The Right to Go to War
World War I recruiting poster, Library of Congress collection
U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. Department of State: Find press releases, reports, and other information by policy area, topic, or country
Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser: State Department source for treaties, including Treaties in Force and TIAS, and information on U.S. international law.
Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law (also on Hein Online): Annual State Department publication on U.S. practice in international law, with summaries, text of documents, and links to documents. Use the Table of Contents and find chapters with the same subject arrangement each year. For example, Chapter 17 is on international conflict resolution and avoidance, and chapter 18 is on use of force.
CRS (Congressional Research Service) reports are prepared for congressional committees and staff on topics including international law and U.S. national security policy. Find a complete collection on Proquest Congressional, a free searchable database at CRSReports.com, a free collection arranged by topic at EveryCRSReport.com, and less exhaustive lists by topic on the websites of the University of Maryland Law Library, and the Federation of American Scientists (which focuses on CRS reports on national security issues).
Congressional hearings and reports: See the documents of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee:
- Senate Foreign Relations Committee
- House Foreign Affairs Committee
- GPO FDSys
- ProQuest Congressional
- Hein Online U.S. Congressional Documents
U.S. National Security Law and Policy
Library of Congress: Military Legal Resources: Links to U.S. military law resources, including Manuals for Courts Martial, the Law of Armed Conflict Deskbook, U.S. Army Field Manuals, and collections of historical war crimes materials.
Military manuals can be also be found at:
- Manual for Courts-Martial 2012 ed.
- Manual for Courts-Martial 2012 on Lexis
- Manual for Military Commissions 2010 ed.
- Military Rules of Evidence Manual 2012 on Lexis
Department of Defense Law of War Manual 2015: Manual with information for personnel executing military operations, including when the law of war applies and rules on the conduct of hostilities
U.S. Naval War College International Law Studies: Browse under the headings for Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, Military and War and Peace, and National Security.
U.S. Naval War College Library Research Guides: Research guides with links to documents and websites. For books and subscription databases recommended, check Emory's holdings.
MERLN (Military Education Research Library Network): Collections of documents related to U.S. military and national security policy.
Digital National Security Archive (subscription database): Declassified government documents on U.S. national security policy, including chronologies and bibliographies.
Treatises and books for background on national security law include:
- Charles Shanor, Military Law in Nutshell, Reserve Study Aids KF7210 .S52 2013
- Guénaël Mettraux, The Law of Command Responsibility, Oxford Scholarship Online
- John Norton Moore, Guy B Roberts, and Robert F Turner, National Security Law Documents, KF4651 .N38 2006
- Stephen Dycus, National Security Law, KF4651 .N377 2007
Government documents related to national security and the U.S. military can be found in:
NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
NATO Basic Texts: Treaties, Agreements, and Policy Documents
NATO Library Research Guides: With timelines and links to documents
NATO Encyclopedia: Thematic Index of NATO topics and missions
NATO Legal Deskbook (2010 2d edition): Introduction to NATO legaldocuments, international law, and law of armed conflict for NATO legal advisers
The NATO Handbook (2006): Introduction and information on policy-making and structure of NATO
Foreign and National Security Policy of Other Nations
Sources of State Practice in International Law KZ64 .S67 2014: Descriptions of sources for treaties and state practice, both print and online.
International Relations, International Security, and Comparative Politics: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources (Woodruff Library Z6461 .K34 2008)
Foreign Law Guide Database: Citations to national laws by country and topic, including Defense and National Security
Hein Online: International Yearbooks and Periodicals: Yearbooks of international law
Library of Congress Guide to Law Online: Nations of the World: Links to Parliaments, courts, government sites, Official Gazettes and statutes, guides, and general sources of information on other countries
Northwestern University Library Guide: List of Foreign Governments: Links to Parliaments and government agencies, including Ministries of Foreign Affairs
FAS: World Intelligence and Security Agencies: Links by country to intelligence and national security agencies
Military Justice in the Modern Age, K4754 .M555 2016. Chapters on military justice by country