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.
International Case Law
International Court of Justice (also found in Westlaw, Lexis, and Hein Online): Judgments and court documents on disputes between sovereign states.
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.
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:
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.
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.
United Nations & IGOs
Primary resources of the organizations that are involved in treaties and international disputes.
- International Court of Justice (also found in Westlaw, Lexis, and Hein Online): Judgments and court documents on disputes between sovereign states.
- 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.
- Security Council Resolutions: Tables of resolutions arranged by year and number, with topic headings, usually states and regions with armed conflicts.
- Permanent Court of Arbitration: Resolution of disputes between states. Not all cases before the court are available.
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 documents on international law, particularly U.S. materials.
- Other ASIL publications and resources: American Journal of International Law, ASIL Newsletter, ASIL Insights.
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