Sources for International Law Research

Many BLS students are beginning to research international law-related articles and seminar papers.  Below are some starting points for international law research:

A core group of international law treatises and handbooks are available in BLS Library’s first-floor Reserve collection, including:

  • Anthony Aust, Modern Treaty Law and Practice, 2d ed. (2007)
  • Ian Brownlie, Principles of Public International Law, 7th ed. (2008) (noted treatise)
  • Ian Brownlie, ed., Basic Documents in International Law, 6th ed. (2009) (collection of selected international law documents)
  • Richard Gardiner, Treaty Interpretation (2008)
  • Mark Janis, International Law, 5th ed. (2008) (handbook authored by a U.S. law professor who teaches international law)
  • Malcolm Shaw, International Law, 6th ed. (2008)
  • Bruno Simma, ed., The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary, 2d  ed. (2002)
  • Mark Villiger, Commentary on the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (2009)
  • Gerhard von Glahn & James Taulbee, Law Among Nations: An Introduction to Public International Law, 9th ed. (2009)
  • Rebecca Wallace & Olga Martin-Ortega, International Law, 6th ed. (2009) (handbook authored by U.K. law professors who specialize in international law and international human rights law)
  • Andreas Zimmermann, ed., The Statute of the International Court of Justice: A Commentary (2006)
  • Restatement of the Law, Third: The Foreign Relations Law of the United States, also available in Westlaw database: REST-FOREL

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (the online, updated version of this encyclopedia includes nearly 850 articles on key international law topics—authors are international law scholars or practitioners)

American Society of International Law’s Insights on hot topics & ASIL’s International Law in Brief (biweekly newsletter)

Web guides that Maria Okonska and I created for BLS students:

Also, feel free to discuss your research with me when I am on duty at the reference desk on Monday (3-4 PM), Tuesday (1-3 PM) and Thursday (1-3 PM).

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