Ideas for research paper topics in international and
Below is a list of webpages to
visit to get ideas for research paper topics in international and
comparative law. Click on the blue links to go directly to those pages.
Another way to find interesting topics for a research paper is to:
(1) take one of your own personal interests or a real life issue
(neither of which has to even be an international law topic), and then (2)
find its connection to international law. For
- Americans are debating whether convicted felons
should be allowed to vote. To find the international law
connection, go to an Internet search engine (such as Google or
Yahoo!) and then type in the search
terms "disenfranchisement + international law." You will
find existing treaties actually address the issue of criminal
- In recent years, major sports figures have
been accused of or disciplined for taking performance-enhacing drugs such
as certain kinds of steroids. When you type in the search terms
"doping + international law," you will find a UN treaty which
deals with that very issue.
- Parents constantly debate the
effectiveness of spanking their children as a disciplinary measure.
When you type in the search terms "spanking + international
law," you will find examples of treaties which implicitly ban the use
of corporal punishment of children. There is even an international legal
movement to ban corporal punishment of children.
(a) Quick ideas:
York International Law Review: This publication is published
by the New York State Bar Association, and it lists recent decisions by
New York state courts that involve some aspect of international law.
You’ll find this in the Periodicals section of the Law
Law Practicum: Also published by the New York State Bar
Association, this publication focuses on the practical aspects of
practicing law in an international setting.
Legal Materials: This is the actual name of the monthly
publication, and it’s located in the Periodicals section of the Law
Library. Here, you will find recent international law decisions issued by
a variety of courts and tribunals.
- International Human
Rights Reports: This publication lists recent international human
rights decisions. Back issues can be found in the stacks of the Mendik Law
Library. (K3239 .I58)
- American Journal of
International Law: This publication (which comes out four
times a year) has a wide variety of international and comparative law
stories. You’ll find this is the Periodicals section of the Mendik
Law Library. The tables of contents of back issues are also
Trade Organization cases: This page provides a listing of
recent cases decided by the World Trade Organization.
- North American Free
Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Claims: This page has a listing of
different parties who have submitted claims to a NAFTA dispute settlement
Monitor: This page has a listing of international judicial
news from around the world.
- Library of Congress Global
Legal Monitor: This page has a wide assortment of interesting
international and comparative law stories from around the
- NYLS Guide to International Legal
Research: Various listing of international law
International Review: This is the only newsletter published by
an ABA-accredited law school that reports on a wide variety of
international and comparative law issues . . . all in plain