This year the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) is holding its 41st Annual Course and conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on 8-11 October 2023. It will be hosted by the ICRC Library and Geneva Graduate Institute Library, in collaboration with the UN Library & Archives Geneva at the Maison de la Paix, Geneva Graduate Institute.

As ever, ICLR is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s conference, whose theme is:

“Like Clockwork? Multilateralism and International Law in Geneva”

This edition of the IALL annual course will focus on the fields of international law that have developed in conjunction with the work of multilateral organizations based in Geneva. Often called the city of peace, Geneva is also the birthplace of international humanitarian law. From the late 19th century to today, Geneva has developed into a major hub of agencies and organizations with global reach. The course’s program will build upon this unique setting and the wealth of knowledge generated by the multilateral organizations based there. A couple of sessions will also explore how such developments coexist with the Swiss legal system and institutions.

The conference venue is located on the campus of the Geneva Graduate Institute in the heart of Geneva’s international district, home to many UN agencies, international organizations and international NGOs. Planned visits include the Palais des Nations – the historic headquarters of the League of Nations, now home to the UN Office at Geneva;  the ICRC headquarters; and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

Team ICLR will be in attendance, comprising

  • Paul Magrath, Head of Product Development and Online Content
  • Paul Hastings, Global Account Manager

You will find us at our stand in the exhibitors’ hall. Ask us about the latest developments and innovations such as Case Genie in our online platform, ICLR.4 or ask for a demonstration.

We look forward to meeting new faces and seeing lots of our old friends from the international law library world.


And here we are! (Note how the carpet pattern continues up the glass wall…)

It was lovely to see all the delegates and vendors, to explore the old town and the lake, and to find our books in the UN law library stacks. (Just need to catch up with binding the loose parts!)

Featured image: Maison de la paix’s Petal 2 building, on the campus of the Geneva Graduate Institute.