How international law legal researchers sometimes feel:
The good news: You can do it!
What research options are available to you? What are your time constraints? Take time to create a plan that involves the sources you plan to consult.
Do you speak the language?
Do you know the difference between international law, foreign law and comparative legal research?
This is a free and easy-to-use Firefox extension that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself. Check out the tutorial via this link: http://www.zotero.org/
Do not try to reinvent the wheel. There are many useful guides out there that may help you jump start your research. There are plenty available on the internet.
This is often a challenge. If you need current events you may want to explore newspapers, current articles and blogs.
Newpaper articles are often great resources. Here is a link to a news portal that offers access to domestic and international news. JURIST (http://jurist.org) is a web-based legal news and real-time legal research service powered by a mostly-volunteer team of over 60 part-time law student reporters, editors and Web developers led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
The search "war crimes" in this portal retrieved several articles.
These days a lot of international law materials are readily available for free via the internet. However, if you choose this option then you are forced to authenticate your sources and not everything is available online or via the internet. When researching complex legal issue often a combination of print and online resources provide the best outcome.
This library has a huge international law print collection and provides access to premier subscription databases. lThe library catalog is your friend http://catalog.wustl.edu/.
Examples of LC subject headings you may be interested in:
Hint: search by subject heading and the sort by most recent book that has been published.
Did you locate a title that seems interesting – but you are in a time crunch? Try searching for the same call number in our catalog. Use the electronic browse feature in the catalog to identify a book of interest to your.
Why? Your challenge as a student: Time. Why wait to have a book interlibrary loaned to you when you can find a book with a similar content in our library.
The case law IN ORIL is divided into 5 modules:
OTHER COOL DATABASES:
Articles: Are you seeking articles on your topic? Try searching for articles on you topic by author/title/keyword search or the advance search option.
Experienced researchers will from time to time experience that not all trial documents are available online nor in all of the print sources.
For example, in the ICTR case of Alfred Musema (ICTR-96-13), the original indictment charged Musema with "genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide" and other charges. The amended indictment charged him with "genocide, or in the alternative, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide" and other charges. The charge of complicity in genocide was omitted from the original indictment.
The ICTR website only provides the amended indictment. The print source Reports of Orders, Decisions and Judgements (ICTR) likewise only includes the amended indictment (although it is not labeled "amended").
The only sources that reprint the original indictment (the indictment not including the complicity in genocide charge) are the Global War Crimes Tribunal Collection KZ1190.G56. The bottom line: for the most thorough research, be sure to compare online and print availability of e.g. ICTR and ICTY documents!
The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute of Washington University School of Law concluded a Co-Operation Agreement with the International Criminal Court in September 2009. Under the Co-Operation Agreement, the Harris Institute is responsible for collecting and uploading documents for the "National Jurisdictions" and "National Cases Involving Core International Crimes" folders in the ICC Legal Tools database.
The Harris Institute has been researching, collecting, and analyzing relevant domestic legislation and case law concerning genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for the following States:
Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, South Africa, Swaziland, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
For more information about the project and to access the ICC Legal Tools database, click here.
Source: Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute website.