United States Law: The laws of the United States, how they give force to the international legal order and how they are themselves shaped by international agreement and the international legal consensus, make them an important source of International Law. The most essential source of United States law is of course the Constitution of the United States of America. Statutes (the United States Code) and Regulations (the Code of Federal Regulations) may be found at the following links and also in Lexis Advance, WestLaw and Bloomberg Law. Print versions of these resources are generally available in the Library’s collection; consult the Library’s Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) or a Reference Librarian:
The Constitution of the United States of America.
United States Case Law: Depending upon the forum and the claims involved in the particular case, a researcher may need to find United States cases to fully research their international law question.
Court websites (Federal courts and federal courts in Pennsylvania):
Court websites for other jurisdictions in the United States are available online.
Treaties: Treaties are agreements between various sovereignties, and are an indispensable source of law in international law research. For more on treaties to which the United States is a party, see the Villanova Law Library’s Research Guides webpage for a guide on U.S. Treaties. For information on multilateral treaties and other international agreements, see:
Information from International Courts and Tribunals: Some resources for case decisions and related information from international courts and tribunals may be found at the following suggested sites:
Other international courts and tribunals may be found online.
International Business Arbitration: For information regarding international business and trade arbitration, see the following suggested websites:
Foreign Law: Foreign law is the law of foreign sovereignties. Use the following resources to locate the laws of individual nations:
CONSTITUTIONS OF THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD (A.P. Bluestein & G.H. Flans, eds. 1971) (K3157 .A2 B61 1971).
Cornell University Law School—Legal Information Institute (LLI): Resources on foreign and international law.
ILO NATLEX: Database of national labor, social security and related human rights legislation.
Foreign Law Guide: Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World; available through the Villanova Law Library Databases page.
Globalex: Foreign, comparative and international law research guide, compiled by the Hauser Global Law School Program, New York University School of Law.
LLRX.com Comparative/Foreign Law Research Guide: Resources for researching foreign and international law.
Washburn University School of Law—Wash Law Legal Research on the Web: Database of foreign and international law, maintained by the Staff of Washburn University School of Law Library.
World Legal Information Institute: Database of resources for researching global legal systems.