the hotels to Geneva (coaches)

9:00 - 10:15

6th session (UNO)
· The UN on the Web: Bogeyman No More (N. Pengelley)
· Electronic UN Reference Sources (N. Leneman, P. Piguet, M. Wachter)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee pause
10:30 - 11:00 · New Technologies and Copyright Issues for Libraries (M. Peters)
11:00 - 12:30 Visit of the UNO Building and Library
12:30 - 13:30 Buffet lunch at the UNO
13:30 Departure from the UNO (coaches)

14:00 - 15:15

7th session (CERN)
· Integration of the E-journals with Grey Literature (C. Pettenati)
· Electronic Law Journals (C. Christiansen)
15:15 - 15:45 Visit of the premises

15:45 - 16:15

Closing session
· Internet, the Future of the Multilingual Environment? (B. Cottier)

16:15 - 16:30

Closing address
16:30 Departure from CERN (coaches)
17:30 Planned arrival in Lausanne
19:00 Departure from the hotels (coaches)
19:30 Annual dinner at the Château d'Allaman
22.00 - 23:00 Coaches depart for Lausanne at different times

Hotel Information

           (Click on locations numbered on the map)

  1. Royal Savoy (4*sup) - Conference Hotel
    Av. Ouchy 40, CH - 1006 Lausanne

    The 99 spacious guest rooms and 9 suites have recently been redecorated; all feature bath, shower, WC, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, satellite TV(Japanese, Arabic & Russian channels), pay-TV, Guestlink and minibar. Many pieces of antique furniture and paintings. Located just 40 minutes away from Geneva airport and 10 minutes from Lausanne railway station and set in its own magnificent park, the Royal Savoy is close to both the city center and the lake.

  2. Beau-Rivage Palace (5*)
    Pl. Port 17-19, CH - 1006 Lausanne
  3. 63 brand new guests rooms have been designed by renowned interior architect, Professor Dr. Maurizio Papiri. All have been equipped with the latest technical features, including remote control for all lights, windows and shades. The bathrooms are each complimented by an air and water Jacuzzi-style bathtub, while exquisite Persian rugs adorn the elaborate wooden floors. Located in 10 acres of parkland, on the banks of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, the elegant belle époque buildings of the Beau-Rivage Palace command breathtaking views across the lake to the majestic French Alps beyond.

  4. La Résidence (4*sup)
    Place du Port 15, CH - 1006 Lausanne
  5. 40 newly renovated rooms with all modern conveniences, all feature bath and shower, WC, as well as remote control television with multilingual satellite channel, minibar, room Service, range of toiletries. Superbly nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, La Résidence Hotel prides itself on superior accommodation, gourmet cuisine and impeccable service.

  6. Navigation (4*)
    Av. Harpe 49, CH - 1006 Lausanne
  7. Only five minutes from Lausanne town-centre and overlooking Lake Geneva and the nearby yachting marina, this hotel, with 32 rooms which are all equipped with a private bath or shower, direct-dial telephone, radio, colour TV and minibar, can offer a warm and friendly welcome as well as an assurance of continual high standards, expected by a business clientele.

  8. Aulac (3*)
    Pl. Navigation 4, CH - 1006 Lausanne
  9. Traditional 3 stars Hotel with 84 recently renovated guestrooms with bath/shower, direct-dial telephone, radio, minibar and satellite-TV. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva and near the Olympic Museum, ideal for business or leisure. Only 10 minutes from city centre and railway station. Geneva's international airport is just 40 min. away.

  10. Jeunotel (others)
    Ch. Bois-Vaux 36, CH 1007 Lausanne
  11. In the category of a superior youth-hostel, it counts 60 rooms with shower/WC, 45 rooms with shower/WC on the each floor, 4 rooms, each with 16 beds. TV room, laundry room, self-service restaurant with seating for 150, table tennis, playground

  12. Students home (others)
    Av. de Rhodanie 64, CH - 1007 Lausanne
  13. This is a residence for students during the academic year, the rooms of which are available to guests during the holidays. Each includes shower and WC, and there is a common kitchen facility on each floor. The bed linen is provided, but no towels. The kitchen is equipped but each guest has to provide kitchen utensils and crockery.


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