Roy L. Sturgeon
Tulane University Law School
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New Orleans, LA 70118-6231
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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:
International Law Defined
International law is typically divided into 2 parts: public & private. Public international law governs relationships between national governments, relationships between intergovernmental 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) 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.
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Over many decades, the Law Library has built a substantial collection of international law print resources—many not available online. The bulk are shelved on the 5th & 6th floors. These include caselaw, treaties, journals, & treatises. Most are in English. The 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.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
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