Treaty FAQsBluebook treaty sourcesCitations, signatories, parties, status, subjectsUnited Nations CharterUnited Nations & League of Nations treatiesAdditional Multilateral, IGO & special subject treaty sourcesIf the U.S. is a partyBilateral treaties & treaty sources for other countriesCommentaries & travaux pr├ęparatoires (drafting history)Soft law
BITS: Bilateral investment treatiesICSID, NAFTA, WTO
The practice of international law by other statesU.S. practice of international law
Documents, legislation & cases, generallySelected country reports and booksUN human rights websites & search enginesUN Human Rights Council, Commission & CommitteeHuman rights sources for AfricaEuropean Union: Charter of Fundamental RightsCouncil of Europe: European Convention on Human RightsInter-American Court & Commission
I.C.J. and P.C.I.J.U.S. cases on international law
Official treaty sourcesUnofficial treaty sourcesTreaties in Force: Citations, signatories, parties, status, subjectsUpdating Treaties in Force: Citations, signatories, parties, status, subjectsPresidential statements, proclamations, etc.
Agreements, documents, legislation, & case law
Nuremberg TrialsICC International Criminal CourtICTY International Criminal Tribunal for the Former YugoslaviaICTR International Criminal Tribunal for RwandaSpecial Court for Sierra Leone
This is the "Sources, I.C.J. Statute, U.N. Charter" page of the "International Law: General Sources" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

International Law: General Sources   Tags: foreign & international law, international law  

This guide lists essential sources for researching general aspects of international law. For specialized topics, such as human rights or international arbitration, see the guide International Law: Specialized Sources.
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2017 URL: http://nyulaw.libguides.com/international-law Print Guide RSS Updates

Sources, I.C.J. Statute, U.N. Charter Print Page
  Search: 
 

Statute of the I.C.J., art. 38(1), sources of international law

The Statute of the International Court of Justice appears at the end of the Charter of the United Nations. Cite: Statute of the International Court of Justice, art. 38,  ¶ 1.

1. The Court, whose function is to decide in accordance with international law such disputes as are submitted to it, shall apply:
a. international conventions, whether general or particular, establishing rules expressly recognized by the contesting states;
b. international custom, as evidence of a general practice accepted as law;
c. the general principles of law recognized by civilized nations;
d. subject to the provisions of Article 59, judicial decisions and the teachings of the most highly qualified publicists of the various nations, as subsidiary means for the determination of rules of law.

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law contains articles about the various sources of international law, e.g., Customary International Law and General Principles of International Law. These and other relevant articles are listed under the subjects "Sources, foundations and principles of international law" and "Law of Treaties." 

      

    Other sources that may be relevant to your research

    For selected books that may discuss the sources of international law, see the Getting started tab in this guide.

    Description

    Loading  Loading...

    Tip