Sources of Public Int’l Law: • Treaties and other international agreements • Custom • General principles of law • Judicial decisions and teachings of qualified publicists
Key Texts in International Law • Brownlie, Principles of Public International Law • Oppenheim, International Law • Shaw, International Law Remember you can do author/title searches in GAVEL
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law http://www.mpepil.com/with older editions in print in Law Library
Source: Treaties • Resources: • Bluebook lists official and unofficial cites • depends on whether U.S. is a party and number of parties • use treaty indexes and databases to get citations • databases: TIARA, UN Treaties, Westlaw & Lexis • Web resources: Tufts, ENTRI, EISIL, Hein Online, etc.
Treaties in Force online at http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/tif/index.htm or via Hein Onlineor LLMC Digital name date citations Check Bluebook for Rules re each element
http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/index.htm important resources for recent & pending treaties
Treaties & International Agreements Online especially good for treaties where U.S. is party Convention on wetlands linked from Research Resources page currently not available off-campus
Use this to determine when adopted or concluded, who has signed and/or ratified and when, who has denounced, when it entered into force, any declarations or reservations, and more
Click book icon to jump to full text citation 189 UNTS 137
The EISIL record provides useful info: citation, link to online sources, description, etc.
Hein Online: not just law reviews! Many international law resources, including treaties
http://fletcher.tufts.edu/multilaterals.html Categories reflect early emphasis on env’t but now includes more
Travaux Préparatoires • the preparatory work (or "legislative history") of a treaty • often used for the purpose of interpreting the treaty
sources for travauxpréparatoires • Check GAVEL: keyword search the name of the treaty and (travauxor preparatory orcongress or history or negotiations or negotiating history), etc. • Treaty documents collected by an international organization • international conference web sites • Yearbooks of international law
National Treaty Law and Practice series Title search in GAVEL Volumes for additional countries forthcoming
Frequently-cited Treaties and Other International Instruments http://library.law.umn.edu/researchguides/most-cited.html but you have access through UGA
Source: Custom • Resources: your objective is to find evidence of state practice • records of state’s foreign relations • domestic court decisions • domestic legislation • resolutions, declarations of int orgs
Where do I find these types of evidence? • documents on foreign or int’l relations • digests, e.g. Digest of United States Practice in International Law • repertories of practice • yearbooks • International Legal Materials • Web - State Department and corollaries in other countries
Digests of Int’l Law digest and international law
Sample search in GIL at Main Library foreign documents canada relations diploma? repertory (foreign and documents and canada) and (relations or diploma? or repertory)
Sources of State Practice in Int’l Law KZ64 .S67 (basement)
references to: • treaty collections • sources of diplomatic documentation • other materials that shed light on customary state practice in international law, including yearbooks and digests • relevant web sites • Currently covers 15 jurisdictions with plans to add more.