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International Law: Referencing for International Law

This guide contains resources and guidance to help students find international legal materials.

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For International Law assignments, your subject coordinator may give you the option of choosing from one of these two referencing styles:

  • the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC), 4th Edition, or
  • the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA)

Download your chosen style guide from the links below.

What is referencing and why is it important? 


At university you are expected to reference information sources used in your assignments. Referencing is important as it:

  • gives credit to authors
  • shows that you’ve done your research  
  • means that others can find the resources you have used.

Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th edition)


For help on how to reference legal resources, have a look at the AGLC Guide (4th edition). 

You can open it in a new page and download it by clicking the link below.

Useful Sections

These sections of the AGLC guide contain instructions on how to cite international legal material:

  • Treaties - Section 8 (starts on page 133)
  • UN Materials - Section 9 (starts on page 142)
  • International Courts & Tribunals  - Sections 10-12 (starts on page 159)
  • Foreign Domestic Sources - Part V (starts on page 211)

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The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) 


OSCOLA (The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities) is a referencing style widely used in law schools in the UK and beyond.

  • Use OSCOLA 2006 edition - to cite International Law materials
  • Use OSCOLA 2012 (4th edition) - to cite all other types of materials

Referencing software: EndNote


EndNote is a software package that will assist you to collect, store, organise and use your references. It supports the AGLC style.

To learn more about EndNote, visit the page linked below, have a look at our EndNote videos and sign up for our EndNote workshops.