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Public International Law

A guide to resources for public international law research, created by John Bolan, Bora Laskin Law Library

Encyclopedias

Use legal encyclopedias to:

  • learn concepts and terminology
  • develop search terms
  • relate concepts to one another

Foreign and International Law Resources Database (from Hein Online)

Dictionaries

Why use a dictionary of international law? Because the precise meaning of terms can vary across jurisdictions, making dictionaries particularly useful for international law research

News

News items are a good resource for background and contextual information for international law research.  UofT has an extensive collection of both current and historical newspapers. See the Newspapers Research Guide, particularly the section on international newspapers, for information on accessing online newspapers as well as print and microform titles. Below are some specific resources.

Canadian Newsstand

Factiva 

UN Wire

An email newsletter providing daily summaries of UN news, global affairs and international issues.  Users can narrow their subscription by issue and region. To view a sample issue or subscribe to the newsletter see the UN Wire site.

Abbreviations