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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 Implementation of International Law in the U.S. 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.


Books and Treatises

Van der Vyver, Implementation of International Law in the United States, KF4581 .V36 2010

Bradley, International Law in the U.S. Legal System, KF4581 .B73 2015 and Oxford Books Online

Bederman, International Law Frameworks, Study Aids KZ3410 .B43 2010

ASIL Benchbook on International Law 


U.S. Foreign Policy

Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser: State Department source for treaties and information on U.S. international law.

Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law (also on Hein Online): State Department documents by year on international law issues.

Foreign Relations of the United States (also on Hein Online): Official history of U.S. foreign policy, with documents 1861-1980.


U.S. Treaties

Treaties in Force (on and Hein Online): Annual publication listing treaties currently in force, with citations and parties.

UST: US Treaties and Other International Agreements (US Docs S 9.12 and Hein Online): Bound volumes of US treaties 1950-1984.

TIAS: Treaties and Other International Acts Series ( and Hein Online): Newer slip treaties.

Pending and Unratified Treaties:

  • Treaties Pending in the Senate
  • Thomas Treaties: Treaty status with legislative history dates and citations, and listing understandings and conditions.
  • Senate Treaty Documents and Executive Reports (GPO FDSys): Treaty Documents are text of the treaty submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with transmittal letters, and Executive Reports are reports from the committee with analysis, amendments, and reservations.

Other Legislative History Documents (GPO FDSys, Hein Online, Proquest Congressional): Committee hearings, Congressional Record.


U.S. Case Law on International Law

Westlaw: Case law by Topic > International Law (US)

Lexis: Use Browse Topics by Practice Area to search for International Law cases.

USCS: United States Code Service: International Conventions volume (print and Lexis): Treaties with annotations of cases, related statutes, and secondary sources.

Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the U.S. (3d and 4th) (print, Hein Online, Westlaw): Restatement and commentary of U.S. law, with citations to cases, treaties, and secondary sources.

International Legal Materials (Hein Online, Westlaw): Bimonthly publication of significant international law documents, including US and international courts, treaties, and UN resolutions.

ASIL I.Lex: Database of US international law cases, search by keyword, topic, or treaty.

ALR Fed (Westlaw): Includes some articles on treaties and statutes on international law, with case citations.


International Law News

Paper topics and updates to research.

ASIL Insights: Short articles on international law news.

ASIL International Law in Brief: Updates to ILM with new primary documents in international law.

International Law Update (Hein Online, Westlaw, Lexis): Newsletter of international law cases and other international law documents.

Global Legal Monitor: Articles on foreign and international law news by topic or jurisdiction, with dates, citations, and some document links.



Westlaw and Lexis: Law reviews

Hein Online: International and Non-U.S. Law Journals

Foreign Affairs (, Hein Online, JSTOR)


Customary International Law

Rules and practice of international law followed by states

ICRC Customary International Humanitarian Law: rules and practice with document citations.

Restatement of Foreign Relations 3d (Hein Online and Westlaw): Includes statements on customary international law in the U.S.

Treatises and journal articles, especially classics and noted authors.


Human Rights

Universal Human Rights Instruments: Human rights treaties by topic, with links to status and treaty bodies.

International Human Rights Treaty Bodies: Activities and reports.

Special Rapporteurs: Reports by country and theme.


International Courts and Tribunals

International Court of Justice (, Hein Online, Westlaw, Lexis)

International Criminal Court (, plus background documents

Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Oxford Reports on International Law: Modules include International Law in Domestic Courts, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, with filters by subject and state part.


UN International Law Sources

UN International Law Commission: Treaties and Analytical guide with reports and documents.

UN Legal Publications and Yearbooks ( and Hein Online): Publications on the UN’s work including international law.

UN Audiovisual Library of International Law: Preparatory documents by treaty.

Repertoire of Practice of the Security Council: Activities of the Security Council, arranged by year and by Chapter and Article of the UN Charter.

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