Recent International Law Acquisitions

The library has been busy lately augmenting its International Law collection.

The London Review of International Law is a brand new journal from Oxford (Volume 1 Issue 1 was published September 2013) to which we now have access.  It is not available through the catalogue or eResources yet, but it will be.

We have also acquired the comparative and international law handbooks available through Oxford Handbooks Online (Law): The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law; The Oxford Handbook of International Investment Law; The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law; The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law; The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law; and The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law.

As well, we subscribe to the Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law, which includes the Oxford Reports on International Law, and we have acquired the Brill collection of International Law e-books.

The International Law Association has just published its Index of the Reports of Conferences, and we have added a copy to our collection.  The ILA has been holding conferences biennially for 140 years and the Index allows those who wish to follow the development of international law over that time to find the reports, recommendations, draft conventions, guidelines, model laws and best practices presented by scholars and practitioners at those conferences.

According to the ILA’s website:

The ILA was founded in Brussels in 1873 and its objectives are "the study, clarification and development of international law, both public and private, and the furtherance of international understanding and respect for international law". The ILA has consultative status as an international non-governmental organisation with a number of the United Nations specialised agencies.


Its objectives are pursued primarily through the work of its International Committees, and the focal point of its activities is the series of Biennial Conferences. The Conferences, of which 74 have so far been held in different locations throughout the world, provide a forum for the comprehensive discussion and endorsement of the work of the Committees.

The Index is divided into three parts: the list of conferences from 1873 to 2010 (the 2012 conference is not included in the Index, but is in the Hein collection), the index of subjects, and the index of authors and presenters.  The subject index is extensive and easy to use.  It refers the user to the conference number and the page numbers in that conference’s materials where the subject is discussed.

After consulting the Index, the ILA’s conference materials are available online through HeinOnline’s  Foreign and International Law Service (1873-2012).  The library also has print copies from the conferences of 1988 to 2010, and the electronic database, Making of Modern Law, has the Transactions of the ILA from 1873 to 1924.

Happy researching!