OUP Launches “International Law in Domestic Courts”

by Roger Alford

Oxford University Press has just launched a new online database called International Law in Domestic Courts. It is edited by Professors André Nolkaemper and Erika de Wet of the University of Amsterdam. The Board of Editors includes Dinah Shelton and Ralph Steinhardt, among other luminaries.

The goal of the database is to collect all the major domestic decisions throughout the world that address international law. (Apparently it will also include decisions of key international tribunals such as the ICJ and the ECHR). Here is how they describe the project:

International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC) brings you the most important international law issues being decided in domestic courts around the world today. With legal experts in the field reporting on cases from over sixty-five jurisdictions, this online service highlights the full range of jurisprudence around the globe in a format that makes it easy to pinpoint specific legal issues and to compare how these issues have been dealt with in different jurisdictions. A vital resource for both lawyers in practice and legal scholars in a rapidly evolving field, ILDC tracks the changes in the law as they occur, offering bi-monthly updates on cases soon after they appear.

Throughout the year, our world-wide team of legal scholars monitors local courts in their assigned jurisdictions and selects the most relevant cases that examine issues of international law. Their expert commentary highlights the most salient points of the case and provides legal context to understand the implications of how national courts have interpreted International Law in reaching their decisions. English translations of key passages, along with full judgments in the original language, make this a valuable tool for lawyers and legal scholars in all practice settings.

It is a subscription-based database that I am confident many law libraries will want to make available for their constituents, be they faculty, students, lawyers, or judges. (I’ve already recommended that my librarian subscribe to the database.)


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