Chapter 6, Public International Law

All freely available websites are available below. Updated and new sources as well as new content follow the footnotes below, organized by section of the Coursebook.

Sample Exercises: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 (Instructors: Feel free to download and edit as you see fit. Please email us for the answer key.)

FN #1, UN Treaty Handbook
FN #2, Treaties and Other International Agreements: The Role of the United States Senate: A Study, prepared for the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, S. Print 106-71, (2001)
FN #3, Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
FN #5, Frederic Kirgis, International Agreements and U.S. Law, ASIL Insights, No. 10 (May 1997)
FN #6, Foreign Affairs Manual, Circular 175
FN #7, Treaties and Other International Agreements: The Role of the United States Senate: A Study, prepared for the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, S. Print 106-71, (2001)
FN #8, Robert E. Dalton, National Treaty Law and Practice: United States, in National Treaty Law and Practice, this document is no longer available on this website.
FN #11, Treaties in Force (TIF)
FN #12, Treaty Actions
FN #15, Thomas: Treaties
FN #16, Congressional Record (Thomas)
FN #17, Congressional Record (GPO Access)
FN #19, Statutes at Large
FN #21, Treaties and Other International Acts Series
FN #23, Senate Treaty Documents
FN #24, Senate Executive Reports
FN #25, International agreements other than treaties from 1982 – 2010 are available from the US State Department. Treaties and non-treaty international acts, as digitally published in the Treaties and Other International Acts Series (T.I.A.S.), are also available from 1986 - 2003 on the TIAS page of the US State Department site.   Note: Treaties and non-treaty international acts from 2002 and 2003 are available with a new kind of T.I.A.S. number.  As of 2002, the agreements have numbers derived from the entry-into-force date. Example:  A document with the number 02-306 came into force on March 6, 2002.  Future treaties and agreements will be added with this kind of number.
FN #26, Thomas: Treaties
FN #27, US Senate Web site, Treaties
FN #28, Thomas: Treaties
FN #29, Treaty Actions
FN #30, Dispatch
FN #32, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
FN #33, US Senate Web site, Treaties
FN #34, Foreign Relations of the United States
FN #35, Digest of United States Practice in International Law
FN #36, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (WCPD) is now available on FDsys and is called the Compilation of Presidential Documents. The Compilation of Presidential Documents collection is composed of the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents and its predecessor, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States is also available on FDsys
FN #38, Bilateral Agreements (Federal Aviation Administration)
FN #39, Bilateral Agreements, Environment (USAID), collection no longer available
FN #40, Bilateral Investment Treaties and Related Agreements (US State Dept.)
FN #41, Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties (Electronic version of the treatise compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler)
FN #42, Declassified State Department & Other Agency Documents, International Agreements
Note: In June 2007, The State Department removed its collection of international agreements from the Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room page, and has not yet announced where this
collection will be available. This collection is available at the State Department's page called Reporting International Agreements to Congress under Case Act (Text of Agreements). Coverage is back to 2006 and on the FOIA site for 2005-1982.
FN #43, International Antitrust and Consumer Protection Cooperation Agreements (FTC)
FN #44, International Judicial Assistance, Notarial Services, and Authentication of Documents (US State Dept.)
FN #45, Income Tax Treaties (IRS)
FN #46, Private International Law (US State Dept.)
FN #47, Trade Agreements (US Department of Agriculture)
FN #48, Treaty Information (US State Dept.)
FN #49, Trade Agreements (US Trade Representative)
FN #50, Trade and Related Agreements (US Department of Commerce)
FN #51, US Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Treaties and Agreements
FN #52, US Department of Energy, International Agreements Database, this site is no longer available.
FN #53, International Social Security Agreements (US Social Security Administration)
FN #54, Avalon Project (Yale)
FN #55, Trade Agreements (OAS, Foreign Trade Information)
FN #59, Government Gazettes Online
FN #61, Australian Treaties Library
FN #62, Base Pacte
FN #63, WorldLII Web Directory
FN #64, Foreign and International Law Resources: An Annotated Guide to Web Sites Around the World: International Treaties, this site is no longer available
FN #67, World Treaty Index (beta)
FN #71, ECOLEX
FN #72, Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators
FN #73, FAO Conventions and Agreements
FN #74, Council of Europe, European Treaties
FN #75, Hague Conventions on Private International Law
FN #76, International Humanitarian Law (ICRC)
FN #77, ILOLEX (International Labour Organization)
FN #78, Inter-American Treaties
FN #79, International Fisheries Treaty Database, this site is now called Ocean Law Publishing
FN #80, NATO Basic Texts, now called NATO Official texts
FN #81, Peace Agreements Digital Collection (USIP)
FN #83, WIPO Treaties
FN #85, Chemical Weapons Convention
FN #86, OECD Anti-Bribery Convention: National Implementing Legislation
FN #87, Jonathan Pratter, À la Recherche des Travaux Préparatoires: An Approach to Researching the Drafting History of International Agreements (Globalex)
FN #88, United Nations Documentation: Research Guide
FN #89, Anne Burnett, ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law: International Organizations
FN #91, CISG Database
FN #92, CISG-online.ch
FN #93, UNILEX
FN #94, Case Law on UNCITRAL Texts (CLOUT)
FN #95, International Child Abduction Database (Hague)
FN #96, Electronic System for International Law (EISIL)
FN #97, Foreign and International Law Resources: An Annotated Guide to Web Sites Around the World (Harvard Law Library), this site is no longer available
FN #98, Multilaterals Project
FN #99, Washlaw Web—Treaties
FN #101, Avalon Project: Alphabetical Title List, this list is no longer available
FN #102, Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations (2006). The second edition (2009) is only available in print, see the Journal of International Law and Politics website for more information.
FN #103, Frequently-Cited Treaties and Other International Instruments (University of Minnesota Law Library)
FN #104, Jill Watson, ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law: Treaties
FN #105, ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law
FN #106, Marci Hoffman, Researching U.S. Treaties and Agreements (LLRX), update is forthcoming
FN #109, Researching Public International Law (Columbia Law School Library)
FN #113, International Law Commission Yearbook
FN #115, Swiss National Commission for the Publication of Diplomatic Documents
FN #116, American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States
FN #117, Foreign Relations of the United States
FN #119, Swiss Diplomatic Documents (DDS)
FN #120, Links to collections of diplomatic papers for other countries
FN #122, Government Gazettes Online
FN #124, Military and Paramilitary Activities (Nicar. v. U.S.), 1986 I.C.J. 14 (June 27) (ICJ)
FN #125, Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, Advisory Opinion, 1996 I.C.J. 226
(July 8) (ICJ)
FN #127, UN Documents
FN #128, UN Bibliographic Information System (UNBISNET)
FN #130, Digest of United States Practice in International Law (US State Dept.)
FN #131, United Kingdom 's Foreign and Commonwealth Office
FN #132, Australia 's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
FN #133, Germany’s Auswartiges Amt
FN #134, Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs
FN #135, Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council
FN #137, International Law Commission
FN #139, Permanent Court of International Justice decisions
FN #140, WorldCourts Web site
FN #141, World Court Digest
FN #142, International Court of Justice (ICJ)
FN # 144, Germain's International Court Research Guide
FN #145, Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ)
FN #146, European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)
FN #148, Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
FN #150, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal
FN #151, Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR)
FN #152, International Criminal Court (ICC)
FN #153, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
FN #154, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
FN #155, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
FN #156, Iraqi Special Tribunal, this site is no longer available
FN #157, Khmer Rouge Trials
FN #158, Khmer Rouge Trial Task Force, this site is no longer available
FN #159, Serious Crimes Unit, East Timor
FN #160, Special Court for Sierra Leone
FN #161, Commonwealth and International Human Rights Case Law Databases (Interights)
FN #162, Hague Justice Portal
FN #163, Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT), this site has not been updated recently
FN #164, African International Courts and Tribunals, this site has not been updated recently
FN #165, World Courts
FN #166, WorldLII: International Courts & Tribunals Project
FN #167, WorldLII: International Courts & Tribunals Directory
FN #173, International Law Commission

Updated/New Sources & Content

References to page numbers in parentheses refer to pages in the Coursebook

Section II.E.2. US Treaties and Agreements: Full-Text Sources, Current Sources

The 1998-2003 volumes of Treaties and Other International Acts Series (T.I.A.S.) are now available on the State Department website. (See page 89.)
Some additional US agreements are available from the State Department’s page entitled Reporting International Agreements to Congress under Case Act. (See page 89.)
Thomas:  Treaties.  Coverage now extends back to the 90th Congress.   (However, the Senate Treaty Documents, on the GPO Access site, still go back only to the 104th Congress.). (See page 91.)

Section III.A. Treaties Where the US is not a Party and Multilateral Treaties: General Sources for Treaties and Agreements

The United Nations Treaty Series, along with the older League of Nations Treaty Series, is available on the web without a subscription.  The UN’s treaty website offers free access to the treaties and to the Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General (under the “Status of Treaties (MTDSG)” link).  New treaties are included in the main treaty database.
HeinOnline is now offering subscriptions to the United Nations Law Collection which includes the United Nations Treaty Series and other UN publications and documents. (See page 98.)

Section III.C.1. Treaties Where the US in not a Party and Multilateral Treaties: Multilateral Treaties, Indexes and Finding Tools

Flare Index to Treaties
The Flare Index to Treaties is a searchable database of basic information on over 1,500 of the most significant multilateral treaties from 1856 to the present, with information on how to locate the treaty online or in print. The Flare Index is searchable by several elements: keywords, title, popular name, conclusion date, place where treaty was concluded, and more.

Section III.F. Treaties Where the US is not a Party and Multilateral Treaties: Background Information (Commentary, Treaty Interpretation, and Travaux Preparatoires)

The International Law Reports (I.L.R.) are now available as a subscription database from Justis. (See page 107.)
Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL) is a subscription service providing international law jurisprudence from a variety of international courts and tribunals as well as domestic cases on international law issues.

Section III.J. Treaties Where the US is not a Party and Multilateral Treaties: Research Guides

Marci Hoffman & Robert C. Berring, International Legal Research in a Nutshell (2008).
J. Paul Lomio & Henrik Spang-Hanssen, Legal Research Methods in the US and Europe (2d ed. 2008). 

Section IV.B.2.a. Customary International Law and Generally Recognized Principles: Evidence of State Practice

Several sources of US state practice in international law, and tools for locating that practice, are now available by subscription on HeinOnline in the Foreign & International Law Resources Database.  These sources include Foreign Relations of the United States, yearbooks of international law, Digests of U.S. Practice in International Law, decisions of the Permanent Court of International Arbitration, and the Reports of International Arbitral Awards. Several international law yearbooks are also available from HeinOnline.

Section IV.B.3.c. Customary International Law and Generally Recognized Principles: Locating the Evidence

The digests for the United States-Cadwalader, Wharton, Moore, Whiteman- are available on HeinOnline in the Foreign and International Law Resources Database. (See page 118.)
The Yearbook of the United Nations is now available on the web without a subscription, back to 1945. (See page 120.) 

Section IV.D.2. Customary International Law and Generally Recognized Principles: Judicial Decisions and Writings of Publicists

The International Law Reports (I.L.R.) are now available as a subscription database from Justis. (see page 129.)
Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL) is a subscription service providing international law jurisprudence from a variety of international courts and tribunals as well as domestic cases on international law issues.