This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on Public International Law. Please consult the Library Catalogue for complete information on current titles and locations. If you require further assistance please contact us.
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This Subject Guide only lists a selection of Library resources on Public International Law. To find additional resources you will need to search the Library Catalogue, which covers the complete holdings of the Library. It is possible to search for books, journals and series of law reports by author, title or keyword. Please note it is not possible to search for individual chapters, journal articles or legislation (e.g. individual Acts or SIs).
IALS Library is mainly open access and readers are able to browse the shelves in the main collection. There are two main exceptions to this:
Please request these at the Library Enquiry Desk.
For more information on understanding the catalogue record and further guidance on the location of materials please refer to our guide Classmarks and the Location of Resources in the Library.
The Library classifies textbooks either by jurisdiction (GO13, GA2 etc.) or according to subject area, examples of which include Comparative Law (SB), Public International Law (SG) and Private International Law/ Conflict of Laws (SH).
All classmark sections have a FOL section for oversize volumes, which is located on the same floor of the Library.
When you are searching the Library Catalogue for books, please note that only the current edition is held on the open shelves or in the Short Loan collection. IALS has a rich collection of previous editions held in the closed basement and these will display a Depository number on the catalogue. Please request previous editions from the Library Enquiry Desk.
Public International Law material is shelved at SG (SG5 for general works)
The following list represents a selection of textbooks on public international law. Please check the catalogue records for further information and location. Titles marked as e-books may also be available in print. Access from home requires your IALS library barcode and your family name. E books with 'open access' status on the catalogue are available to all users of this guide.
Aust, A. Modern treaty law and practice 3rd ed. 2013
Amerasinghe, C. Principles of the institutional law of international organizations 2nd ed. 2005
Bossche, P. van den Law and policy of the World Trade Organization: text cases and materials. 4th ed. 2017
Brownlie, I. Brownlie's principles of public international law 9th ed. 2019 OUP (e-book)
Brownlie, I. International law and the use of force by states 1963
Cassese, A. International law 2nd ed. 2005
Cassese, A. International criminal law 3rd ed. 2013
Chuah, J. Law of international trade: cross-border commercial transactions 5th ed. 2013
Conforti, B. Law and practice of the United Nations. 4th ed. 2010
Crawford, J. Brownlie’s principles of public international law 8th ed. 2012
Crawford, P. Creation of states in international law 2nd ed. 2006
Dinstein, Y. The conduct of hostilities under the law of international international armed conflict. 3rd ed. 2015
Dinstein, Y. War, aggression and self-defence 6th ed. 2017
Evans, M. (ed.) Blackstone’s international law documents 11th ed. 2013
Evans, M. International law 5th ed. 2018
Gray, C. International law and the use of force 4th ed. 2018
Harris, D.J. Cases and materials on international law 8th ed. 2015
Higgins, R. Problems and process: international law and how we use it 1994
Higgins, R and others . Oppenheim's international law. United Nations 2017 OUP (e-book)
McNair, A. Law of treaties 1961
Mullerson, R.A. Ordering anarchy: international law in international society 2000
Oppenheim, L. International law. Vol. 1, Peace ed. Jennings & Watts 9th ed. 1992 OUP (e-book 1996)
Oppenheim, L. International law. Vol. 2, Disputes, War and Neutrality 7th ed. 1952
Orakhelashvili, A ed. Akehurst’s modern introduction to international law 9th ed. 2022
Qureshi, A. & Ziegler, A. International economic law 3rd ed. 2011
Schabas, W. An introduction to the international criminal court 6th ed. 2020 CUP (e-book)
Schermers, H. International institutional law : unity within diversity 5th ed. 2011
Shaw, M. International law 8th ed. 2017
Simma, B. Charter of the United Nations: a commentary 3rd ed. 2012
IALS Library holds a wide selection of current serial titles on public international law from many different jurisdictions. These are located on all floors of the Library. Some titles are only in printed volumes while others or available in both formats. For more detailed help, please refer to the guide on Finding journal articles. The following titles focus particularly on Public international law but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals.
If you are interested in legislation or cases concerning public international law issues in specific countries you will need to consult the serials in SG.
Consult the Library Catalogue to find the general classmark for the subject area you require. Consult consolidations of legislation, digests or indexes to trace particular acts or cases.
Academic users may also use databases like Lexis/Westlaw to find UK, US, EU or international decisions. For further information please refer to Law Databases or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.
Please refer to the serials section of this guide to find specific law report series.
A valuable free source is BAILII, the British and Irish Legal information Institute which is based and maintained at IALS. It provides free access to full text UK judgments and legislation on a wide range of subjects including public international law and also links to other free World Law databases. Jurisdictions covered in these resources include Commonwealth countries eg. AustLII (Australia) and CanLII (Canada), France, Germany, Italy, the USA and South Africa.
The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on public international law.
ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law
United Nations Treaty Collection
European Court of Human Rights
Gabriela Femenia. Researching League of Nations Documents. Updated 2020
Jonathan Pratter. À la recherché des Travaux Préparatoires: an approach to researching the drafting history of international agreements. (Globalex) Updated 2021
Linda Tashbook. Researching the United Nations (Globalex). Updated 2016