Great Resources: HeinOnline – Harvard Research in International Law


This forty-first installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

HeinOnline’s Harvard Research in International Law collection is another relatively small resource within Hein, however it  provides focused access to Harvard’s international law research project of 1929-1939. This includes both the original materials, commentaries with analysis, as well as a link to Hein’s Law Journal Library which searches for relevant articles affiliated with this research. This preset search returns over 41,000 results; however this search contains options to search within and can be further refined (for example, a search within for “Bolivia” narrows these results down to only 1,323 results and could be narrowed even more).

As for the materials themselves, the original documents section provides a look at the documents themselves as produced and edited from 1929 to 1939. The commentaries take a look at this project from the vantage point of 2007 and give a modern analysis. An interesting aspect of this collection is definitely the time frame, as the years 1929-1939 (the decade culminating in the outbreak of World War Two in Europe) would have been a turbulent time in international law. From the first page of the original documents this frame of reference is readily apparent through mentions of the United Nations’ ill-fated predecessor, the League of Nations.

This collection would definitely be worth a look for anyone interested in international law or the 1929-1939 time period.

To access the Harvard Research in International Law collection in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Librarythe Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, the Subject Compilations of State LawsEarly American Case LawSpinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Philip C. Jessup Library, and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws collection.