Where To Start

This electronic guide to public international law materials is intended to help students and professionals to explore the field of public international law (PIL).

To keep the e-guide concise, I have limited the selected materials to those of more general application if the category would otherwise become too extensive.

Are you entirely new to the field? It might help to start with a recommended introduction and to stick to the main materials before moving on to more. Enjoy! 

Treaties & Documents


Charter of the United Nations

Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts

Statute of the International Court of Justice

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties


American Treaty on Pacific Settlement (Pact of Bogota)

Arms Trade Treaty

Articles on the Effects of Armed Conflicts on Treaties

Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations

Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States

Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Convention on Biological Diversity and Cartagena Protocol

Convention on Cluster Munitions

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction

Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction

Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards

Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States

Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment

Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations

Draft Articles on Diplomatic Protection

Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Additional Protocols

Guide to Practice on Reservations to Treaties

Hague Conventions for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes

International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism

International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism

International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Manila Declaration on the Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes

Marrakesh Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization

Rio Declaration on Environment and Development

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies

United Nations Convention against Corruption

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and Agreement on Part XI and Fish Stocks Agreement

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol, and Paris Agreement

United Nations Model Rules for the Conciliation of Disputes between States

Uniting for Peace Resolution

Vienna Convention on Consular Relations

Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations

Dispute Settlement Institutions

The Peace Palace: home to the International Court of Justice and Permanent Court of Arbitration. Photo: T. Bos.

The Peace Palace: home to the International Court of Justice and Permanent Court of Arbitration. Photo: T. Bos.

Intergovernmental Organizations

The United Nations General Assembly Hall. Photo: B.D. Soufi. 

The United Nations General Assembly Hall. Photo: B.D. Soufi. 


United Nations

General Assembly

Security Council

Economic and Social Council

Trusteeship Council

International Court of Justice



African Union

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Caribbean Community

Commonwealth of Independent States

Commonwealth of Nations

Comunidad Andina

Council of Europe

East African Community

Economic Community of West African States

Economic Cooperation Organization

European Union

European Space Agency

European Free Trade Association

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

International Atomic Energy Agency

International Civil Aviation Organization

International Maritime Organization

International Monetary Fund

International Organization for Migration

International Seabed Authority

League of Arab States

Mercado Común del Sur

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Organization of American States

Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation

Permanent Court of Arbitration

Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Southern African Development Community

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

World Health Organization

World Intellectual Property Organization

World Meteorological Organization

World Trade Organization


The contents of this webpage are provided for information purposes only. I take care to ensure accuracy but accept no liability for any consequences of anyone relying on the contents of this page or third party contents accessed through this page.

Ⓒ e-PIL P. Jimenez Kwast. Last updated 18.05.2016.

Journals & Yearbooks


American Journal of International Law

British Yearbook of International Law

European Journal of International Law

International & Comparative Law Quarterly


African Journal of International and Comparative Law

African Yearbook of International Law

Anuario Argentino de Derecho Internacional

Anuario Colombiano de Derecho Internacional

Anuario Español de Derecho Internacional

Anuario Hispano-Luso-Americano de Derecho Internacional

Anuario Mexicano de Derecho Internacional

Asian Journal of International Law

Asian Yearbook of International Law

Australian Year Book of International Law

Austrian Review of International and European Law

Baltic Yearbook of International Law

Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law

Canadian Yearbook of International Law

Chinese Journal of International Law

Finnish Yearbook of International Law

German Yearbook of International Law

Hague Yearbook of International Law

Indian Journal of International Law

Irish Yearbook of International Law

Italian Yearbook of International Law

Japanese Yearbook of International Law

Kazan Journal of International Law

Leiden Journal of International Law

London Review of International Law

Melbourne Journal of International Law

Moscow Journal of International Law

Netherlands International Law Review

Netherlands Yearbook of International Law

Nordic Journal of International Law

Palestine Yearbook of International Law

Revista Colombiana de Derecho Internacional

Revista Costarricense de Derecho Internacional

Revista Española de Derecho Internacional

Revista Iberoamericana de Derecho Internacional y de la Integración

Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Internacional

Revue Belge de Droit International

Revue Hellénique de Droit International

Revue Generale de Droit International Public

South African Yearbook of International Law

Spanish Yearbook of International Law

Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht

forthcoming categories

Diplomatic Conferences

Digests and Manuals

Classic Manuscripts

Common Mistakes

Key Concepts

Key Decisions

Key Principles

Work in progress

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