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Legal Research Resources

About this Guide

This guide is intended as a starting point for delegates and UN staff doing legal research.

It provides access to the resources available through the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, including:

  • Library services
  • research guides
  • subscription electronic resources
  • websites related to international law

See the Library's research guide on UN Documentation: International Law for a more detailed guide to the key legal documentation of the United Nations.

Frequently Consulted Texts

Books remain an excellent source of information for international law research, especially for: 

  • annotations
  • travaux préparatoires
  • treaty commentaries 
    • UN Charter 
    • other conventions and treaties

The most consulted books in our legal library reference collection (non-circulating) are listed below. Some titles are also available as ebooks at UN Headquarters.

Law Library

Law books in the library

We support the research needs of people concerned with the legal aspects of the work of the United Nations.

The Law Library is located in the ground floor of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library building.

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