According to its website, the theme of this year’s annual course is “The Triptych : National, European and International Law, the French way

For the first time, the International Association of Law Libraries will be hosted by Toulouse Capitole University, in the historic and cosmopolitan city of Toulouse, in South West France. Owing to the covid pandemic this uniquely international event will be conducted online, with a mixture of pre-recorded videos and live sessions.

ICLR is proud to be sponsoring this year’s annual course. We have attended the IALL annual courses for a number of years now, in person, and have many fond memories of catching up with members from jurisdictions around the world. It’s a shame not to be meeting in person this year, even after postponing the event for a year, but we will be there in spirit and looking forward to connecting in person very soon.

In the meantime, we have some exciting news to impart. Our fast, powerful, comprehensive case law platform, ICLR.3 is about to have a major upgrade. As well as providing easy access to law reports, case information and legislation, ICLR.4 will offer major enhancements in our search technology, including our new AI-powered Case Genie recommendation engine.

How does this work? Some of you may remember Paul Magrath’s sponsor presentation for ICLR on “Developments in International Legal Information” at the last IALL annual course, in Sydney 2019. This was a demonstration of how natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning could be harnessed in the analysis, classification and discovery of long form legal texts, such as judgments. If you attended either of this year’s Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) or British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) annual conferences online, you would have had the chance to see a video presentation of our beta site.

Well, we’ve come a long way since then. For what was then theory and prototype is now an impressive reality.

Get in touch and we’ll arrange a demo.

Featured image (top): Capitole de Toulouse at evening. Toulouse, Occitanie, France. By Henryk Sadura, via Shutterstock.