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 and Current Awareness
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 a citation tool.
Treatises: Books on international law, generally and on specific topics. Treatises can be found using discoverE or ebook databases such as:
Browse the shelves in both MacMillan Law Library and Woodruff Library for books on your topic. See especially:
- JZ International Relations, including JZ6045 Diplomacy and Negotiation
- KZ International Law, including KZ6045 Diplomacy and Negotiation
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.
Global Legal Monitor: Legal news by jurisdiction and by topics including Peace, Boundaries, and International Affairs. News stories are in English, some with links to documents and news sites.
ASIL Insights: Brief analysis of newsworthy stories in international courts, treaties, and international law
ASIL International Law in Brief: Abstracts of and links to new primary documents in international law, updates ILM
International Law Update is a monthly publication with recent international law opinions of U.S., foreign, and international courts, international agreements, and other international law documents. Available on Westlaw, Lexis, and Hein Online.
Armed Conflict Database: Monitors transnational and internal conflicts world wide. Includes historical background and news, conflict timelines, and statistics on conflicts, peacekeeping operations, fatalities, and refugees.
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.
Recueil des cours en ligne/Hague Academy Collected Courses Online: Publications of the Hague Academy of International Law accompanying their annual courses. Browse the subject list, or see volumes 317 (2005), 159 (1978), and 73 (1948) for chapters on the peaceful settlement of disputes and on peace treaties.
The United Nations Security Council is involved in resolving international disputes. Article 24(1) of the UN Charter provides that the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.
- Repertoire of Practice of the Security Council: Publication summarizing the work of the Security Council, including dispute resolution. Arranged by articles of the UN Charter – see Chapter VI for pacific settlement of disputes. Includes citations to resolutions and other documents.
- Highlights of Security Council Practice: Summaries of Security Council actions for more recent years.
- Security Council Resolutions: Tables of resolutions arranged by year and number, with topic headings, usually states and regions with armed conflicts. Volumes of resolutions and decisions are under Security Council Documents.
- Security Council Documents: Search for Security Council Documents by date or citation.
- UN Official Document System (ODS): Full-text, searchable database of all official UN documentation since 1993 (except sales publications and treaties), Security Council resolutions since 1946
- United Nations Rule of Law Document Repository: News and documents on the UN's work in the field of rule of law. Tools include official UN documents and UN standards, resolutions, reports, guidance materials, and training materials. Themes include peacebuilding, constitution-making, and transitional justice. The site also has links to other databases on the rule of law, from the United Nations and other international organizations.
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.
- CRS (Congressional Research Service) reports for Congress with brief analysis of issues, including on foreign policy and on specific world conflicts. Find CRS Report collections in:
- US State Department collection of CRS Reports
- FAS (Federation of American Scientists) Collection of CRS Reports
- Proquest Congressional (subscription database): A more complete collection than the free sources and searchable.
- 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 new documents on international law, particularly U.S. materials.
Treaties and Travaux Préparatoires
Treaties and other international agreements are the basic documents of international law. They may be cited in your work on international negotiation, or they may be useful for providing language used in other international agreements.
- UN Treaties Collection: Text and status of United Nations treaties. Includes the UNTS, recently deposited treaties, certified true copies, and status of treaties. Multilateral and bilateral treaties are deposited with the UN Secretary-General, including but not limited to UN treaties. Search for treaties in the UN Treaty Series database, or find by popular name. Results include pdfs of treaties in the UNTS.
- Hein Online UN Treaty Search: Find treaties in the United Nations Treaty Series by number, country, title, date, or keyword.
- Sources of State Practice in International Law (KZ64 .S67 2014). Chapters by country with treaty background and procedure, and bibliographies of treaty sources.
Background documents or “legislative history” on the negotiation 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
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.
Armed Conflict Database: Timelines and statistics on international conflicts, with articles of summaries and trends, and selected expert commentary.
United States Institute of Peace: Independent institute funded by Congress. Articles and analysis by country and issue area on conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
International Court of Justice (Reports of Judgments also found in Westlaw, Lexis, and Hein Online): Judgments and court documents on disputes between sovereign states, frequently disputes over borders and territory. The court's website includes pending cases, oral and written proceedings, orders, and summaries of judgments and orders, as well as Rules of Court and Practice Directions.
Oxford Reports on International Law: Decisions of international courts, of domestic courts on international law, and awards of arbitral bodies. Search, browse by jurisdiction or state party, or find Settlement of Disputes in the subject list.
Permanent Court of Arbitration: Resolution of disputes between states. Not all cases before the court are available.
International Environmental Law
UNEP (UN Environmental Programme): Documents and reports on environmental policy and programs, including a sub-programme on disasters and conflicts.
ECOLEX: Environmental law database of treaties, plus national court decisions and legislation, with some full-text links.
FAOLEX (UN Food and Agriculture Organization): Laws and regulations on food and agriculture, including environmental laws on energy, water, and oceans, and animal laws on livestock, wild species, and ecosystems.
Global International Waters Assessment (UNEP): Regions of the world's waters, with international agreements, interested intergovernmental organizations, and environmental projects.
Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database (Oregon State University): Databases of international freshwater treaties, historical water relations events, and international river basin organizations.