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Research Sources in Public International Law

I. Bibliographies & Guides   II. Dictionaries   III. Encyclopedia  
IV. Indexes
 
V. Treaties and International Agreements to which the United States is a Party   VI. Treaties and International Agreements to which the United States Mignt Not Be a Party  
VII. Court Decisions   VIII. State Practice in International Law   IX. United Nations Documents  

I. Bibliographies and Guides

ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law. 3rd rev. ed. Washington, D.C. American Society of International Law, 2003. (Ref/KZ/22/A25/no. 15);
http://www.asil.org/resource/home.htm

  • Focuses on Web resources but also covers other electronic formats, such as CD-ROM and online services. Continuously revised.

  • EISL: Electronic Information System for International Law. [Washington, D.C.]: American Society of International Law, 2004-
    http://www.eisil.org/

  • Designed so “that web searchers can easily location the highest quality primary materials, authoritative web sites and helpful research guides to international law on the Internet.”

  • Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations. 2nd ed. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2009. (Ref/K89/G85/2009)

    Guide to International Legal Research. The George Washington International Law Review. 2007 ed.] Newark, NJ: LexisNexis Matthew Bender, 2007. (Ref/KZ/1234/G85/2007)

    Handbook of International Law. Anthony Aust. 1st ed. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. (KZ/3410/A94/2005)
    International Lawyer's Deskbook. Lucinda A. Low, Daniel M. Drory, Patrick Norton, editors. 2nd ed. Chicago, Ill.: Section of International Law and Practice, American Bar Association, 2003. (Ref/K/559/I57/2003)

  • “This book is designed as a reference tool for lawyers facing international legal problems outside their own areas of expertise. In addition to an overview chapter and a chapter on selecting foreign counsel, there are 25 chapters discussing different areas of international law and practice.” From the Preface.

  • International Law Guides. LLRX.com Resource Center. http://www.llrx.com/international_law.html

    International Legal Research in a Nutshell. Marci B. Hoffman and Robert C. Berring. St. Paul, MN: Thomson/West, 2008. (Reserve KZ/1234/H64/2008)

    Public International Law: A Guide to Information Sources. London; New York: Mansell, 1991. (Ref/Z/6461/B49/1991)

    Public International Law: A Current Bibliography of Articles. Berlin, New York: Springer- Verlag. v. 1 (1975)- Semiannual. (Ref/KZ/5/P83)

    II. Dictionaries

    Dictionary of International & Comparative Law. James R. Fox. 3rd ed. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana, 2003. (Ref/KZ/1161/F69/2003)

  • Provides references to documentary sources, including treaties, decisions, journal articles, yearbooks, and digests.

  • Guide to Latin in International Law. Aaron X. Fellmeth & Maurice Horwitz. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. (Ref/K52/L38/F45/2009)

    International Law: A Dictionary. Boleslaw A. Boczek. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. 2005.
    (Ref/KZ/1161/B63/2005)

    Modern Dictionary of International Legal Terms. E. Lindberg. Boston: Little, Brown& Co., 1993. (Ref/K54/L562/1993)

  • English, French, and German.

  • Noble's Revised International Guide to the Law Reports. Compiled and edited by Scott Noble. 2002 ed. Etobicoke, Ont.: Nicol Island Pub., 2002. (Ref/K89/N63/2002)
  • A dictionary of abbreviations.

  • World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations. Igor I. Kavass and Mary Miles Price, general eds. Hein, 1991- 2 v. (Loose-leaf supplementation) (Ref/K85/W67)

  • v. 1: Africa, Australian, Bulgarian, Canada, French, German, Hebrew, India, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, New Zealand, Portuguese.
  • v. 2: Spanish and South African.
  • v. 3: United Kingdom and Commonwealth Nations.
  • Appendix A: Sigla and Abbreviations to and in Law Books before 1607.
  • v. 4: Appendix B: Abbreviations by Subject. United Nations.

  • III. Encyclopedia s

    Encyclopedia of Public International Law. Amsterdam; New York: North-Holland Pub. Co., 1992-2003. 5 v. (Ref/KZ/1160/E53/1992)

    Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [electronic resource]. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008-
    Fully updated online edition of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law published in print between 1991 and 2003.
    http://www.mpepil.com.libproxy.law.wisc.edu/
    (Licensed resource limited to UW-Madison connections.)

    Parry & Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. (Ref/KZ/1161/P37/2009)
    http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/BOOK_SEARCH.html?book=t289&subject=s12
    (Licensed resource limited to UW Law School and Law Library connections.)

    IV. Indexes

    Current Index to Legal Periodicals. Current issues. Law Library Web site: http://library.law.wisc.edu.libproxy.law.wisc.edu/cilp/ WESTLAW (CILP)

  • Published weekly. Updates Index to Legal Periodicals and Books.

  • Current Law Index. v. 1 (1980)- (Periodical Index Tables, Grand Reading Room, 5th Floor, West) See also Legal Resource Index.

    Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
    . v. 1 (1960/1962)- (Periodical Index Shelves, Grand Reading Room, 5th Floor, West, s. 34) Jan. 1985- (Law Library and UW-Madison Libraries' Web sites) and WESTLAW (IFLP) (Available only to commercial subscribers.).

    Legal Resource Index is available on LEXIS (LAWREV; LGLIND) and WESTLAW (LRI).

  • Expanded electronic version of Current Law Index.

  • Index to Legal Periodicals and Books. Jan. 1908- (Periodical Index Tables, Grand Reading Room, 5th Floor, West, s. 34)

    Index to Legal Periodicals and Books Full Text and Retrospective. 1918 - (Law Library and UW-Madison Libraries' Web sites.)

    Index to Legal Periodicals is also available on LEXIS (LAWREV;ILP) and WESTLAW (ILP).

    Public Affairs Information Service International. Boston: Silver Platter, c. 1991- (UW- Madison Libraries' Web site) and WESTLAW (PAIS), 1992-

  • Indexes journal articles; books; government documents; statistical compilations; committee reports; directories; serials; reports of public, intergovernmental, and private organizations; and most other forms of printed literature from all over the world.

  • V. Treaties and International Agreements to which the United States is a Party

    TEXTS

    Treaties and Other International Acts Series (T.I.A.S.) Wash., D.C.: Dept. of State, 1945- (Ref/KZ/235.32/U55)
    HeinOnline Treaties & Agreements Library: http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=ustreaties (Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.)

    United States Treaties and Other International Agreements (U.S.T.) Wash., D.C.: Dept. of State, 1950- (Ref/KZ/235.3/U55)
    HeinOnline Treaties & Agreements Library: http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=ustreaties (Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.)

    Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States of America, 1776-1949. C.I. Bevans. Wash., D.C.: Dept. of State, 1968-1975. 13 v. (Ref/KZ/236/1968)
    HeinOnline Treaties & Agreements Library: http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=ustreaties (Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.)
    United States Statutes At Large. Wash., D.C.: GPO (Quarles & Brady Reading Room, 5th Floor, East, sec. 27-28) and LexisNexis Congressional. (Law Library Web site. http://www.lexisnexis.com.libproxy.law.wisc.edu/congcomp - Access limited to the Law building or remotely for Law students, faculty, & staff.)

  • Treaties from 1776-1845 are located in volume 8. Thereafter in the sessional volumes through volume 64, Part 3 (1950-51), which includes material from October 20- December 31, 1949.
  • Executive agreements are included in volumes 47-64.
  • Volume 64 includes a cumulative list of all agreements in volumes1-64.

  • Hein Online. Treaties and Agreements Library.
    http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=ustreaties
    (Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.)

  • Includes newer treaties not yet published in T.I.A.S. PDF format.

  • LEXIS U.S. TREATIES file (INTLAW;USTRTY). Coverage: 1783-

    WESTLAW U.S. TREATIES database
    (USTREATIES).

  • Includes newer treaties not yet published in T.I.A.S.. Coverage begins in June 1979.

  • International Legal Materials. Wash., D.C.: American Society of International Law, 1962- v. 1 (Aug. 1962)- ( Periodical Stacks); LEXIS (LAWREV;ILM), v. 19 (1980)- (Selected coverage.); WESTLAW (ILM), v.19 (1980)- (Selected coverage.)

  • Includes newer treaties not yet published in T.I.A.S..

  • INDEXES & STATUS

    Treaties in Force. Dept. of State, Office of the Legal Adviser, Treaty Affairs Staff. Wash., D.C.: GPO. Annual. (Ref KZ/235/T74/yr. & U.S. Doc. S 9.14: ) State Department Web site:
    http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/treaties/2007/index.htm

    Guide to the United States Treaties in Force and Current Treaty Action Supplement.
    Igor I. Kavass and Adolf Sprudz. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein. Annual. 3v. & Suppl. (Ref/KZ/235/G85 & Suppl.)

    HeinOnline Treaties & Agreements Library: http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=ustreaties (Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.)
    Current Treaty Index. Igor I. Kavass and Adolf Sprudzs.
    Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein. Semiannual. (Ref/KZ/235/U585/Season &Year)

  • Subtitled "A Cumulative Index to United States Slip Treaties and Agreements and Treaties and Agreements Not Published in TIAS." Part of Hein's United States Treaties Indexing Sevice, a comprehensive index with multiple components in the Reference Collection and on the Law Library's network.)

  • Because official publication is running so far behind (six years!), many treaties that have been ratified will not have yet been published as T.I.A.S. slips and will not have treaty numbers. Instead Hein assigns these temporary KAV numbers, which one can use to find the full text in the HeinOnline Treaties & Agreements Library or in Hein's Current Microfiche Service (Microforms Room, 2nd Floor, West).

  • Treaty Actions. (
    U.S. Department of State)
    http://www.state.gov/s/l/c3428.htm

  • Use to update Treaties in Force.

  • U.S. State Department Treaty Affairs (202) 647-1345
        
    Shepard's United States Citations - Statutes. (Shepard's Table, Quarles & Brady Reading Room, 5th Floor, East) LEXIS & WESTLAW

  • Use the Statutes volume. Pre-1950 - Use Statutes at Large cite.
  • State court citations to treaties appear in appropriate state Shepard's.

  • LEGISLATIVE HISTORIES

    Treaties Submitted to the United States Senate: Legislative History, 1989-2004. By Christian L. Wiktor. Leiden; Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 2006. (Ref/KF/4989/W55/2006)

    VI. Treaties and International Agreements to which the United States Might Not Be a Party

    TEXTS

    Consolidated Treaty Series. Clive Parry. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana, 1969-86. 243 v. (Memorial Library JX/120/P3) (Law Library has index: Ref/KZ/120/P352)
    Coverage: 1648-1918/21. (Treaties prior to the commencement of the League of Nations Treaty Series.)
    European Treaty Series (Council of Europe)1971-
    http://conventions.coe.int/

    League of Nations Treaty Series (L.N.T.S.) 1920-1946. 205 v. (Memorial Library JX/170/L4)

    United Nations Treaty Series (U.N.T.S.) v. 1 (1946/47)- (Ref/KZ/172/T74)

    United Nations Treaty Collection [electronic resource] http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.web/unitednationstreatycollection (Licensed access for UW- Madison students, faculty, and staff.)

    Multilaterals Project (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy)
    www.tufts.edu/fletcher/multilateral.html

  • This collection contains the texts of multilateral conventions and other instruments in the fields of the environment, human rights, commerce and trade, the laws of war, arms control, and other areas. It is not comprehensive but is an ongoing project.

  • INDEXES AND STATUS

    United Nations Master Treaty Index on CD-ROM. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., 1995-
    http://madcat.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=3442615 (Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.)

  • Coverage begins with 1 UNTS 3 (1946)- Updated semiannually.

  • Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General. United Nations, 1981- Annual. (Ref/KZ/171/M86/yr.) Most recent edition in Reference.
    http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.web/unitednationstreatycollection (Licensed access for UW- Madison students, faculty, and staff.)

    Statement of Treaties and Agreements Registered and Recorded with the Secretariat during the month of .... (UN Doc. SP V)
    http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.web/unitednationstreatycollection

  • More comprehensive than Multilateral Treaties...(supra.); lists bilateral treaties. No cumulative compilation or index.
  •     
    United Nations Treaty Information:    email: treaty@un.org
                        fax: (212) 963-3693

    Multilateral Treaties: Index and Current Status. (Bowman & Harris) (Ref/KZ/118/B69/1984) Updated with supplement.

  • Commonly referred to as “Boman & Harris.”
  • Coverage includes treaties to which the United States is not a party, but is not comprehensive.Useful because the United Nations Treaty Series indexes are so far behind.

  • Flare Index to Treaties
    http://193.62.18.232/dbtw-wpd/textbase/treatysearch.htm

  • Developed by the Foreign Law Research (FLARE) Group
  • Based on the entries in Bowman & Harris index, supra. and International Legal Materials.
  • Includes only the most significant treaties, conventions, and agreements with at least three parties.

  • Multilateral Treaty Calendar, 1648-1995. Christian L. Witkor. The Hague; Boston; Cambridge, MA: M. Nijhoff Publishers, 1998. (Ref/KZ/118/W55/1998)

  • Lists chronologically all multilateral treaties concluded during the period and provides citations to their locations in print collections.

  • The Secret Treaties of History. 2nd ed. Edward Grosek. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., 2007. (Ref/KZ/118/G76/2007)

  • An index of 593 secret treaties made from 1521 to 2000 among 110 nations and political entities.

  • World Treaty Index. 2d ed. Peter H. Rohn. ABC-Clio, 1983. 5 v.
    (Ref/KZ/173/R64/1983)

  • Coverage: 1900-1980. Dated but still useful for locating older treaties.

  • VII. Court Decisions and Digests

    The Global Community: Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, Inc., 2001- (Ref/KZ/21/G58)

  • Annual survey of the activities of prominent international tribunals.

  • Permanent Court of International Justice

    Publications of the Permanent Court of International Justice. Series A, Collection of Judgements. Leyde: A.W. Sijthoff, 1923-1930. (Ref/KZ/208/P47/Ser.A) (Bound with Series B)

    Publications of the Permanent Court of International Justice. Series B, Collection of Advisory Opinions. Leyde: A.W. Sijthoff, 1922-1930. (Ref/KZ/208/P47/Ser.B) (Bound with Series A)

    World Court Reports: A Collection of the Judgments, Orders and Opinions of the Permanent Court of International Justice . Washington: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1934- 1943. (KZ/209/1934)

    The Case Law of the International Court: A Repertoire of the Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders of the Permanent Court of Justice and of the International Court of Justice. Leyden: A.W. Sijthoff, 1952-1976. (KZ/207/P47)
    A bibliography and digest covering from 1918-1974.

    Digest of the Decisions of the Permanent Court of International Justice. Berlin: C. Heymann, 1931-1964. 3 v. Contents: 1922-1930; 1931-1934; 1934-1940.
    (KZ/64/F66/ser.A sec.1 t.1, 3-4)

    See also World Court Reference Guide, infra.

    International Court of Justice

    International Court of Justice. Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders. Leyden, Netherlands: A.W. Sijthoff. 1947- (Ref/KZ/214/I58)

  • Also available on WESTLAW (INT-ICJ), LEXIS (INTLAW;ALLICJ), and the Court's Web site, although some are only summaries: http://www.icj-cij.org/

  • Digest of Decisions of the International Court of Justice, 1947-1958.
    Koln: C. Heymann, 1961. (KZ/64/F66/ser.A sec.1 t.5)

    ____________________________________________, 1959-1975.
    Berlin; N.Y.: Springer, 1978. (KZ/64/F66/ser.A sec.1 t.6)

    ____________________________________________, 1976-1985.
    Berlin; N.Y.: Springer, 1990. (KZ/64/F6/ser.A sec.1 t.7)

    World Court Digest. Berlin; N.Y.; Springer, 1992- v. 1 (1986-1990); v. 2 (1991-1995); v.3 (1996-2000) (Ref/KZ/213/W67)

  • Also available on the Max Plank Institute's Web site:     http://www.virtual-institute.de/en/wcd/wcd.cfm

  • The World Court Reference Guide: Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders of the Permanent Court of International Justice and the International Court of Justice (1922-2000). Compiled and edited by Bimal N. Patel. The Hague; Boston: Kluwer Law International, 2002. (Ref/KZ/200.5/W67/2002)

    National Courts

    American International Law Cases
    . Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications.
    (Ref/KZ/238/A2/A54)

  • Now in four series. Coverage begins in 1783.
  •     
    Commonwealth International Law Cases. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 1974- (Ref/KZ/199/C66)
        
    Miscellaneous Courts

    International Law Reports (Lauerpacht). London: Butterworth and Co., 1956-
    v. 17 (1950)- (Ref/KZ/199/I58)

  • Preceded by Annual Digest and Reports of Public International Law Cases, v. 8-16 (1933/34-1949) and Annual Digest of Public International Law Cases, v. 1-7. (1919/22- 1931/32) (Same call number.)
  •     
    International Legal Materials
    (Periodical Stacks); HeinOnline (Complete coverage except for most recent two years); LEXIS (LAWREV;ILM), v. 19 (1980)- (Selective coverage.); WESTLAW (ILM), v.19 (1980)- (Selectiive coverage.)

  • Fastest but highly selective.

  • VIII. State Practice in International Law

    United States

    A Digest of International Law (Moore) 3 v. (Ref/KZ/237.7/M66/1970) (Reprint of 1906 edition) (Covers from 1776-1906)

    Digest of
    International Law (Hackworth) 8 v. (Ref/KZ/237.7/D539)(Covers 1906-1939)

    Digest of International Law (Whiteman) 14 v. (Ref/KZ/237.7/D54)
    (Covers primarily from 1940-1960)

    Digest of United States Practice in International Law 8 v. (Ref/KZ/237.7/D54/1973-1980)
    (Covers from 1973-1980)

    Cumulative Digest of United States Practice in International Law.
    (Marian Nash Leich) 3 v. (Ref/KZ/237.7/D54/1981/1988) (Covers from 1981-1988).
    Supplemented from 1991 to 1998 in a section entitled “Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law" by Marian Nash Leich, Office of the Legal Advisor, Department of State, in each issue of the American Journal of International Law (American Society for International Law).
    Digest of United States Practice in International Law. Washington, D.C.: International Law Institute, 1989/1990, 1991-1999, 2000- (Annual beginning with 2000) Ref/KZ/237.7/D54/[yr.] Accompanying material at the Circulation Desk.
    http://www.state.gov/s/l/c8183.htm
    Published under agreement with the United States Department of State, Office of the Legal Advisor.

    United States Practice in International Law. (Sean D. Murphy) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002- Vol. 1 (1999-2001)- (Ref/KZ/237.7/M87)
    An unofficial digest by Professor Sean D. Murphy of George Washington University School of Law and current editor of the “Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law” section of the American Journal of International Law.

    Restatement of the Law, Third, the Foreign Relations of the United States. American Law
    Institute. Philadelphia, PA: American Law Institute: 1987. (Ref/KF/395/A2/F6/1987 & Reserve/KF/395/A2/F6/1987)

    Worldwide

    National Treaty Law and Practice. Edited by Duncan B. Hollis, Merritt R. Blakeslee, & L. Benjamin Ederington. Leiden; Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publshers, 2005 (Published in Association with the American Society of International Law.)
    KZ/1301/N38/2005

    Sources of State Practice in International Law. Edited by Ralph Gaebler and Maria Smolka-Day.
    Ardsley, N.Y.: Transnational Publishers, 2002- 1 v. (loose-leaf)
    (Ref/KZ/64/S67)

    Yearbooks of International Law, e.g. British (Ref/KZ/21/B7), Japanese (Ref/KZ/21/J37), Russian (Ref/KZ/21/S67)

  • Usually published by academic institutions or scholarly societies of international law. Although not official "digests", these may indicate practices of states.

  • To get the most comprehensive listing of these, do a Call Number Browse on MadCat: kz 21

  • IX. United Nations Documents

    Access UN.
    (NewsBank/Readex) 1966- UW-Madison Libraries Web site:
    http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db-UNAC (Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.)

  • Indexes documents from the major organs of the United Nations, the Secretariat, and the International Court of Justice. Includes full-text resolutions from the General Assembly, Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council.
  • Index to United Nations Documents and Publications. New Canaan, CT:
    NewsBank/Readex, 1956- Law Library Web site. (Licensed access limited to Law building.)

  • CD version of Access UN . Coverage begins in 1956. Subscription canceled after December 2006.

  • UNDOC: Current Index. United Nations, 1979-Sept. 1996. ceased publication
    continues UNDEX (1974-1978) and United Nations Documents Index (1950-1973) (UN Documents Collection, 1st Floor, South and Microforms Room, 2nd Floor West)

    United Nations Yearbook. Annual. (Ref/JZ/4947/Y43)

    UN Chronicle. Quarterly (Periodical Stacks)

    United Nations World Wide Web Site http://www.un.org

    United Nations Official Document System (ODS) http://documents.un.org/

  • Covers all types of United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993. See the scope not on entering the database for other coverage.

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