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Law - Public International

Key Legal Databases

Thomson Reuters Westlaw 

Full text access to case law, statutes, adminstrative materials, annotated reports, law reviews, current affairs, etc, from Hong Kong, the US, the UK, Canada & EU.


Full text primary and secondary legal materials in all areas of law. The main focus is US law, but there is also substantial international coverage.


Full text legal journals, reviews, books, cases, statutes, etc. predominantly from the US.


A gateway to legislation, cases, treaties, journals and other material from dozens of international jurisdictions.

Find these and more: Law Research databases.


If the title of the law report or journal is abbreviated, you will need to find the full title before searching MultiSearch.

Useful legal abbreviation indexes include:

International Law Timeline

Oxford University Press have created a history of international law, running from 1494 to the present. 

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About this guide

Welcome to the Public International Law LibGuide! This guide provides you with a starting point for your research. It has information on:

  • Finding Public International Law cases
  • Finding Public International Law legal commentary
  • Finding Treaties
  • Finding recommended readings
  • Researching your assignment
  • Referencing and citation assistance

Just click on the tabs at the top of the guide to view each page.

What is public international law?

Public international law is 'The legal system governing the relationships between countries; more modernly, the law of international relations, embracing not only countries but also such participants as international organizations and individuals (such as those who invoke their human rights or commit war crimes)'.

Thomson Reuters Westlaw, Black's Law Dictionary