Introduction to International Law
When starting to research international law, begin with secondary
sources (journal articles, treatises, directories, etc.). Secondary sources
provide you with:
- background information and citations to primary documents;
- definitions of basic concepts or terms and the meaning of abbreviations
- information about international organizations.
Research guides are excellent starting points because they identify pertinent
sources on specific topics. Many guides refer to the best print sources as well
as to the most worthwhile websites.
Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law. Each chapter
of this E-book focuses on the best electronic resources for the following
topics: treaties, human rights, international criminal law, international
economic law, international environmental law, international intellectual
property, international organizations, private international law, commercial
arbitration, and the United Nations.
- EISIL (Electronic Information
System for International Law) is an extensive database that includes
links to primary documents (treaties, conventions, etc.), websites,
and research guides related to various subjects within international
law. There is also a good deal of value-added information, including
summaries of legal instruments and resources, legal citations, and
entry into force dates.
(International Law) provides access to research guides on a wide
variety of international law topics.
- International and Foreign Legal Research Guides. Both Duke
Law Library and UC
Berkeley Law Library provide access to guides that focus on both print
and electronic sources on a variety of international law topics.