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Research Guides

ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law
The authors evaluate, organize, guide, and explain the varied electronic sources on international environmental, economic and criminal law, private international law, human rights, treaties, international organizations, and the United Nations. The Guide is continuously updated and expanded.
Publisher: American Society of International Law.

Foreign and International Law
Collection of resources, guides, and links on a wide range of topics, including Constitutions and Constitutional Courts, Treaties, European Union, International Organizations, War Crimes, Human Rights, International Trade, Intellectual Property, and International Law Journals.
Publisher: University of Chicago School of Law.

Foreign and International Law Resources
Cornell Law Library's collection of Foreign and International Law resources, guides, and links will assist you in doing both simple and complex foreign and international legal research.

International Law Guides
Overviews and research guides on specialized international law topics.
Publisher: Law Library Resource Xchange, LLC.

Researching International Law — Introduction
This research guide covers some essential basic sources that a researcher of international and foreign law will use frequently or should become familiar with in order to facilitate research in these areas. It was prepared by the staff of the John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library at the Georgetown University Law Center.

LAWLINKS - International Law
Resources for International Law include links to research guides, treaties, courts, organizations, and other web resources.
Publisher: University of Kent at Canterbury Templeman Library


Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL)
Database of authenticated primary materials, authoritative websites, and helpful research guides to a broad range of international law topics on the Internet. Users can connect directly to the web resource that interests them by clicking on its title, but will also find valuable added information through a "More Information" link, including legal citations, entry into force and signature dates, amendments and brief descriptions. Go to "About EISIL" for more information on the project.
Publisher: American Society for International Law.

International Documents Collection
Includes links to intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and foreign government websites, research guides, IGO resources, and international e-collections.
Publisher: Northwestern University Library.

Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute, International Law: An Overview
Provides a brief overview of the topic with a sidebar menu of links to primary source material (e.g., federal statutes and international conventions & treaties) and key internet sources.

Justia: International Law Overview
This page is part of Justia's Legal Practice Areas portal, which provides overviews and links to relevant laws, news, blogs, and blog posts.

United Nations

United Nations
Documents include UN Charter, Statute of the International Court of Justice, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, resolutions, decisions, reports, and more.

UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library
Includes a research gateway to UN documents, a selection of Landmark General Assembly documents, reference guides, and other resources for researching UN documents.

Treaties and Related Documents

HeinOnline Treaties and Agreements
Treaties and Agreements from 1776 to present. The license to this database restricts access to SIU Campus Users.

Multilaterals Project
An ongoing effort to publish on the web the texts of international multilateral conventions and other instruments.
Publisher: Edwin Giin Library. Tufts University. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Treaties in Force
List of bilateral and multilateral treaties and other international agreements of the United States on record in the Department of State.
Publisher: U.S. Dept. of State Office of Legal Affairs.

Treaty Actions
Record of actions taken by states in regard to international agreements from 1997 to present.
Publisher: U.S. Department of State Office of Treaty Affairs.

Courts and Other Tribunals

Court of Justice of the European Communities (ECJ) and Court of First Instance (CFI)
It is the responsibility of the Court of Justice to ensure that the law is observed in the interpretation and applications of the Treaties establishing the European Communities and of the provisions laid down by the competent Community institutions. The Court of First Instance of the European Communities is an independent court attached to the Court of Justice.

International Court of Justice (ICJ)
Principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Includes the Statute of the Court and other Basic Documents; Reports to the General Assembly, and documents and information related to selected cases before the court since 1947. For contentious cases, the documents include Application, Written Pleadings, Oral Pleadings, Orders, and Judgment(s).

International Criminal Court
The International Criminal Court is an independent international organisation. In accordance with article 2 of the Rome Statute, its relationship with the United Nations system is governed by an agreement that has been approved by the Assembly of States Parties and will be concluded by the President of the Court on its behalf.

Project on International Courts and Tribunals
Research on and links to main international courts and tribunals, including links to basic documents creating the tribunal and decisions where available.

Databases and Current Awareness

BNA DATABASES (Available to SIU Law Users Only). The law library subscribes to over 100 BNA databases. SIU Law Faculty, Staff, and Students Only: Sign up for BNA email summaries.

The following are the BNA databases on international law, trade, and tax:


International Tax

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