GUIDES TO INTERNATIONAL LAW:
This excellent guide by the American Society of International Law contains chapters on international environmental, economic and criminal law, private international law, human rights, intellectual property law, treaties, international organizations, international commercial arbitration, and the United Nations. The guide provides a researcher some basic strategies to finding international legal materials on these topics.
Prepared by Stefanie Weigmann, this guide focuses on researching multilateral and bilateral treaties to which the United States (U.S.) is not a signatory. It provides information on the treaty making process and includes extensive links to web-based treaty collections.
Prepared by the staff of Georgetown Law Center, this tutorial covers many topics. Lesson 8 focuses on researching international trade.
A useful database for finding reports on business opportunities, risk briefings, and economic and polical news for countries worldwide. It also includes company profiles, market research reports, and industry news publications for various countries.
A web-based database produced by the Dept. of Commerce.
Provides access to: (1) National Trade Data Bank which
focuses on international trade and covers basic export
information, marketing research on a wide range of
industries, products and services, financial assistance
trade opportunities and contacts, U.S. exports and imports.
The Market Research Repository includes Best Market
Reports, Country Commercial Guides, International Market
Insight Reports, Industry Sector Analysis Reports, and
Multilateral Development Bank Reports.)
EISIL is a database created by the American Society of International Law. It provides access to primary documents, web sites, and research guides on many international topics. EISIL provides value added information, such as legal citations, a description of the document or web site, and relevant dates.
This is an excellent web site maintained by NYU Law Library. It offers a good starting point for finding links to major international organizations, foreign laws, and international laws on topics such as intellectual property, trade, investment, and human rights.
Maintained by the Cornell Law Library, this is a selective guide to web sites providing links to texts of laws and court decisions, research guides and commentary on laws, international documents, directories, trade information, and/or statistics. The guide can be browsed by topics such as foreign law sites, U.S. government sources for foreign and international law, topical guides, and supranational organizations. All sites are briefly annotated.
This page, from the Law Library of Congress Global Legal Information Network, provides an alphabetical list of links to countries of the world. At each country link are a series of well-organized, "standardized" links to the following sources of law for each country: constitution, executive, judicial, legislative, legal guides and miscellaneous, and general sources.
The World Legal Information Institute is a free, independent, and non-profit organization that provides access to both primary sources of law (legislation and cases) and other background material for over 123 countries, where available.
The Institute of International Economic Law situated at the Georgetown University Law Center focuses on research concerning the World Trade Organization (WTO), trade laws at various levels of government, financial institutions, and numerous regulatory subjects such as taxation, competition policy, corporate activity, securities laws, intellectual property, various services sectors such as banking and brokerage, linkages to human rights and cultural problems, etc. Go to Links Collections to find an extensive list of web sites for countries, international organizations, think tanks, and statistical data related to international economic law.
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National Copyright Laws
This database maintained by UNESCO provides access to national copyright and related rights legislation of UNESCO Member States. The collection currently comprises about 100 laws and is constantly being updated and completed. To access this database, first click on Copyright link from the menu on the left and then click on Collection of National Copyright Laws link on the right side of the screen. To access the laws of a particular State, first click on the geographical zone you are interested in, then click on the country name.
of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA)
The Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA) is a unique electronic database providing easy access to intellectual property legislation from a wide range of countries and regions as well as to treaties on intellectual property. It is an invaluable information resource made available by WIPO
Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property
This gateway maintained by WTO provides a wealth of information related to the TRIPS agreement including news, specific TRIPS issues, interpretation and application of TRIPS, decisions of the WTO bodies relating to the TRIPS and full-text of the actual agreement.
The sites listed below provide the complete text of many international trade and related agreements plus links to a variety of other useful trade-related sites on the web. Most of these web sites are good places to begin one's research.
This web site has many international agreements and documents in trade and related areas (contracts, sales, arbitration, etc.). Organized by major categories, this site offers a subject index, a search mechanism, and links to other sites. While this site now contains many advertisements for books and materials published by Cameron May, it is still a useful resource.
This site maintained by the Trade Compliance Center at the U.S. Department of Commerce provides links to binding agreements between the United States and its trading partners covering manufactured products and services, country market reports, anti-bribery reports, and links to many other trade sites and government agencies.
A good site for finding some basic trade related agreements. It also includes links to some other important treaty collections and sources that are arranged by subject. This site also provides for keyword searching.
This database contains over 50,000 bilateral and multilateral treaties from the United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS), a collection of treaties and international agreements registered or filed with and published by the Secretariat since 1946. You can also access "The Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary General", a publication that provides information on the status of over 500 major multilateral instruments deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations (as of 20 May 2003) and covers a range of subject matter such as Human Rights, Disarmament, Commodities, Refugees, the Environment and the Law of the Sea. The texts of recently deposited multilateral treaties are also available. Students and researchers can subscribe to these databases for free by sending an email request.
The Background Notes provide preliminary information on geography, people, government, economy, foreign affairs, history, and human rights of the world’s countries.
BISNIS is the site to go to when considering trading with or investing in a Newly Independent State. The Department of Commerce supplies country reports, industry reports, customs information, current U.S. Exports to NIS countries, and sources of finance for business ventures in a NIS country.
The Doing Business Guide from World Bank provides
rankings for 175 countries on ease of doing business
including data on specific topics such as bureaucratic and
legal hurdles an entrepreneur must overcome to incorporate
and register a new firm. It also includes the full-text of
business laws and regulations in these countries, and some
regional and national reports.
The Doing Business in…..” booklets have been prepared by HLB International, a world-wide organization of professional accounting firms and business advisers. They are designed to give some general information to those contemplating doing business in other countries. To access these guides, point your mouse to publications and select "doing business".
This page is a gateway to material on disputes in general, and how they are handled in the WTO and its Dispute Settlement Body. You can browse the disputes chronologically and by subject and country.
Formerly known as the U.S. Customs Court, this Court has authority to decide any civil action against the United States, its officers, or its agencies arising out of any law pertaining to international trade. The Court's site provides rules and forms (including the new draft rules), information about the court and the judges, and slip opinions from 1999 to present.
This federal appellate court’s jurisdiction includes customs and international trade law appeals from the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. International Trade Commission. At this site, you can obtain copies of the CAFC's opinions and decisions, court rules, information on recent disposition of cases, and a list of pending cases.
There are many web sites that focus on trade and trade-related issues. Listed below is a sampling of some of the sites available.
The aim of this Center is to increase the public’s understanding of the benefits of free trade. The site offers commentary, policy briefings, information about its publications, and free trade FAQs. The Key Trade Issues section provides research, articles, and speeches on selected topics.
This is an international think tank with a network of more than 650 policy nalysts and advocates. This site offers some critical analysis of trade, the WTO, globalization, international financial institutions, and the like. You can browse the site by topics and regions.
The GTN Site is an excellent academic resource for those interested in learning about and further researching issues in international trade today. It is maintained by a group of Harvard affiliates at Harvard University's Center for International Development. Click on resources to find links to research papers, international organizations, NGOs, country summaries, trade issues, and trade data.
IIE is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research
institution devoted to the study of international economic
policy. The site offers country and regional studies,
working papers, policy briefs, speeches and testimony, and
hot topic information.