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Law - International Law

This guide highlights some resources that can be used for researching public international law.

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Introduction

This guide highlights some resources that can be used for researching public international law.  Instructions for accessing library databases from off-campus are available here.

Public international law is the body of law that governs the legal rights, duties and obligations between nation states and inter-governmental organizations.

Article 38 (1) of the Statute of the International Court of Justice outlines the primary sources of international law:

  • international treaties or conventions.  If a treaty applies to a particular situation, it is the primary legal authority.
  • international custom, evolving from the practice of states
  • general principles of law recognized by civilized nations
  • judicial decisions and scholarly ‘teachings’