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International Legal Research
This guide will serve as an introduction or beginning set of resources for those legal researchers who are searching in the field of international law. It will focus on finding treaties and other international agreements. It provides sources, print and electronic, that are available in the University of New Hampshire Law Library and through its licensed electronic subscriptions. It is a work in progress and will be edited irregularly. Pages for international criminal law and international IP are being developed.
Textbooks on International Legal Research
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International and Foreign Legal Research by
Call Number: ebook - for UNH Law and UNH only
Publication Date: 2012-04-19
International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook emphasizes legal research strategies applicable across the landscape of research sources. Topics covered in the book range from a general chapter on basic concepts to five chapters on particular subjects of international law. Each major aspect of research, such as using periodical indexes, is treated once in depth. Elsewhere in the book, other sections refer readers to that in-depth treatment, while adding information specific to the topic being discussed. A companion website is also made available to help users of the book stay up-to-date on new sources and strategies.
International Law Legal Research by
Call Number: KZ1234 .W565 2013 (Main Stacks)
Publication Date: 2013-10-22
International Legal Research in a Nutshell by
Call Number: KZ1234 .H64 2008 (Main Stacks)
Publication Date: 2017-03-24
This Nutshell provides a basic introduction to international and foreign legal research for the non-specialist. It offers guidance through the unfamiliar pathways of research using international and non-US legal legal materials and demystifies the world of treaties and international case law. Since it's aimed at the non-specialist, it provides straight-forward background information on the United Nations and the European Union and includes guidance using the documents and legal materials of these institutions. There are extensive links to the rich world of Web resources, but it also describes print research tools that remain important in this field. Finally, it sets out a road map for approaching a research problem involving international, foreign and comparative law. Additional teaching materials are available for this title, and include online links to research sources noted in the book: Appendix A: Comprehensive List of Sources Appendix B: Websites Containing National Law Appendix C: Web Treaty Collections Appendix D: Planning Your Research and Organizational Tools
Selected Books on International Law
The Oxford Guide to Treaties by
Call Number: KZ1301 .O94 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-27
The Cambridge Companion to International Law by
Call Number: KZ3410 .C35 2012
Publication Date: 2012-01-26
Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law by
Call Number: KZ3225.B76 A37 2012
Publication Date: 2012-11-25
Selected Blogs on International Law
The FCIL-SIS serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on foreign, comparative and international law and legal research. This blog is intended to be a fun and educational resource for Foreign Comparative and International Law - Special Interest Group of AALL (FCIL-SIS). It is open to anyone interested in foreign, comparative, and international law or law librarianship.
International Law Prof Blog
Part of the Law Prof. Blog network. Includes news and substantive posts on international law from a scholar's point of view.
IntLawGrrls was founded in March 2007 by Diane Marie Amann as a blog authored by women who teach and work in international law, policy and practice.
A blog featuring informed discussion of international law by and among academics, practitioners and legal experts.
Sources of International Law
When researching international law issues, Article 38 of the International Court of Justice Statute lists the sources of international law in order of their weight as authority:
- International conventions and treaties
- International custom as evidence of a general practice accepted as law
- General principles of law recognized by civilized nations (doctrines of fairness and justice applied universally in legal systems throughout the world)
- Judicial decisions and teachings of the most highly qualified publicists
The first three sources are primary sources while judicial decisions and teachings of the most highly qualified publications are treated as secondary sources.