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International Environmental Law Research Guide: Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg

Resources for researching international environmental law.

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Lexis - Research Basics

Lexis: International Environmental Law

Lexis Advance does not have many resources for providing legal analysis of international environmental law issues. 

The best Lexis Advance international environmental law resources include:

  • Select "Secondary Sources" tab, then select "Law Reviews and Journals"
  • "Doing Business" guides covering various countries
  • Select the "International" tab
  • Select "Practice Area" tab and then select "International Law" or "Environmental Law"

You can also still access international resources on Lexis by signing in to Lexis Advance, and then connect to Lexis.com.  To connect to Lexis.com select the "Lexis Advance Research" pull-down menu in the top left corner of the screen.  Here you can find several useful sources including:

  • International Law Digests
  • International Law Emerging Issues
  • Guide to International Legal Research: Ch 11 Environment
  • Doing Business Guides
  • Treaties and International Agreements
  • Add Tabs to locate "Environment" / "Foreign" / "International Law" resources

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Westlaw - International Law Research Basics

Westlaw: International Environmental Law

Westlaw contains a limited number of resources covering international environmental law..

- Most of these resources will be news sources.

- There are a few law reviews and journals focusing on international environmental law.  You can locate articles about various international environmental law topics by searching the Secondary Sources section or the Energy & Environment Secondary Sources section.

- Several resources with legal analysis of international environmental law issues can be located by selecting the "International Materials" link and then "Treatises". 

  • You will find about 75 Multi-National Treatises.  There is one multi-national treatise specifically covering international envoronmental law and several covering business aspects of environmental law:  Each multi-national compliation includes analysis arranged by country.  Examples include:
    • Comparative Environmental Law & Regulation
    • American Law Reports - International
    • Digest of Commercial Laws of the World
    • International Trade Practice
    • Law of Transnational Business Transactions
    • Litigating International Torts in U.S. Courts
    • Litigation of International Disputes in U.S. Courts
    • New Directions in the Law of the Sea
    • Transnational Contracts

Westlaw - Practical Law

Westlaw - Practice Oriented Resources:

From the Westlaw main page you can select Practical Law to search additional resources.

Practical Law offers a rich collection of up-to-date in-depth business law and litigation content including Practice Notes, Standard Documents and Clauses, Checklists, Toolkits, Legal Updates, Country-by-Country Legal Research Guides, Country Comparison Tools, and Subject Specific Practice Resources.

There are several ways to locate international environmental law resources in Practical Law:

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Bloomberg Law / Bloomberg BNA - Research Basics

Bloomberg Law & Bloomberg BNA:

Bloomberg Law contains a limited amount of legal analysis of international environmental law.  But the database does include excellent news resources and current awareness reports

The best international environmental law resources can be located by:

  • Selecting the "News & Law Reports" tab at the top of the page
  • Then select "BNA Law Reports"
  • This provides a list of Reports by topic - Select "Environment" from the list.
  • This expands the list to show all of the environment reports including the International Environment Reporter:
    • Chemical Regulation Reporter
    • Daily Environment Report
    • EHS Federal Regulatory Alert
    • EHS State Regulatory Alert
    • Energy and Climate Report
    • Environment Reporter
    • Environmental Compliance Bulletin
    • Environmental Due Diligence Guide Report
    • Green Incentives Monitor
    • International Environment Reporter
    • Right-to-Know Planning Guide Report
    • State Environment Daily
    • Toxics Law Reporter
    • Water Law & Policy Monitor  

Bloomberg Law also provides access to the Bloomberg BNA International Trade Reporter

  • News about international trade.
  • Includes trade information by country - Select the All Countries link.  
  • The weekly report service provides comprehensive, current information on developments affecting the trade and international business policies of the US and major US trading partners. It includes the latest news and trends in US trade policy, including regulatory, legislative, and judicial developments, activities of the International Trade Commission, World Trade Organization, and Departments of State, Treasury & Commerce.