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Oxford Reports on International Law

Access to English-language translations of cases from foreign jurisdictions in English has been made easier with the library's recent subscription to Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL). ORIL is an electronic database that contains important decisions on public international law from international courts and tribunals, domestic courts and ad hoc tribunals. The law library currently has access to the following two modules:

  • Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC)

  • Oxford Reports on International Courts of General Jurisdiction (ICGJ)


ILDC covers cases in international law from the domestic courts of around 70 jurisdictions. Key passages of each case have been translated into English and incorporated into the database. In addition, commentary and analysis accompany each decision.

ILDC is an ongoing project. Currently, coverage of cases dates back to 2000, but the goal is to create an archive of older decisions. 


ICGJ covers all contentious and advisory cases from the International Court of Justice, Permanent Court of International Justice, and International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The cases include headnotes with key information about the decision, including dates, parties, and judges, as well as subjects, keywords and "core issues" applied to the case.


Submitted by Sunil Rao, on February 11, 2010

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