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International Law: United Nations Materials

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

United Nations materials


The United Nations was founded in 1945 to foster good relations and cooperation between nations. It is a large organisation made up of principal and subsidiary organs, and specialised agencies.

Explore the directory and the system chart for more information on the UN as an organisation.

United Nations documents


These are the main repositories for United Nations documents:

1. United Nations Digital Library (UNDL) - an online database of UN documents, voting data, speeches, maps, and open access publications. The platform provides access to UN-produced materials in digital format and bibliographic records for print UN documents starting in 1979.

2. United Nations Official Document System (ODS) - an online database of full-text, born-digital UN documents published from 1993 onward, including documents of the Security Council, the General Assembly, and other organs of the UN. The ODS contains documents not collected by the UNDL, and older documents are being added periodically.

3. UN Member States: On The Record - Part of the UNDL, this database provides access to official documents reflecting the views and actions of UN Member States.

Research Guides on United Nations Materials

These research guides on finding UN materials have been developed by various law libraries and law research institutions around the world:

We recommend exploring them as they contain much additional information that is not covered in this guide.