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LAW 676C - International Humanitarian Law Clinic (Prof. Blank, Spring 2017)   Tags: counterterrorism, human rights, humanitarian law, international criminal law, international law, national security, treaties  

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International Humanitarian Law

Poster from the Library of Congress World War I collection



With the research component of your class in mind, we have compiled a listing of useful resources for the topic of international humanitarian law. If you have any questions, please request a student consult with a librarian using the form linked on the left hand side of this guide.


Secondary Sources

Treatises and other secondary sources will provide you with background information, analysis, and citations to primary resources as you start your research. 

Use discoverE to find print treatises and ebooks. Print materials on the subject of international humanitarian law can be found around KZ6471.  Ebook databases with titles on international law include Oxford Scholarship Online, Cambridge Books Online, and ElgarOnline; find titles with database links by searching in discoverE. Books in the library include Blank, Laurie and Gregory Noone, International Law and Armed Conflict: Fundamental Principles and Contemporary Challenges in the Law of War, Course Reserves KZ6385 .B53 2013.

   Recommended titles include:

  • The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law, 2013, Oxford Public International Law
  • Dunlap, Pritchard, and Carey, International Humanitarian Law Prospects, Proquest ebrary
  • Thürer, International Law Theory, Practice, Context, KZ6741 T58 2011 and Proquest ebrary
  • Schmitt and von Heinegg, The Development and Principles of International Humanitarian Law, KZ6471 .D487 2012


Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law: Articles on topics within international law, with subject areas including International Humanitarian Law and Use of Force, War, Peace, and Neutrality. Articles include bibliographies and document links, and the Oxford Law Citator with citation form for documents, links to documents, and a citator for finding related documents.

Parry and Grant's Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (3rd edition; older edition in print - KZ1161 .P37 2004). Definitions of international law terms with citations to primary documents.

Restatement of Foreign Relations:  Principles of U.S. foreign relations and international law, with citations to cases, treatises and secondary sources. Available online through Westlaw and Hein Online.

CRS (Congressional Research Service) reports are prepared for congressional committees and staff on topics including international law and U.S. foreign policy. Find a complete collection on Proquest Congressional, an extensive free collection arranged by topic at, and a more selective collection focusing on national security topics at the Federation of American Scientists

Academic Search Complete: Multi-disciplinary database of full-text scholarly journals,  searchable by full-text and fields. Many articles are available in PDF. 

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online): Database of journal articles, working papers, and policy briefs from NGOs and research institutes.  

Foreign Affairs magazine.  (Council on Foreign Relations; also available on Lexis and Hein Online): Periodical on U.S. foreign policy and global affairs.

Law review articles frequently address international humanitarian law and the law of armed conflict. Find law review articles on Westlaw, Lexis, and Hein Online. Hein Online also has articles from non-U.S. journals in International and Non-U.S. Law Journals and indexed (sometimes with full-text) in Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals. JSTOR has full-text articles in non-law disciplines including public policy, Middle Eastern studies, and Latin American studies. 


News and Current Awareness

ASIL (American Society of International Law) publications include:

  • International Legal Materials. Available on Westlaw, Lexis, Hein Online, current table of contents on the ASIL website. New primary documents in international law, including treaties and agreements, international and national court decisions on international law, and UN resolutions and documents. 
  • ASIL Insights: Brief analysis of international law news stories in international courts, treaties, and international law
  • ASIL International Law in Brief: Blog with abstracts of and links to new primary documents in international law, updating International Legal Materials.

Armed Conflict Database: Statistics, news, and developments on armed conflicts worldwide, including  those involving non-state armed groups. Search the database or browse by conflict or group.

Global Legal Monitor (Law Library of Congress): Legal news stories, in English, on foreign and international law.  Search by keyword or topic, or browse by topic (war, war crimes, genocide) or by jurisdiction (countries and international courts).

The Hague Justice Portal has court calendars of the international courts at The Hague and news from the courts, including the Justice Hub blog.

Just Security blog: Blog on U.S. national security law and policy. The blog archives includes an extensive topic list. 

The Law of Armed Conflict blog: Blog on issues of the law of armed conflict, national security law, and counter terrorism. 

Lawfare blog: Blog on national security and the law of armed conflict. 

Blogs on international law and human rights can be searched using Justia BlawgSearch

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