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United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law

The United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law is now available, free and online.

Included in the library, a project led by Mahnoush H. Arsanjani (left), Director of the Codification Division of the U.N. Office of Legal Affairs:

Historic Archives: “documents and audiovisual materials relating to the negotiation and adoption of significant legal instruments under the auspicesof the United Nations and related agencies since 1945”;

Lecture Series: “lectures on virtually every subject of international law given by leading international law scholars and practitioners from different countries and legal systems”; and

Research Library: “links to treaties, jurisprudence, publications and documents, scholarly writings and research guides.”

Article 9 (International law) of the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of East Timor provides that:

1. The legal system of East Timor shall adopt the general or customary principles of international law.

2. Rules provided for in international conventions, treaties and agreements shall apply in the internal legal system of East Timor following their approval, ratification or accession by the respective competent organs and after publication in the official gazette.

3. All rules that are contrary to the provisions of international conventions, treaties and agreements applied in the internal legal system of East Timor shall be invalid.
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East Timor Law Journal - Towards the rule of law in Timor-Leste.

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