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U.S. Foreign Affairs
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Human Rights
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Commercial Arbitration
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OTHER SECONDARY SOURCES

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (access restricted to Law affiliates)
The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law is an Oxford Public International Law publication. It has detailed descriptions of hundreds of public international law topics.

HeinOnline: Foreign and International Law Resources (available on campus or remotely with ASURITE)
HeinOnline has a number of collections with international and foreign law secondary sources. A select number of these collections are linked to below.

Foreign & International Law Resources Database
This database includes the publications of the American Society of International Law along with prominent Yearbooks from around the world, including the Hague Permanent Court of International Justice series. 

Harvard Research in International Law
The collection includes access to the reprint of The Harvard Research in International Law as well as Contemporary Analysis and Appraisal. 

History of International Law
This collection has content dating back to 1690 on international law subjects such as War & Peace, the Nuremberg Trials, Law of the Sea, International Arbitration, and Hague Conferences and Conventions.

International Law Association Reports
The International Law Association Reports of Conferences contain the International Committees' reports and a record of the discussions at the Conference working sessions, together with the adopted Resolutions.

Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Publications
This collection includes more than 60 publications from the prestigious Parker School of Foreign & Comparative Law at Columbia Law School. 

World Trials Library
This collection includes thousands of trials including complete sets of American State Trials, Howell's State Trials, and the Nuremburg Trials. It contains trial transcripts, critical court documents, and other trial-related resources.

Kluwer Arbitration
Kluwer Arbitration provides access to practical tools and a wide variety of content resources, including books and journals, related to international arbitration.

GUIDES TO INTERNATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH

International Legal Research in a Nutshell (2016)
This compact guide to international legal research, written by Marci B. Hoffman and Robert C. Berring, provides an excellent introduction to researching international law topics. It focuses on the best resources for international law information, whether that be print or online resources. 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 (2012)
This coursebook is designed to accompany classes in foreign and international legal research. It addressed conducting research a variety of relevant topics including foreign law, comparative law, and international organizations such as the United Nations and European Union.

Electronic Resource Guide, American Society of International Law
The American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) Electronic Resources Guide is designed as a self-guided tour of relevant, quality, up-to-date online resources covering important areas of international law. It is complemented by ASIL’s Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL) database.

GlobaLex, New York University School of Law
GlobaLex is an electronic legal publication dedicated to international and foreign law research. It is published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law and provides information on and access to high-level international, foreign, and comparative law research tools.

FINDING LAW ARTICLES

Westlaw Legal Resource Index (Westlaw password required)
This is not a full text database. It is an index of articles in journals from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, and Australia from 1980 to the present. There will be a link to the full text of the article if the article is on Westlaw.

HeinOnline: Law Journal Library (available on campus or remotely with ASURITE)
The coverage of HeinOnline’s law journal library goes back further than LexisNexis or Westlaw, so it is a good source if you are looking for older articles.

Westlaw International Journals (Westlaw password required)
Coverage varies by resource.

Westlaw - Legal Journals Index (Westlaw password required)
This is not a full-text database. It is an index of articles published in European law journals and articles covering topics pertaining to the laws of the European Union and its Member States from 1986 to the present. There will be a link to the full text of the article if the article is on Westlaw.

HeinOnline: International & Non-U.S. Law Journals Library (available on campus or remotely with ASURITE)
This full-text database includes international law journals published in the United States and journals published in other countries.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (available on campus or remotely with ASURITE)
This is an online index of articles relating to public and private international law and comparative law of countries except the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. It includes articles published from 1985 to the present. Although it is not full-text, access to the full text of articles is available by using the “Get it at ASU” buttons. 

FINDING ARTICLES IN OTHER DISCIPLINES

When you are researching an international law issue, you will frequently need to find articles in disciplines other than law. These disciplines include international relations, economics, criminal law, philosophy, etc. The subscription databases described below are available on campus as well as remotely to ASU students, faculty, and staff with ASURITE credentials.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
This is an online index of articles in the fields of political science, international relations, law, and public administration and policy. Users can find articles by searching article titles, authors, descriptors, and abstracts. It includes articles published from 1975 to the present. Although it is not full-text, access to the full text of articles is available by using the “Get it at ASU” buttons.  

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)
This is an online index of articles in the fields of international relations, law, government, and other social science disciplines. Users can find articles by searching article titles, authors, descriptors, and abstracts. It includes articles published from 1972 to the present. Although it is not full-text, access to the full text of articles is available by using the “Get it at ASU” buttons.  

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
This is a searchable database of the full text of working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals, and policy briefs. Its coverage is 1991 to the present.

EconLit
This is an online index of journal articles, books, dissertations, and working papers on topics such as economic development and international economics. Users can find articles by searching article titles, authors, descriptors, abstracts, and the full text of the article when available. It includes articles published from 1969 to the present. Although it is not full-text, access to the full text of articles is available by using the “Get it at ASU” buttons.  

Philosophers Index
This is an online index of books and journals that cover topics such as the philosophy of law. Users can find articles by searching article titles, authors, descriptors, and abstracts. It includes articles published from 1940 to the present. Although it is not full-text, access to the full text of articles is available by using the “Get it at ASU” buttons.  

ATLA Religion Database (American Theological Association)
This is an online index of articles on topics such as world religions and the religious perspectives on social issues. Users can find articles by searching article titles, authors, descriptors, and abstracts. It includes articles published from 1949 to the present. Although it is not full-text, access to the full text of articles is available by using the “Get it at ASU” buttons.  

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text
This is an online index of articles, books, and reports of government and nongovernmental agencies. Users can find articles by searching article titles, authors, descriptors, and abstracts. It includes articles published from 1968 to the present. Although it is not full-text, access to the full text of articles is available by using the “Get it at ASU” buttons.  

JSTOR
This is a full-text database of scholarly articles in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Cambridge Journals Online
This is a full-text database of numerous scholarly journals published by Cambridge University Press.

Oxford Journals
This is a full-text database of numerous scholarly journals published by Oxford University Press.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar searches books and articles in all disciplines. Full text of articles may be accessed using the Get it at ASU links.   

INTERNATIONAL LAW REFERENCE SOURCES

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Cardiff University publishes this index to abbreviations for legal publications covering international and comparative law. It covers English language and foreign language publications.

Prince's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations: A Reference Guide for Attorneys, Legal Secretaries, Paralegals, and Law Students.  
This resource assists the legal profession in citing legal authorities according to the rules given in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (access restricted to Law affiliates)
The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law is an Oxford Public International Law publication. It has detailed descriptions of hundreds of public international law topics.

International Organizations: A Dictionary (Giuseppe Schiavone, 1997; available on campus or remotely with ASURITE)
This dictionary presents information about numerous international organizations, arranged alphabetically.

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (2009;  available on campus or remotely with ASURITE)
The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History provides historical and contemporary comparisons of the world legal systems from ancient to modern times.

Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements (available on campus or remotely with ASURITE)
In-depth, print treatment of international law terms, including treaties.

Dictionary of International and Comparative Law (James R. Fox, 2003)
Short entries for international law terms, treaties, cases by popular name, NGOs and IGOs, etc. 

Historical Dictionary of International Tribunals (Boleslaw Adam Boczek, 1994)
Entries describe present and past judicial bodies, significant judicial and arbitral decisions, notable jurists, and concepts relating to the structure and procedure of international tribunals. 

Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (CliveParry John P. Grant, 2009)
Brief entry terms not found in standard dictionaries and international agreements known by popular name. 

World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (Igor I. Kavass and Mary Miles Prince, current)
This four volume dictionary provides the definitions of common and civil law terms, with translations. Arranged by language group, by country, and by subject. U.N. section in vol. 4. 

Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations (2009)
This resource, created by by the Journal of International Law and Politics at New York University School of Law, includes information on the citation system of 45 countries, as well as citation rules for international organizations, tribunals, and treaties.

International Citation Manager
The Manager is compiled by the Global Studies Law Review at Washington University in St. Louis. It provides information on citing foreign legal materials, organized by country.

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (current)
The Bluebook is the main citation manual for legal materials. Tables 2-5 have information on citing international and foreign sources. Table 2 (Foreign Jurisdictions) of the Bluebook is available online for free.