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Paper Topic Development: International & Comparative: Texts of Cases and Arbitral Awards

Sources to identify articles, dissertations, books, case documents, and treaties when writing an international or comparative law paper.

Oxford Reports on International Law Database

Oxford Reports on International Law contains the following modules:

  • International Courts of General Jurisdiction
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Investment Claims
  • International Law in Domestic Courts

View decisions by subject or search by keywords.

Through Advanced Search, one can search a specific module of cases by keywords (if one wishes, one can use keywords from a list created by Oxford), by content type or by foreign jurisdiction.

Each decision links to Oxford Law Citator.  A researcher might obtain cites to related cases through this Citator.  In the Citator entry for a decision, check for links: "This item is discussed by"; and "This item is mentioned by." 

(Access subscription ORIL on campus, in BLS housing, and elsewhere off campus if one has implemented the proxy instructions.)

Other Sources of Foreign Case Law

The World Law Guide: Courts and Cases

Links to decisions of high courts in many countries. Foreign courts might not provide decisions in English.

World Legal Information Institute: Category: Courts and Case Law

This free "legal research facility" includes the ability to search for cases by topic International Courts & Tribunals or by country.

Westlaw China subscription database

Includes English-language "Case Headnotes" (with links to full-text cases in Chinese) for selected topics.  Tab: "Legislation & Regulations" includes judicial interpretations of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China.

(Accessible on campus, in BLS housing, and elsewhere off campus if one has implemented the proxy instructionsPlease log out after use of this database.)

Canadian cases: HeinOnline's Canada Supreme Court Reports

(Access subscription HeinOnline databases on campus, in BLS housing, and elsewhere off campus if one has implemented the proxy instructions.)   

South African cases: Jutastat

A BLS researcher could make an appointment with Jean Davis to learn how to search this subscription database.  It includes Juta's South African Law Reports and a database of unreported decisions. 

(BLS username/password required.)

U.K. cases (+ Privy Council Appeal cases) published in The Law Reports + Weekly Law Reports: ICLR Online (PDF) -- tip: cases published in The Law Reports, Appeal Cases have the reporter abbreviation: A.C.

In SARA catalog record for ICLR Online, right after the words "online access," click red link to: ICLR   

U.K. cases: Lawtel UK > Case Law

Includes High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division decisions unreported elsewhere.

(Access subscription Lawtel database on campus, in BLS housing, and elsewhere off campus if one has implemented the proxy instructions.)

ICJ Statute, Cases, Memorials & Digest

HeinOnline's United Nations Law Collection 

Includes ICJ cases and advisory opinions (PDF).

(Access subscription HeinOnline databases on campus, in BLS housing, and elsewhere off campus if one has implemented the proxy instructions.)

International Court of Justice Statute 

International Court of Justice Cases (PDF)

This redesigned free ICJ website offers many ways to search for ICJ judgments, advisory opinions and orders.

International Court of Justice, Publications of the Permanent Court of International Justice (1922-1946) (PDF)

Westlaw: International Court of Justice Decisions (star-pages, not PDF)

Provides many search features.

ICJ Digest (up to 2000) ("World Court Digest") provided by Max Planck Institute

 

Other UN-Affiliated Courts & Tribunals

United Nations:  Uphold International Law

Links to websites of UN-affiliated courts and tribunals.                                                                                                                                                          

HeinOnline's United Nations Law Collection 

Includes UNCITRAL & ITLOS publications.

(Access subscription HeinOnline databases on campus, in BLS housing, and elsewhere off campus if one has implemented the proxy instructions.)

Reports of International Arbitral Awards

Investment Treaty Arbitration

Investor State Law Guide (subscription database, available via range of IP address access at BLS Library.)

Click: ACCESS ONLINE VERSION.

International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Cases (database) (PDF)

Search for a decision or award by name of claimant, name or respondent or case number.

ICSID Reports (vols.)

Available in print in BLS Library.

ICSID Review (vols.)

Available in print in BLS Library.  Includes articles, cases and other documents about investment law and international business transactions.

Iran-United States Claims Tribunal Reports

International Law Reports

International Law Reports (vols.)

Available in print in BLS Library.

International Legal Materials

International Legal Materials (database & vols.)

International law-oriented document collection that often reproduces cases.  Available in print in BLS Library and through subscription HeinOnline database.

Westlaw & Lexis Advance

Both Westlaw and Lexis Advance provide U.S. cases concerning international law and cases of selected international courts and tribunals.  Regarding foreign cases available through law school license agreements with these vendors: focus = cases of selected common-law oriented jurisdictions.

Westlaw:

> International Materials > select jurisdiction, view available material

Click: Lexis Advance Research:

> Explore Content: International > select jurisdiction, view available material