W.B. Fisch
Some Websites for International Law
(last updated November 12, 2012)
These are some useful sources on the World-Wide Web relating to international law and international law study (including law study abroad).  These are just some beginning suggestions -- like everything else on this website, it is "under construction"!

Law Study Abroad

The American Bar Association's Section on Legal Education has a page listing its approved "Foreign Summer Programs", with links to other types of approved study abroad programs.

Careers in International Law

The University of Washington School of Law Library maintains a page on Careers in International Law, with links to important sites such as the ABA, The American Society of International Law, the International Law Student Association and many others, and well as a list of books on the subject.

Official U.S. Sites
The Office of the Legal Adviser in the U.S. Department of State is a good starting place for current and historical positions taken by the U.S. on matters of international law, including both current news and the most recent editions (latest covering the year 2006) of its Digest of United States Practice in International Law (both in hard copy and on the OLA site), updates to which are published on a quarterly basis in the American Journal of International Law; the 2007 edition of U.S. Treaties in Force; and recent actions of the U.S. and other parties concerning treaties of interest to the U.S.  From the OLA site, of course, you can get to the DOS home site.

Favorite Starting Places
There are many ways to start investigating web-based resources on international law, the most obvious of which is a comprehensive collection of links and documents organized topically.  The following are my favorites, each with a different style and emphasis but with substantially overlapping endpoints and mutual references.  Often I will use all or most of them to get the most complete look at what is available.

Sites on International Courts and Tribunals

Jessup International Moot Court Competition

Human Rights

  • For home pages of a couple of the most active and effective non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the field of  international human rights, see: Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, both of which have reports and advocacy statements on current events and links to many other sources
  • There are a couple of databases specifically devoted to Human Rights matters that can be worth a look:
  • University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
  • European Research Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations , which focuses more on the social science perspective than on the legal but contains a lot of interesting information