Foreign, International & Transnational Law Resources
ASIL's Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law
Includes guides for Human Rights, International Commercial Arbitration, International Criminal Law, International Economic Law, International Environmental Law, International Intellectual Property Law, International Organizations, Private International Law, Treaties, and United Nations.
European Union Internet Resources
Maintained by University of California Berkeley.
European Union Research Guide
The Duke Law Library collects both primary and secondary materials about the European Union. These materials are accessible through the online catalog.
Foreign and Comparative Law Guides
LLRX is a depository of research guides for topics such as immigration law, Islamic law, refugee law, parliamentary procedure, and cultural property.
Foreign Law Guide
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)
Guide to Foreign and Comparative Law Research at Yale
This document outlines the best approach to starting your foreign law research at Yale; it provides links to the most commonly used and best resources available, many of which are listed elsewhere on this web page.
Human Rights Research Guide -- Georgetown
Georgetown's research guide
Human Rights Research Guide -- Harvard
Harvard's research guide
ICC -- Article 98 Research Guide
This guide lists the Article 98 agreements published in Treaties in Force and any additional agreements posted to the most recent edition of Treaty Actions. The full-text agreements are from the U.S. Dept. of State's Reporting International Agreements to Congress under Case Act website. They are listed alphabetically by country; all documents are in pdf format
International and Foreign Law Research Guides (GlobaLex)
Research guides on a variety of countries and international topics.
International and Foreign Law Research Guides (LLRX)
Research guides on a variety of countries and international topics.
International Comparative Legal Guides
The ICLG series provides current and practical comparative legal information on a range of practice areas. Selective contents are free upon registration.
International Research Guides
GlobaLex at NYU - Many research guides on different aspects of international law research
Islam and Islamic Studies Resources
Latin American Collection
Guide to the Latin American Collection at Yale University; the Subject Guides are especially helpful
Research Guide on International Tax Law
"This research guide, based on International Tax Law: A Legal Research Guide (Buffalo: Hein, 2011) by Christopher C. Dykes, is designed to provide a starting point for those interested in international tax research. This guide will focus on international tax law from the global perspective, but will also list information and sources for those interested in U.S. international taxation. This research guide will also discuss model income tax conventions, tax treaties, customary international law, and general principles of law. Secondary sources such as selected treatises, practice guides, and journals as well as online sources and research guides will also be covered." - from the guide's introduction
Tax Research -- Foreign and International
Yale's guide to locating relevant print and electronic, foreign and international tax research resources.
An Introduction to Sources
United Nations Research
United Nations Resources and Research Tools
Not your ordinary guide; nice chart with searching hints and tools tailored to specific research needs (also available in pdf).
Historical Austrian newspapers and magazines online (in German).
German-language database containing German laws, court decisions, and full-text German law reviews published by Beck and selected Nomos journals.
Brussels and Lugano Conventions -- Jurisdiction & Enforcement of Judgements in the European Union
Recent case-law relating to the Brussels and Lugano Conventions on Jurisdiction and the Enforcement of Judgements in Civil and Commercial Matters
Commission on European Contract Law (Lando Commission)
Summaries of the European Contract Law in several European languages, including English; literature on the Principles of the European Contract Law and on the Harmonisation of European Contract Law
Digitalia Political Science & Law Resources
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.
Early English Books Online
Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English; based on the Bell & Howell microfilm collections Early English Books 1475-1640 and Early English Books 1641-1700;searches can be restricted to legal materials
Portal created by the European Commission; mission is to inform the EU community about key issues of common interest; this page is a directory of essential eGovernment documents and resources
The official gateway to the European Union; website includes Eur-Lex, a searchable database of EU laws, Curia, a searchable database for finding EU caselaw, Pre-Lex, to monitor legislative decision making, the Judicial Network of Civil and Commercial Laws, EU documents, and much more
Official website of the European Commission and part of Europa – the official EU website. Provides general information in the 23 official EU languages whenever possible. The European Commission represents the general interest of the EU and is the driving force in proposing legislation (to Parliament and the Council), administering and implementing EU policies, enforcing EU law (jointly with the Court of Justice) and negotiating in the international arena.
European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
EFTA promotes free trade and economic integration to benefit its four members states: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
European Judicial Network
Part of the official website of the European Commission, EJN contains information about the member states, community law, European law and various aspects of civil and commercial law; information available in all official EU languages
European Sources Online
Provides factual and policy information about the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organizations of Europe, and on the issues of importance to European citizens and stakeholders; includes news ( Economist, European Voice, Financial Times), analysis, and information guides
Halsbury's Law of England
An authoritative encyclopaedia of law in England and Wales with 52 main volumes arranged by subject, several indexes, and updating services; it is particularly useful to find the most important cases, legislation, and commentary in a particular area of law. The major English legal Encyclopedia - it covers all areas of English law and is a useful starting point for virtually any research project. Halsbury's Laws includes a consolidated index. This index will refer you to a volume and paragraph number. Halsbury's Laws includes a consolidated index. This index will refer you to a volume and paragraph number. Halsbury's contains many citations to cases.
Institute for Transnational Law
UTexas-Austin's Original and English translations of French, German, Italian, Austrian and Israeli legal materials in the fields of constitutional, administrative, contract and tort law
German-language site providing text of EU-State laws (Yale affiliates only. Password on Sharepoint - Research Sites)
This database contains French-language legal information: legislation, regulations, and case law. It also gives access to a great volume of secondary legal sources and expert analysis.
A product of Justis, 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 (Yale access only).
Search for English Reports (1220-1873); UK Statutes (1235-present); UK Statutory Instruments (1671-present); International Law Reports (ILR)(1919-present); (Yale access only)
The open-access Latin American Public Opinion Project surveys and analyzes citizen views on system support, political tolerance, citizen participation, local government, corruption, and views on authoritarianism have been conducted and are now being archived for many Latin American countries plus Albania, Israel, Madagascar, Canada and the United States; datasets are available for Yale affiliates (Yale access only)
Database of British legislation and jurisprudence plus EU and human rights materials (Yale access only).
World-wide legal database containing legislation, jurisprudence, commentary, forms, legal news, and more from many countries (extensiveness of each collection varies) including Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Chile (Search in English or the vernacular; materials in the vernacular with some translation capabilities) (Yale access only).
- United Nations
- International Tribunals
- Human Rights
- Environment & Energy
- Business, Investment, Labor, Trade & Tax
- Regional Harmonization
American Foreign Relations since 1600
32 chronologically organized chapters that combine bibliographies, biographies, and analysis written by scholars in the field, and conclude with examinations of every part of the world or nation addressed by the United States during that period; includes 18,000+ primary and secondary sources that cover the breadth of American history from the 17th century to the present.
A Yale-based project to provide documents in law, history and diplomacy back to the 18th century and earlier.
Biblioteca Jurídica Virtual
Created by the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), this virtual library contains over 35 online, full-text foreign and international journals, including several indexed in IFLP.
Digest of United States Practice in International Law
A record of the views and practice of the Government of the United States in public and private international law compiled by the U.S. Department of State
American Society of International Law's (ASIL) Electronic Information System for International Law is a comprehensive database for primary documents, websites, and research guides - a great first-stop for finding international agreements; search by title, subject, keyword // has a human rights section
International Law in U.S. Courts (i.lex)
Select U.S. court cases and related materials designed to serve as a practical resource for the judiciary and other legal professionals to identify and understand how international law is interpreted and applied by U.S. courts at both the federal and state level
International Law Video Library
An interactive library of video clips of well-known persons discussing various topics in international law; you can also visit sites of importance to the study of international law
International Legal Materials
Search ASIL's compilation of international laws, treaties, decisions, and declarations on Westlaw (database: ILM), Lexis (file-name: ILM), and HeinOnline. American Society of International Law, Washington, DC, 1962-Present.
Kluwer Law International Journals
A variety of business, arbitration, environmental, tax, and trade law titles (Yale access only).
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International law
A pre-eminent and comprehensive work covering the central and essential topics in international law.* For Islamic Law reference tools, see International law, Regional developments: Islam, by Mohammad Fadel.
Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
Searchable library catalogue and articles database; full-text Yearbook of United Nations Law (Vol.1 1997-current); many full-text articles in the Electronic Journals Library
Oxford Reports on International Law: ORIL
Oxford Reports on International Law is intended to be a single point of reference for all international law jurisprudence, providing serious researchers access to the widest possible range of international law jurisprudence. All reported decisions have a headnote, the full text of the decision, and are linked to the Oxford Law Citator. We subscribe to all five modules: International Courts of General Jurisdiction, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, International Investment Claims, and International Law in Domestic Courts.
Peace Palace Library
At the Hague, this library is one of the greatest resources for international law; search their catalogue, receive alerts of new titles and articles, find RSS feeds, ask-a-librarian, search for electronic newspapers, read the international law blog, find EU commercial law cases, and review up-to-date bibliographies on topics such as Terrorism and International Law, Water Resources and International Law, International Criminal Law, World Trade Organization, Sports Law, The Philosophy of Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Investment Law, and The Cultural Heritage of Mankind
Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS)
Index to economic, political, and social issues; 1600 periodicals and journals, books, directories, reports, government documents; Yale Links connects to some full-text - Yale access only
Recueil de Cours / Collected Courses
Since 1923 The Hague Academy of International Law organizes Collected Courses, prestigious post-university summer courses in private and public international law; the courses are published in the book series "The Hague Academy Collected Courses", now comprising over 320 volumes, online, and searchable; also in print - KZ 3092 .R43
B'tselem Information Sheets
Monthly B’tselem bulletin of the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories; website includes other publications
World politics and international relations; published quarterly by the Stanley Foundation, whose website contains many more on-line, open-access publications.
WTO's monthly newsletter
Quarterly newsletter of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran & Turkey, "an independent regional network of economists, policymakers, and business"
Human Rights Watch
NGO - Publications include an annual world report and other reports by theme and region; reports on country conditions; most available on line as well
This monthly publication by the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade compliments our InterAm database
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
This Brazilian law firm's Legal Letter contains updates on Brazilian legislation and business practices; this and other publications available in the firm's virtual library; website also in English.
Policy Dialogue Brief
"Critical thinking from Stanley Foundation conferences;" published irregularly by the Stanley Foundation, whose website contains many more on-line, open-access publications; world politics
The United States Institute of Peace Journal
USIP is "an independent institution established by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote peaceful resolution of international conflicts;" the print journal we have was published six times per year from 1990 - 1994; it is not available on-line. The USIP website includes many more on-line, open access journals
WTO Press Releases
Irregularly published news releases by the WTO, whose website contains WTO documents and many more on-line, open-access WTO publications
African Newspapers / Africa News
News by country
CISG and International Commercial Law Database
The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) is the uniform international sales law of countries that account for two-thirds of all world trade. As a service to the world trade community, the Pace University School of Law offers an annotated electronic library on the CISG on the World-Wide Web.
Facts on File: World News Digest
U.S. and World News: 1940-present
Global Arbitration Review
One of the leading sources of information for international arbitration professionals, our subscription includes access to the digital GAR journal; the GAR website also provides news, surveys, and interviews (Yale network access only).
Keesing's was founded in 1931 with the intention of creating a lasting archive of original, accurate, and objective articles on the world's political, social, and economic events. Our team of experienced news writers and editors (based in Cambridge, UK) create a series of concise, clear articles which we publish every month, providing our readers with a digestible but detailed summary of global news.
Kluwer Arbitration offers worldwide coverage of commercial and investment arbitration; includes case law, commentary, conventions, legislation and rules.
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.*
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