Friday, June 06, 2008

New Research Guide on Public International Law

GlobaLex, the international and foreign law research collection that is published by the New York University School of Law, has just released a new research guide entitled Introduction to Public International Law Research:
"Public International Law is composed of the laws, rules, and principles of general application that deal with the conduct of nation states and international organizations among themselves as well as the relationships between nation states and international organizations with persons, whether natural or juridical. Public International Law is sometimes called the 'law of nations' or just simply International Law. It should not be confused with Private International Law, which is primarily concerned with the resolution of conflict of laws in the international setting, determining the law of which country is applicable to specific situations. In researching this field of law the researcher must also be aware of Comparative Law, the study of differences and similarities between the laws of different countries. Comparative Law is the study of the different legal systems in existence in the world, i.e; common law, civil law, socialist law, Islamic law, Hindu law, and Chinese law."


"This guide is intended as an introduction to the topic and to help researchers find the most used sources and materials in the area with a primary focus on electronic research."
The guide was put together by Vicenç Feliú, Foreign Comparative and International Law Librarian at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University Law Library.

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