International law is a primary concern of the United Nations. The third preambular paragraph of the UN Charter states as a key goal of the organization "to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained". The Statute of the International Court of Justice is an integral part of the Charter, and the ICJ is a principal organ of the UN.
International law is a complex and specialized field. This guide provides an introduction to the key documentation of the UN.
The UN Juridical Yearbook provides an overview of the legal activities of the organization during the year.
A more comprehensive listing of United Nations documents and publications on law-related topics can be retrieved through UNBISnet. UNBISnet provides links to the full text of recent documentation. Some subject terms which might prove useful in conducting a search are:
Additional descriptors may be identified through the UNBIS Thesaurus.
Proper names may also be used for subject searches: