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Public International Law

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

Remember

International court cases do not make law but rather are, like ‘scholarly teachings’, considered as evidence and clarification of international law.

Court websites

Often the official websites of courts/tribunals will provide full-text of judgments they have rendered. However, the authority of the opinions and decisions issued by such bodies varies, so it is important to have an understanding of a given body’s structure and procedure. For a text on this topic see Manual on international courts and tribunals.

Below are some prominent international bodies:

International Law case reports online