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International and Foreign Law


This International Law Research Guide provides information on a variety of international and foreign law topics. It offers guidance on researching international organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union, as well as on researching specific topics in international law including commercial arbitration, trade, environmental law, global health, and armed conflict.  In addition, it guides researchers to sources for information and materials on U.S. foreign affairs. The International Law Research Guide focuses on resources available to the students, faculty, and staff of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and links to both free and subscription-based online resources, as well as highlights print resources available in the Ross-Blakley Law Library. 

International Law Research Guides

Guide to International Legal Research (current; Lexis password required)
The Guide to International Legal Research is a comprehensive reference tool for law students and practitioners authored annually by The George Washington International Law Review. The Guide has two parts; in Part I chapters are divided by regions with each chapter providing an overview of the geopolitical climate of the region and a listing of government resources, legal resources, media resources, and resources by topic. Part II of the the Guide covers substantive areas of international law, including general international law, public health law, space law, human rights law, intellectual property, international trade, international business, environmental law, labor law, and international security law. 

International Legal Research in a Nutshell (Marci Hoffman & Robert Berring, 2021)
This Nutshell provides a basic introduction to international and foreign legal research for the non-specialist. It provides background information on the United Nations and the European Union and includes guidance using the documents and legal materials of these institutions. There are extensive links to online resources as well as descriptions of the important print research tools for the field. The title is also available electronically to ASU Law affiliates via the Law Library's West Academic study aids subscription.

International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook (Marci Hoffman & Mary Rumsey, 2012)
This title, available as an ASU e-book, offers a comprehensive approach to international and foreign legal research. Coverage includes chapters on researching foreign and comparative law as well as major international organizations, including the UN and the EU. 

International Law Legal Research (Anthony S. Winer, Mary Ann E. Archer & Lyonette Louis-Jacques, 2013)
International Law Legal Research is a print title that provides both background knowledge about public international law and practical advice about how to do research in the subject. Specific topics covered include treaties and conventions, judicial and arbitral decisions, United Nations materials, and customary international law.

Electronic Resources Guide 
The Electronic Resources Guide is published online by the American Society of International Law.  It is continuously updated and expanded, and is designed to be used by students, teachers, practitioners, and researchers as a self-guided tour of relevant, quality, up-to-date online resources covering important areas of international law.

GlobaLex is a resource from the NYU School of Law that is dedicated to international, comparative, and foreign law research.  The GlobaLex platform provides research guides on international law topics including human rights, nuclear rights, and space law. It is also provides guides to the laws and legal systems of over 160 countries, as well as guides on a number of comparative law topics.