Tag Archives: Public international law

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

The Law Library is pleased to announce that we now offer online access to the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL), publishe dby Oxford University Press. This is one of the most consulted reference sources for students working on international law research projects. If you have joined the Jessup Moot Court team or another extracurricular group related to international law, you will find MPEPIL to be an invaluable resource. The encyclopedia will be available under Law Library databases: http://www.law.stanford.edu/library/legal_databases/

Aditional information about the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

The MPEPIL online edition — edited under the direction of Professor Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Max Planck Institute) in Heidelberg, Germany — is a comprehensive analytical resource covering the whole of public international law. MPEPIL includes material from the hard-copy Encyclopedia of Public International Law  published between 1991 and 2001 under Professor Dr. Rudolf Bernhardt, plus online-only articles authored since 2001.  Approximately 1,700 article topics have been selected by the editorial advisory board and allocated to expert authors, who are legal scholars and practitioners from all over the world and who speak in their personal capacity only. Please inquire at the Reference Desk about access to MPEPIL.

Summer Law Program in the Hague from American University

American University’s Washington School Law offers a four week summer program in the Hague.


From the program description:

The Summer Law Program in The Hague offers participants an opportunity to study some of the most important legal issues today in the heart of the international justice community. The ABA-approved, six-credit summer program includes two three-credit courses: International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism. The program was launched in June 2007, with 26 J.D. and LL.M. participants from six universities.

The Program in The Hague is the product of a unique collaboration between the War Crimes Research Office of American University’s Washington College of Law, established in 1995 to provide specialized legal research assistance to international/ized criminal tribunals, and the T.M.C. Asser Institute, one of the most prominent research institutes of international law in Europe.

In 1899, the world’s first Peace Conference took place in The Hague; today this city on the North Sea is home to over 150 international legal organizations. Through the Program, participants will have the opportunity to live and learn about key issues in international law among the practitioners, courts, and tribunals that are making history today.

Academic clases offered:

International Criminal Law: In Search of Accountability  

International Legal Approaches to Terrorism in the 21st Century

Summer Law Progeam in the Hague from American University




i.lex – Legal Research System for International Law in U.S. Courts

For students taking public international law or human rights courses, the following new, free database from the American Society of International Law (ASIL) should be of interest: i.lex (Legal Research System for International Law in U.S. Courts).

Here is the description of the database from ASIL’s Web site:

This online database of select U.S. court cases and related materials is designed to serve as a practical resource for members of the judiciary and other legal professionals to identify and understand how international law is interpreted and applied by U.S. courts at both the federal and state level.

i.lex is not intended to serve as a comprehensive source of case law incorporating international law into the U.S. legal system. Rather, it offers users access to the most important cases involving particular areas of international law such as human rights, refugee and asylum law, diplomatic and consular relations, transportation and communication, trade and transactions, and more.

i.lex provides pdf versions of the opinions, as well as case summaries and brief anaylsis of a decision’s significance. One can search by keyword, topic, treaty or statute. The database includes both state and federal cases.