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International law: PIL

Using this guide

Navigate through this guide by clicking on the pertinent tab you can see above this box (below the main title of this guide).

Below are links to take you to other Bodleian libguides which may help you with your studies in this area.

Public International Law: quick start

This guide's aim is to give a general introduction to the international legal system of  the post World War Two world, its institutions, challenges, and evolution.

If your research includes earlier periods please see also Legal History: International Law

Please also check the options in the left hand column - there may be a guide for a specific public international law topic.

Online resources

Below are a some of the online resources particularly useful when studying this area of law; please consult other pages in this guide to discover more.

Print Collection

Public International texts have shelf marks beginning Internat.
The current collection is on Level 3 of the Law Bod, one floor above the level at which you enter the library.
The material is arranged as follows: treaties: law reports : post-2000 journals: bibliographies: dictionaries: texts/monographs.

The books on public international law are further subdivided into broad subject areas eg Internat 570 gathers together works on international human rights. For more details on how the monographs are arranged see Law Bod's Classification of Public International Law Books

Law Library: Reserve Collection

When you search SOLO for texts you may find - especially if it was recommended on an Oxford reading list - that the location is shown as "Reserve Collection." The shelfmark will begin KC. Please ask a librarian for directions.

An example of a Reserve Collection work is immediately below


Some titles on open shelf, on Level 3 of the Law Library