International Law Databases

American Society of International Law
Contains the Electronic Information System for International Law, the ASIL Insights, and the Electronic Resource Guide. The site also displays links to listserv archives such as INT-LAW and Euro-Lex GMD.

i.lex: The Legal Research System for International Law in US Courts
This online database of select US court cases and related materials is designed to serve as a practical resource for members of the judiciary and other legal professionals to identify and understand how international law is interpreted and applied by US courts at both the federal and state level.

United States Practice in International Law
1. Foreign Relations of the United States series at the US Department of State. It presents the official documentary historical record of major US foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The series, which is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian, began in 1861 and now comprises more than 350 individual volumes. The volumes published over the last two decades increasingly contain declassified records from all the foreign affairs agencies. The Department of State website includes certain volumes that will be not be published in print, but only in electronic format. Foreign Relations of the United States at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries. This is an incomplete run from 1861-1960 with missing volumes being added as they can be acquired and processed. The volumes are presented as images, and are browseable and searchable.

2. Digest of International Law The Office of the Legal Adviser publishes the annual Digest of United States Practice in International Law to provide the public with a historical record of the views and practice of the Government of the United States in public and private international law. Following a hiatus from 1989-1999, publication of the Digest recommenced with calendar year 2000. Since then, annual volumes for 2000 through 2008, a two-volume set covering 1991-1999, and a volume for 1989-1990 have been published. In December 2007 a cumulative index for the years 1989-2006 was also released; that index is being updated to cover the years 1989-2008 and will be published in the spring of 2010. A brief history of the Digest and explanation of the current format of the book is provided in the Introduction: Digest of United States Practice in International Law 2000.

International Law in Domestic Courts
A regularly updated repository of domestic cases in international law from over 60 jurisdictions. The cases are selected by local reporters in conjunction with our editorial board and feature expert commentary, full texts of judgments in their original language and translations of key passages of non-English judgments into English. IP access.

International Law Reports
In Justis. IP access. Click on All Cases and choose International Law Reports or/and English Reports. International Law Reports is the only publication in the world wholly devoted to the regular and systematic reporting in English of decisions of international courts and arbitrators as well as judgments of national courts.

The Hague Academy -- Collected Courses Online / Recueil des Cours en ligne
Since 1923 The Hague Academy of International Law organizes Collected Courses Online prestigious post-university summer courses in private international law and public international law. The courses are published in the book series "The Hague Academy Collected Courses", now comprising over 320 volumes.

CIAO [Columbia International Affairs Online]
A source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals, and policy briefs.

European Journal of International Law
Contains information from 1990-present. For access go to Julius online catalog and search. IP access.

Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citation (GFILC)
A product of NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.

Provides the major speeches and congressional testimony from the State Department. It is published by the Office of Public Communication, and Bureau of Public Affairs. Its predecessor, the Department of State Bulletin, was the official record of US foreign policy from 1939-1989. While the Bulletin is unavailable on the web, you may find reference hard copies through federal depository libraries and in public and university libraries throughout the United States.

International Court of Justice
This site is maintained by the Registry of the ICJ and contains basic documents, decisions of the ICJ, current Docket of the Court, Publications.

International Journal of Legal Information

International free access citator
AustLII's new LawCite citator, an international free access case citator. There are over two million cases for which LawCite holds citation records at present. This number is expected to increase very significantly as LawCite develops. It also includes early development of a law journal article citator, tracking citations of journal articles in both cases and other articles. LawCite is constructed solely by automated means, by the extraction of citation information from the content of legal information institutes, available through the cooperation of the Free Access to Law Movement. It is an international citator, provides citation records for cases decided by courts in at least 50 countries (though with considerably varying coverage). It therefore also includes numerous citations of cases by courts in jurisdictions other than the one in which the case was decided. Lawcite does not include editorial judgments of whether a case was distinguished, reversed, etc by subsequent cases. It concentrates on demonstrating the patterns of case citation, and also provides parallel citations for cases.

The Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts Project
The Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts Project - RULAC - is an initiative of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights to support the application and implementation of international law in armed conflict. Through its global database and analysis, the Project aims ultimately to report on every concerned State and disputed territory in the world, considering both the legal norms that apply as well as the extent to which they are respected by the relevant actors.

Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge
Contains the State Responsibility Project of the International Law Commission. The text of the Draft Articles provisionally adopted by the Commission is available and linked to detailed commentary.

Max Planck Encyclopedia Of Public International Law
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) online edition is edited by Rüdiger Wolfrum. This is a fully updated online edition of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law published in print between 1991 and 2001 under the general editorship of Rudolf Bernhardt. IP.

Permanent Court of Arbitration Peace Palace, The Hague
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is a unique international organization offering a broad range of services for resolving disputes between States, as well as disputes between States and private parties and those involving inter-governmental organizations. Purely private arbitrations may obtain various types of support and assistance. Cases are brought to the PCA by agreement of the parties.

Both sites are fee based databases that contain a great amount of treatises, legal texts, and periodicals.

World Courts
By Anatoly I. Vlasov. Provides information on international judicial organizations (PCIJ, ICJ, ECHR etc.) such as decisions, conventions, history, jurisdiction, structure, and statistics. Translations into Russian are available on the website, but the content is mostly in English.

The Yearbook of the United Nations
It is the principal reference work of the United Nations and provides a detailed overview of the Organization's activities. Each Yearbook is fully indexed and includes all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions. The complete collection (1946-2005) is available here.

Private International Law:
ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for Private International Law

European and Comparative Private Law Home Page
Housed at the University of Girona in Catalonia, Spain.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law
Full text of treaties, status, bibliographic information, and explanatory reports.

Institute of Foreign and International Private Law
Housed in Freiburg.

International Trade Law Monitor -- Lex Mercatoria.

UNIDROIT-- International Institute for the Unification of Private Law
Contains conventions, implementation of UNIDROIT conventions, principles of international commercial contracts, uniform law review.

US Dept. of State Private International Law Database

Public International Law:
Recueil des cours=Collected courses of the Hague Academy of International Law
The Peace Palace Library has an excellent searchable database of all volumes (by topic and keyword).

Conducting Research in Public International Law
An Introduction to Information Sources by George Middeldorp. Includes treaties, case law, and documents.

Jean Monnet Working Paper Series (NYU School of Law)
For more information use the searchable Table of Contents.

Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
Available in English. See also Max-Planck's Public International Law bibliography and Comparative Public Law documents.

Droit International Public
Bibliothèque de l'Université Laval (Quebec).

Keesing's Record of World Events
The web-based version of Keesing's Record of World Events /
Keesing's Contemporary Archives. It is the monthly digest of worldwide political, diplomatic, and economic affairs. Published since 1931. Keesing's is the standard for thorough, objective coverage of significant events for every country as well as the major international organizations. The library doesn't have a subscription. See the library's collection policy.

United States Information Agency
An independent foreign affairs agency which supports US foreign policy and national interests abroad.

US Department of State Foreign Affairs Network

International Law, NYU Law Library research guide
International Legal Research Tutorial. A collaborative project between Duke University School of Law and University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. The tutorial is designed to teach students research strategies and methodology for researching both print and electronic sources of international legal materials.
Introduction to International Law Research by Jean Davis and Victoria Szymczak.
FindLaw International Resources
International Law Research Center (Hieros Gamos)

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