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Terrorism & the Law Research Guide: Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg

This guide includes information about how to find books, articles, and websites that focus on the legal analysis of terrorism.

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Lexis - International Research Basics

A good way to search Lexis Advance for legal analysis of terrorism is to use the Browse Topic feature:

  • Browse > Topic > Criminal Law & Procedure > Criminal Offenses > Crimes Against Persons > Terrorism
  • Browse > Topic > Criminal Law & Procedure > Sentencing > Sentencing Guidelines > Adjustments & Enhancements > Terrorism & Treason
  • Browse > Topic > International Law > Foreign & International Immunity > Sovereign Immunity > Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act > Exceptions > Terrorism
  • Browse > Topic > International Law > Individuals & Sovereign States > Human Rights > Terrorism

Lexis Advance is not the strongest resource for international law research, but it does provide access to U.S. cases addressing international law issues, a lot of articles covering international and comparative law, and a number of good secondary sources. 

To see the best international law sources on Lexis Advance:

- Select "Browse"
- Select "Sources"
- Select "By Practice Area"
- Select "International Law" to view sources such as:

  • Guide to International Legal Research
  • International Court of Justice Advisory Opinions
  • International Court of Justice Filings
  • International Court of Justice Judgments
  • International Judicial Assistance
  • International Law Emerging Issues
  • International Law Update
  • International Legal Materials
  • Smit & Herzog on the Law of the European Union
  • U.S. Naval War College International Law Studies Series

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Westlaw - International Research Basics

Westlaw: International & Comparative Law

Westlaw contains a limited number of resources covering international and comparative law.

Westlaw includes U.S. cases dealing with international law issues.

You will find alot of law reviews and journals focusing on international law.  You can locate articles about your topic by searching the "Secondary Sources" section.

The best resources with legal analysis of international and comparative law will be located by selecting the "International Materials" link and then "Treatises".  You will also find about 75 Multi-National Treatises.  These multi-national treatises may be your best resource available on Westlaw.  Each multi-national compilation includes analysis arranged by country.  Examples include:

In the "International Materials" section, you can also find a limited number of cases, administrative materials, legislation and journal articles.  Resources available here include:

In the "News" section, there are a few sources that deal specifically with Law & Terrorism including:


Westlaw - Business & Practice Oriented Resources:

The Practical Law resources on Westlaw offer a rich collection of up-to-date in-depth content including Practice Notes, Standard Documents and Clauses, Checklists, Toolkits, Legal Updates, Country-by-Country Legal Research Guidance, Country Comparison Tools, and Subject Specific Practice Resources.

There are several ways to locate international and comparative law resources using 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 legal issues mostly focusing on business law.  But the database does include excellent news and current awareness resources

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

  • News about International trade.
  • Reports on trade issues by country can be found by selecting the All Countries link in the sidebar
  • 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.

Bloomberg Law also provides access resources such as:

Subscribe to BNA news services - Hastings students who want to receive a free weekly email update with the contents (and links to articles) of The BNA International Trade Reporter should sign-up here, then click on " BNA publications."