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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 international law in the United States. 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.


Starting Points

Research Guides:  Find resources and links on international law

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law: Detailed articles on international law topics, with citations, document lists, and bibliographies. Includes links to documents and the Oxford Law Citator for finding citation form and related citing documents.

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

Restatement of the Law - The Foreign Relations of Law of the United States:  Principles of U.S. foreign relations and international law, with citations to cases, treatises and secondary sources. Available online through Westlaw , Lexis, and Hein Onlineand at Range 301.

CRS (Congressional Research Service) reports are prepared for congressional committees and staff on topics including international law and U.S. foreign policy. Find a complete collection on Proquest Congressional, a free searchable database on, and less exhaustive lists by topic on the websites of the U.S. State Department , the University of Maryland Law Libraryand the Federation of American Scientists. 




Books and Treatises

Blank, Laurie and Gregory Noone, International Law and Armed Conflict: Fundamental Principles and Contemporary Challenges in the Law of War, Course Reserves KZ6385 .B53 2013

From Cold War to Cyber War: The Evolution of the International law of Peace and Armed Conflict over the Last 25 Years KZ6355 .F76 2016

Non-International Armed Conflicts in International Law KZ6355 .D56 2014

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

Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law, Oxford Public International Law

Oppenheim's International Law, Oxford Public International Law

Hague Academy Collected Courses on International Law/Recueil des Course en Ligne: Annual course materials on subjects in international law. Search the collection for courses related to armed intervention. On Hein Online

Emory Library collections: Search discoverE (the library online catalog) for books on international law and the law of armed interventions. Use the subject search War (International Law) or Intervention (International Law). For print materials, international law can be found, in general, in the KZs, and international relations in the JZs, with works on treaties and international agreements at KZ118-194 and works on enforced settlement of international disputes at KZ6350-6785. DiscoverE also includes records for e-books, with links.


Journal Articles

Search law review articles on Westlaw , Lexis, and Hein Online.

You might also search for articles in social science and interdisciplinary journals.

discoverE: The catalog for the Emory libraries is also a database for searching articles in multiple campus databases. Log in first as an Emory user. Use the Combined tab, search, then refine your search results by topic. Results will include links to the articles in multiple (but not all) campus databases.

Academic Search Complete: Multi-disciplinary database of full-text scholarly journals,  searchable by full-text and fields. Many articles are available in PDF images of the original journals.

 JSTOR: Full-text, pdf journals, including older volumes. Disciplines include International Relations, Law, Peace & Conflict Studies, Political Science, and Public Policy & Administration.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online): Journal articles, books, working papers, policy briefs, and reports and studies from NGOs and think tanks on international affairs and foreign relations. Filters for searches include geographical, content type, publisher, and topic (including security, international relations, conflict resolution, foreign policy, war). 

Foreign Affairs magazine.  (Council on Foreign Relations; also available on Lexisand Hein Online): Periodical on U.S. foreign policy and global affairs.

International Legal Materials (ASIL): Primary international legal documents including opinions of international and national courts on international law, US court opinions on international law,  UN resolutions, and new treaties. Available on Hein Online, Lexis, and Westlaw; current table of contents on the ASIL website. 



News and Current Awareness

Sources for updating your research, finding recent documents, and finding a paper topic.

ASIL Insights: Short articles on international law news from the American Society of International Law.

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

International Law Update (Hein OnlineWestlawLexis): Newsletter of international law cases and other international law documents.

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

The Hague Justice Portal has court calendars of the international courts at The Hague and news from the courts, including the Justice Hub blog.

Just Security blog: Blog on U.S. national security law and policy. The blog archives includes an extensive topic list. 

The Law of Armed Conflict blog: Blog on issues of the law of armed conflict, national security law, and counter terrorism. 

Lawfare blog: Blog on national security and the law of armed conflict. 

Blogs on international law can be searched using Justia BlawgSearch


International Courts and Tribunals

International Court of Justice (Reports of Judgments also found in WestlawLexis, and Hein Online): Judgments and court documents on disputes between sovereign states. The court's website includes pending cases, oral and written proceedings, orders, and summaries of judgments and orders.

The website of the International Criminal Court includes decisions of the court, investigations of the court, and rules and regulations of procedure in the Official Journal. The court's Legal Tools Database has ICC documents and legal instruments, decisions of international criminal courts and tribunals and national courts on international criminal law and human rights, and national implementing legislation. Situations and Cases lists cases before the court with documents for each case. 

Oxford Reports on International Law: Modules include International Law in Domestic Courts, International Criminal Law, and International Human Rights Law, with filters by subject and state party. The Oxford Law Citator provides citations to documents, case details, and related citing cases and documents. 


International Law of the United Nations

Charter of the United Nations

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. Find UN treaties by subject, with procedural history and documents.

Repertoire of Practice of the Security Council: Activities of the Security Council, arranged by year and by Chapter and Article of the UN Charter. More recent Security Council actions are summarized in Highlights of Security Council Practice.

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

UN General Assembly Sixth Committee: The Sixth Committee is the primary forum for the consideration of legal questions in the General Assembly. Their website includes compilations of General Assembly resolution on the recommendation of the Sixth Committee and reports related to international law.

UN Official Documents System Search: Search for full-text of United Nations Resolutions and Documents. Filter results by UN Body, language, and year.

Hein Online United Nations Law Collection: Includes treaties, ICJ judgments and opinions, International Law Commission publications, commentaries on the UN Charter, and Resolutions and Decisions of the General Assembly.



International Humanitarian Law

How Does Law Protect in War?: Online casebook from the ICRC, with introductions to the themes of international humanitarian law, practice case studies by topic, region, and document type, IHL courses, and an A to Z annotated glossary with links to documents and cases.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) International Humanitarian Law Treaties and Documents: Find treaties and documents by topic, date or country. Text of the 1949 Geneva conventions and protocols with member state information.

International Humanitarian Law National Implementation database: National caselaw and laws and regulations implementing the treaties.

ICRC Resource Centre: Search publications or find by issue or category.  The database includes reports, articles, guides, and annual reports related to international humanitarian law.

ICRC Customary International Humanitarian Law: Analysis of the customary rules of international humanitarian law. Customary practice rules by chapter, rule, or country, with treaty articles, national military manuals, and summaries of state practice from legislation, caselaw, and official statements.

Armed Conflict Database: Statistics, news, and developments on armed conflicts worldwide, including  those involving non-state armed groups. Search the database or browse by conflict or group.


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.

Foreign Relations of the United States (also on Hein Online): Historical record of U.S. foreign policy. Volumes by administration and issue, with documents 1861-1988.

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, and less exhaustive lists by topic on the websites of the U.S. State Department , the University of Maryland Law Library, and the Federation of American Scientists (which focuses on CRS reports on national security issues).

International Legal Materials. (American Society of International Law). Available on Westlaw, Lexis, Hein Online, current table of contents on the ASIL website. New primary documents in international law, including treaties and agreements, international and national court decisions on international law, and UN resolutions and documents. 

Congressional hearings and reports: See the documents of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee:



U.S. National Security Policy

Library of Congress: Military Legal ResourcesLinks 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:

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 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

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: Information on NATO by topic

NATO Legal Deskbook (2010 2d edition)


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)

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

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