International lawyers and law students around the world now have a dynamic new tool to assist them in their work and studies, thanks to today's launch (6 September) of the AustLII International Law Library.
International Court of Justice judge Sir Kenneth James Keith ONZ KBE QC was on hand to launch the library, which is free to use and based online, and contains more than 80,000 searchable documents.
Amongst the documents are 25,000 decisions of international courts and tribunals, over 30,000 treaties and international agreements (including the League of Nations and UN Treaties Series), international law journals and law reform materials.
During the launch, which was held at AustLII's offices and was attended by prominent international and humanitarian lawyers and stakeholders, Justice Keith spoke of the change which has occurred since his student days.
"When I was a law student, a little over 50 years ago, the law library I used had fewer than 2000 books.
Amazing technological developments, along with the essential contribution of AustLII and its collaborators around the globe, now provide us with riches unimaginable then. Our challenge is to find the wisdom to make the best possible use of those resources in support of the international rule of law," he said.
"The International Law Library is one of the internet's best research resources for international law, and I use it regularly in my work".
The International Law Library was developed with a grant received from the Australian Research Council, and a number of partner organisations - including UNSW, UTS, ANU, UWS, USyd, DFAT and advisory panel members from other universities - supported its development.
The International Law Library is available on WorldLII and operated by AustLII at: www.worldlii.org/int/special/ihl