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Introduction to Legal Research

This guide is an introduction to legal research at the University of Melbourne. This guide is intended for law students in the JD, MLM , Breadth programs who are new to legal research. Students in other disciplines who may need to conduct legal research


If you know the tribunal that issued the decision, search that particular tribunal’s website.

International tribunals are similar to a country’s domestic courts in that that they have different jurisdiction to hear a particular type of case. 

Probably the best known international tribunal is the UN’s International Court of Justice, which is one of the few courts with general jurisdiction. 

Other well-known international courts such as the International Criminal Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union are specialised courts with limited jurisdiction.  

Other international courts and tribunals which issue decisions include:

Oxford Reports on International Law

If you do not know the tribunal that issued the decision, or want to make a broader search (eg, by subject), use the Oxford Reports on International Law.

  • Database contains judgments from multiple international courts and tribunals
  • Use “Advanced Search” to search by subject, jurisdiction and state party
  • Then “Narrow Your Choices” using options on the left-hand side