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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.