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International law of the sea (ILOS): Books

Finding ebooks and books in the Bodleian Law Library

Use the tabs above to understand how the Law Bod's collection is arranged. There is an Enquiry Desk on Level 2, just as you enter the main Reading Room: please do come and have a word if you are having any difficulty in using the library..

Help with finding books

The Law Library's collection is fully catalogued on SOLO, Oxford  University's online resource discovery tool.

Broad subject searches to get your research started include;

Law of the sea
Maritime law
Economic zones (Law of the sea)  
Territorial waters 
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 December 10)
Continental shelf 
Contiguous zones (Law of the sea) 
Marine resources conservation 
Fishery law and legislation 

For those wishing to learn more about using searches, we recommend the following:

Looking for a Reading List title?

The most heavily used books on OU reading lists can be found in the Law Reserve Collection on Level 2, the entrance level to the law library.
The shelf marks for these books will start with KC

Two examples are the following:

The majority of works in the Law Bod for this topic will have shelf marks beginning Internat. They are shelved on Level 3, one floor above the entrance level to the library readers have both stairs and a lift at their disposal.

Below are some general works. For futher guidance on particular aspects of international law  of the sea please see the links in the box to the right which will take you to other pages in this guide.

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is itself a subject search to use in SOLO 

Expanding your search to International Courts may reveal books where ITLOS is the subject of chapter(s).

The Law Bod has its own in-house classification system for the subject arrangement of public international law books on Level 3.


Air law  Internat 640

Atomic energy  Internat 600

Dependent states and special regimes  Internat 535

Economic law  Internat 590

European Court of Human Rights: literature Internat 575

General and theory Internat 500

History  Internat 510

Human rights  Internat 570

International crimes  Internat 580

International relations  Internat 660

Jurisdiction of states  Internat 560

Law of the sea and waterways  Internat 630

Nationality  Internat 565

Recognition   Internat 545

Servitudes  Internat 550

Social legislation and organisation  Internat 610

Space law  Internat 650

State responsibility  Internat 555

State succession  Internat 540

The state (as a legal entity)  Internat 530

Title to territory  Internat 520

Transport and communications (except sea, air and space)  Internat 620

Treaties (theory etc.)  Internat 670

International organisations History and general  Internat 680

General and regional political organisations Internat 681

League of Nations: general Internat 685

League of Nations: publications (series) Internat 686

United Nations: general  Internat 687

United Nations: publications (series)  Internat 688

Peace and disarmament Internat 700

International disputes and arbitration  General and theory  Internat 710 

Individual arbitration tribunals: literature Internat 740

International courts and tribunals: general Internat 720

Permanent Court of Arbitration: literature  Internat 730

Permanent Court of International Justice and the International Court of Justice: literature  Internat 725

Termination of war (including specific peace treaties)  Internat 760 

As SOLO is a union catalogue you may find that other parts of the Bodleian have works which would support your research.