What you need to know about researching international law

Discover a world of international law resources in the library

Discover a world of legal resources in the Law Guide

First thing’s first; what is international law?

The Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary defines international law as:

“The body of law established by sovereign states that regulates the conduct of states and other entities possessing international legal personality. International law, also known as ‘public international law’, differs from private international law which is that body of domestic law concerned with legal questions containing a foreign element, and may result in the application of foreign law that differs or ‘conflicts’ with the law of the forum”.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we can move onto the good stuff; like where you can find international law resources.

The Law Guide contains all of the legal resources that the library subscribes to as well as quality internet materials. It highlights all the library and online resources for your specific research. Be sure to check out the sections on Public International Law and Private International Law.

Here’s a selection of useful international law resources from the Law Guide:

  • Thomson Reuters Westlaw
    An online legal research service that provides access to cases, legislation, journals, books and news (with an American focus).
  • Oxford Reports on International Law
    Oxford Reports on International Law is a new online service bringing together decisions on public international law from international courts and tribunals, domestic courts and ad hoc tribunals.
  • Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
    This comprehensive resource contains peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of public international law.
  • Foreign & international law resources database (Via HeinOnline)
    FILRD contains full-text international law publications, including prominent Yearbooks from around the world and proceedings of the American Society of International Law. It also contains U.S. law digests on international law and judicial decisions of the Hague Permanent Court of International Justice.
  • Kluwer Law Online
    Kluwer Law Online is your gateway to Kluwer Law International publications such as the Asian International Arbitration Review, European Business Law Review and International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations.

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