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Legal Research Guide

This guide is designed as practical, self-guided tool intended to facilitate your legal research through the most relevant, quality and reliable sources.

The UN Library & Archives Geneva maintains and provides access to a unique and invaluable collection of international law resources.

This guide is designed to facilitate your legal research in our Library's print collections and selected subscribed and open-access legal databases.  Find here our recommended sources for: jurisprudence and legislation from national, regional and international levels; international agreements; official documentation of the UN and other international organizations; and scholarly books and journal articles.

Our Librarians also continuously work to curate and update resource lists on special topics - for instance, climate change and law - and make recommendations for resources related to international conferences and the work of the International Law Commission.

We invite you to discover and use the wealth of information resources provided by the UN Library & Archives Geneva. 

Remembering H.E. Judge James Richard Crawford

On 31 May 2021, the International Court of Justice announced the passing of H.E. Judge James Richard Crawford in The Hague. It is a great sadness for the whole international community to lose Judge Crawford. As Eyal Benvenisti, the current Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge, commented, "James was the pre-eminent international lawyer of our times, and at the same time, a mentor and friend to many of us in Cambridge and around the world." 

To remember his contribution to international law and his long and distinguished career, we have created a display of some of his publications in our legal reading room and share the selected titles here.

The ILC and Judge James Crawford

View a recording of the International Law Commission's special memorial meeting in honour of the late Judge James Crawford, held 22 July 2021:


At the forty-ninth session of the International Law Commission, Mr. James Crawford was appointed as Special Rapporteur for the topic of "state responsibility". At the fifty-third session, he finished his fourth report and completed the work for this topic. The International Law Commission expressed to the Special Rapporteur, Mr. James Crawford, its deep appreciation and warm congratulations for the outstanding contribution he had made to the preparation of the draft articles through his tireless efforts and devoted work, and for the results achieved in the elaboration of the draft articles on responsibility of States for internationally wrongful acts

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