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Law - Public International: Cases

Oxford Reports on International Law

Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL) has 5 modules:

  • International Law in Domestic Courts;
  • International Courts of General Jurisdiction;
  • International Criminal Law;
  • International Human Rights Law;
  • International Investment Claims.

To access ORIL, login to the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and select 'Oxford Reports on International Law' from the menu in the left column. 

To use personalised features (e.g. saved searches, alerts), you must create a personal profile with ORIL.

International Legal Materials

International Legal Materials (ILM) contains judicial and arbitral decisions (plus other international legal documents). Each document is introduced by a note that summarizes the content and explains its' significance in international law. 

To access ILM, login to HeinOnline. Click on the 'Catalog' tab above the search box. In the search box, enter: international legal materials. Click 'Search'. Click on 'International Legal Materials' from the list of results. Please note there is a two year embargo on the full text.

International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) was established in 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations as "the principal judicial organ of the United Nations" (art 92). It began work in April 1946.

The ICJ deals with legal disputes submitted by states (contentious cases) and requests for advisory opinions on legal questions referred by United Nations organizations (advisory proceedings).

The ICJ was preceded by the Permanent Court of International Justice (1922-1946). 

World Courts

World Courts is a free international case law database. It allows you to search across decisions from over 30 international courts and tribunals using one search box. 

Courts and tribunals

For subject specific courts and tribunals please see the relevant subject page (for example, select the page 'International Criminal Law' for information on the International Criminal Court).