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International & Foreign Resources

The following resources pertain to Foreign and International law.  To locate other databases licensed by the Law Library, browse the other Electronic Resources web pages, use the Search function at the top of this web page, or see our List of Databases.

See the resource annotations to identify licensed databases, Internet resources and access restrictions.

International Resources

Hein Online's Foreign and International Law Resources Database
This full-text database contains international law research collections, including international yearbooks and periodicals, U.S. Law Digests pertaining to international law, International Tribunals/Judicial Decisions and more.  It contains many hard to find, historical collections. 
(Licensed database; Access provided to College of Law and all Syracuse University authorized users.)

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History
This online version of the print publication provides both historical and contemporay comparisons of the world legal systems.
(Licensed database; Access provided to College of Law and all Syracuse University authorized users.)

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
This leading reference work in international law contains articles written by over 800 scholars and practitioners from all over the world. This latest edition reflects modern developments with greatly increased coverage of international criminal law, international dispute settlement, trade law and environmental law.
(Licensed database; Access provided to College of Law and all Syracuse University authorized users.)

International Law Metapages

Internet Research Guides: "How To" Sources

Introduction to International Law Research Pathfinder
This guide provides information about print, microform and online international law resources available in the H. Douglas Barclay Law Library. (PDF file)

Impunity Watch
This online publication aims at providing current information about state violations of citizens' rights.  It provides open message boards for those suffering to speak out and for those interested to make comments/suggestions, as well as daily regional reports and timely formal papers on issues of impunity. (Free Internet Resource; Open Access)

Hein Online's United Nations Law Collection
This full-text resource contains the complete collection of the United Nations Treaty Series, International Court of Justice documents, Reports of Judgments Advisory Opinions, Reports of International Arbitral Awards and more.  (Licensed database; Access provided to College of Law and all Syracuse University authorized users.)

Access UN
This index to UN documents includes Official Records, masthead documents, draft resolutions, meeting records, UN sales publications, and the UN Treaty Series citations. Also includes the full-text of many UN documents.  (Licensed database; Access provided to College of Law and all Syracuse University authorized users.)

United Official Document System
This full-text web resource covers all types of official United Nations documentation orginating from duty stations worldwide, including selective documents of the regional commissions. Comprehensive coverage starts in 1993. Selective coverage of General Assembly and Security Council documentation currently extends back to 1985. This resource also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards. (Free Internet Resource; Open Access)

United Nations Treaty Collection
This database includes the League of Nations Treaty series, in addition to the UN Treaty series.  Also includes:  Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General, Recently Deposited Multilateral Treaties, and Titles of the Multilateral Treaties deposited with the Secretary-General in the UN official languages. (Free Internet Resource; Open Access)

This research tool contains primary source documents relating to international trade law, a full search engine for General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and World Trade Organization decisions, analysis of new WTO Panel and Appellate Body reports, and a large collection of related web links. (Licensed database; Access provided to College of Law users only)

Foreign Resources

Constitutions of the World
This database contains the full text (English translations) of the constitutions of more than 190 countries. It also includes Introductory and Comparative Notes that examine recent amendments, as well as pertinent historical, political, and economic information for each country. (Licensed database; Single User access only; Access provided to College of Law users only.)

Foreign Law Guide
This comprehensive online database, formerly a loose-leaf service, contains current sources of codes and basic legislation in jurisdictions throughout the world.  (Licensed database; Access provided to College of Law users only.)

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
Indexes articles and book reviews including journals, essay collections, festschrifts, and congress reports from 1985 to the present. Covers international law (public and private), comparative law, and municipal law of countries other than the United States, British Isles, and British Commonwealth. Updated quarterly. (Licensed database; Access provided to College of Law users only.)

Law Now
This open access publication on Canadian law provides unique insights into changing social conditions by examining and reflecting on life issues from the perspective of the law. Its editorial team includes Canadian lawyers, education specialists, writers, librarians, and legal editors. (Free Internet resource; Open Access.)