Finding International Case-Law

Introduction

International law consists of rules and principles which govern the relations and dealings of nations with each other. Most of the time a distinction is made between Public International Law and Conflict of Laws (sometimes referred to as Private International Law)

Public International Law is concerned with the relations between States or the relations between states and individual nationals of other states. If the sea, law of space and the environment etc...

Conflict of Laws (or Private International law in civil systems) is the body of conventions, model laws, legal guides, and other documents and instruments that regulate private relationships across national borders. Some topics in conflict of laws include international trade and international dispute resolution.

There are several international courts and tribunals, each of which has a different jurisdiction. Below you will find the names of the courts, brief descriptions, and sources for the case law from each, some courts are still in organizational stages and do not have completed case-law.

General

Recommended siteOxford Reports on International Law

Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL) brings together decisions on public international law from international courts and tribunals, domestic courts and ad hoc tribunals. Integrating the full scope of international case law for the first time in an easily navigable online environment, ORIL draws upon the expertise of leading scholars and local experts to provide high quality, timely, reports and analysis. Case reports contain: Headnote; Summary of case facts and judicial holdings/arbitral decision or award; Full text of the opinion of the Court/arbitral tribunal; Analytical commentary from scholarly experts; List of cases and instruments cited; Accurate translations into English of key passages of non-English decisions. The library subscribes to: Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts; Oxford Reports on International Criminal Law; Oxford Reports on International Human Rights Law; Oxford Reports on International Courts of General Jurisdiction; Oxford Reports on International Investment Claims

Recommended siteInternational Law Reports KZ 199.I6 + Online

Published by Cambridge University Press these reports contain decisions translated into English from international courts and arbitrators as well as judgments of national courts.

International Legal Materials K 1.I663 + Online journal

International Legal Materials republished selected documents of importance and does contain some case-law.

EISIL: International Dispute Settlement http://www.eisil.org/

Provides information on mechanisms for resolving international disputes, such as international courts and tribunals, arbitral bodies, commissions, administrative tribunals and other dispute settlement bodies. These bodies are organized according to the area of international law under their jurisdiction.

PICT (Project on International Courts and Tribunals) http://www.pict-pcti.org/

Contains a listing of international courts and tribunals and links to the full-text of selected cases and decisions from these international courts where (or if) available. If you are looking for an international court not listed below PICT is a good place to try.

Case-Law & Courts: International

Website from the University of Queensland, Australia. Provides links to national domestic case-law and international courts and tribunals.

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Tribunal for disputes arising out of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, based in Hamburg, Germany.

Website

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Databases

International Law Reports KZ 199.I6 + Online

Oxford Reports on International Law 

WTO - dispute Settlement System

Website

Dispute Settlement Gateway http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dispu_e/dispu_e.htm

Print

Dispute settlement reports / World Trade Organization K 4600.A53

Databases

i. Lexis Library - Sources Right arrow Browse SourcesRight arrow Choose International from the Filter by...drop down menRight arrow Administrative Boards & Tribunals Right arrow WTO & GATT Panel Decisions covers the period 1948 to 1996 World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement 1996 to the present.
ii. Westlaw - Westlaw International Right arrow International/Worldwide MaterialsRight arrow Multi-National Materials Right arrow Court & Tribunal CasesRight arrow WTO & GATT Panel Decisions covers GATT decisions from 1948 to 1994 and WTO decisions from 1995 to the present.

International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes

Website

ICSID: Cases

Print

i. ICSID reports : reports of cases decided under the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States, 1965 / edited by R. Rayfuse ; consulting editor E. Lauterpacht  K 3830.3

Databases

i. Westlaw - Westlaw International Right arrow International/Worldwide MaterialsRight arrow Multi-National MaterialsRight arrow International Organizations & Institutions Right arrow ICSID.

ii. International Law Reports KZ 199.I6 + Online

iii. Oxford Reports on International Law

WIPO - Arbitration and Mediation

Website

WIPO - Arbitration and Medication Website http://www.wipo.int/amc/

Databases

i. Lexis Library - Sources Right arrow Browse SourcesRight arrow Choose International from the Filter by...drop down menu Administrative Boards & Tribunals Right arrow  World Intellectual Property Organization Domain Decisions
ii. Westlaw - Westlaw UK Directory Right arrow Westlaw International Right arrow Regional and Topical Subscriptions Right arrow Topical Subscriptions Right arrow Arbitration Right arrow Awards & Case Law  World Intellectual Property Organization Awards (WIPO-AWARDS)

Permanent Court of Arbitration

An international organization based in The Hague in the Netherlands. It was established in 1899 as one of the acts of the first Hague Peace Conference. Unlike the ICJ, the PCA is not just open to states but also to other parties. The PCA provides services for the resolution of disputes involving various combinations of states, state entities, intergovernmental organizations, and private parties.

Website

International Permanent Court of Arbitration http://www.pca-cpa.org/

Databases

Westlaw - Westlaw Right arrow Westlaw International Right arrow Regional and Topical Subscriptions Right arrow Topical Subscriptions Right arrow Arbitration Right arrow Awards & Case Law Right arrow Permanent Court of Arbitration Awards (PCA-AWARDS)

International Law Reports KZ 199.I6 + Online

Oxford Reports on International Law

European Free Trade Association Court

The EFTA Court has jurisdiction with regard to EFTA States which are parties to the EEA Agreement (at present Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).

Website

EFTA Court http://www.efta.int/

Print

i. European Commercial Cases KJ 1600.A51 + Online journal

i. International Law Reports KZ 199.I6 + Online Journal

International Court of Arbitration

The International Court of Arbitration is an institution for the resolution of international commercial disputes.

Print

Collection of arbitral awards = Recueil des sentences arbitrales de la CCI / Jean-Jacques Arnaldez, Yves Derains, Dominique Hascher. K 2400.A49

Databases

Westlaw - Westlaw Right arrow Westlaw International Right arrow International Directory (Left-hand menu under search for a database) Right arrow Topical practice areas Right arrow Alternative Dispute Resolution Right arrow choose either International Chamber of Commerce - All (ICC-ALL) or International Commercial Arbitration - All (ICA-ALL)

International Law Reports KZ 199.I6 + Online

Oxford Reports on International Law

Research Guides

International Criminal Courts for the Former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone: A Guide to Online and Print Resources by Amy Burchfield
ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law

Contains chapters the European Union; Human Rights; International Commercial Arbitration; International Criminal Law; International Economic Law; International Environmental Law; International Intellectual Property Law; International Organizations; Private International Law; Treaties; and the United Nations. Is augmented by EISIL, see the Web Directories section below.

International Law: Resource Guide

From Cleveland State University

International Legal Research Tutorial

Covers public & private international law plus foreign and comparative law. Provided by Duke & UC Berkeley.

Suffolk University Law School: International Law: Primary Sources

This guide attempts to present a simplified roadmap for finding primary source material in international law. For the purposes of this guide, "primary source" documents are defined as treaties, international case law, rules and regulations promulgated by Intergovernmental Organizations, and international custom.

GlobalLex: International Law

From NewYork University Law School, contains research guides on: customary international law; various regional trade organisations (APEC, ASEAN, EU, ECOWAS, NAFTA and CAFTA); various international organisations; and topics such as human trafficking, international trade, TRIPS, Kyoto, commercial law, criminal law, environment, health, sports, terrorism, human rights and trademarks.



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