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  • 1. Researching International Law Advanced Legal Research November 7, 2006 Marci Hoffman International & Foreign Law Librarian [email_address]
  • 2. Overview
    • Definitions
      • Public International Law
      • Private International Law
      • Foreign Law
      • Comparative Law
    • Sources of Law
  • 3. Public International Law
    • Governs the relationships between national governments, the relationships between intergovernmental organizations, and the relationships between national governments and intergovernmental organizations.
  • 4. Private International Law
    • Governs the choice of law to apply when there are conflicts in the municipal law of different nations related to private transactions between those nations. Often known as conflict of laws .
    • Topics include contracts, marriage and divorce, jurisdiction, recognition of judgments, child adoption and abduction.
  • 5. Foreign Law
    • Defines the role of governments to the people they govern and controls relationships between people. It may regulate foreign persons and entities, but it does not have effect outside the boundaries of a nation.
  • 6. Sources of Law
    • Public International Law
      • Treaties
      • Customary law
      • General principles
      • Court decisions
      • Scholarly commentary
    • Private International Law
      • National law
      • Treaties
      • Customary law
      • Court decisions
      • Scholarly commentary
  • 7. Getting Started
    • Find a relevant research guide.
    • Define basic concepts or terms, abbreviations or acronyms.
    • Locate secondary sources (journal articles, books, reports).
  • 8. Research Guides
    • Introduction to International & Foreign Legal Research
    • ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources
    • Guide to International Legal Research
    • Germain’s Transnational Law Research
  • 9. Abbreviations & Acronyms
    • Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations
    • World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations
    • Noble's International Guide to the Law Reports
    • Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
  • 10. Definitions & Background Information
    • Encyclopedia of Public International Law
    • Encyclopedia of the United Nations
    • Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law
  • 11. Secondary Sources
    • Journal articles
      • Legal journal indexes
        • Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP)
        • Legal Resource Index (LRI) ( LegalTrac )
        • Legal Journals Index (LJI)
        • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP)
      • Law-related journal indexes (PAIS, Social Science Index, EconLit)
    • Books
      • LAWCAT
  • 12. International Law
    • Locate international instruments (treaty or agreement).
    • Obtain IGO/NGO information (documents, conference proceedings).
    • Find decisions of international courts & tribunals.
    • Locate relevant commentary and analysis.
  • 13. Treaties & Agreements
    • What are treaties?
    • Types
      • bilateral
      • multilateral
    • US is a party
    • Non-US treaties
  • 14. What are Treaties?
    • Agreements concluded between States in written form and governed by international law.
    • Convention, treaty, agreement, covenant, final act, charter, memorandums of understanding, protocol, pact, accord, constitution.
    • Usually different names have no legal significance in international law.
  • 15. Researching Treaties
    • Locate
      • Text of the treaty or agreement
      • Status & ratification information
      • Reservations or declarations
      • Implementing domestic legislation
      • Background documents or commentary
    • Researching Treaties and Agreements
  • 16. Treaty Indexes
    • U.S.
      • Treaties in Force
        • Treaty Actions
      • United States Treaty Index
    • Bilateral (non-U.S.) & Multilateral
      • Multilateral Treaty Calendar
      • United Nations Cumulative Treaty Index
      • Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary General
  • 17. U.S. Treaty Collections
    • Treaties and Other International Acts Series (T.I.A.S.)
    • United States Treaties and Other International Agreements (U.S.T.)
    • Senate Treaty Documents (S. Treaty Doc.)
  • 18. U.S. Treaty Collections
    • Dept. of State
      • Treaty Affairs
      • Declassified Documents: International Agreements
    • Congress
      • Treaties
      • U.S. Senate Treaty Documents
      • Thomas
    • Other Databases
      • HeinOnline : Treaties & Agreements Library
      • Treaties & International Agreements
      • LexisNexis and Westlaw
  • 19. Other National Treaty Collections
    • Australian Treaties Library
    • French Treaty Database
    • Hong Kong Treaty Project
    • Pacific Island Treaty Series
  • 20. Multilateral Sources
    • United Nations Treaty Series (U.N.T.S.)
    • United Nations Treaty Collection
    • European Treaty Series (ETS)
    • OAS Treaties
    • International Legal Materials (I.L.M)
  • 21. Topical Treaty Collections
    • Human Rights Library
    • Intellectual Property (WIPO)
    • ILOLEX (ILO)
    • Hague Conventions on Private International Law
    • Environmental Law Instruments (UNEP)
  • 22. Status & Ratification
    • Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary General
    • Treaties in Force and Treaty Actions
    • Web sites
      • Secretariat
      • Depository
    • Journal articles
    • Treaty indexes
  • 23. Reservations & Declarations
    • Reservation excludes or modifies the legal effect of provisions. Declaration clarifies a State's position.
    • Some treaties do not allow reservations .
    • Sources
      • Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary General
      • Web sites
        • Hague Conventions
  • 24. Implementing Legislation
    • National legislation
      • New legislation
        • DMCA implements two WIPO treaties
      • Existing legislation
    • Treaty Secretariats
      • Chemical Weapons Convention
      • Anti-Bribery Convention
  • 25. Other Information
    • Background or intent
      • Negotiation documents
      • Preparatory or preliminary documents
      • Legislative history
        • Uruguay Round Agreements Act: A Legislative History of Public Law no. 103-465
    • See À la Recherche des Travaux Préparatoires
  • 26. Other Information
    • Interpretation
      • Decisions
        • International courts & tribunals
        • Domestic courts
      • Commentary & analysis
        • Books, see A Commentary on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
        • Journal articles
  • 27. Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGOs)
    • Web sites
      • UN documents
      • GATT/WTO documents
    • Interesting web resources
      • Investment Treaties (UNCTAD)
    • Print documents
  • 28. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
    • Web sites
      • Human Rights
        • Amnesty International
      • Environment
        • Basel Action Network
    • Interesting web resources
      • IATP
        • The Treaty Database Online
  • 29. European Union
    • Researching EU Law
    • EUROPA
    • EUR- Lex (EU Law Portal)
    • Print sources
    • LexisNexis & Westlaw
  • 30. International Courts & Tribunals
    • International Court of Justice
      • ICJ Research Guide
    • International Courts & Tribunals Project
    • Projects on International Courts & Tribunals
    • WorldLII : International Courts & Tribunals
  • 31. International Law Sites
    • Electronic Information System for International Law
    • Foreign and International Law Web
    • Foreign and International Resources: An Annotated Guide to Web Resources
  • 32. Current Stuff
    • International Law in Brief
    • ASIL Insights
    • Blogs
      • Opinio Juris
      • Grotian Moment: The Saddam Hussein Trial Blog
  • 33. Last Words
    • International legal materials come from a variety of sources & they are not always well organized.
    • Not all international documents are available on the web.
    • Commentary and analysis generally not available on the web.
    • Need to use a combination of print and electronic sources.
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