[Dateline: New York | Author: Office of Legal Affairs]
The web site of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law has been selected for the 2009 Web site
Award of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) at its annual meeting which was held in Turkey.
The purpose of the IALL Web site Award is to recognize and promote free legal information web sites that are authoritative, comprehensive, up-to-date, useful, and user-friendly.
Web sites considered for the award have included those designed specifically for researchers, information professionals
and librarians, in both a national and international context.
The selection of the Audiovisual Library of International Law for the 2009 Web site Award was based on its unique, multimedia resources which endow the United Nations with the capacity to provide high quality international law training on virtually every subject of international law to an unlimited number of individuals and institutions around the world.
The Audiovisual Library of International Law, created by the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs consists of three main components:
- the Lecture Series provides a permanent collection of over 150 lectures of enduring value, on virtually every subject of international law, given by distinguished members of the international legal community, including eminent scholars, judges of international and regional judicial bodies, members of the practicing bar as well as senior officials of international and regional organizations (a number of the lectures are available in all the official languages of the United Nations);
- the Historic Archives contains introductory notes prepared by internationally recognized experts, audiovisual materials recording the history of the negotiation and adoption of significant legal instruments (e.g., the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Genocide Convention, and the Law of the Sea Convention), the procedural history as well as the text of the legal instruments and other key documents; and
- the Research Library provides an extensive online library of international law materials, including treaties, jurisprudence, United Nations documents, Yearbooks and legal publications as well as scholarly writings.
Since its launch on 28 October 2008, the AVL has been accessed in more than 175 countries and territories, on all continents.
This innovative teaching and research tool is available, free of charge at http://www.un.org/law/avl/.