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Arab Law Quarterly: Celebrating 35 Years with free access to selected articles

Arab Law Quarterly, the leading English language scholarly publication on matters relating to the law of Arab states, will publish its 35th Volume in 2021. To celebrate this, five sets of seven articles, hand-picked from past volumes by Editor-in-Chief Haider Ala Hamoudi, will be available for free downloading during 2021.

New Series: International and Comparative Business Law and Public Policy

The Series offers an outlet for monographs and collective works making substantial contributions to interdisciplinary research.

Forthcoming: Encyclopedia of Public International Law in Asia (3 vols)

Incorporating the work of numerous leading scholars, the Encyclopedia of Public International Law in Asia provides a detailed description of the practice and implementation of international law in various Asian states. The Encyclopedia is also available online.

The popularity of his monumental and definitive works established Shabtai Rosenne as the undisputed expert on the International Court of Justice’s law and practice of his time. Irrefutably the leading work on the court, previous editions of Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court have influenced generations of legal scholars, practitioners, judges, and students alike. The Fifth Edition, by Malcolm N. Shaw, combines his expertise as both an academic and practitioner to bring this monumental resource up-to-date while retaining Rosenne’s distinctive voice, erudition, and rigorous objectives.

Preserving Rosenne’s focus on the caselaw of the Court, the Fifth Edition is supplemented with increased references to the leading academic literature. This online edition provides advanced and personalized search options through its contents:

• The Court as one of the principal organs, in particular the principal judicial organ, of the United Nations. Diplomats and legal advisers who deal with matters relating to the Court on a political level and through different organs and offices of the United Nations will appreciate the full discussion of the diplomatic, political, and administrative aspects of the Court’s affairs.
• Jurisdiction and the treatment of jurisdictional matters by the Court. This also includes the Court’s advisory jurisdiction, and how that work relates to complex legal issues in matters of major political import.
• The Court’s procedure.
• English texts of the Charter of the United Nations, the Statute of the Court, the Practice Directions, the Rules of the Court, and a full set of indexes.

The Fifth Edition (updated through 2015) of Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court is an essential component of all international law libraries and an indispensable work for those practicing in the field, who will all appreciate access to the most recent work on the Court.

Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015, Fifth Edition is also available in print.
Access to Global Legal Information
Edited by Marci Hoffman
Acclaimed by librarians, academics, and researchers alike, the Foreign Law Guide (FLG) is an essential database offering relevant information on sources of foreign law, including complete bibliographic citations to legislation, the existence of English translations and selected references to secondary sources in one virtual destination. Broad in content and global in scope, the FLG is an indispensable resource for comparative law research and a fundamental tool for developing a foreign and comparative law collection. Approximately 190 jurisdictions are systemically covered and updated by a global team of experts.

The Foreign Law Guide is updated every month. Download more information about the latest updates here.

Now offering coverage of the United States.

Each jurisdictional entry provides reliable information, such as:
• An introductory overview of the legal system and legal history;
• An outline of the judicial and legislative system;
• Primary and secondary sources of law and legal information;
• Links to major online sources;
• Identification of major legal publications.

The unique “Materials Indexed” feature presents a list of publications that provide full-text legislation, summaries of laws or translations, or detailed monographic treatment of laws on specific subjects, and serves as an important development tool for foreign and comparative legal collections.

Published by Brill since 2012, the FLG is now presented in a revised and increasingly user-friendly environment. Supporting the already well-established FLG brand, the new database offers a revised structure for the presentation of the rich content for each country, implementing the following enhancements:
• Improved content organization and structure;
• Upgraded search and browsing functionality allowing users to save, send, and email results;
• Streamlined and reorganized subject headings;
• Copy and paste functionality for Word processing;
• Advanced search capabilities;
• Personal preferences options allow researchers to access search history, and export search results to bibliographic software.

Long the standard research tool for researching foreign and comparative law, the FLG will continue to serve as the single-most important guide for librarians, students, practitioners and academics.

See also our Tips for Effective Browsing Brochure and/or User Guide Video.
Weston's & Carlson's Basic Documents
This online documentary compendium gathers in a single easy-to-use collection the most significant and influential legal primary sources of the post-WWII global order. It is both a comprehensive documentary history of public international law over the past 70 years and an anthology of currently operational international instruments. Organized topically and chronologically, the collection provides easy and quick access to the most important international legal materials affecting the foundations of world public order; the laws of war; human rights; international trade, investment, and development; and environmental protection.

Users can quickly trace the history and current state-of-play of international lawmaking in dozens of areas, including, for example, the curtailment of weapons of mass destruction, the expansion of women’s rights, control of the narcotics trade, and regulation of international fisheries. Hundreds of key documents are presented in full text, with up-to-date information about the location and legal status of each document.

The primary source collection provides access to a multitude of often difficult to find documents including treaties, agreements, charters, concluding documents, conventions, covenants, decisions, declarations, draft articles, final acts, general acts, joint statements, manifestos, memoranda, pacts, procès-verbals, protocols, resolutions, rules, and statutes. Fully searchable, cross-referenced and externally linked, this unique compendium and upgraded platform offers researchers an essential, current and comprehensive source of international legal materials.

Currently no further updates are anticipated.
Created by experts and selected with international trade law practitioners in mind, the Handbook of WTO/GATT Dispute Settlement Online offers instant access to a vast legal research database that includes:

• Summaries of 300+ WTO/GATT Panel, Appellate Body, or arbitrator reports.
• Nine comprehensive indexes cross-referencing the reports by key word, article, country, subject, panelist, member, and more.
• Easy citation lists to track adoption status of reports.

Handbook of WTO/GATT Dispute Settlement Online is an essential resource for trade law practitioners that want to navigate and quickly master complex WTO/GATT reports spanning hundreds of pages in length.

Currently no further updates are anticipated.
See interviews with authors on the course they presented at the Hague Academy of International Law Summer Courses.

The Hague Academy Collected Courses Online / Recueil des cours de l’Académie de La Haye en ligne, makes over 100 years of scholarship of international law electronically available to students and researchers around the world. Now available in full-html, this version opens up the encyclopedic richness of the Collected Courses to its full extent by offering advanced text search options, and improved on-screen readability. At the same time, the download and print PDF functionality remains in place.

Founded in 1923, The Hague Academy of International Law is a leading center for high-level teaching and research in public and private international law. The Academy’s scientific board, the Curatorium, calls upon distinguished specialists, including academics, practitioners, diplomats, and other experts from all over the world, to deliver courses to an international audience. The courses are published in the series Collected Courses of The Hague Academy of International Law / Recueil des cours de l’Académie de La Haye. Comprising over 400 volumes (or approximately 200.000 pages), this is the most important encyclopedic publication available on private and public international law.

The Hague Academy Collected Courses Online / Recueil des cours de l’Académie de La Haye en ligne, includes titles in the following series:
- Collected Courses / Recueil des cours
- Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations
- Colloques/Workshop Series
- Special Editions

The publications of The Hague Academy of International Law are also available in print.

Features and Benefits
- New courses are added to the online edition throughout the year
- Full text search and advanced search functionality are available
- Search results are highlighted in the complete course
- Each course starts with a clickable table of contents
- Enables continuous reading from chapter to chapter
- Abstracts in English and French available for most courses
- Page numbers from printed edition are visible for citation purposes
- Clickable footnotes with mouse-over functionality
- A complete PDF for each course is available
- OpenURL functionality is included in the bibliographic references, linking directly to your preferred library catalog
- COUNTER compliant usage statistics

See our User Guide for tips on searching effectively.

ABSTRACTThe 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, regulating treaties between States, lies at the heart of international law. This course analyses how the Convention has been applied by States and tribunals in the past 40 years. Particular issues which are examined concern reservations to treaties, interpretation, jus cogens, breach of treaty, the procedural rules under the Convention – and of course the Convention’s relationship to customary international law.

Quarante ans après son adoption le 23 mai 1969, la Convention de Vienne sur le droit des traités est considérée comme l'un des principaux traités de l'ordre juridique international. Dans son cours, Mark E. Villiger, Juge à la Cour européenne des Droits de l'Homme, étudie les quarante années qui se sont déroulées depuis l'adoption de la Convention et s'attache à l'examen de l'élaboration de la Convention, de ses dispositions, de son développement et de la place qu'elle occupe parmi les sources du droit international. Dans la première partie du cours, Mark Villiger fait l'examen des questions formelles du cheminement qui a abouti à l'adoption de la Convention, de celles relatives à son évolution depuis 1969, ainsi que des relations entre la Convention et le droit coutumier international. Dans la seconde partie de son cours, Mark Villiger se veut plus concret et analyse en détails et de manière approfondie un certain nombre de dispositions (les dispositions concernant les réserves, l'interprétation, le jus cogens, la violation des traités, et les procédures relatives à l'invalidité, la résiliation, etc. des traités) afin d'en établir la signification et la portée à la lumière de la pratique des États et des tribunaux.