Foreign and International Legal Research<br />Saskia Mehlhorn, Visiting Foreign and International Law Librarian, March 201...
Foreign and International LawBasic Concepts SourcesResearching International LawResearching Foreign Law O’Quinn Subscripti...
Foreign and Int’l Law, Defined and Distinguished<br />
What is Foreign Law?<br />Foreign Law = Law of the country<br />Research requires access of foreign legislation, jurisdict...
Common and Civil Law Countries<br />
What is International Law?<br />International Law governs the relations between countries<br />Referred to as public inter...
History of International Law<br />Iusgentium<br />Commercial Transaction<br />17th century move to ius ad bellum<br />20th...
Basic Concepts of Int’l Law<br />
Sovereignty<br />Signatory nations are equal<br />Traditionally parties were mostly nations.<br />NGO’s, IGO’S, Multinatio...
Sources of Int’l Law<br />
Article 38(1) ICJ Statute<br />International conventions<br />Customary law<br />General principles of law<br />Scholarly ...
Article 38(1) ICJ Statute<br />1. The Court, whose function is to decide in accordance with international law such dispute...
Researching Int’l Law<br />
Where to start?<br />
International Law<br />
Treaty Research<br />Ratification and Implementation Process<br />What is the difference between a treaty and an executive...
Treaty Research<br />
International Trade Law<br />UNCITRAL – United Nations <br />Commission on <br />International Trade Law<br />WTO – World ...
UNCITRAL<br />
WTO<br />
OECD<br />
International Organizations <br />United Nations<br />International Criminal Court<br />International Court of Justice<br />
United Nations<br />
International Criminal Court<br />
International Court of Justice<br />
Regional Organizations<br />Organization of American States<br />North American Free Trade Agreement<br />European Union<b...
OAS<br />
NAFTA<br />
EU<br />
APEC<br />
African Union<br />
Researching Foreign Law<br />
Where to start?<br />
GLIN<br />
GLM<br />
LOC Research Guides<br />
O’Quinn Subscriptions<br />
Start with a search in the library catalog! We have excellent resources available and the fastest way to find them is with...
CIAO<br />
BNA Reporter Int’l Trade<br />
LawInfo China<br />
Hein Online<br />
UN Treaties Collection<br />
Index to Foreign Legal Publications<br />
Kluwer Arbitration<br />
Free reliable online sources<br />
Cornell’s Wex<br />
NYU Law F&I Research<br />
HG by Lex Mundi<br />
Legislation Online<br />
Thank You!<br />
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  • No hierarchy among first 3, 4 and 5 considered subsidiary!
  • Especially the Intro to Public Int’l Law Research from 2010
  • http://www.asil.org/files/dalton.pdf
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    1. 1. Foreign and International Legal Research<br />Saskia Mehlhorn, Visiting Foreign and International Law Librarian, March 2011<br />
    2. 2. Foreign and International LawBasic Concepts SourcesResearching International LawResearching Foreign Law O’Quinn SubscriptionsFree reliable online resources<br />
    3. 3. Foreign and Int’l Law, Defined and Distinguished<br />
    4. 4. What is Foreign Law?<br />Foreign Law = Law of the country<br />Research requires access of foreign legislation, jurisdiction, commentaries and scholarly work<br />
    5. 5. Common and Civil Law Countries<br />
    6. 6. What is International Law?<br />International Law governs the relations between countries<br />Referred to as public international law<br />Not Private International Law<br />Supranational Law is part of International Law<br />
    7. 7. History of International Law<br />Iusgentium<br />Commercial Transaction<br />17th century move to ius ad bellum<br />20th century ius ad bellum rejected<br />Founding of International Organizations<br />
    8. 8. Basic Concepts of Int’l Law<br />
    9. 9. Sovereignty<br />Signatory nations are equal<br />Traditionally parties were mostly nations.<br />NGO’s, IGO’S, Multinational corps<br />Authority of International Law largely depends upon voluntary participation of states<br />In some areas judicial and quasi-judicial tribunals are available<br />
    10. 10. Sources of Int’l Law<br />
    11. 11. Article 38(1) ICJ Statute<br />International conventions<br />Customary law<br />General principles of law<br />Scholarly work<br />Case law<br />
    12. 12. Article 38(1) ICJ Statute<br />1. The Court, whose function is to decide in accordance with international law such disputes as are submitted to it, shall apply:<br />a. international conventions, whether general or particular, establishing rules expressly recognized by the contesting states; <br />b. international custom, as evidence of a general practice accepted as law;<br />c. the general principles of law recognized by civilized nations; <br />d. subject to the provisions of Article 59, judicial decisions and the teachings of the most highly qualified publicists of the various nations, as subsidiary means for the determination of rules of law.<br />
    13. 13. Researching Int’l Law<br />
    14. 14. Where to start?<br />
    15. 15. International Law<br />
    16. 16. Treaty Research<br />Ratification and Implementation Process<br />What is the difference between a treaty and an executive agreement?<br />Where to find treaties?<br />
    17. 17. Treaty Research<br />
    18. 18. International Trade Law<br />UNCITRAL – United Nations <br />Commission on <br />International Trade Law<br />WTO – World Trade <br />Organization<br />OECD – Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development<br />
    19. 19. UNCITRAL<br />
    20. 20. WTO<br />
    21. 21. OECD<br />
    22. 22. International Organizations <br />United Nations<br />International Criminal Court<br />International Court of Justice<br />
    23. 23. United Nations<br />
    24. 24. International Criminal Court<br />
    25. 25. International Court of Justice<br />
    26. 26. Regional Organizations<br />Organization of American States<br />North American Free Trade Agreement<br />European Union<br />Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation<br />African Union<br />
    27. 27. OAS<br />
    28. 28. NAFTA<br />
    29. 29. EU<br />
    30. 30. APEC<br />
    31. 31. African Union<br />
    32. 32. Researching Foreign Law<br />
    33. 33. Where to start?<br />
    34. 34. GLIN<br />
    35. 35. GLM<br />
    36. 36. LOC Research Guides<br />
    37. 37. O’Quinn Subscriptions<br />
    38. 38. Start with a search in the library catalog! We have excellent resources available and the fastest way to find them is with a search in the online catalog.<br />
    39. 39. CIAO<br />
    40. 40. BNA Reporter Int’l Trade<br />
    41. 41. LawInfo China<br />
    42. 42. Hein Online<br />
    43. 43. UN Treaties Collection<br />
    44. 44. Index to Foreign Legal Publications<br />
    45. 45. Kluwer Arbitration<br />
    46. 46. Free reliable online sources<br />
    47. 47. Cornell’s Wex<br />
    48. 48. NYU Law F&I Research<br />
    49. 49. HG by Lex Mundi<br />
    50. 50. Legislation Online<br />
    51. 51. Thank You!<br />
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