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Law and Legal Studies electronic resources 9: E.U. and International Law

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European Union

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Curia Official website for the Court of Justice, General Court and Civil Service Tribunal of the European Union providing full text access to European Court Reports from 1954. Includes a Digest of thematically organised case law.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
European e-Justice portal The European e-Justice Portal attempts to be a single point of access for information on European Union's legal system. Among many other functions, the site provides links to sources of case law from EU courts, sources of national level case law of member states, procedure and guidance for legal practitioners, judiciary, businesses and the general public.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
EUR-Lex EUR-Lex is the key portal to legal materials of the EU updated daily. It includes, with extensive search facilities, the Official Journal, treaties, full text legislation and preparatory acts, full text decisions of the ECJ (Courts of Justice and of First Instance of the European Communities) and references to national case-law concerning EU law.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Eurolaw Covers in full text all the Treaties of the EU; the Directives and Regulations; Proposed Legislation; Case Law; National Implementation Details; Parliamentary Questions and Information and Notices from the C series of the Official Journal.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
European Documentation at the British Library Website introducing the European Documentation Centre at the British Library and the Library's other EU collections. The site includes:
  • Guide to European Union Collections of the British Library providing shelf mark information for printed publications for treaties, legislation and case law.
  • Guide to EU Information Available Online linking to online information sources for legal research including The European Parliament's legislative Observatory, PRE-Lex, EUR-Lex, Directory of Community Legislation, N-Lex, Comitology Register and other resources relating to the implementation of EU law, Curia for the CJEU, sites competition decisions and other specialised areas of law as well as various general resources facilitating discovery of policy documentation, guidelines, declarations and other soft law measures.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
European Sources Online An online database which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on the issues of importance to European citizens and stakeholders. It provides access to thousands of expertly selected, well known and less well known websites, documents and publications from the EU and other international organisations, national governments, think tanks, stakeholder organisations, working papers etc, full text articles from authoritative news sources Financial Times and European Voice, plus bibliographic records to key academic textbooks and periodical articles, and a series of unique Information Guides compiled by the ESO Editorial Team.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Westlaw UK: EU Westlaw UK provides search and browse access to selected texts from Official Journal C and L series and Commission Documents (ComDocs). Texts include treaties (founding, accession and other), preparatory acts, legislation (directives, regulations etc) and notices of Court of Justice judgments. Full text law reports include, Common Market Law Reports, other series with European focus or treatment of EC/EU law.
This is a subscription-based resource which can only be accessed from the reading room.
NB: Access is password protected. Please ask Social Science s desk staff to log you in.

International Law

International Law: Gateways and General Resouces

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ASIL Website of the American Society for International Law. Guides including e-ISIL (Electronic Information System for International Law) can be accessed via the RESOURCES tab on the home page.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Audiovisual Library of International Law The Audiovisual Library is a unique, multimedia resource which provides the United Nations with the unprecedented capacity to provide high quality international law training and research materials to an unlimited number of recipients on a global level. The Audiovisual Library consists of three pillars:
  • The Historic Archives containing 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.
  • The Lecture Series featuring 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.
  • The Research Library providing an on-line international law library with links to treaties, jurisprudence, publications and documents, scholarly writings and research guides.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
International Law United Nations site signposting the International Law Commission, International Court of Justice, other UN legal organs, and online resources. Site provides research guides and UN legal documentation.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Eagle-i Eagle-i (Electronic Access to Global Legal Information) is a searchable and browse-able portal to high quality web resources for UK, European, Foreign, Comparative and International law. Covers 200 countries as well as non-governmental international bodies and organisations involved in international law. The service provides content assessments and well-maintained dynamic links. Building on records originally created for Intute: Law, this service is developed as a national research resource for the UK by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Globalex International Law Research The international law section of New York University Law School's suite of guides to legal systems and sources provides a small collection supporting research on public international law. Guides include those covering customary international law and state practice, travaux preparatoires and drafting history, as well an introduction to treaty research and guides on specific themes, organisations and conventions.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Indexes to Collected Courses of the Hague Academy Indexing and volume content details for the long running series Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law (Racueil des Cours de l'Académie de la Haye).
This site is freely available on the Internet.
International Legal Materials (Hein Online: Journal Library) International Legal Materials (ILM) reproduces the full texts of selected important treaties and agreements, judicial and arbitral decisions and other documents. To access this resource see the alphabetical title listing in HeinOnline: Law journal library.
This is a subscription resource available in the reading room only.
International Organisations British Library links for subscription based and free online resources for researching international organisations.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Intergovernmental Organisation Links The Northwestern University Library IGO list provides links to the websites of a large number of intergovernmental organisations arranged alphabetically by name.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Peace Palace Library Catalogues and research resources for International Law from the library serving the International Court of Justice, Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Hague Academy of International Law.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Private International Law A small collection of links and searchable content provided by WorldLII relating to Private International Law. Includes Hague conference and convention materials.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
WorldLII International Law Library Portal providing searchable access to full text documentation from a wide range of databases for international law. Sources include treaty collections, UN decisions and declarations, decisions and sometimes transcripts of cases from 38 separate databases covering international courts and tribunals, law journals and law reform publications. Signposting to online guidance to doing international law research.
This site is freely available on the Internet.

International Law: Treaties

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Council of Europe Treaty Office Official website of the Council of Europe's Treaty Office provides links to a full list of treaties/conventions and allows searching of the text, signatures, reservations, declarations and explanatory reports.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
European Union Treaties Quick access to official treaty texts on EUR-Lex, the public face of European Union's official legal data base. The collection links to founding treaties including consolidated texts, accession and other treaties. See also the International Agreements collection for agreements made between the European Union and non-EU member states or other international organisations.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
FLARE Index to Treaties Over 1,500 important multilateral treaties 1856 date are searchable by title & subject keywords, date & place of conclusion. Printed sources & free online texts are cited & linked, & official languages and depository institutions are indicated. See the About link for more information.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1688- Search and browse access to full text of white papers, bills (House of Commons printings), Lords and Commons Hansard from 1803 as well as earlier records of parliamentary proceedings, and selected sources of historical legislation. Also provides access to UK treaties, crime, policing, judicial, and prison statistics, departmental and agency annual reports and accounts, scrutiny of justice policy, and law reform papers.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
For help with this resource see staff at the Social Science s Reference Enquiry desk.
United Nations Treaty Collection Includes full text of the UN Treaty Series, Dec. 1946-Apr. 2003, a collection of treaties and international agreements registered with the Secretary-General; full text of the earlier League of Nations Treaty Series, July 1920-Oct.1944; Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary General (as of 1st January 2006); and the Index to the UN Treaty Series.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
UK Treaties Online Full text of treaties to which the UK is party and supporting information provided by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Treaty Section.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
World Trade Organisation Legal texts of WTO agreements.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
WorldLii International Treaty Collections Search a wide range of treaty collections via the World Legal Information Institute website.
This site is freely available on the Internet.

International Law: Courts and Case Law

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European Court of Human Rights Database of the case-law of the supervisory organs of the European Convention on Human Rights.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
International Court of Justice Site gives links to decisions from 1946 onwards although some of the older reports are available in summary form only.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
International Criminal Court Website ICC, the world's independent and permanent, International Criminal Court, governed by the Rome Statute and based in the Hague, Netherlands.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
International Law Reports Consolidated Tables of Cases Consolidated tables of cases reproduced from the Annual Digest of Public International Law and International Law Reports, and showing the volume and page reference for reports in English of decisions relating to international law made by international courts, international arbitrators and national courts This site is freely available on the Internet.
Project on International Courts and Tribunals Website supporting a research and practice network in international courts and tribunals. Site provides research materials as well as background information, bibliographies and quick links for the general websites, basic texts, cases, and judicial biographies of international courts and tribunals.
This site is freely available on the Internet.