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  • International Humanitarian Law Research

    1. 1. Researching International Humanitarian Law PRESENTED BY MARGARET CLARK REFERENCE LIBRARIAN SPRING 2009
    2. 2. What is International Humanitarian Law?Rules governing the conduct of hostilities. • Protects those who are not, or no longer, fighting • Restricts means and methods of warfare.Also known as: • Law of armed conflict • Law of war
    3. 3. Researching Humanitarian Law Where to start research Secondary sources Primary sources
    4. 4. Where to start research?Research Guides organize the primary and secondary sources outline strategies for researchWhat topical guides are relevant? International Law International Humanitarian Law International Criminal Law War Crimes
    5. 5. http://www.law.case.edu/war-crimes- research-portal/res_gd.asp
    6. 6. Where to start research?Encyclopedia of Public International Lawo Browse articles by subject / alphabeticallyo Keyword search – simpleo Advanced search
    7. 7. Secondary Sources1. Treatises2. Periodical articles, law reviews3. Reports4. Current Awareness
    8. 8. 1. Treatises
    9. 9. 1. Periodical articlesResearch Center List of Databases Legal Trac Index to Legal Periodicals Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals PAIS International Westlaw & LexisNexis
    10. 10. Index to LegalPeriodicals and Books
    11. 11. 1. ReportsUse these tools to find reports: Columbia International Affairs Online PAIS International Amnesty International
    12. 12. 4. Current Awareness Types of Current Awareness sources:  Newspapers or News Aggregators  Newsletters  Email alerts  News feeds  Blogs Current Awareness sources can be found in a variety of places  Humanitarian law web sites  Tribunal web sites  Non-governmental organizations
    13. 13. News aggregatorNews
    14. 14. News aggregator
    15. 15. News feeds
    16. 16. Email Alerts
    17. 17. PressReleases
    18. 18. News aggregator Email alerts RSS feeds
    19. 19. Primary Sources United Nations documents Treaties National Legislation International Case Law U.S. Legal Materials U.S. Military Materials
    20. 20. Primary Sources: U.N. Documents
    21. 21. Primary Sources: U.N. Documents
    22. 22. Primary Sources: U.N. Documents
    23. 23. United Nations: Official Documents System Official Documents
    24. 24. Possible subject terms• armed conflict• human rights in armed conflict• war crimes• cultural property protection• children in armed conflict
    25. 25. United Nations: UNBisnetU.N. publications and official documents
    26. 26. Primary Sources United Nations documents Treaties National Legislation International Case Law U.S. Legal Materials U.S. Military Materials
    27. 27. Primary Sources: Treaties
    28. 28. Primary Sources United Nations documents Treaties National Legislation International Case Law U.S. Legal Materials U.S. Military Materials
    29. 29. Primary Sources: National Legislation
    30. 30. 1. Primary Sources – National Legislation
    31. 31. 1. Primary Sources – International Case Law
    32. 32. Primary Sources United Nations documents Treaties International Case Law U.S. Legal Materials U.S. Military Materials
    33. 33. Primary Sources: U.S. Legal Materials
    34. 34. Primary Sources: U.S. Legal Materials
    35. 35. Primary Sources: U.S. Legal Materials
    36. 36. Primary Sources United Nations documents Treaties International Case Law U.S. Legal Materials U.S. Military Materials
    37. 37. U.S. Military: Army Publications
    38. 38. DOD Directives and Orders
    39. 39. U.S. Military: Judge Advocate Corps
    40. 40. U.S. Military: Army Field Manuals
    41. 41. Pentagon: Military Commissions
    42. 42. U.S. Military: Pentagon Library
    43. 43. QUESTIONS ?

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