Foreign and UN Resources


Foreign Governments

Background Notes
Basic background information on countries; from the U.S. State Department

Constitution Finder
Find constitutions, charters, etc. by country; from the Univ. of Richmond

Foreign Information by Country
Guides to finding information sorted by country; from the Univ. of Colorado at Boulder

Portals to the World
"links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world"; from the Library of Congress


Foreign Laws

British and Irish Legal Information Institute
"Find British and Irish case law & legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material" in 76 databases covering 7 jurisdictions

CanLII: Canadian Legal Information Institute
Includes federal, provincial, and territorial court rules and decisions, statutes and regulations, and other Canadian legal documents

Guide to Foreign Databases by Jurisdiction
From NYU Law; find foreign legal resources by country, includes guides to foreign legal research

LexisNexis Academic (Requires UCSC or OCA access)
Includes legislation and court cases for multiple countries including Canada, the EU, Australia, etc.

World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)
Case-law, legislation, treaties, law reform reports, law journals and links to official government websites by country or subject

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
Database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, etc. of foreign government agencies and international organizations; from the Library of Congress

Guide to law online: Nations of the World
Legal information by country; from the Library of Congress

Foreign Legal Gazettes
Published by governments worldwide are the means the government can communicate with officials and the general public; listed alphabetically by country


International Law

International Law
Overview of International Law and links to materials; from Cornell Univ. Law School

International Legal Research Tutorial
Treaty research guides, links to international organizations, etc.; from Duke Univ. School of Law

GATT Digital Library (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade)
Find documents, information and resources about GATT

Office of the United States Trade Representative
Includes full-text global, regional, and bilateral trade agreements

Treaty Affairs
From the US Dept. of State; includes Treaty Reports, Treaties in Force, the Treaties & Other International Acts Series, etc.

From the Library of Congress; covers 90th congress to current

United Nations Treaty Collection
Multilateral treaties deposited with the UN, UN Treaty Series and cumulative index, status of treaties, etc.

LexisNexis Academic (Requires UCSC or OCA access)
Full text of ratified and unratified treaties from 1776 to current.


International & Regional Organizations

Europa: The European Union On-Line
Homepage of the EU; gateway to EU activities, documents, institutions, and services

European Government Information
Links to EU institutions and documents; from UC Berkeley

"the European digital library, museum and archive...2 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers"

NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation

NATO Research & Technology Organization

World Bank Data
Search by topic or find data for countries of the world

World Bank e-Library (Requires UCSC or OCA access)
Over 1,200 World Bank titles, searchable by keywords, title, and author.

World Development Indicators Online (Requires UCSC or OCA access)
The World Bank's annual compilation of data about development; provides direct access to more than 550 development indicators, with time series for 208 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to 2001.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

GATT Digital Library
Predecessor to the WTO (1947-1994); find GATT documents, information, and resources


United Nations Resources

United Nations

Compilation of UN statistical databases: "14 databases and 6 glossaries containing over 55 million data points and covering a whole range of statistics including Population, Industry, Energy, Trade and National Accounts"

Official Documents of the United Nations (English)
Find all official UN documents from 1993-present. Resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, and the Trusteeship Council available from 1946-present.

UN System Libraries
Links to publications and databases sorted by UN Agency/Organization

UN System of Organizations

Yale's UN Work Station

United Nations Documentation Research Guide

United Nations Treaty Collection
Multilateral treaties deposited with the UN, UN Treaty Series and cumulative index, status of treaties, etc.


Selected UN Agencies

Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

International Labor Organization (ILO)

UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UN Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

UN Development Programme-Sustainable Human Development (UNDP)

UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

UN Industrial Development Organization

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

UN Population Fund

World Food Programme (WFP)

World Health Organization (WHO)


Selected UN Offices

UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

UN Environment Programme

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UN International Drug Control and Crime Prevention (UNODCCP)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)