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New International Law Databases

The Library recently added the Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law (CC) to its HeinOnline subscription. Published since 1923, and containing lectures presented at the Academy’s summer courses on international law, this title comprises a massive and authoritative encyclopedia of both public and private international law subjects. Currently the title runs to almost 350 volumes.

As part of the HeinOnline platform, the CC can be searched via the familiar field and advanced search interfaces. In particular, this allows the researcher to search titles and full text, using both Boolean and proximity connectors. In addition, it is possible to search by author, and through a very extensive set of subject headings which are easily browsed and combined with other search methods. As with any good encyclopedic source, the CC can be used either as a source of information itself or as a source of further bibliographic information.

The Library also recently added a database to its HeinOnline subscription, entitled History of International Law. This collection includes more than 500 monographic titles dating back to 1690, and greatly expands the depth of sources available to researchers interested in historical topics, such as, e.g., the Nuremberg trials, the Hague Peace Conferences, or the advent of the League of Nations. The database is searchable through HeinOnline itself, but bibliographic records will be available through IUCAT as well.

Comparative Constitutional Law Databases

The Law Library has two databases that can help those doing research in foreign and comparative constitutional law. Each provides full text access to national constitutions in English translation, together with additional information and commentary. Full Story »

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals now on HeinOnline

The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) has been published since 1960 and is a selective, English-language index of law reviews published around the world. Therefore, it is an important tool for researchers interested in comparative law topics. An electronic version of the database, including contents 1985-, has been available through various platforms for many years, most recently through OVID.  The Law Library subscribes to the electronic version of the IFLP, and those of you who have used the current OVID platform will agree that it is somewhat difficult to use, though quite powerful. Full Story »