Mid-America Association of Law Libraries/Chicago Association of Law
Libraries (MAALL/CALL) Joint Meeting: "Making the Connection"
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 7-9, 2002

Making the Connection...
to the Rest of the World

Lyonette Louis-Jacques
Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law
University of Chicago D'Angelo Law Library
http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/~llou/maall-call.html (links page)
http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/~llou/making2.ppt (PowerPoint Presentation)

How to Make the Connection.

Criteria for Selecting Electronic and Print Resources.


Make/Go To Your Own Foreign and International Law Page.

Go Directly to the Source: Websites for Known Item Searches.

1. Google (or other favorite Internet search engine):

2. Related government agency, IGO, NGO, think tank, institute, etc., website (.gov, .org, .int).

United States

Department of State.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

United Nations

United Nations Treaty Collection.

Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General (updated daily).

United Nations Documentation Research Guide: International Law.

United Nations Documentation Centre (General Assembly, Security Council, and Economic and Social Council resolutions).

International Court of Justice (ICJ).

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR).

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

International Organizations

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

World Bank Group.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

World Trade Organization (WTO).

Regional Organizations

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

European Union.

EUR-Lex (EU regulations, directives, cases).

CELEX (EU law database).

European Commission: Competition (antitrust and merger decisions)

Council of Europe (CoE).

European Conventions & draft treaties.

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Organization of American States (OAS).

SICE: Foreign Trade Information System.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Amnesty International (AI).

Human Rights Watch (HRW).


Foreign Government Agencies

Canada. Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

Israel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Major Web Sites for Foreign and International Legal Research.

1. Legal Information Institute (Cornell's LII; look under "Law about..." and "Law by source or jurisdiction").

2. LLRX.com.

Comparative/Foreign Law Resource Center

International Law Resource Center

Researching U.S. Treaties and Agreements.

Researching Non-U.S. Treaties and Agreements.

3. Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law (ASIL)

Researching International Law on the Internet.

9 other chapters: Human Rights; International Commercial Arbitration; International Criminal Law; International Economic Law; International Environmental Law; Lists, Newsgroups, and Networks; Private International Law; Treaties; United Nations.

4. Guide to Foreign and International Legal Databases (NYU).

5. Harvard

Foreign and International Law Resources: An Annotated Guide to Web Sites Around the World

National Laws By Subject.

6. Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)(includes links to the World Law Index/Project DIAL and WorldLII's "Legislation" links).

Treaties Library.

7. World Bank Law Library.

8. LAWLINKS: Legal Information on the Internet.

9. Avalon Project: Documents on Law, History and Diplomacy (Yale Law School; pre-18th Century to 20th Century).

Online Databases.


International Law: U.S. treaties; tax treaties; North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) panel decisions; General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade/World Trade Organization (GATT/WTO) panel reports; GATT Basic Instruments and Selected Documents (BISD); International Legal Materials (ILM); Basic Documents of International Economic Law (BDIEL); European Court of Human Rights decisions (Council of Europe); European Union regulations, directives, decisions, cases (CELEX database) and treatises; international law journals.

Foreign Law: full texts of statutes for Argentina, Australia, Canada, Central & Eastern Europe Legal Texts, China (PRC), France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Mexico, Russia, UK (England & Wales); full texts of cases for Australia, Canada, Ireland, UK, (England & Wales), Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa Constitutional Law Reports, Scotland, Singapore, Brunei; Martindale-Hubbell International Law Digest and International Law Directory; Matthew Bender treatises (Doing Business in..., intellectual property, etc.); BBC news.

Journal Databases & Indexes: LAWREV library, LGLIND file (Legal Resource Index); LAWREV library, ALLREV file (full texts of law journals).


International Law: USTREATIES; General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade/World Trade Organization (GATT/WTO) panel decisions (WTO-DEC); International Legal Materials (ILM),; EU law (CELEX); International Court of Justice decisions (INT-ICJ); International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda decisions (INT-ICTR); International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia decisions (INT-ICTY); Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal decisions (INT-IRAN); Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR-OAS); North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); Basic Documents of International Economic Law (IEL); Basic Documents on International Environmental Law (INTLENVL); international law journals.

Foreign Law: United Kingdom legal materials - cases, statutes, journals (Great Britain and Northern Ireland); primary law for Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, Russia; Sweet & Maxwell publications (case reports, journals, document compilations).

Journal Databases & Indexes: JLR (full texts of journals and law reviews) or TP-ALL database (full texts of law journal articles and books (Practising Law Institute, American Law Institute-American Bar Association, etc.)); LRI (Legal Resource Index); LJI (Legal Journals Index).

Library Catalogs.

Useful searches and tips.

Subject (for books containing legislation, use Law and legislation subdivision; for books on constitutional law of a particular country, use [country name] -- Constitutional law or Constitutional law -- [Country name]; for comparative law on a particular subject, use the subject without subdivisions).

Author/Uniform title (for texts in original languages or English translations of foreign constitutions and legislation, use the format: Author search: [country name]. Title search: Title of primary law in the vernacular. Date. or Author: [country name]. Title: Vernacular title. English). Examples: Germany. Grundgesetz. English; France. Code pénal. English.

Civil codes (usually include laws on contracts, marriage and family law, inheritance and wills, property, and torts).

Private international law = conflicts of law = choice of law = applicable law: trade and commerce, finance and banking, trusts and estates, family and children matters, and international judicial assistance, Hague Conventions, etc.

Standard Reference Tools.

Background Information: Foreign Countries.

Background Information: International Law.

Definitions and Abbreviations.

Document Compilations.

Treaty Indexes.

Compilations of Foreign Law in English Translation.

Periodical Indexes.

Research Guides.

People Sources.

Government Agencies.

International Organizations and Associations.

Libraries, Librarians, and Library Associations.

Strong FCIL Collections in Chicago and Beyond.

See "Country Specialties & International Law" section of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) Membership Directory and the Directory of Foreign Law Collections in Selected Law Libraries (1991).

University of Chicago. D'Angelo Law Library, Regenstein Library (IGO documents), East Asian Library and other area studies collections; major common law and civil law jurisdictions (Great Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Italy (strong for Western Europe generally), Israel, Japan; UN law collection; EU; GATT/WTO; Council of Europe; international law, international relations, human rights, war crimes, international criminal law, comparative criminal law, comparative constitutional law, international commercial arbitration, international economic law/trade law, European legal history, etc.; doesn't own many materials on Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East published since the mid-1960s).

Northwestern University (since the mid-1980s, NwULL been buying more vernacular materials from France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal; NwULL does not collect materials from Latin America in vernacular languages or own them; collects in French for Belgium and Switzerland; has collections of ancient law, Roman law, Jewish law, Islamic law, "ecclesiastical" law (mostly Canon law); international law topics; Readex UN Law Library collection on microfiche).

Chicago-Kent (UN and EU documents depository; strong in international trade; annual reports etc. of the national banks -- along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)/World Bank, World Trade Organization (WTO) materials etc.; includes Library of International Relations (LIR)).

DePaul (international human rights, international criminal law, war crimes, some Latin American human rights materials in Spanish, including Mexican Human Rights Commission reports).

John Marshall (has a good core collection of Chinese legal materials, that includes the nine volume loose-leaf set China Laws for Foreign Business published by CCH,; also
developing collections on Intellectual Property Law, Information Technology and Privacy Law, and International Business and Trade Law).

Center for Research Libraries (foreign official gazettes, war crimes trials documents, German dissertations).

Cook County Law Library (Latin American law?).

Newberry Library (European legal history, canon law, etc.).

Outside Chicago.

Electronic Discussion Groups.

EURO-LEX (All EUROpean Legal Information EXchange list).

To subscribe, send to listserv@listserv.dfn.de the message:
subscribe euro-lex Your Name

INT-LAW (Foreign & International Law Librarians/Research list).

To subscribe, send to majordomo@listhost.ciesin.org the message:
subscribe int-law

Other listservs, law and library associations worldwide.

How to Stay Connected.

READ, READ, READ research guides and substantive international law articles.

Read international news sources.

Monitor listservs such as INT-LAW and EURO-LEX.

Attend conferences (see the International Journal of Legal Information International Calendar for dates) and get to know the foreign and international law specialists (IGO librarians, documentalists, law librarians, professors, lawyers, government offiicals, publishers, students). Network!

Bookmark and try new links right away!

Attend workshops, seminars, and training courses (both substantive and bibliographic).

Attend specialized database sessions.

Create and maintain a personal or institutional web page.


Do you feel the burn?