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UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

A virtual training and research centre in international law

  • The Historic Archives provides a unique resource for the teaching, studying and researching significant legal instrument on international law. Each entry is devoted to a particular instrument and contains an introduction to the instrument prepared by an eminent international law scholar or practitioner with special expertise on the subject, information on its procedural history and related documents, as well as the text and status of the instrument. It is accompanied by audiovisual materials, as available, relating to the negotiation and adoption of the instrument at meetings or diplomatic conferences.
  • The Lecture Series contains a permanent collection of lectures of enduring value on virtually every subject of international law given by leading international law scholars and practitioners from different regions, legal systems, cultures and sectors of the legal profession.
  • The Research Library provides an extensive online library of international law materials, including treaties, jurisprudence, documents, legal publications, research guides and selected scholarly writings, as well as international law training materials.”

Pew – Not everyone in advanced economies is using social media

“Despite the seeming ubiquity of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, many in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan do not report regularly visiting social media sites. But majorities in all of the 14 countries surveyed say they at least use the internet. Social media use is relatively common among people in Sweden,… Continue Reading

Financial Times 2017 Ranking of world’s best MBA programs

Global MBA Ranking 2017 – Every year, the FT ranks the world’s best MBA programmes using multiple criteria. Use the interactive table below to compare schools. Continue Reading

Pew – Digital gap between rural and nonrural America persists

“Rural Americans have made large gains in adopting digital technology in recent years, but they remain less likely than nonrural adults to have home broadband, smartphones and other devices. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of rural Americans say they have a broadband internet connection at home, up from about a third (35%) in 2007, according to a… Continue Reading

This Map Reveals the Top 2017 Brands for each Country

“You can probably rattle off the names of a few dozen countries around the world. But can you name each of those countries’ biggest brands? Probably not. And yet, many of those brands have more money and power than most countries. So perhaps schools should teach less geography, more global brands. This map is a… Continue Reading

2017 Food and Health Survey: “A Healthy Perspective: Understanding American Food Values”

“The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2017 Food & Health Survey, “A Healthy Perspective: Understanding American Food Values,” marks the 12th edition of an ongoing investigation into the beliefs and behaviors of Americans. This year, the survey investigates important issues regarding consumer confusion, the food information landscape, health and diet, food components, food production, sustainability, and… Continue Reading

House Votes to Give Some Powers of Librarian of Congress to Donald Trump

BOOKRIOT: “Dr. Carla Hayden, the current and 14th Librarian of Congress, is many things: a brilliant scholar, a forty year veteran of libraries, a defender of equal access, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA), and a rescuer of baby ducks. She is also the first African American and the first woman to hold… Continue Reading

A DARPA perspective on artificial intelligence

Via Law Librarian Blog, May 15, 2017 – “According to John Launchbury, director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office, the development of artificial intelligence is progressing in three waves: handcrafted knowledge, statistical learning and contextual adaptation. In the below video, Launchbury explains his theory. From the YouTube description: John Launchbury … attempts to demystify AI–what it… Continue Reading

French newspaper combats fake news during election not with algorithms but with real researchers

Libération created a journalist-powered search engine during the French presidential election to fight fake news with real facts. “Libération worked with ad agency JWT Paris to launch CheckNews.fr, not run on algorithms but with real journalists researching real questions. If you sent in a question, a journalist would track down the truth behind the answer, with… Continue Reading