Databases

The Peace Palace Library has (paid) subscriptions to online content of a growing collection of legal databases. View these from any place inside the library; usually access works without logging in (by IP address), sometimes you need a username-password, which you can get from the service desk.


Browse our A-Z list to select a database. If you hover over these links you will see a short explanation.

  • Annotated leading cases of international criminal tribunalsFull text of the most important decisions, including concurring, separate and dissenting opinions from the ICTY, ICTR, SCSL, The International Criminal Tribunal for Timor-Leste and the ICC
  • Beck-onlineGerman-language database containing many important German legal journals and books in full text
  • Brill's International Law and Human Rights E-Books OnlineFulltext searchable collections of book titles (monographs, edited volumes, and handbooks) as published annually by Brill Publishers. Subject that are covered include public international law, law of the sea, international trade law, international labour law, environmental law, european law, islamic law, international relations, international organizations, terrorism and legal history.
  • CAIRNFrench-language database containing a number of legal journals
  • CIAO, Columbia International Affairs OnlineGreat source containing materials on international relations and international affairs
  • ChinaLawInfoLegal information service from Peking University
  • DallozFrench language database containing many important French legal journals and books in full text
  • DeJureItalian language database containg jurisprudence, laws, doctrines and other sources
  • Ebooks: Boom uitgevers Den HaagList of more than seventy titles on a.o. International Law
  • EldialEldial is a legal database containing mainly national law from Argentina.
  • Hein Legal ClassicsThe Legal Classics library offers more than 2,400 works from some of the greatest legal minds in history. In addition to many classics, this collection includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world. The collection focuses on constitutional law, comparative law, political science, and other classic topics.
  • Hein Online Foreign & International Law Resources DatabaseLarge database containing many of the foremost English language law journals
  • Hein World TrialsThis section offers hundreds of historical trials from the Cornell University Law Library's and includes transcripts and reports for famous trials such as the Nuremberg war crimes trials, Sacco ,Vanzetti, Leopold, Loeb and many more. It also contains Law Reports of Trials of War Criminals, Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, Trial of German Major War Criminals, Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal (IMT, Nuremberg), Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals under Control Council Law No. 10. American State Trials are also included.
  • Investment Arbitration ReporterNews and Analysis service tracking international arbitrations
  • Investment ClaimsProvides access to arbitration awards, court awards, decisions, bilateral investment treaties, multilateral treaties, journal articles and arbitration laws
  • Investor State Law GuideInvestor-State Law Guide (ISLG) is comprehensive research tool in the area of investment treaty arbitration containing rules, conventions, bilateral investment treaties, free trade agreements and much more
  • Juris Arbitration LawIncludes arbitration related materials compiled by juris legal publishing company. The highlights include arbitral awards and court decisions from PCA, ICSID, ICDR, CAS, SCC and UNCITRAL. Full electronic access to extensive collection of journals, practice manuals, reference guides, commentaries and treatises from Asia and Eastern-Europe. American Arbitration Association materials are also covered.
  • JustisThis database contains case law from the United Kingdom and Ireland. In addition, it also holds EU as well as international case law. Case coverage goes back to 1163 and legislation from 1235. In addition, this online resource features articles, primary and specialist case law and human rights acts.
  • JutaLawJuta Online Publications includes: South African Law Reports, Statutes, Journals and other commentary publications on the subject of administrative, civil procedure, commercial, constitutional, criminal, intellectual property, international, labour, mining, revenue and shipping law. JUTA Law also provides access to the legal materials from Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Zambia Law Reports.
  • Kluwer: Arbitration OnlineA fully-searchable database of primary and secondary materials in the field of International Commercial Arbitration,
  • Kluwer: Competition LawCollection of primary source material, commentary, and analysis in EU competition law
  • KluwerLawOnlineFeatures access to looseleaf treatises on a variety of international law topics and includes Journals and Manuals by topic and country
  • Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International LawThis online resource contains peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of public international law
  • OGELThis database of the Oil, Gas, Energy and Law gives access an international journal focusing on recent developments in the area of oil-gas-energy law
  • OJ OnlinePlusOJ OnlinePlus is the single point of access to enhanced European Union law materials
  • Oxford Constitutional LawThe only resource to contain English-language versions of all the world's constitutions, both national and sub-national, accompanied by individual jurisdictional commentaries
  • Oxford Reports: International LawA reporting service focusing on the way that courts from countries around the world deal with matters of international law
  • Oxford Reports: International criminal lawThese reports focus on decisions from a range of international criminal courts and tribunals
  • Oxford Reports: International human rights lawinternational decisions on human rights from a variety of global and regional courts
  • Oxford Reports: International investment claimsAims to publish all publicly available awards and decisions arising out of international investment arbitrations
  • Oxford Scholarship Online : LawOSO offers access to scholarly works (E-Books) from key disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, science, medicine, and law
  • Oxford Scholarship Online : Political Science
  • Rechtsdatenbank
  • Recueil des CoursThe collected courses of the The Hague Academy from 1923 until the present day
  • SCC Online (INDIA)SSC online is a legal database containing an enormous collection of legal materials from India as well as from other overseas countries.
  • SabinetSabinet offers the most comprehensive collection of electronic African journals in the world covering subjects such as law, theology, humanities, science, medical and health sciences
  • SpringerLinkSpringerLink is the starting point of access for Springer online journals and Springer online books. The Peace Palace Library has acquired Springer eBooks in Humanities, Environmental Science and Law
  • SwissLEXA legal database from Switzerland providing access to judicial decisions and academic resources about Swiss law
  • TradeLawGuideTradeLawGuide (TLG) sets a new standard for researching World Trade Organization Law.
  • United Nations Treaty SeriesThis publication contains the texts of over 50,000 bilateral and multilateral treaties and subsequent treaty actions in their authentic language(s), along with a translation into English and French
  • Westlaw InternationalA comprehensive collection consisting of case law, legislation, law reviews, treaties and directories for the US and other selected jurisdictions worldwide
  • World Trade LawA searchable database of reports relating to the World Trade Organisation, and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade