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United Nations: Case Law

A guide to finding United Nations resources.

Note on Finding Print Resources

Print resources can be found in the United Nations, International Documents, or Reference sections, which are all located on the 2nd floor of Cohen Library.

Useful Links

International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has two roles: it decides cases of international law between separate countries and it issues advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by the UN. Its materials are published separately from the rest of the UN; thus, its cases and other materials are not found in the main databases that include other UN documents, such as UNBISnet and AccessUN. Instead, ICJ documents can be found in the materials described below:

Online Resources

  • ICJ website
    Includes text of all cases and advisory opinions since 1947, the rules of procedure, and other information on the history and structure of the court.

Print Resources

  • Reports of Judgements, Advisory Opinions and Orders. Recueil des Arrets, Avis Consultatifs et Ordonnances
    Official compilation of the ICJ’s judgments, advisory opinions and orders. Most are bound, but the most recent decisions are separate slip opinions. In English and French.

    Call number: JX 1971.6 .A244 (International Documents)

  • Pleadings, Oral Arguments, Documents. Memoirs, Plaidoiries et Documents
    Contains documentation related to individual ICJ cases. These can be found at the CUNY School of Law library and may be in either English or French. They are catalogued individually in the CUNY+ catalog, and can be found by searching for the name of the case in the "title begins with" field. (Or search: Pleadings, oral arguments, documents using the same search field to retrieve a complete list of titles.)

Permanent Court of International Justice

The Permanent Court of International Justice was the precursor to the International Court of Justice.  Established in 1922, it was associated with, though not a part of, the League of Nations.  It was dissolved in 1946.

Online Resources

  • ICJ website
    The ICJ Website includes a link to a page focused on the PCIJ.  Here one can find decisions, pleadings, records of public hearings, rules of court, and many other materials, organized chronologically in different “Series” (A through F).  There is also a catalog and subject index of all publications of the Court.

Subject Guide

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