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The web pages of organizations in the field of international law are excellent sources of information.  These pages provide links to reports, legislation, cases and other informative resources.  There are two kinds of international organizations – intergovernmental and nongovernmental. And although they differ in structure, they are basically the same in importance for research purposes.

Intergovernmental organizations are specialized agencies that have been described as “…established by intergovernmental agreement and having wide international responsibility” as described in their founding instruments.  [Charter, United Nations, Art. 57]  This type of organization consists of a group of member states established by treaty.

Some examples of intergovernmental organizations are:

            United Nations

            International Monetary Fund

            International Labour Organization

            International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights


            Council of Europe

            International Court of Justice

            Women Watch (United Nations)

            Organization of American States     


Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are independent, non-profit enterprises that deal with long term issues such as land mines and climate change.  The web pages of these organizations contain a wide variety of resources to help with research. Listed below are examples of NGOs.  But a more comprehensive list - Official List of all NGOs in Consultative Status with ESOCOS – can be found on the internet.



            Save the Children


            Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

            International Justice Resource Center


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