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Public International Law

Research Resources and Guides For Law Topics

General Resources

Public international law governs the relationships between national governments and intergovernmental organizations. 

Private international law governs the choice of law to apply when there are conflicts in the domestic law of different nations related to private transactions between those nations.

Dewey numbers for legal print resources:

Human rights  - 341.48            International law - 341
Politics           – 323                 Space law            - 341.47
Use of force    - 341.6, 355 and 363.32

Search terms for Library Catalogue searching:

Aeronautics - Law and legislation        Airspace (International law)
Human rights                                      International law
Intervention (International law)          Neutrality
Space law                                          War (International law)

Major texts:


Research Guides

Electronic Resource Guide [to International Law] (ERG) / American Society for International Law (ASIL)

Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL) / American Society for International Law (ASIL)

Frequently-Cited Treaties & Other International Instruments LibGuide / University of Minnesota

GlobaLex (NYU)

  • Guides to international, comparative and foreign law research. 

Guide to Law Online / The Law Library of Congress

  • Includes international and multinational as well as specific nations

The International Law Commission – Research Guide

  • Select             Research > Texts, Instruments and Reports > Sources of International Law

Introduction to International Law / Robert Beckman and Dagmar Butte

The Practitioner’s Guide to International Law / The Law Society of NSW

Public International Law Guide / University of Western Australia

Public International Law Research / UniMelbourne

Public International Law Resources - WorldLII

Researching the United Nations Documents

United Nations International Law Research Guide

WorldLII – links to a number of other research guides

World Treaty Library Training Video / HeinOnline

Source Legislation for Foreign Jurisdictions

History of International Law Timeline

Interactive History of International Law Timeline.

Stretching from 1494 to present, the timeline marks 109 key events marking the most important developments in the history of international law.
Each date links through to an Oxford University Press resource.

International Organisations

European Union

Hague Justice Portal 

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

International Court of Justice

Oxford International Organizations (OXIO) -  primary materials and analysis on the law of international organizations

Peace Palace Library

UNIDROIT - Organisation for the unification of international private law

Union of International Associations Links to selected organizations

United Nations  


Australian Government Information

Attorney General site - International Law

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - International relations information

Office of International Law - Attorney General's Department