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International Law: General Sources: Getting started--classics, encyclopedias, databases, etc.
This guide lists essential sources for researching general aspects of international law. For specialized topics, such as human rights and international arbitration, see the guide International Law: Specialized Sources.
The Restatements contain the expert, but non-binding, formulations of the law prepared by the American Law Institute. The Restatements are also in WestlawNext: Secondary Sources>Restatements & Principles of Law, and in print in the Law Library. Drafting has begun on the Fourth Restatement (see below).
Detailed descriptive information about 38,000 active and 30,000 dormant international organizations from 300 countries and territories. Current and historical statistics about the activities of international organizations.
Designed for post-graduate researchers, LawPORT now includes tutorials on citation using OSCOLA (the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities), customary international law, and treaties and international conventions.
(1) The Historic Archives contains documents and audiovisual materials relating to the negotiation and adoption of significant legal instruments under the auspices of the United Nations and related agencies since 1945; (2) the Lecture Series features a permanent collection of lectures on virtually every subject of international law given by leading international law scholars and practitioners from different countries and legal systems; and (3) the Research Library provides an on-line international law library with links to treaties, jurisprudence (UN, regional, intl and natl), publications and documents, scholarly writings and research guides.