32nd IALL Annual Course on International Law and Legal Information, Barcelona, 15-19 September, 2013

Earlier this month, the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) held its 32nd Annual Course on International Law and Legal Information in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. The conference was made possible by the generosity and hospitality of the Faculty of Law, University of Barcelona. The Peace Palace Library participated!

The theme of the Annual Course was Catalan Law and Legal Information in a Global Context. Speakers at the sessions included some of Barcelona’s leading academics, legal practitioners and law librarians who provided the audience with presentations covering topics reflecting Catalonia’s unique perspectives on international, European and domestic (interregional) issues.

Prior to the actual Annual Course, a special workshop was held on legal information skills. The aim of this Information Literacy Workshop was to review a draft of suggested Public International Law Research Competencies. Inspiration for the draft was found in similar statements, such as the BIALL Legal Information Literacy Statement and the AALL Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency.

During the week, visits were made to the University of Barcelona Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Barcelona Bar Association, the Parliament of Catalonia, and the National Library of Catalonia. On the optional day on Thursday, a visit was paid to the Benedictine Abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, and the medieval Monastery at Món Sant Benet.

The Peace Palace Library would like to thank the Local Planning Committee of the Barcelona Faculty of Law for organizing this excellent and varied programme!

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