Hague Academy Collected Courses Online

The Hague Academy of International Law was founded in 1923 as an institution for the study and teaching of Public and Private International Law and related subjects. Its purpose is to encourage a thorough and impartial examination of the problems arising from international relations in the field of law. From its founding, top names in international law have taught at the Hague Academy and their research has been published as the Collected Courses since 1923 by the Dutch publisher Martinus Nijhoff, now part of Brill Publishers. It is one of the most important collections of international legal research anywhere. The Osgoode Library has always had a complete collection of the Collected Courses in print; we now have the entire collection of the Collected Courses of the Hague Academy in digital format as part of the Brill Online service.

This collection includes the following publications from the Hague Academy:

  • Collected Courses: Since 1923, the top names in international law have taught at the Hague Academy of International Law. All the volumes of the Collected Courses, which have been published since 1923, are available.
  • Periodical Indexes: Including from Volume 210 onwards, the periodical indexes are published for every ten volumes of the Collected Courses.
  • Workshops: These are the official publications from the Workshops that the academy organizes.
  • The Law Books of the Academy: This is a collection of works published by the Centre for Studies and Research that has been of particular interest and originality, which also includes the reports of the Directors of Studies together with the articles by the researchers.

The collection can be searched by author, subject or keyword. A guide to searching the Bill Online services is available here.

Customary International Humanitarian Law Database

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has recently launched a FREE online database on customary international humanitarian law (IHL). This database is an expansion of the 2005 published study of IHL, conducted by ICRC in consultation with experts from around the world. It includes two parts.

Part One offers a comprehensive analysis of the customary rules of IHL deemed applicable in international and non-international armed conflict. Part Two contains a summary of State practice relating to most aspects of IHL, as expressed in national legislation, military manuals, official statements, and case law, and the practice of other entities such as international organizations and international courts and tribunals.

One can either search or browse the database and the content, especially the State practice part, will be updated regularly.

Launch of Free-Access International Law Library

A new free international law site was released yesterday by Sir Kenneth James Keith, a judge of the International Court of Justice, and reported by Simon Foden on sLaw.

The International Law Library was developed by AUSTLII and contains …:

… over 80,000 searchable documents for free access. This includes over 25,000 decisions of International Courts and Tribunals, over 30,000 treaties and international agreements (including the League of Nations and UN Treaty Series), international law journals and law reform materials. These materials cannot be jointly searched elsewhere on the Internet.

More info available on the AustLII press release.

United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law

The United Nations Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs launched the Audiovisual Library of International Law one year ago today.

The United Nations Audiovisual Library is a unique, multimedia resource which provides the United Nations with the unprecedented capacity to provide high quality international law training and research materials to an unlimited number of recipients on a global level.

The Audiovisual Library has three main parts:

  • Historic Archives — contains resources relating to the negotiation and adoption of the significant legal instruments under the auspices of the United Nations and related agencies since 1945;
  • Lecture Series — features a permanent collection of lectures on a variety of subjects of international law given by leading international law scholars and practitioners from different countries and legal systems; and
  • Research Library — provides links to treaties, jurisprudence, publications and documents, scholarly writings and research guides.

The Audiovisual Library is available to all for free.

The Economic Structure of International Law

The Economic Structure of International Law, by Tuft’s University professor on international law Joel P. Trachtman, “presents a rationalist analysis of the structure of international law … At the core of the book lies the question of the allocation of legal power to states.” Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, Princeton University says this about Trachtman’s new book:

The Economic Structure of International Law is an elegantly and clearly argued contribution to the burgeoning literature connecting social science and international law. Trachtman has a true gift of demystifying jargon and explaining complicated concepts in ways that will be valuable for legal scholars and law students alike.

Now available in the law library at KZ 1252 T73 2008.