United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law

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The United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law is a free online international law research and training tool. It was created and is maintained by the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs as a part of its mandate under the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law.[1]


The United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law was established in 2008[2] under the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law[3] as a tool for promoting knowledge of international law.


Over 240 international law experts from different regions, legal systems and sectors of the legal profession have recorded lectures for the Lecture Series, prepared introductory notes for the Historic Archives and contributed their scholarly writings to the Research Library.

Notable faculty members as of 1 July 2016:[4]

Description and contents[edit]

The Audiovisual Library is divided into three sections: the Historic Archives, the Lecture Series and the Research Library.[5] While the Library's main language is English, many lectures are in other languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) and all entries in the Historic Archives are translated into the six official languages of the United Nations.

Historic archives[edit]

The Historic Archives provides detailed information on the negotiation process and significance of major international legal instruments. Each entry is accompanied by an introductory note prepared by an internationally recognized legal expert, a summary of the instrument's procedural history that led to its adoption and a list of all relevant preparatory documents. In some cases, audiovisual materials, including film footage, audio recordings and photos, of the negotiations[6] are also available. The Historic Archives covers the following overarching subject areas:[7]

Lecture series[edit]

The Lecture series contains lectures recorded by members of the international legal community. Individuals who have participated in the Lecture Series include scholars, judges of international and regional judicial bodies, senior officials of international and regional organizations, and other international law practitioners. The themes covered by the Series are:[8]

Research Library[edit]

The Research Library consists of an extensive online catalog of international law materials. The Library provides links to online collections of treaties, jurisprudence of courts and tribunals, official publications and documents of the United Nations and related international organizations, scholarly writings and other research materials including international law journals and yearbooks, as well as other training materials.


  1. ^ http://legal.un.org/avl/background.html
  2. ^ General Assembly resolution 62/62
  3. ^ General Assembly resolution 52/152
  4. ^ http://legal.un.org/avl/faculty.html
  5. ^ https://www.un.org/law/avl/
  6. ^ E.g. the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Genocide Convention and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
  7. ^ http://legal.un.org/avl/historicarchives.html
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. Retrieved July 9, 2013.

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