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International Criminal Law: Books

Finding ebooks and books in the Bodleian Law Library

Use the tabs above to understand how the Law Bod's collection is arranged. There is an Enquiry Desk on Level 2, just as you enter the main Reading Room: please do come and have a word if you are having any difficulty in using the library.

Help with finding books

The Law Library's collection is fully catalogued on SOLO, Oxford  University's online resource discovery tool.

Broad subject searches to get your research started include;

International criminal law  

International crimes 

International criminal courts 
International Criminal Court  
Criminal procedure (International law)  
Criminal liability (International law)  

Crimes against humanity

War crimes  
War crime trials 

For those wishing to learn more about using searches, we recommend the following:

Looking for a Reading List title?

When you search SOLO for books on your Oxford Law Faculty Reading List you may find that the location is shown as Law Library Reserve Collection. Books in this collection must be asked for at the Enquiry Desk on Level 2. Please remember to bring your Oxford University Card or your Bodleian Reader's Card when you come to the Desk.
Note.  The books in the Reserve Collection are available to all categories of readers, not just those on the particular course.

In the Law Reserve collection, public international law books have shelf marks beginning KC - as in the example below.

The majority of works in the Law Bod for this topic will have shelf marks beginning Internat. They are shelved on Level 3, one floor above the entrance level to the library readers have both stairs and a lift at their disposal.

Below are some general overviews. For futher guidance on particular courts and aspects of international criminal law please see the links in the box to the right which will take you to other pages in this guide.

Recommended subject searches to use in SOLO include

Criminal procedure (International law)
International criminal courts -- Rules and practice

The Law Bod has its own in-house classification system for the subject arrangement of public international law books on Level 3.

Air law  Internat 640

Atomic energy  Internat 600

Dependent states and special regimes  Internat 535

Economic law  Internat 590

European Court of Human Rights: literature Internat 575

General and theory Internat 500

History  Internat 510

Human rights  Internat 570

International crimes  Internat 580

International relations  Internat 660

Jurisdiction of states  Internat 560

Law of the sea and waterways  Internat 630

Nationality  Internat 565

Recognition   Internat 545

Servitudes  Internat 550

Social legislation and organisation  Internat 610

Space law  Internat 650

State responsibility  Internat 555

State succession  Internat 540

The state (as a legal entity)  Internat 530

Title to territory  Internat 520

Transport and communications (except sea, air and space)  Internat 620

Treaties (theory etc.)  Internat 670

International organisations History and general  Internat 680

General and regional political organisations Internat 681

League of Nations: general Internat 685

League of Nations: publications (series) Internat 686

United Nations: general  Internat 687

United Nations: publications (series)  Internat 688

Peace and disarmament Internat 700

International disputes and arbitration  General and theory  Internat 710 

Individual arbitration tribunals: literature Internat 740

International courts and tribunals: general Internat 720

Permanent Court of Arbitration: literature  Internat 730

Permanent Court of International Justice and the International Court of Justice: literature  Internat 725

Termination of war (including specific peace treaties)  Internat 760 

As SOLO is a union catalogue you may find that other parts of the Bodleian have works which would support your research. Three likely examples are:

Arguments over the definition of a "just war" for example may lead you to the collection of the

Topics and Courts

Topic or aspect

For particular courts and tribunals 

Inter-library requests

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the book you are looking for, we may be able to source it through Oxford's inter-library request service.

Recommend a book

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the print or ebook you are looking for, you can make a recommendation by completing the form below (Oxford Single-Sign On required).