26th Annual Course
on International Law Librarianship 


Gateway of India

1st - 5th December 2007
National Centre for the Performing Arts [ NCPA ] Mumbai, India.


Conference Report

Press Coverage:
Times of India on 1st December 2007
Times of India on 5th December 2007

 Programme       - Final Programme [pdf]

The Annual Course on International Law Librarianship is the Association's main meeting and educational event of the year.  There are three main themes this year building on the increasing importance of  India on the world stage:

 Global Legal Issues
 Indian Legal System
Indian Law  Libraries 

Speakers will include Judges, Senior Advocates, and Legal Academics.


Please complete and send the REGISTRATION FORM.

See the Accommodation Section for hotel and airport transfer reservations

Important deadlines
* Early Bird Registration Deadline- 31 August 2007.
* Registration Closes - 30 September 2007.
* Last date for Hotel Booking - 30 September 2007.


The Association's Annual Meeting is being held for the first time in India, one of the world's new economic powerhouses in Mumbai, capital of the State of Maharashtra on the wonderful west coast of India. Mumbai is the business and entertainment capital of India. The conference will be in the heart of the old city within walking distance of the Arabian Sea, the law courts, and the famous Gateway of India.

The city was named after the local deity, Mumba Devi.Mumbai was formerly known as Bombay; the name originated from the Portuguese 'Bom Bahia' or Good Bay because the city has a superb natural harbour.

Mumbai is home to 13 million people of diverse castes, creeds, colours and cultures.  It is also the capital of Bollywood, the Indian film industry. People from many places come to the 'city of dreams' to fulfill their ambitions and become successful.

 Local Organiser                                            

Mrs. Uma Narayan
Knowledge Manager,
Nishith Desai Associates,
Legal & Tax Counseling Worldwide
93 B Mittal Court, Nariman Point
Mumbai - 400 021, India
E-mail : umanarayan2003@yahoo.com
Tel: +91 22 6669-5172 (Office)
       +91 22 2881-3339 (Home)
Fax: +91 22 2881-3339 (Home)

 Board Liaison                                       

Mr. Jules Winterton
President of IALL
Associate Director & Librarian
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
University of London
Tel:    +44 20 78625884
Fax:   +44-20 78625850
Email:  jules.winterton@sas.ac.uk



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  Social Events                                           

On the opening evening on Saturday there will be a cultural programme of Indian folk music and dance, Bollywood entertainment, and a buffet dinner. On Sunday afternoon there will be a city tour to visit the sights, sounds and landmarks of Mumbai, followed in the evening by dinner at the famous Khyber restaurant. The IALL Annual Dinner on Tuesday will be at the restaurant owned by Sachin Tendulkar, India’s most famous cricketer. There will also be architectural heritage walks and library visits. In addition, the NCPA has several theatres and hosts many cultural events. December is the peak month for dance, drama and music festivals with performances by national and international artists. Delegates will be able to attend various exhibitions and make arrangements online or in person at the conference to attend the dance, drama and music programmes.

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The conference venue is the Godrej Academy Theatre, a raked auditorium with all modern amenities, in the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) - India's premier centre for promotion of classical, traditional and contemporary performing arts. The NCPA is located at Nariman Point, near to the ocean at the southern end of Marine Drive, Mumbai's prestige business district which houses the headquarters of some of India's largest companies.

The NCPA's Web site is www.ncpamumbai.com

Refreshment breaks
, lunches, and the publishers' exhibition will be on the lawn just outside the Theatre.



Accommodation and Airport Transfers can be reserved with SITA Destination Management which is part of Kuoni Travel and is the Official Travel Agent of IALL 2007. Rooms have been block booked in several hotels near the venue at a range of prices.

Please look at the Hotel Information Sheet for general advice, a map and description of hotels.

Please use this online Hotel and Airport Transfer Booking form to reserve with SITA.

December is the peak season in Mumbai and delegates should book their accommodation at the earliest. The hotel booking deadline is 30 September 2007.

Pre and Post Conference Tours :
SITA Destination Management has a wide range of tours available and can tailor packages to your requirements in case you have an opportunity to travel before or after the conference.

Information is available from Sita by visiting Tours and Travel.



Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Mumbai has a wide range of domestic and international links. A guide can be found at http://www.worldairportguide.co.uk/airports/bom/bom.asp

You can book an airport transfer with your accommodation. Pre-paid taxis are available at the airport and are preferable to metered taxis and motor rickshaws. The journey time to the city centre may well take 90 minutes and can be 120 minutes if there is heavy traffic.


 Visa Information                                                                 

Please note that you will need to obtain a valid visa in advance of  travel


 Slideshow of Mumbai                                              

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