Public international law is chiefly concerned with the relationships between national governments and intergovernmental organizations. It has no formal constitutional structure, no central organization, and no centralized law making authority. This has significant consequences for research, because the absence of an overall law-creating body means that international law must be identified through a wide variety of sources.
This guide is designed to aid your research in public international law. Use the tabs above to access relevant databases, periodicals, books, Internet sites, and lists of resources.
A note on this guide: The identification of the sources of international law is part of the practice and the theory of international law, and is itself complex and somewhat contentious. Accordingly, this guide is intended as a basic introduction to the topic in order to highlight the most commonly used and authoritative sources and material.
TIP: Follow the tabs (above) for a step-by-step pathway through the international law research process.
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