Comparative & International Law Links

 

Best Starting Points

Many sites have collected links to foreign and international law web sites from around the world. These are a few of the most useful:

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Databases

  • Beck Online: A German-language database containing cases, statutes and journal articles.
  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is comprehensive source for international affairs research; its contents include working papers, conference proceedings, case studies, policy briefs, etc.
  • Constitute: This website allows used to compare constitutions across a broad set of topics.  Passages are tagged with over 300 subjects.  Users can browse by country or topic, or search across constitutions using keywords and filter results by country and date. 
  • Global Arbitration Review: Provides the full text of the journal Global Arbitration Review, as well as related surveys, benchmark reports and comparative reviews of international arbitration issues.
  • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals: Indexes articles from more than 450 legal periodicals published worldwide, including journals, essay collections, festschrifts, and congress reports.
  • International Constitutional Law Project: English translations of constitutions and constitution related documents from countries throughout the world.
  • Kluwer Arbitration: Provides access to news, analysis, primary documents, books and journals related to international commercial and investment arbitration.
  • Kodeks (Russia): Major source for executive, legislative and judiciary documents in Russia, dating back to 1991.
  • LAWnB Legal Information Service: A Korean-language legal portal, indexing Korean legal materials such as statutes, precedents, administrative documents, and news articles.
  • Legislation of the CIS Countries: Specialized law database containing legislation of the eleven post-Soviet countries that constitute the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS): Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.  Password may be obtained at Law Library Reference Desk.
  • Manupatra: A full-text English-language database of Indian law materials, including case law and statutes. Password may be obtained at Law Library Reference Desk.
  • Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law: online edition of the seminal encyclopedia features completely updated scholarly articles on international law topics.
  • Oxford Constitutions of the World: Current and historical constitutions for countries, dependencies and territories around the world.
  • Oxford Reports on International Law: Provides English translations of case law from over 65 jurisdictions, covering 2000 to the present. All judgments are also available full-text in their original languages. Also includes scholarly commentary and analysis.
  • pkulaw.cn: Provides text of cases, statutes, regulations, treaties, legal news, and journals in English and Chinese. The Chinese version also includes model contracts and legal documents. To access English-language materials, select the English tab from the main page.
  • Trade Law Guide: Contains World Trade Organization legal agreements and instruments, negotiating history, precursor agreements, all related WTO and pre-WTO case law, dispute documents and other related content, as well as a citator service.
  • vLex Global: Legislation, case law, and other materials from a variety of jurisdictions, with a focus on countries in Central America, South America, and Europe. Documents presented in their original language, although translations are available for many documents.
  • World Constitutions Illustrated: Includes scanned copies of every world constitution- originals, translations, and both- via HeinOnline.  Also includes commentary and constitutional scholarship.

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Current Awareness

These resources will help you keep up-to-date with current international and comparative law issues.

  • ABA Journal Blawg Directory: International Law lists more than 50 blogs dealing with international and comparative law issues.
  • American Society of International Law publications include: ASIL Insights (a series of short papers on international law topics in the news); International Judicial Monitor (IJM) (a bi-monthly publication with the International Judicial Academy, featuring information and resources on international law of particular relevance to the judiciary); and International Law in Brief (a newsletter prepared by the editors of International Legal Materials).
  • Comparative Law Blog: includes articles from books and journals. On indefinite hiatus as of spring 2012, but archived material remains online.
  • Global Legal Monitor: an electronic publication from the Law Library of Congress which tracks new legal developments from around the world.
  • The International Law News: newsletter of the American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice; electronic version is available to section members only. A print version is available in the library (Periodicals).
  • International Law Prof Blog: part of the Law Professors Blog Network, updated frequently with posts on a variety of international law topics.
  • International Law Reporter: provides information about conferences, new scholarship, etc.
  • IntLawGrrls: an international law blog with a feminist sensibility.
  • Juris Diversitas: continued coverage when Comparative Law Blog went on hiatus. Similar content available here.
  • Jurispedia: a wiki "...devoted to worldwide law, legal and political sciences" that was developed at the law faculties of several European and North American universities.
  • Opinio Juris: a blog dedicated to commentary, debate and scholarship on current developments in international law and politics.

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International Organizations

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Law Students

  • International Law Students Association (ILSA): An umbrella organization for student international law societies at individual law schools; the site includes Jessup Moot Court Competition information.
  • Legal Study Abroad Headquarters: Information, brochures, and contact information for all ABA-approved study abroad programs and contact information for almost every law school in the world.
  • Transparent Language Online: Online language instruction resource which provides access to flash cards, blogs, and other tools to learn or revisit more than 70 languages.  Duke users must create an account on the login page to gain access. Additional foreign language learning resources are described in the Foreign Language Learning Libguide.

Treaties

  • Multilaterals Project: A project of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy to make available the texts of international multilateral conventions and other instruments. Most date from the second half of this century, but the collection also includes some historical texts.
  • UN Treaty Collection: Includes the United Nations Treaty Series, a collection of more than 30,000 international agreements registered with the UN Secretariat and Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General, which provides information on the status of about 500 multilateral instruments deposited with the Secretary-General.

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Last updated 10/2014 ask