United Nations Databases and Web Sites for Legal Research and Education
Steven Robert Miller (Indian Univ. Law Library)
Res Gestae, The Journal of the Indiana State Bar Association
Vol.54 # 3 , pp.12-20 (October 2010)
Nice article providing an introduction to major UN databases, such as UNTS, UN-I-QUE, and the UN AudioVisual Library of International Law, ASIL’s ILEX database of U.S. cases, and IALS’s FLARE index of Treaties. All web sites are free.
The American Society of International Law (ASIL) has released its i.lex database of U.S. case law interpreting international law. Here is the description of the database from ASIL’s Web site:
This online database of select U.S. court cases and related materials is designed to serve as a practical resource for members of the judiciary and other legal professionals to identify and understand how international law is interpreted and applied by U.S. courts at both the federal and state level.
i.lex is not intended to serve as a comprehensive source of case law incorporating international law into the U.S. legal system. Rather, it offers users access to the most important cases involving particular areas of international law such as human rights, refugee and asylum law, diplomatic and consular relations, transportation and communication, trade and transactions, and more.
i.lex provides pdf versions of the opinions, as well as case summaries and brief anaylsis of a decision’s significance. One can search by keyword, topic, treaty or statute. The database includes both state and federal cases. Best of all, the folks at ASIL are not charging for this database. Thanks ASIL.
i.lex Legal Research System for International Law in U.S. Courts