The International Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1959 with the purpose of promoting and supporting the work of Law Libraries and related agencies, in order to facilitate research and use of their materials on a multinational and co-operative basis. Its functions and activities have developed to include professional education and development, by means of annual courses, participation in major conferences including IFLA, the publication of the International Journal of Legal Information, and other scholarly publications. It also awards scholarship bursaries for and makes an annual award for the best legal website.
For a detailed description of the history of the IALL, see: Adolf Sprudzs: Thirty Five Years of International Co-operation (The Law Librarian Vol 26 no 2 June 1995.) A list of Presidents of the IALL may also be found on the Association's website: http://www.iall.org/.