Foreign & International Databases

Africa Yearbook

Information on the legal, social, political and economic state of African nations.

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African Journals Online

The world's largest and preeminent collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals.

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Aggregate E- Resource - PKUlaw
Formally founded by the Law School at Beijing University. This bilingual database (formerly known as ChinaLawInfo for its Chinese site and LawInfoChina for the English site) provides a up-to-date selection of key Chinese legislation, cases, yearbooks and official pronouncements. Full-text articles for selective Chinese law journals are available. The homepage is in Chinese and English and bilingual contents are searchable in the tab.
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News from a variety of African countries and sources.

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Alt-press Watch

Alt-Press Watch is a full-text database of articles from grassroots newspapers, magazines, and journals of alternative and independent presses, from 1970 to current.

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Armed Conflict Database

The Armed Conflict Database (ACD) monitors armed conflicts worldwide, focusing on political, military and humanitarian trends in current conflicts, whether they are local rebellions, long-term insurgencies, civil wars or inter-state conflicts. The ACD covers the world’s international, internal and terrorist conflicts, whether active, subject to a ceasefire, or halted by a peace accord.

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Avalon Project

A Yale-based project to provide documents in law, history and diplomacy back to the 18th century and earlier.


Beck-online, an electronic library from German publishing house Beck, holds a vast amount of legal information, annotations, and legal journals published by Beck and other publishing house including access to archives, case law as well as a complete collection of German federal and state law. All materials in this database are in German.

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Brill Journal Archive Online Parts 1 and 2: International Law and Human Rights
(Brill international law and human rights)

Brill Journal Archive Online Part 1 and 2 : International Law and Human Rights Collection

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Columbia International Affairs Online

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is a comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 to present. It includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, journal articles, book chapters, case studies, and policy briefs. Each section of CIAO is updated with new material on a regular schedule and a list of sources for each type of material is provided.

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Constitutions of the World from the late 18th Century to the Middle of the 19th Century Online
(De Gruyter Constitutions of the World from the late 18th Century to the Middle of the 19th Century Online)

Full text access to over 1,600 constitutional documents, constitutional amendments, human rights declarations, and draughts of constitutions from about 50 countries in Europe, and North and South America.

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Digital National Security Archive

The Digital National Security Archive contains a comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. The resource now includes 36 collections consisting of over 80,000 meticulously indexed documents, with more than 500,000 total pages. It covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century.

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Hispanic law collection of more than 250 Spanish language ebooks including interdisciplinary resources on topics such immigration law, colonization, and general political science topics from both Spain and Latin America. Publishers include Trotta, Dykinson, Biblioteca Nueva, Prensas de la Universidad de Zaragoza, Pontificia Catolica del Peru, Universidad del Rosario, Argentina, and more. Updated monthly with new titles.
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Ethnic NewsWatch
(Ethnic NewsWatch: A History)

Ethnic NewsWatch provides access to journals, magazines, and newspapers from ethnic and minority presses. The current collection, Ethnic NewsWatch™, covers 1990-present, and the historical collection, Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, spans 1959-1989. Ethnicities include: African American/Caribbean/African; Arab/Middle Eastern; Asian/Pacific Islander; European/Eastern European; Hispanic; Jewish; Native People.

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(Official Journal of the European Union)

EUR-Lex provides free access to European Union law and other documents considered to be public. The website is available in 23 official languages of the European Union; choose your preferred language from the language bar at the top of the homepage. The contents of the site amount to some 2 815 000 documents with texts dating back to 1951. The database is updated daily and every year around 12 000 documents are added. [About page, 11/2011]

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European Court of Human Rights

Collection of resources provided by the European Court of Human Rights

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Facts on File: World News Digest
(Facts on File)

A digest of U.S.and world news arranged primarily by place but also providing access by type of information (e.g. obituaries). A nice feature is the Timeline of Top News Stories by decade. The digest is updated weekly.

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Foreign Law Guide
(Foreign Law: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World)

Great background information into every country's history and legal system. Also listed in the Country-by-Country Guide above. FLG is a comprehensive list of primary and secondary sources in print and on the Internet. This is the electronic version of Foreign Law: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World - Z675.L2 A23 no. 33 - L1 - F/I Reference - (*database available via Yale network only)

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Foreign Office Files for China

This resource, published in six parts, makes available the complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980.

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Global Arbitration Review
(Global Arbitration)

GAR is a leading arbitration journal, known for its analysis and insight on issues that matter to arbitration professionals.

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Halsbury's Laws of England (online)
(Halsbury's Laws of England (online))

Halsbury's Laws is an authoritative encyclopaedia of law in the England and Wales, with 52 main volumes arranged by subject, several indexes and updating services. It is particularly useful if you are researching an area of law and need to find the most important cases, legislation and commentary in that area.

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HeinOnline English Reports
(Hein Online English Reports)
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HeinOnline Foreign and International Law Resources Database
(Hein Online Foreign and International Law Resources Database)
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Heinonline Hague Academy of Collected Courses Online
(Collected Courses Online)

Since 1923 The Hague Academy of International Law organizes Collected Courses Online prestigious post-university summer courses in private international law and public international law. The courses are published in the book series "The Hague Academy Collected Courses", now comprising over 320 volumes and available online.

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HeinOnline Harvard Research in International Law
(Hein Online Harvard Research in International Law)

Composed of two parts: (1) special issues of the American Journal of International Law from the 1920s-1930s and (2) a work published in 2007 evaluating the work in those special issues.

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Heinonline Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
(Index to foreign legal periodicals (Online))

IFLP is a multilingual bibliographic database indexing articles and book reviews from over 450 legal periodicals. The database is updated quarterly and covers 1985 to the present. This database covers international law (public and private), comparative law, and municipal laws of countries other than the United States, United Kingdom, and the British Islands.

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HeinOnline Selden Society publications and the history of early English law
(Hein Online Selden Society publications and the history of early English law)

Official publications from the Selden Society including the Selden Society Annual Series Vols. 1-117 (1887-2000), the Supplementary Series Vols. 1-13 (1965-2000) , and the Centenary Guide to the Publications of the Selden Society. These early English manuscripts, digests, encyclopedias, yearbooks provide coverage coverage back to A.D. 1200.

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HeinOnline Treaties and Agreements Library
(Hein Online Treaties and Agreements Library)
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HeinOnline World Constitutions Illustrated: Contemporary & Historical Documents & Resources
(World Constitutions Illustrated: Contemporary & Historical Documents & Resources)

Brings together constitutional documents, books, articles, bibliographic references, and web sites all into one database

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House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

Between 1801 and 2000, around 9.5 million pages for over 184,000 parliamentary papers were published. Since 2001, the number of papers has grown by approximately 4,000 for each parliamentary session. HCPP delivers searchable full text for each paper, along with a detailed index. HCPP currently contains an index for 1801-2004, and full text for 1840-1883 and 1901-1904. The 19th century will be complete by early 2006, with the 20th century following later in the year.

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Human Rights Documents Online

Human Rights Documents Online (HRDO) will ultimately contain all human rights documents collected by the Human Rights Internet (HRI) in Ottawa in Canada since 1980. These documents emanate from 483 non-governmental human rights organizations (NGOs) worldwide, some of which have a universal scope, whilst others focus on the attainment of human rights in a specific area of the world.

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Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (Legal Source)
(Index to Legal Periodicals), (Legal Source)

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books is now a part of Legal Source.

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Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective
(ILP Retro)

This retrospective database indexes over 750 legal periodicals published from 1918-1981 in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal courts, yearbooks, annual institutes, and annual reviews of the work in a given field or on a given topic are included.

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Integrated Database of Trade Disputes for Latin America and the Caribbean

Integrated Database of Trade Disputes for Latin America and the Caribbean - a single database with documents from the official websites of the dispute resolution systems of the WTO, MERCOSUR, CARICOM, the Andean Community, NAFTA, and SIECA.

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International Courts of General Jurisdiction : ORIL

Find decisions and commentary cases from the ICJ, ITLOS, PCA and PCIJ

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International Encyclopaedia of Laws
(Kluwer International Encyclopaedia of Laws)

The Law Library does not have a current subscription.

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International Historical Statistics
(Statesman's Yearbook)

"A collection of statistical data from around the world, covering a wide range of socio-economic topics. The collection includes data on the Americas and Europe, but also hard-to-find data on Africa, Asia and Oceania."

International Investment Arbitration + Public Policy

The database offers a searchable collection of investment treaty cases, annotated by policy area. Also includes lists of arbitrators and assignements with general intformation on investment arbitration.

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International Investment Claims: ORIL

With over 300 awards at launch and more being added regularly, the International Investment Claims module makes it possible for the first time to search this growing and influential body of jurisprudence alongside other areas of international law.

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International Law Commission
(United Nations. International Law Commission)

The website provides information about the work and history of the Commission, including links to full text reports, yearbooks, annual sessions, and more.

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International Law in Domestic Courts: ORIL

Landmark cases from foreign jurisdictions translated into English and commented upon by recognized scholars

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Investment Arbitration Reporter

Investment Arbitration Reporter news service is designed to provide news reports, articles and analysis relating to developments in foreign investment protection, dispute resolution, and policymaking.

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Investor-State Law Guide

Investor-State LawGuideTM enables you to utilize a methodical approach when researching investment treaty arbitration jurisprudence and provides an efficient means to improve the comprehensiveness of your research.

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(Juris Online)

German-language site providing text of EU-State laws (Yale affiliates only. Password on Sharepoint - Research Sites)

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JurisClasseur Pro
(Juris Classeur (Online))

General database of French law including codes, encyclopeadia, and reviews.

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JustCite is a neutral multi-source electronic citator for UK and EU (and ECHR) material, including cases, statutes, legislation, treaties, scholarly articles, and more; it links your search to case law, legislation and articles from numerous third-party publishers, and shows how they relate to each other.

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(CELEX, Official journal C and OJ Daily)

Justis is a full text online legal library of UK, Irish and EU case law dating back to 1163 and legislation from 1235.

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Kluwer Arbitration
(KluwerArbitration) is the leading online service for international commercial arbitrators. It includes case law, commentary, conventions, legislation, rules, and investment arbitration materials.

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Kluwer International Encyclopedia of Laws

The law library does not have a current subscription.

Kluwer Law International e-books on MyiLibrary
(KLI e-books)

This collection of e-books encompasses 59 Kluwer Law International titles. These e-books are hosted on the MyiLibrary platform.

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Kluwer Law Online
(Kluwer Law International Journals)

A variety of business, arbitration, environmental, tax, and trade law titles published by Kluwer Law International. The library subscribes to 14 of the listed titles.

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Latin American Newsletters

Current political and business news from Latin America. Includes daily updates and regional newsletters.

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Lexis China
(LexisNexis China)

Bilingual database of Chinese laws, regulations and judicial opinions available in Chinese and English.

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(LLMC Digital)

Digital collection of various publications in the LLMC microfiche set.

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Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970

Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970 complements the collection of treatises found in MOML: Foreign, Comparative and International Law 1600-1926. Importantly, it provides an interpretive analysis with books and codes – the “primary sources” of law in European Jurisdictions.

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Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926

Providing collection of legal treatises, historical records and works from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Providing broad coverage, the collection enables detailed research on centuries of major events of legal history, from public policy and taxation to contract law, sustainable development concerns, and issues of war and peace. -Publisher Description

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Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926

The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926 provides digital images and full-text searching for 22,000 legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926.

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Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1763-1970

Part II, 1763-1979: Extends this acclaimed archive into the second half of the twentieth century with more than 1.6 million newly scanned pages drawn from the three world-class American law libraries: the Harvard Law School Library, the Yale Law Library, and the Law Library of Congress. Comprised of United States codes, constitutional conventions and compilations, and municipal codes, Part II enhances scholarly access to essential documents in American legal history and is fully cross-searchable with Primary Sources, Part I.

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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) online edition, edited by Rüdiger Wolfrum, is a fully updated online edition of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law published in print between 1991 and 2001 under the general editorship of Rudolf Bernhardt.

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Islamic Approach to International Law
International Law, Regional Developments: Islam
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)

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NatLaw World
(National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade)

Provides access to full text of laws and regulations from many Latin American countries, organized by country, and then by subject. Also offers access to many Latin American treaties and agreements, an English/Spanish list of legal terms and phrases, and links to free external sources of related information for Latin American countries and Canada. The entire database, or information on individual countries, may be searched by keywords.

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Oxford Bibliographies Online
(Oxford Bibliographies Online: International Law)

Scholarly bibliographic essays on topics related to the title, including Criminology and International Law. Additional titles from Yale University Library.

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Oxford Constitutions of the World
(Constitutions of the Countries of the World)

Oxford Constitutions of the World is now a part of Oxford Constitutional Law.

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Oxford Handbooks Online

Oxford Handbooks Online brings together the world's leading scholars to write review essays that evaluate the current thinking on a field or topic, and make an original argument about the future direction of the debate.

Oxford Investment Claims
(Investment Claims)

Investment Claims aims to publish all publicly available awards and decisions arising out of international investment arbitrations, and related enforcement or review decisions from national courts. The collection includes over 300 arbitral awards, decisions, and determinations under the auspices of bodies such as the ICC International Court of Arbitration, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and others.

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Oxford Legal Research Library

Oxford Legal Research Library (OLRL) provides integrated access across collections of key law titles in a variety of subject areas. OLRL currently includes two collections, International Commercial Arbitration and International Commercial Law.

Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL)
(International Criminal Law)

ORIL integrates important decisions on public international law from international courts and tribunals, domestic courts and ad hoc tribunals. This online service is a single point of reference for all international law jurisprudence, providing researchers access to the widest possible range of international law jurisprudence. In addition to its expansive coverage and regular updates, Oxford Reports on International Law offers users enhanced case reports which contain high quality commentary and analysis. Case reports include headnotes, summary of case facts and judicial holdings, full text of the opinion of the courts, analytical commentary from scholarly experts, accurate translations of non-English judgments, and a list of cases and instruments cited.

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Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law

Full-text access to leading publications on international law.

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Piracy Trials Collection, Library of Congress
(Library of Congress, Piracy Trials Collection)

The Law Library of Congress digitized collection of pre-1923 piracy trials is critical for understanding how the various nations of the world handled piracy issues before the year 1900.

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(Library PressDisplay)

Current issues of newspapers from around the world, usually most current 90 days.

(Lexis Canada)

A large database of Canadian law includes optinions, legislation and more. Also includes QuickCITE, an online case citator.

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SCC Online
(LawNet (Singapore))

"India's Leading Legal Information Resource" --publisher material

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

A historical archive comprised of four collections: Part I. Debate over Slavery and Abolition, Part II. Slave Trade in the Atlantic World, Part III. Institution of Slavery, Part IV. Age of Emancipation.

State Papers Online

State Papers Online is a digital manuscript collection of 16th-, 17th-, and 18th- century British State Papers, linked to their fully text-searchable Calendars. The complete collection from 1509-1714 is comprised of four parts: Part I: The Tudors, Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, 1509-1603, State Papers Domestic; Part II: The Turdors, Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, 1509-1603, State Papers Foreign, Ireland, Scotland, Borders, and Acts of Privy Council; Part III: The Stuarts: James I to Anne, 1603-1714, State Papers Domestic; Part IV: The Stuarts: James to Anne, 1603-1714: State Papers Foreign, Ireland, and Registers of the Privy Council.

(Editoria Italiana Online)

Torrossa is a platform for research publications from leading Italian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese academic publishers.

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Trade law guide

This database is a new WTO research product. It is the only database on WTO law that enables the user to "note up" WTO law. "Noting up" refers to examining the judicial treatment of legislation or a case and is a crucial step in legal research.

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Transnational Dispute Management

TDM is an international commercial arbitration legal and regulatory journal (articles, studies, newsletter) and database (Knowledgebank - modern energy laws, arbitral awards, treaties, voluntary guidelines). You can also join the OGEMID (oil, gas, energy, mining, infrastructure) listserv and browse its archives.*

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U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009
(U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East)

This comprehensive document set sheds light on the U.S. intelligence community’s spying and analytic efforts in the Arab world, including the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the time period from the end of World War II to the present day, up until the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran’s nuclear program.

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Index to United Nations documents since 1979 and catalog of Dag Hammarskjöld Library*

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United Nations Official Documents

The most comprehensive collection of official UN documents from 1993. Older UN documents added daily. Resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946*

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University Press Scholarship Online
(Oxford Scholarship Online)

University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) offers full-text access to scholarly publications from university presses around the world.

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Westlaw China

Primary resources on Chinese law (in English and Chinese)

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"WIPO Lex is a one-stop search facility for national laws and treaties on intellectual property (IP) of WIPO, WTO and UN Members. It also features related information which elaborates, analyzes and interprets these laws and treaties. It provides streamlined access to reference material of key importance for optimal information on the global IP System." --home page.

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World News Connection

Monitor non-U.S. media sources; material provided to the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) by the Open Source Center (OSC); analysts from OSC domestic and overseas bureaus monitor timely and pertinent open-source materials - Yale access only

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(World Trade Law .net)

Comprehensive source of WTO dispute settlements including index, database of dispute settlement tables and statistics, and summary and analysis of all reports and arbitrations

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