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International and Foreign Law Research: Introduction

This guide is intended to assist students in the International & Foreign Legal Research class at Florida State University locate important resources.

International & Foreign Law Databases

What is Public International Law?

Public international law governs the relations between nations, between intergovernmental organizations, and between nations and intergovernmental organizations.  According to Article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice, the sources of pubic international law are:

  1. International treaties and conventions
  2. Customary international law
  3. General principles of law
  4. Judicial decisions and teachings of the most highly qualified publicists

What is Foreign Law?

Foreign law is the domestic or national law of a country other than the U.S. Foreign law deals with the constitutions, statutes, regulations and court decisions of a given country. 

Writing an International, Foreign, or Comparative Law Paper?

Find topics by reading blogs.  Check out in particular:
Find topics by checking out current news sources. In particular:

Need Help with Abbreviations?

Both sources below help to decipher abbreviations of publications publishing primary foreign and international law. Start with the Cardiff Index below.  

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Need Citation Help?

When a citation is not covered in Bluebook, look in the following citation guides, in this order:


International Citator and Research Guide: The Green Book

  • Vol. 1, International Organizations
  • Vol. 2, Europe
  • Vol.3, Latin American & Caribbean
  • Vol 4, Asia

Guide to Foreign & International Legal Citations 

International Citation Manual

The following short tutorials will guide you in preparing citations in Bluebook format for a variety of international or foreign sources
General Tutorials
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