This video was created by the University of Tasmania Library, 2017.
International Law is a general term that is often used to describe public international law, private international law and comparative law.
This guide will assist you to identify and locate appropriate resources to assist your international law research.
Public international law is the body of law governing the relations between nations, international organisations and sometimes individuals.
Private international law, also known as “conflict of laws”, relates to relations across different legal jurisdictions between individuals, and sometimes also companies, corporations and other legal entities.
Comparative Law is the study of the relationship between legal systems or between rules of more than one system, their differences and similarities.
The classic list of sources of public international law are stated in Article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice, they include:
The prevailing view is that this list outlines a hierarchy of importance; that is, treaties will generally be weightier than customary international law, while customary international law will be more significant than “general principles
of law,” and so on.
For more information watch the videos "Sources of International Law" in this Subject Guide.
News and resources relating to international courts, tribunals and organizations. Includes a database of domestic case law on international crimes.
Summaries of ICJ decisions arranged by subject (1986-2000) available from Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.