Foreign & International Law

TRIAL: Latin Lawyer

The D’Angelo Law Library has arranged a trial to Latin Lawyer (trial access expires 18th December 2015).

Here’s info about Latin Lawyer:

Latin Lawyer 250 image“Latin Lawyer is the definitive business law resource for Latin America. Latin Lawyer’s independent team of journalists provides news and analysis of deals and cases, as well as legal and policy developments across the region. Alongside this, for over 10 years Latin Lawyer has compiled surveys, league tables, country profiles, interviews and roundtable discussions. Besides keeping readers up- to- date with a daily news email briefing, Latin Lawyer content is available online and through a magazine published 10 times a year…

…The Latin Lawyer editorial team provides intensive area research in the form of the Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s leading guide to business law firms. This guide provides an annual review of the legal marketplace across multiple Latin American jurisdictions, complete with analysis of the Latin American practices of international law firms…

…Latin Lawyer Reference provides answers to key legal and regulatory questions in Latin America on major practice areas. Leading practitioners and local counsel provide insight in over twenty practice areas, including Project Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Arbitration and Bank Financing. The interactive format allows for quick-and-easy comparisons across jurisdictions.”

TRIAL: American Immigration Lawyers Association’s AILALink

We have a month-long trial to AILALink:  Access is via campus IP address (not available off-campus via the proxy server).

AILALink includes primary law materials (immigration statutes, regulations, court and administrative decisions, memos, cables, minutes), government manuals, forms, AILA periodicals, and books such as Kurzban’s Immigration Law SourcebookEssentials of Immigration Law, Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law, AILA’s Asylum Primer, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Practice Manual, Representing Clients in Immigration Court, and the Consular Practice Handbook.

Try it and let us know what you think!



TRIAL: ProQuest History Vault: International Relations and Military Conflicts (through November 3d)

The Library has arranged a campuswide trial of the International Relations and Military Conflicts modules of ProQuest’s History Vault which feature ” formerly confidential reports of U.S. diplomats and military officers from 1911-1975″.  The digitzed archival databases provide access to letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries, and other primary source materials.

The International Relations and Military Conflicts modules are as follows:

  • U.S. Military Intelligence Reports, 1911-1944
  • U.S. Diplomatic Post Records, 1914-1945
  • World War II: U.S. Documents on Planning, Operations, Intelligence, Axis War Crimes, and Refugees (including documents on martial law in Hawaii and Nuremberg trials against Nazi war criminals)
  • Office of Strategic Services (OSS)-State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, 1941-1961
  • Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files, Europe, and Latin America, 1960-1969
  • Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975



Investor-State Law Guide (trial continues through September 30)

Interested in investment treaty arbitration? Looking for NAFTA and ICSID Convention jurisprudence? Search the ISLG. 

The D’Angelo Law Library has arranged a month-long trial of the Investor-State LawGuide: (select “login” at the top right-hand corner of the homepage; this will automatically log you in via IP authentication. 

The Investor-State LawGuide has the following useful research components:  

  • Subject Navigator
    Navigate through an electronic directory of investment treaty law that lays out subjects in branches and sub-branches of ever increasing detail. 
  • Article Citator  
    Instantly see how specific legal instruments relevant to investment treaty law have been interpreted by investment treaty arbitral tribunals. 
  • Jurisprudence Citators 
    Instantly see how decisions and awards have been treated by subsequent investment treaty arbitral tribunals. 
  • Treaties & Rules  
    Browse the text of all legal instruments relevant to investment treaty law in both XML and PDF formats. 
  • Dispute Documents 
    View and filter all publicly available investment treaty decisions and awards. 


Constitute recognized as an “outstanding source” for comparing constitutions

Professor Tom Ginsburg’s collaborative research tool, Constitute: “The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare,” has been named one of the Best Free Reference Websites of 2015! Winning sites are selected by the American Library Association Reference and User Services Association Emerging Technologies Section. Criteria for selection include quality, depth, usefulness, currency, and uniqueness of content, authoritativeness, efficiency, ease of access and use.

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The Machine-Assisted Reference Services (MARS) Best Free Reference Websites Committee, in its annotations to the list of 2015 winners, describes Constitute as follows:

[T]his site provides constitutions in force as of September 2013 from most of the world’s independent states. Constitutions are updated as they are amended. A user can browse using an alphabetical list, read in html, download in pdf, search by keyword or phrase, see where specific topics occur in each constitution, and select two to eight constitutions to compare side-by-side on a particular topic. The site has a clean, uncluttered design, with date of the constitution in effect and date of last amendment shown next to each country’s name. It is appropriate for students, scholars, and anyone interested in this topic. Constitute is an outstanding source for learning about and comparing the constitutions of most countries of the world.

Note that Constitute is a result of partnerships of the Comparative Constitutions Project with Google, Google Ideas, International IDEA, and many others. Constitute has not only an English interface (194 countries), but also an Arabic interface (54 independent states). Find out more about the project here

TRIAL (ends on September 13!): Cambridge Law Reports online

world-peace-090420jWe have a month-long trial (Aug 13-Sep 13, 2015) to a new online resource comprising the International Law Reports (ILR) and the International Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Reports  – the Cambridge Law Reports. The ILR has decisions of the International Court of Justice, other international tribunals, and decisions in national courts related to international law.  We also have e-access to the ILR via Justis’ International Law Reports.  And we have the ICSID Reports in print. Let us know what you think of the CLR versus Justis International Law Reports online. To access the trial please go to the following URL:



Have an international relations research topic? Check the Chatham House Online Archive

Chatham House logoThe Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) was founded in 1920 following the Paris Peace Conference. University of Chicago researchers now have access to its archives. The  Chatham House Online Archive “provides a searchable, browsable research environment that enables users to explore approximately half a million pages and over ninety years of research, expert analysis, and commentary published in briefing papers, special reports, pamphlets, conference papers and books.”

The archive includes the full text of Chatham House’s flagship publication, International Affairs, a leading academic journal on international relations (IR) topics, as well as audio recordings of Chatham House lectures, with searchable transcripts. 

You can explore the Chatham House Online Archive by region or by subject: 

  • Business and Trade
  • Communications and Media
  • Energy, Environment and Resources
  • Health and Population
  • International Economics, Finance and Investment
  • International Law
  • International Politics, Ideology and Diplomacy
  • International Security, War and Conflict
  • United Nations and UN Bodies

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Trial for Malaysian law database, Current Law Journal, ends July 20th

The D’Angelo Law Library has arranged a two-week free trial of Current Law Journal (CLJ) which ends July 20, 2015. The CLJ database includes Malaysian cases, articles, practice notes, legislative forms, precedents, sample agreements, and legislation. There is also a Shariah law reports component. Find out more at and

If you have a current University of Chicago ID and are interested in trying out the database, contact Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Foreign and International Law Librarian, at for login information.

New online resource:

The D’Angelo Law Library recently added to its collection of useful databases for researching international commercial arbitration. Check out ArbitrationLaw (Juris).  This database includes arbitration law journal articles, ebooks, treatises, handbooks, yearbooks, and practice guides.  It has reports of arbitral awards and court decisions, arbitration rules, laws, and treaties. 

You can access the full text online to the World Arbitration Reporter, the Encyclopedia of International Arbitration Law and Practice, titles in the ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association) and IAI (International Arbitration Institute) book series, and AAA/ICDR (American Arbitration Association/International Center for Dispute Resolution) handbooks and  yearbooks.  The ArbitrationLaw database is particularly useful for researching arbitration law practice and procedure in Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.  It specifically has commentary on arbitration practice in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Korea, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey.

ArbitrationLaw also contains the following journals: The American Review of International Arbitration (ARIA) 1990- ; Dispute Resolution Journal (DRJ) 1965- ; European International Arbitration Review (EIAR); Journal of American Arbitration (JAA); Journal of Damages in International Arbitration (JDIA); Journal of Technology in International Arbitration; Stockholm Arbitration Report (SAR) 1999-2003; Stockholm International Arbitration Review (SIAR) 2004-2009; World Arbitration and Mediation Review (WAMR) 1990- .

New e-resource: IFAR’s art law and cultural property databases

If you are interested in art law research, the D’Angelo Law Library now provides e-access to the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)’s Art Law & Cultural Property databases. IFAR describes them as follows:

International Cultural Property/Ownership & Export Legislation (ICPOEL)

This section contains legislation governing the export and ownership of cultural property from dozens of countries. The legislation is presented in both summary form and as complete text; the latter in the original language and in translation. Selected historical legislation is also included, as, while superseded or amended, it can be useful for researchers looking for statutes applicable at the time of the acquisition, export or import of an art object. Links connect foreign legislation to relevant U.S. case law. There are also links to relevant international conventions and bilateral agreements.

Case Law & Statutes (CLS)

This section contains an extensive body of primarily U.S. case law, including both litigated cases and, notably, hard-to-find, out-of-court settlements. The material is organized under eight topics: World War II-Era/Holocaust Related Art Loss; Cultural Property (Antiquities) Disputes Over Non-United States Property; United States Cultural Property; Art Theft (other than World War II and cultural property looting); Other Ownership Title Disputes/Claims Including Conversion and Breach of Contract; Art Fraud, Attribution, Authenticity, Forgery, Libel, and Defamatory Statements; Valuation/Appraisal; and Copyright, Moral Rights and Other Issues.

Under each topic, relevant cases are summarized (where possible, with images of the art objects in question). There are also links to relevant U.S. statutes, foreign legislation and a glossary.