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Public International Law: Getting Started


International law can be roughly divided into four separate categories:

  • Public international law 
  • Private international law 
  • Foreign law
  • Comparative law

This guide addresses public international law research only.


Public international law "governs the relationships between national governments, the relationships between intergovernmental organizations, and the relationships between national governments and intergovernmental organizations [...] Topics covered in international law are varied, but the most common involve human rights, international trade, international environmental law, issues of intellectual property and much more" (International Legal Research in a Nutshell).

Search the Library Catalog

Searching the CLICnet catalog by the following subject keywords or subject headings will help you find relevant grammar, composition, and style materials:

Rare books
  • International law -- Legal research.
  • International law -- Europe.
  • International law -- Encyclopedias.
  • International law -- Africa.
  • International law -- History.
  • International law -- Periodicals.
  • International law -- Sources.
  • International law -- United States.
  • Human rights.
  • United Nations.
  • United Nations Conference on...
  • United Nations Conventions on...
  • United Nations -- United States.

CLICsearch is the library catalog of six private colleges and universities in the Twin Cities, including Saint Thomas. Books from other campuses can be requested online and delivered to the UST library of your choice.

Starting Places for Research

Below is a sample of general treatises by highly qualified publicists.  They are an excellent starting place for research on a wide range of legal topics, and their bibliographies and footnotes will point you to further and more specific resources.

Subject Guide

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