Roy L. Sturgeon
Tulane University Law School
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Free, Reliable Websites
In addition to the Law Library's subscription databases, international law information can be found on free, reliable (i.e., reasonably accurate & current) websites. Among the best are:
What is International Law?
International law is typically divided into 2 parts: public & private. Public international law governs relationships between national governments, relationships between inter-governmental organizations (IGOs), & relationships between national governments & IGOs. Private international law governs the choice of law to apply when there are conflicts in the municipal (i.e., national or domestic) law of different nations related to private transactions between persons/businesses in those nations. International law may consist of treaties, court decisions, & customary law. Unlike foreign law, for which it is sometimes mistaken, international law regulates or binds national governments & IGOs across national boundaries.
For help in citing to international law, see:
For help in defining international law terms, see:
Over many decades, the Law Library has built a substantial collection of international law print resources numbering in the tens of thousands—many not available online. The bulk are shelved on the 5th & 6th floors. These include caselaw, treaties, journals, & treatises. Most are in English. Our collection is particularly strong in European Union, International Court of Justice, & International Criminal Court materials. Additional print resources are shelved on the 3d floor in New Books, Reserve, Reference, & the Maritime Collection; 4th floor in Special/Rare Collections & Microforms; 5th floor in Government Documents; & 6th floor in the Comparative Law Collection.
For more details, search the Law Library's online catalog & see boxes below.
Abbreviations & Acronyms
For help in deciphering abbreviations & acronyms, see: