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Public international law

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Public international law

  1. 1. Bodleian Law Library Key stuff & tools to find more! Michaelmas 2013 Public International Law
  2. 2. Finding (e-)stuff  Treaties  Case law  UN material  Customary law Commentary  Encyclopaedia  E-books OSAIL  Finding journal articles
  3. 3. Multi-laterals: 1920s to date  LNTS Coverage 1920-1946  UNTS Coverage 1946 to date  Internat 10  HeinOnline – UN Law Collection  Freely available [pdfs] via www.worldlii.org/int/other/treaties/LNTSer/  AVOID the UN’s own Treaty website for texts!!
  4. 4. Not in UNTS? International Legal Materials Complete Journal  LexisLibrary: 1962 onwards  Internat 300 I240 HeinOnline v.1(1962)-v.50(2011) Just treaties from ILM  Westlaw Int: 1980 v.19 on
  5. 5. Incidentally Westlaw Int– useful for international commercial arbitration!
  6. 6. Free web for national tss  National Treaty series –e.g. UKTS via UKTO (UK Treaties Online) = part of FCO website (but with disclaimer) Note HeinOnline’s Treaty & Agreements Library … for U.S.A. treaties, whether currently in-force, expired, or not-yet officially published.
  7. 7. Secretariats: added value!
  8. 8. Some Treaty Questions  Is the treaty in force? EIF  Which states have signed, ratified, repudiated, or modified this treaty?  Have any states expressed reservations to the treaty or made a declaration of interpretation?
  9. 9. Treaty status: MTDSG Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General Formerly printed as ST/LEG/SER/E/ Now On-line version is updated daily
  10. 10. http://treaties.un.org
  11. 11. “Quirky” so drill down
  12. 12. TREATIES: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS Also on UN’s Treaty website
  13. 13. Hover mouse over link to see treaty name Depositary Notifications Int. Convention for Suppression of Financing of Terrorism
  14. 14. BITS: bilateral investment Subscription Databases:  Investment Claims (over 1000 BITS)  Kluwer Arbitration  IA Reporter – news & analysis on treaty negotiations  Investor State Law  TDM Transnational Dispute Management
  15. 15. BITS: free web for texts
  16. 16. Tax treaties - LexisLibrary
  17. 17. Law Reports & Cases
  18. 18. International Law Reports (ILR)  General collection  1919 –  Decisions of both international courts & national tribunals applying PIL  All translated into English  Internat 100 I61  Online via Justis
  19. 19. ILR in JUSTIS
  20. 20. Oxford Reports on International law Modules  International Courts of General Jurisdiction  International Criminal Law  International Human Rights Law  International Investment Claims  International Law in Domestic Courts Via OxLIP+ type ORIL
  21. 21. ORIL: added to “daily”
  22. 22. Default – searches all unless you limit/refine
  23. 23. Related Items panel
  24. 24. ICJ (Lexis,Westlaw, Hein too!) Free + In summary form 1946 to 1969, full-text from 1970 onwards. ALSO gives you Permanent Court of Justice Archive 1922-46
  25. 25. Don’t let gray put you off!
  26. 26. Human Rights Reports BHRC in Lexis EHRR in Westlaw UK
  27. 27. Human Rights Cases  European Court HUDOC  African Court on Human & Peoples’ Rights www.african-court.org/en/  Inter-American Court of HR www.corteidh.or.cr/  Interights (summaries)
  28. 28. Google HUDOC
  29. 29. 38 individual databases WorldLII – databases & portal
  30. 30. http://www.ecolex.org/start.php
  31. 31. Asser Institute EEL case law
  32. 32. UNITED NATIONS  Publications?  If a major series, try HeinOnline first  Documents? official.papers@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  33. 33. //libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/un
  34. 34. Customary law/”law of nations”  “State practice”  Government (or ministry websites) e.g. Digest of US Practice in Int.L http://www.state.gov/s/l/c8183.htm  National year books (or yearbooks)  Not official but can help with citations to/summaries of, reproductions of official govt doxs as well as academic analysis
  35. 35. Encyclopedia  New topic?  New concept?  New jargon? Also  Bibliography starter  Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL)  Via OxLIP+ = max  Sign In if off campus/no vpn with SSO
  36. 36. QuickSearch:TRIPS TRIPS
  37. 37. OR, NOT, ?, *,“[exact]”,w or w/out accents, Eng or US sp.
  38. 38. In print only  Encyclopedia of the United Nations and international agreements (3rd ed 2003) Internat 687 E56a3  Parry and Grant encyclopædic dictionary of international law (3rd ed 2009) Internat 450 P264b3  Encyclopedia of human rights (2009) Order from closed stacks
  39. 39. MAJOR ONLINE WORKS
  40. 40. OSAIL  Oxford Scholarly Authorities on Internat Law  “classic” works which happen to be OUP  E.g. Oppenheim's International Law, MCNAIR Treaties, CASSESE Rome Statute of ICC etc etc Not yet on SOLO – but linked from MPEPIL & ORIL & see handout
  41. 41. Get to OSAIL from MPEPIL OR ORIL or Oxford Citator
  42. 42. Hague Academy Collected Courses  In OxLIP+ type in Haye  Courses for pgs in public & private int. law  leading academics & practitioners, judges, diplomats  Eng OR Fre  Internat 300 A20.
  43. 43. The great article hunt Via OxLIP+  Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals  Index to Legal Periodicals  try also SSCI (Social Science Citation Index)  Try also PAIS International?
  44. 44. Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP)
  45. 45. Social Science Citation Index
  46. 46. Max Planck Institute documentation of articles
  47. 47. Copy & paste journal title into OU e- journals or SOLO or LawBod Search our tool
  48. 48. News  Court’s, Organization’s etc own website  ASIL Insights http://www.asil.org/insights “provide brief, balanced accounts of the international law issues raised by newsworthy late-breaking events”
  49. 49. More help online  ASIL’s E-rg Electronic Research Guide  ASIL’s EISIL Electronic Information System for International Law

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