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With the writing component of your seminar in mind, we have compiled a listing of useful resources for the topic of Advanced International Negotiations.  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

The following are resources for background information, history, and citations to get started on your research.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law:  Entries with background and history on international law topics, with select documents and bibliographies, and the Oxford Law Citator for finding citation form and related citing documents.

Parry and Grant's Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (3rd edition; older edition in print - KZ1161 .P37 2004).

Treatises:  Books on international law, generally and on specific topics.  Treatises can be found using discoverE or ebook databases such as:

Keesings’ Record of World Events (subscription database): Monthly digest of political, diplomatic, and economic affairs, 1931-current.  Short articles for historical background, but few citations or links.

JSTOR: Like Hein Online, includes pdf academic journal articles, with subject areas including International Relations, Peace & Conflict Studies, Law, History.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online): Database of international affairs materials, including journal articles, white papers, and IGO and NGO reports.


Hein Online Resources

Foreign and International Law Resources Database:  Foreign and international materials in pdf, includes topics such as:

  • International Yearbooks and Periodicals:  International Law yearbooks from the United Nations and foreign legal organizations and universities.  Summarize international law developments in English.  The periodicals collection includes international law journals including International Negotiation and International Peacekeeping.
  • International Tribunals and Judicial Decisions:  Includes Reports of International Arbitral Awards, reports of historical awards in disputes between states.

Law Journal Library,including International and Non-U.S. Journals

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals:  Index of law review articles from other countries, indexed in English even where the articles themselves might not be.  Full-text available for articles in other Hein libraries.



United Nations & IGOs

Primary resources of the organizations that are involved in treaties and international disputes.


U.S. State Department & Foreign Relations

U.S. materials on foreign relations, international disputes, and treaty negotiation will be easier to find than those of other countries.

  • U.S. Department of State: Find press releases, reports, and other information by policy area, topic, or country.
  • Digest of US Practice in International Law (also available 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. Chapter 17 covers international conflict resolution and avoidance in recent editions.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States (also available on Hein Online): Historical record of U.S. foreign policy .  Volumes by topic area (Arab-Israeli Relations 1977-1978), include analysis and text of documents.
  • Foreign Affairs magazine.  (Council on Foreign Relations; also available on Lexis and Hein Online): Periodical on U.S. foreign policy and global affairs.
  • International Legal Materials.  (Available on Westlaw, Lexis and Hein Online): ASIL publication of significant documents on international law, particularly U.S. materials. 
  • Other ASIL publications and resources: American Journal of International Law, ASIL Newsletter, ASIL Insights.

Travaux Préparatoires

Background documents or “legislative history” of treaties and international agreements.  Generally not compiled except for major historical treaties and agreements.

  • United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law: Includes summaries and documents from the negotiation of major UN treaties, arranged by topic.
  • UNBISNET: UN Bibliographic Information System.  Search for bibliographic records in the UN Library.  Search by treaty name to find related reports and documents, with document numbers and some links to documents.
  • For major treaties, try a search in discoverE or WorldCat (for interlibrary loan) for published travaux – try searching with the treaty name and “travaux,” “legislative history,” or “documents.”
  • Globalex Guide to Researching Travaux

Other Resources

PILPG Negotiation Simulations: PILPG runs negotiation simulations on conflict negotiations. Their website offers sample briefing packets for their Darfur simulations, and "lessons learned reports" from some other conflict simulations.

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