The 23nd Annual Course on International Law Librarianship
Protecting the Environment: a Challenge Across Borders -
Legal Issues and Information Resources in Finland and Estonia

Helsinki - Tallinn

15th - 19th August, 2004
University of Helsinki Main Building, Helsinki - Finland
National Library of Estonia, Tallinn - Estonia


Updated:  September 27th, 2004

 - Final Programme!

The annual course in international law librarianship is the Association’s main meeting and educational event of the year. This year the course will be arranged for the first time in two neighbouring countries: Finland and Estonia.


Please complete the Web Registration Form on the Internet. You'll get the confirmation of your registration to your e-mail address.

'Earlybird' registration fees, available through June 1st, are 300 € for members and 350 € for non-members. Accompanying guests may register for all social activities for 200 €, before 1st of June. After June 1st, full registration will be 350 € for members and 400 € for non-members and for accompanying guests 250 €.

Registration closed on July 16th.

The full registration fee includes all academic sessions, all lunches and receptions, visits and excursions, the daytrip to Tallinn and the IALL Annual Dinner. It does not include dinner on Monday or dinner on Tuesday in Tallinn.

The Registration and Information Desk is open on Sunday from 16.00 to 18.00 in the Visitor Center of the New Annex of the Parliament House and on Monday and Wednesday from 8.00 to 15.00 in front of the Small Hall in the Main Building of the University of Helsinki 4th floor. It will be staffed by Palmenia Uniconf staff.


Blocks of rooms are being held at two hotels, Hotel Scandic Marina and Hilton Helsinki Strand; also at cheaper hostel Eurohostel.

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Registrants are required to book their own accommodations directly with the hotel before the dates, which are indicated in the hotel information.  Please use e-mail (not internet booking) for the reservation and indicate that you are attending the IALL2004 when making reservations.


The conference venue in Helsinki is the University of Helsinki Main Building situated near by the Senate Square and the Market Place in the heart of the city (Address: Fabianinkatu 33). Refreshments, buffet meals and publishers' exhibition will be organised on the premises.

The venue can be reached easily by tram number 4 from the Hotel Scandic Marina and Eurohostel to Aleksanterinkatu (first stop after the Senate Square) and from Hilton Helsinki Strand by tram number 7B from Hakaniemi to Aleksanterinkatu (first stop after the Senate Square).

Check the Interactive Conference Map!

The venue in Tallinn is the conference room of the National Library of Estonia.

The Welcome Reception will be arranged in the Visitor Center in the New Annex of the Parliament House at Mannerheimintie 30 (tram number 4 from the Katajanokka to Lasipalatsi and tram number 7B from Hakaniemi to Lasipalatsi).

Travel and Visa  

Arriving in Helsinki

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is situated about half an hour from the centre of Helsinki by road (19 km). Airport has a wide range of domestic and international links. Taxis (appr. 25 €) and Finnair's coach service (fee 4,90 €) run to the city centre.

Visa requirements :



Excursion & Social Events  

On Sunday you can take part (on your own cost) in the Guided City Tour or half-a-day tour Finnish Lakes and Forests

The conference will be opened on Sunday evening at 18.00 with the Welcome Reception at the Parliament House hosted by Secretary General Seppo Tiitinen.

On Monday evening we'll take you to a boat trip and guided tour of the island and fortress of Suomenlinna/Sveaborg.

On Tuesday evening there will be a possibility to see the gorgeous Old Town of Tallinn.

On Wednesday evening we have the IALL Members Annual Dinner in Restaurant Katajanokan Casino.

On Thursday it is time to visit some famous Finnish libraries. You can choose one destination in the morning and the other one in the afternoon. See alternatives on the programme. Registration to excursions will be possible at the Information Desk on Sunday 15th and on Monday 16th.
More information...

Tourist Information  

We warmly recommend you to buy Helsinki City Public Transport Tourist card for 5 days for 16,20 € (see more information) or Helsinki card 2004 (more information).

If you want to book additional travel, for example to Moscow, Stockholm or St Petersburg before or after the course, please contact Helsinki Expert or Finland Travel Bureau.




Palmenia Uniconf Helsinki 

Address: Box 58




Tel: +358 9 1915 4146

Fax: +358 9 1915 4135

Local Organising Committee:


    Sari Pajula, Chief Information Specialist

    Library of Parliament


    Tel: 358-9-432 3402

    Fax: 358-9-432 3495



    Giina Kaskla

    Tõnismägi 2
    15189 Tallinn
    Tel: +372 630 7135
    GSM: +372 56 154 538


Board Liaison:

    Lisbeth Rasmussen
    University of Copenhagen
    Law Students' Library at the Faculty of Law
    Studiestraede 34
    DK-1455 Copenhagen
    Tel: 45 35323303
    Fax: 45 35323313

 Interactive Conference Map

(as on August 3rd, 2004)

Sunday, August 15

16:00 - 18:00 Registration in the New Annex of the Parliament House
18:00 - 20:00 Welcome Reception at the New Annex of the Parliament House
hosted by Secretary General Seppo Tiitinen, Eduskunta, Parliament of Finland

Monday, August 16

 Venue: University of Helsinki Main Building, 4th floor, Small Hall

08:00 - 09:00


09.00 - 09.15

Formal Opening

President Holger Knudsen, IALL

09:15 - 10:00

Environmental Rights as Fundamental Rights
Member of Parliament Tuija Brax, Parliament of Finland, Eduskunta

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:00

Environment and Global Heritage as a Legal Challenge

Professor Erkki Hollo, University of Helsinki

12:00 - 13:15 Lunch
* Sponsored by LexisNexis
13:15 - 14:15

Environmental protection in the Arctic and the Antarctic: a Comparison and future Prospects

Professor Timo Koivurova, University of Lapland
14.15 - 14 :45 Coffee / Refreshments
14:45 - 16:15 IALL Annual Meeting
17:00 - 19:30 Boat trip and guided tour of the island and fortress of Suomenlinna/Sveaborg
* Sponsored by WestLaw

Free evening

Tuesday, August 17

 Venue: National Library of Estonia, Tallinn

07:15 Departure from the Scandic Marina Hotel to the South Harbour's Makasiini terminal by walk

8:00 - 09:30

Boat trip to Tallinn
10:00 - 10:30 Coach to the National Library of Estonia
10:30 - 13:00 Estonian Legal Reforms

Priidu Pärna, Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice

The Judicial System of Estonia and European Union Law 
Justice Julia Laffranque, Supreme Court of Estonia

Prompt Release of Detained Foreign Vessels and Crews in Matters of Marine Environment Protection

Professor Heiki Lindpere, Institute of Law, University of Tartu

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch in the National Library
* Hosted by the Estonian Parliament
14:00 - 15:15 Guided tour to the National Library
15:30 - 16:30 Guided tour to the House of Parliament
16:45 - 17:45 Guided tour to Tallinn Old Town
17:45 - 19:00 Free time in Tallinn Old Town

19.00 - 19.30

Coach to the harbour, from the corner at Toompea hill
20:00 - 21:30 Boat trip to Helsinki. Sandwiches and soft drink on the boat. Walk to the hotels.

Wednesday, August 18

 Venue: University of Helsinki Main Building, 4th floor, Small Hall

09:00 - 10:00

Foreign Ships in Vulnerable Waters: Coastal Jurisdiction

Professor Kari Hakapää, University of Lapland

10:00 - 10:30

EISIL: A Gateway for International Environmental Law on the Web

EISIL Project Manager Jill Watson, American Society of International Law

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:15 Introduction to the Finnish Legal System
Professor Mikael Hidén, University of Helsinki.
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch
* Sponsored by LexisNexis
13:30 - 14:15

Open Access to Finnish Legal Information - Finlex Data Bank

Senior Officer Aki Hietanen, Ministry of Justice, Finland
14:15 - 15:15 Publisher's and publishing session, Finnish and Estonian legal Publishing

Estonian Legal Language Centre: legal translation and terminology work

Merit-Ene Ilja, Director of Estonian Legal Language Centre

15:15 - 16:15 HeinOnline, WestLaw, LexisNexis
19:00 - 23:00 IALL Annual Dinner in Restaurant Katajanokan Casino
* Sponsored by HeinOnline

Thursday, August 19  

10.00 - 12.00


14.00 - 16.00

  • The National Library Of Finland, or
  • The Parliament House and the Library of the Parliament, or
  • Aralis Library and Information Centre

  • The National Library Of Finland, or
  • The Parliament House and the Library of the Parliament, or
  • Supreme Court, or
  • Attorneys at Law Borenius Kemppinen Ltd.
      *More information about the Visits, Thursday, August 19th:

        Conference participants have to register for the visits at the Conference information desk on 15th or 16th of August. Participants can choose one visit in the morning 10.00 - 12.00 and another in the afternoon 14.00 - 16.00.

      • National Library of Finland

        Address: Unioninkatu 36 by the Senate Square

        The National Library functions as a service and development centre for Finnish libraries with a duty to promote both national and international co-operation. It is also responsible for acquiring and preserving the national heritage in form of publications as well as maintaining its collections of research material and for providing access to them.

        The Library's main building is designed by architect C.L. Engel 1836 and was built in1840-45. The annex is called the Rotunda and was built in 1902-06, architect Gustaf Nyström. The University Library's main building is one of the best known examples of the late 19th century Empire style in Finland and an important example of European official library buildings of it's time.

        The Library houses 15 private collections that are kept as separate special collections among them

        • The A.E. Nordenskiold Collection of historical maps and geographic literature contains 3 870 titles. The Collection is in UNESCO's Memory of the World register.
        • The Monrepos Library is an exceptionally interesting manor library from the 18th century period of Enlightenment. It contains 4 400 titles in 8000 volumes
        • The Minister Carl Enckell Collection of Maps

        Meeting time and place: In front of the National Library on Unioninkatu 36 at 10.00 or 14.00

      • Parliament House and the Library of the Parliament

        Address: Mannerheimintie 30

        Parliament House was built as a monument to Finnish independence and democracy in which architecture, industrial design, workmanship and art form a harmonious whole. The entire project was conducted under the direction of J.S. Sirén, who also designed much of the furniture and all of the lighting fixtures as well as many other details.

        The interior is also classical for the most part, but functionalism, which spread to Finland during the 1920s, is also visible in certain details, as is art deco. The décor reflects the building's own internal hierarchy: the more important the function, the more impressive the surroundings. Each floor also has its own special character.

        Library of the Parliament was grounded in 1872 by the four Finnish estates. Since 1913 the services of the library have been available to all. The library provides information on parliament, law and society.

        Meeting time and place: at 10.00 or 14.00 in front of the public's entrance on the left side of the stairs to the Parliament House.

      • Aralis Library and Information Centre

        Address: Hämeentie 135 A

        Aralis Library and Information Centre which was opened in 2003 brings together Helsinki City Library's Arabianranta Library and three art libraries: University of Art and Design Library, Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory Library and Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia Resource Library for Arts and Culture. Aralis is a beautiful example of the newest Finnish library architecture combining new and renewed buildings.

        After the visit to the library there is a possibility to shopping in Arabia's, Iittala's and Pentik's shops.

        Meeting time and place: Hotel Scandic Marina at 9.00 o'clock, we'll leave by tram number 4

      • Supreme Court

        Adress: Pohjoisesplanadi 3 opposite the Market Place

        Under the Finnish Constitution, "justice in civil, commercial and criminal matters is in the final instance administered by the Supreme Court".

        The most important function of the Supreme Court is to establish judicial precedents in leading cases thus ensuring uniformity in the administration of justice by the lower courts. Decisions of courts of appeal and land courts, as well as certain decisions of the Insurance Court and Water Court of Appeal may be appealed against to the Supreme Court, provided that the Supreme Court grants leave to appeal.

        The construction of the building of the Supreme Court began in 1799. Originally it was Neo-Classical Style. Building was given its present Neo-Renaissance appearance during the 1800s.

        Meeting time and place: In front of the Supreme Court's entrance facing to the Market Place at 14.00

      • Attorneys at Law Borenius & Kemppinen Ltd

        Address: Yrjönkatu 13 A

        Established in 1911, Borenius & Kemppinen is one of the largest and most experienced law firms in Finland. B&K's mission is to provide innovative business law services in Finland and the Baltic region.

        Borenius & Kemppinen organises an excursion in order to introduce their library and information service and discuss knowledge management.

        Meeting time and place: In front of the office on Yrjönkatu 13 A at 14.00. Go along the Mannerheim street south to Lönnrothinkatu and along Lönnrothinkatu up to Yrjönkatu, turn left and you'll be in front of the office.


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