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PS386 - International Law: Research Resources

A Guide to Help Develop Case Briefs

Useful Databases

International Law Resources in Print

The Law Library contains materials on several international, foreign and comparative law topics. Student should search the library catalog or the International law portion of the New Books List to find materials that may be helpful for their research.

International, Foreign and Comparative Law Defined


Though they are often lumped together, foreign law, international law and comparative law are all broad topics in their own right. 

Foreign law involves the domestic laws of a foreign jurisdiction.  International law has to do with the laws that regulate conduct between sovereign nations.  Comparative law is the study of the differences between laws of various jurisdictions.

It is important to bear in mind that there may be a great many useful resources that will not be available in English.

See the first link for a guide to international law and the second for a guide to foreign law.


Finding Casebooks in the University Library

Good search terms include:

Case books 

International Law

You can also try

Commercial Law

Human rights law

See below for some resources from the University Library Catalog, or search further.

If you have a specific journal or database you want, search in Online Journals and Databases.