[Dateline: New York | Author: OLA]
On 28 October 2008 the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs launched the United Nations Audiovisual Library on International Law with a ceremony held during a meeting of the Sixth Committee in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.
The Audiovisual Library of International Law is part of the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the teaching, study, dissemination and wider appreciation of international law established by the General Assembly in 1963 as the cornerstone of United Nations efforts in this area. The Audiovisual Library of International Law is a unique multi-media resource which is a core instrument for promoting a greater understanding of the essential role of the United Nations in the field of international law and the creation of a culture that is conducive to the rule of law. The Audiovisual Library of International Law will also perform a unique and invaluable function by preserving in a vivid and informative manner the audiovisual heritage of legal developments within the United Nations system and promoting a greater awareness of the unparalleled legacy of the United Nations in the codification and progressive development of international law.
- Lecture Series provides lectures by eminent international law scholars and practitioners from different countries on virtually every subject of international law;
- 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
- Research Library provides an extensive on-line library of international law materials, including treaties, jurisprudence, United Nations documents, yearbooks and legal publications as well as scholarly writings.
This innovative teaching and research tool will be available, free of charge, to all institutions and individuals around the globe at http://www.un.org/law/avl.