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START HERE if you are researching the United Nations.
Decide what type of material you need. This guide will point
you to the relevant information, sources and official UN documents, whether in print or online. It has links to databases of
UN law and to many websites.
UN Research Guide
at the UN portal.
Researching the United Nations by Mary Rumsey at the
University of Minnesota.
Researching the United Nations: Finding the Organization's Internal
by Linda Tashbook
Quick List of UN databases:
United Nations Web
The official portal to the UN documentation system. Provides the The
United Nations Charter, information on UN
organs (document symbols), and main
Court of Justice
Full text of ICJ judgments, advisory opinions, orders,
applications, and press releases. For easier access, see
Cornell's mirror site.
The Commission was established by the General Assembly in 1947 to
promote the progressive development of international law and its
codification. The Commission, which meets annually, is composed of
34 members who are elected by the General Assembly for five year
terms and who serve in their individual capacity, not as
representatives of their governments.
International Labour Organization (ILO). NATLEX
contains the ILO's national labor law database; ILOLEX - international conventions.
See also Cornell's
mirror site for faster access.
Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Resolution on the internal judicial practice, rules of the Tribunal,
guidelines, basic texts, hearings, judgments, and settlement of
Official searchable database of PDF documents including resolutions, 1946-,
and other documents, 1992-. All official languages. Updated daily.
Organization for Security and
Co-operation in Europe
OSCE is a Pan-European security organization whose 55
participating states span the geographical area from Vancouver to
Vladivostok. As a regional arrangement under Chapter VIII of the
Charter of the United Nations, the OSCE has been established as a
primary instrument in its region for early warning, conflict
prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation in
AccessUN -- United Nations Index
A fee based index to UN documents and publications (accessible from
law school computers only). Identifies UN documents by subject,
title, UN document symbol, etc.
Access to Databases (accessible from law school computers only).
the most up-to-date version of the status table
Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General: Status
as at [date]
over 40,000 multilateral and bilateral treaties
from UNTS: United Nations Treaty Series in their authentic
with a translation into English and French, as appropriate
recently deposited treaties not yet published
Depositary Notifications (CNs) by the
Secretary-General on the status of the treaties (openings, deposit
Summary of Practice of the Secretary-General
as Depositary of Multilateral Treaties
Treaty Handbook, United Nations Office
of Legal Affairs Treaty Section
See Key terms and
of terms relating to Treaty Actions.
Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
core legal body within the United Nations system in the field of
international trade law.
Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights and the Commission
on Human Rights. Contains information, full-text
documents, treaty database. Documents from recent sessions are
available on the UN
website. Go to
Documentation and Maps> Economic and Social Council Resolutions
1982-, Decisions 1995-
Online index of UN publications and documentation indexed by the UN
Dag Hammarskjold Library and the UN Library in Geneva, and non-UN
publications in the Dag Hammarskjold Library, plus information on UN
votes (GA from 38th session, 1983-, and SC from 1946), and an index
of speeches (GA, SC and ECOSOC from 1983-).
UN System of Organization
The purpose of this pathfinder
is to identify major publications of the organizations comprising
the United Nations system. It includes global studies and reports, handbooks and
guides, bibliographies and indices, international statistical
publications, compilations of treaties, resolutions and documents as
well as annual reports of UN bodies and specialized agencies.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) information about the
organization, current events, publications, programs, documentation
and databases. There is a section called
Legal Instruments which provides access to conventions,
recommendations, and declarations.
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
United Nations Crime and Justice Information
Network and ODCCP
The index to bilateral agreements on extradition, judicial/ legal
assistance, control of narcotic drugs, and prisoner transfer by
World Health Organization-WHO
Contains full text national legislation-International
Digest of Heath Legislation.