Jumpstart Your Foreign and International Research. Anna K. Teller Dee J. Kelly Law Library Texas Wesleyan University School of Law SWALL April 6, 2006. Planning Your Strategy. Places to Start Secondary Sources or Primary Sources Secondary Sources Commentary
Anna K. Teller
Dee J. Kelly Law Library
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
April 6, 2006
Places to Start
Secondary Sources or Primary Sources
Restatement of the Law Third, Foreign Relations Law of the United States
Public International Law In a Nutshell
Linda M. Keller, Is Truth Serum Torture?, 20 Am. U. Int’l L. Rev. 521 (2005).
Code of India, Children (Pledging of Labour) Act, 1933
Extradition Treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom, signed 1972
Agreement Between the USA and the Republic of Estonia on the Protection and Preservation of Certain Cultural Properties
Zino Davidoff SA v. A and G Imports Ltd., et al.,Decision of European Court of Justice
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Regulation of Food Product Importers under the Bioterrorism Act
Customary International Humanitarian Law
Print Finding Aids
Kavass’ Guide to Treaties in Force
Electronic Finding Aids
Invisible Web Searches
Librarians’ Internet Index http://www.lii.org
Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL) http://www.eisil.org
Harvard Law School Library Guide http://www.law.harvard.edu/library/services/research /guides/international/web_resources/
Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
Guide to International Legal Research, George Washington University Law School International Law Review (2005).
Mark W. Janis, An Introduction to International Law (4th ed. 2003).
Martindale Hubbell International Law Digest (2004).
Three focus areas of this presentation:
Public International Law refers to the law between or among nations. This area of the law includes treaties, agreements, and conventions.
Private International Law covers issues of choice of laws involving private actors across international boundaries. This is generally referred to in the United States as “conflict of laws.”
Foreign Law refers to the domestic laws of a particular, non-U.S. country, such as Holland or Japan.
Two additional areas:
Comparative Law is the study and comparative evaluation of the differences and similarities in several legal systems.
Transnational Law refers to law where public international law, private international law and comparative law intersect and overlap.
Defined: Public International Law refers to the law between or among nations. This area of the law includes treaties, agreements, and conventions.
United States Treaties and Other International Agreements (UST)
International Legal Materials (ILM)
Treaties and Other International Acts (TIAS)
Treaties in Force (TIF)
Consolidated Treaties and International Agreements (CTIA)
Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL)
International Court of Justice
Yale’s Avalon Project
United Nations Treaty Collection
American Society of International Law Guide
Eur-Lex Portal to EU Law
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
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