This guide is intended for students and researchers studying public international law at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.
Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for public international law, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.
This guide's aim is to give a general introduction to the international legal system of the post World War Two world, its institutions, challenges, and evolution.
If your research includes earlier periods please see also Legal History: International Law
Please also check the options in the left hand column - there may be a guide for a specific public international law topic.
Below are a some of the online resources particularly useful when studying this area of law; please consult other pages in this guide to discover more.
Databases and book platforms
Resources on the free web
Public International law collection have shelf marks beginning Internat.
The current collection is on Level 3 of the Law Bod, one floor above the level at which you enter the library.
The material is arranged as follows: treaties: law reports : post-2000 journals: bibliographies: dictionaries: texts/monographs.
Superseded editions are available on the Ground Floor. On SOLO search results look for "sec coll" at the end of the shelf marks.
Some titles are only available in print:
The LawBod has its own classification system for the subject arrangement of public international law books.
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
Below are links to take you to other Law Bod guides to some of the specific topics within public international law