International Web sites

United Nations and related organisations

United Nations

United Nations System of Organization: Links
Lists all UN organisations in alphabetical order or by theme.

Convention on Biological Diversity
This site contains the texts of the Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety plus extensive official reports and documents relating to biosafety and biodiversity.

United Nations Economic and Social Development. Division for Sustainable Development
This site contains documents such as key conferences and resolutions plus links to major agreements and conventions relating to sustainable development.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - | World Conservation Monitoring Centre - - Provide information on biodiversity and ecosystems as well analysis and reports.

United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

  • UNESCO World Heritage Convention
    The World Heritage Centre is “the focal point and coordinator within UNESCO for all matters related to World Heritage.” The web site has the text of the World Heritage Convention plus related documents and links.
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

IUCN - The World Conservation Union - Environmental Law Programme
“the world’s largest and most important conservation network”. The website contains reports, news and extensive links to environmental agreements and organisations.
World Commission on Protected Areas:

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
This website contains “official documents and other relevant documentation issued since 1991 as part of the process of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and of the Kyoto Protocol.”

World Bank
The website contains reports, working papers and articles on economic, social and environmental issues. It has an extensive amount of material that is available by subject or country/region.

International Think Tanks

International Institute for Sustainable Development - IISD Linkages
This is a “resource for environment and development policy makers” by the think tank the International Institute for Sustainable Development. It provides coverage of international environmental negotiations and has a bi-monthly updating service.

International Environmental Law, Conventions and Treaties

Australian Treaties Database (ATD)
This “is an on-line resource for researching treaties to which Australia is a signatory, or where Australia has taken other treaty action.” It is hosted on Austlii. Treaties can be searched by subject, date or keyword, or search strings.

Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators (ENTRI)
ENTRI is a cooperative effort for accessing multilateral environmental treaty data run by The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). It has contributions from organisations such as IUCN, UNEP and Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Fletcher Multilaterals Project
The Multilaterals Project at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University has a wide variety of international conventions organised by subject.

International Law Commission
This site provides access to the documentation, reports, texts and instruments of the Commission.

A "comprehensive listing of United Nations documents and publications on law-related topics can be retrieved through the UNBISnet database. UNBISnet provides links to the full text of recent documentation."

United Nations International Law Page
Includes links to international courts, treaties and the Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea

United Nations Treaty Collection
Normally, the treaties on this site are not free although some information such as a list of multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General is. However, Sydney University Law Library has a subscription to the treaty collection which staff and students can use via its homepage.

ECOLEX combines the environmental law information holdings of the three partner organizations FAO, IUCN and UNEP. The pool of ECOLEX data is impressive; it contains comprehensive bibliographic and analytical information as well as full text links to more than 1100 multilateral and bilateral agreements, 62 000 on national legislation, 420 court decisions and 28 000 records on literature on law and policy:

Official EU Law portal which provides access to treaties, legislation, case-law and legislative proposals

World Legal Resources in Environmental Law

ASIL-EISIL - the Electronic Information System for International Law
This resource was developed by the American Society of International Law. It has a section on international environmental law which has extensive links to primary and secondary sources.

It also has a useful research guide which has a chapter on international environmental law.

Cornell University Law Library - Selected Foreign & International Resources for the Legal Researcher provides access to foreign law sites, international organisations, topical guides and U.S Government sources on foreign and international law

Directory of Environmental Websites -

E-Law Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide
This website provides access to legal and scientific resources throughout the world by region and by topic.

Georgetown University Law Library Environmental Law Websites -
“A collection of the most useful web sites on 16 topics in international and foreign environmental law” compiled by the International & Foreign Law Department, Georgetown University Law Library.

Hieros Gamos Law and Government Resources: Countries A – D
This site has extensive links to legal materials all over the world.

International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC)
“The International Environmental Law Research Centre is an independent research organisation focusing on international and comparative environmental law issues, with a particular emphasis on India and East Africa.” The web site contains documents such as articles, working papers and briefing papers.

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law -

Washington University School of Law - Washlaw Legal Research on the Web
This site has extensive links to legal materials all over the world

World Legal Information Institute
“Free, independent and non-profit access to worldwide law”