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International Legal Research Guide

An overview of international law and where to begin research


This subsidiary means of determining international law rules is interpreted to mean significant scholarly writing on international law, including treatises and articles. Such materials are considered "secondary sources," both in a bibliographic sense and in terms of the sources of international law.

A publicist is an international law scholar or a scholarly organization (e.g., American Law Institute). However, Article 38 of the ICJ Statute indicates that only teachings (writings) of "the most highly qualified publicists" are considered to be a source of international law. Thus, not every article or book about an international law topic would be considered a source of international law. 


Publications by International Law Associations