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Purpose of this guide

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.

Public International Law: quick start

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Superseded editions are available on the Ground Floor.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 

Related Bodleian guides

Below are links to take you to other Law Bod guides to some of the specific topics within public international law

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