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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 Legal Topic Search feature.  Select the "Find A Topic" tab and then search for your topic or browse the listed topics:

  • Find A Topic > Criminal Law & Procedure > Criminal Offenses > Crimes Against Persons > Terrorism
  • Find A Topic > Criminal Law & Procedure > Sentencing > Sentencing Guidelines > Adjustments & Enhancements > Terrorism & Treason
  • Find A Topic > International Law > Foreign & International Immunity > Sovereign Immunity > Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act > Exceptions > Terrorism
  • Find A 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. 

There are several ways to locate the best international law sources on Lexis Advance including:

  • Search the Lexis Advance search box
  • Select the Practice Area tab
  • Select the Find A Source tab, or
  • Select the Find A Topic tab

- You'll find international law sources such as:

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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:

Other terrorism law related resources available on Westlaw include:


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 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:

Bloomberg Law also provides access resources such as: