Welcome to the International and Comparative Law Subject Guide
The resources within this guide have been specifically chosen for their usefulness to USP law students. You can find useful databases, books, websites and more by using the tabs above.
Your feedback and suggestions are welcome.
Using this Guide to Help with your Research
These Research Guides are designed by Librarians to assist students at the University of the South Pacific.
Use the tabs along the top edge of this box to locate various resources. You can use this research guide to help you with class assignments.
The 'Getting Started' tab gives an overview of the steps you can take when researching for an assignment in the University of the South Pacific Library. The following tabs cover the resources in more detail.
If you have any questions, comments or difficulties, please contact Law Librarian Julie Reynolds (based in the Emalus campus library).
Introduction to International Law Research
What are the sources of international law?
According to Article 38 of the International Court of Justice statute, the sources of international law are:
a. international conventions (treaties), whether general or particular, establishing rules expressly recognized by the contesting states;
b. international custom (general practice of states and intergovernmental institutions that are legally binding and generally recognized by all states); as evidence of a general practice accepted as law;
c. the general principles of law recognized by civilized nations;
d. subject to the provisions of Article 59, judicial decisions (jurisprudence) and the teachings of the most highly qualified publicists of the various nations, as subsidiary means for the determination of rules of law.
This guide will introduce you to library materials, web sites, and other resources for researching international law.