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Legal Research Manual

This edition of Legal Research Manual builds on many previous editions. While the manual is designed principally for use with the first year legal research classes, upper year law students will also find it a useful reference.

International Legal Materials

International Legal Materials is a key periodical that reproduces primary international legal documents including caselaw, UN documents, and international agreements. Each document is prefaced by an introductory note that summarizes the primary document and identifies its significance to international law. ILM is published by the American Society of International Law.

Treaties and International Agreements

Treaties can be referred to with a number of different names including conventions, agreements, covenants, protocols, and accords. They can be bilateral (between two countries) or multilateral (between three or more countries). Locating the text, status, and ratification information for a treaty are some common legal research tasks related to treaties.

Treaties are often published in a series such as the Canada Treaty Series (Can TS) or the United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS). The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1155 UNTS 331) is the international agreement that governs the law of treaties. The below websites are a few commonly used sources for international agreements. 

International Case Law

Other international courts include regional courts like the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights, the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Central American Court of Justice, and the East African Court of Justice.