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International Organizations: Getting Started

Background Information

These sources provide some basic information about various organizations and their rights and responsibilities under international law. To locate the constitutions or constituting documents for IOs, see their websites or collections of treaties, like UNTS.

Keywords: international organizations (or organisations), inter-governmental organizations, IGOs, international agencies, international institutions, non-state actors, non-governmental organizations, NGOs.

Databases (UCB only):

International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Intergovernmental Organizations
Covers many international organizations -- UN, ILO, etc.

Oxford International Organizations (OXIO)
Contains a collection of annotated documents pertaining to the law of international organizations. 

Basic Books

Advanced Introduction to the Law of International Organizations (2015).
Reviews the basics about international organization law, members, organs, etc.

An Introduction to International Organizations Law (3d ed., 2015).

The Impact of International Organizations on International Law (2017).

International Organizations and the Law (2018).
Addresses the laws relating to international organizations.

Research Handbook on the European Union and International Organizations (2019).
The focus is on the EU and its relationship with other IOs.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Non-State Actors (2011).
Goes a bit beyond IOs and includes NGOs. 

Research Guides

Research guides are good places to start your research.  These guides identify relevant sources and websites as well as explain how to research a specific topic or organization. To locate more guides, search Google using the name of the organization and "research guide."

Other Law Library Research Guides

Basic and Background Sources

International Business Litigation and Arbitration



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