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English for Law – Books & Resources

Below is a list of some great books and educational material regarding this subject. We have added links to an online US bookstore, should you need further information on these products. You can also copy / paste the name of the author or book into the search box opposite.

List of books that contain English-language definitions and descriptions of international and foreign legal terms and concepts:

There are many dictionaries and encyclopedias devoted to specific international topics as well (for example, Dictionary of International Trade or Encyclopedia of Human Rights).

1. Bledsoe and Boczek, The International Law Dictionary (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1987) [International Reference KZ1161 .B57 1987].

2. Plano and Olton, The International Relations Dictionary (4th ed., Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1988) [Reference KZ1161 .P55 1988].

3. Lindbergh, International Law Dictionary (London: Blackstone Press, 1992) [Reference & International Reference KZ1161 .L56 1992].

4. Osmanczyk, The Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Relations (2nd ed., NY: Taylor & Francis, 1990) [International Reference KZ4968 .O8213 1990].

5. Parry, Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (New York: Oceana, 1986) [International Reference KZ1161 .P35 1986].

6. Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Amsterdam: North Holland, 12 vols., 1981-1990) [International Reference KZ1160 .E53 1981] and the new edition (1992-) [International Reference KZ1160 .E53 1992].

7. Fox, Dictionary of International and Comparative Law (Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana, 1997) [International Reference KZ1161 .F69 1997].

8. Bennett, Historical Dictionary of the United Nations (London: Scarecrow Press, 1995) [International Reference KZ4970 .B395 1995].

9. International Law Dictionary and Directory (definitions of words and phrases used in private and public international law with cross-references (by link) to related words and phrases) .

10. International Law, Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.

11. Treaty Reference Guide and Glossary of Terms Related to Treaty Actions .

12. Zimmerman’s Research Guide, An Online Encyclopedia for Legal Researchers by Andrew Zimmerman .

Foreign-Language Equivalents

1. Herbst, Dictionary of Commercial, Financial and Legal Terms (4th rev.& enl. ed., Thun, Switzerland: Translegal, 1985-87) [International Reference HB61 .H462 1985].
2. West’s Law and Commercial Dictionary in Five Languages: Definitions of the Legal and Commercial Terms and Phrases of American, English and Civil Law Jurisdictions (St. Paul, MN: West, 1985) [International Reference K54 .W47 1985].

3. English-French-Spanish-Russian Manual of the Terminology of Public International Law (Law of Peace) and International Organizations, (Brussels: Bruylant ; Deventer, The Netherlands : Kluwer, 1983) [International Reference KZ1161 .P33 1983].

4. LEXIS provides access to Dahl’s French-English Law Dictionary and Dahl’s Spanish-English Law Dictionary. We have these dictionaries in print as well.

5. YourDictionary.comĀ  Access to a number of foreign language dictionaries. Some law dictionaries are available as well

Background Information on an International or Foreign Law Concept

1. Osmanczyk, The Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Relations (2nd ed., NY: Taylor & Francis, 1990) [International Reference KZ4968 .O8213 1990]

2. Parry, Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (New York: Oceana, 1986). [International Reference KZ1161 .P35 1986].

3. Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Amsterdam: North Holland, 12 vols., 1981-1990) [International Reference KZ1160 .E53 1981] and the new edition (1992-) [International Reference KZ1160 .E53 1992].

4. International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (New York: Oceana) [International Reference K 530 .I57].

5. Martindale Hubbell International Law Digest (New Providence, NJ :
Martindale-Hubbell,1993- ) [ International Reference, Reserve, Reading Room Index KF190 .M45]. Also available on LEXIS (INTLAW library; INTDIG file).

6. Restatement of the Law, Third, Foreign Relations Law of the United States (Philadelphia, PA: The American Law Institute, 1987 & Supp. 1998). Also available on LEXIS and WESTLAW. [Reading Room Mez. KF395.A2 F63 1987]

7. Yearbook of the United Nations (Norwell, MA: Kluwer, 1947- ). [KZ4947 .U65]

8. Rengger and Campbell, Treaties and Alliances of the World (6th ed., London: Catermill, 1995) [International Reference KZ64 .T72 1995].