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Levin College of Law

Foreign, Comparative, and International Law

This research guide provides an overview of foreign, comparative, and international law resources available at UF Law.

International (Public) Law Research: Key Points

International (public) law is the law governing relationships between countries, international organizations, individuals who invoke human rights or commit war crime violations, or any combination of those parties. Disputes in international (public) law are often solved via international diplomacy and/or litigation in an international tribunal.

International (Public) Law Research: Steps

  1. If your topic is international (public) law, read articles, books, and guides to identify relevant treaties and international agreements, foreign laws, customary laws, and/or rules and regulations of international organizations.
  2. Note relevant citations to the appropriate law(s).
  3. Find the law(s) by interpreting citations.

International (Public) Law Research Guides & Databases

International Law Journals - both Public and Private

There are thousands of legal articles on the subjects of public and private international law and these articles are published in a variety of legal journals.  For a few journals on international law, see below.  For additional articles on public and/or private international law, search HeinOnlineWestlawNextLexis Advance and/or Kluwer Arbitration.

Examples of International Courts & Tribunals

Check out the websites of international courts and tribunals for information about their jurisdiction and their case decisions.  The following are a few examples, but Harvard provides much more.

Examples of International Organizations

There are generally two types of international organizations: (1) intergovernmental organizations (IGO) funded by national governments and (2) nongovernmental organizations (NGO) funded by private citizens.  Go here for a list of IGOs and here for a list of NGOs.  The following are some examples:

Books about International (Public) Law