The International Law collection at Columbia includes over 60,000 titles in the areas of public and private international law. Including primary and secondary sources, both historic and current, the Diamond Law School Library reflects the scholarly teaching heritage of John Bassett Moore. Special emphasis is placed on arbitration, intellectual property, international organizations, and human rights. The majority of these materials are located on the second floor of the library.
In addition, the library's Foreign and Comparative Law collection includes over 200,000 titles. The library collects primary and secondary legal materials from almost all the countries of the world, permitting in-depth research of all foreign legal systems. Most of these materials are located in the library Cellar.
For assistance with the International, Foreign and Comparative law collections, please contact the Reference Desk. For suggestions regarding purchases in international, comparative and foreign law, please contact Silke Sahl, International, Comparative and Foreign Law Librarian at email@example.com
The greater part of the second floor is occupied by the Library's international law collection. The Library has an outstanding collection of treatises, arranged according to the JX-modified call number system and covering all aspects of international law such as law of the sea, law of war and peace, human rights, and conflicts of laws. The Library is also a United Nations depository and features one of the best collections of United Nations legal documents in the country.
In the area immediately in front of the elevator in the Cellar is the Library's collection of materials which compare the legal systems and laws of two or more countries and which have been assigned a "Comp" call number.
The largest portion of the cellar is devoted to foreign legal materials. With few exceptions, primary and secondary legal materials from all countries of the world are located here, to your right as you step from the elevator. The few exceptions, as discussed below, are materials from Canada (fifth floor), materials on Japanese law (Second Floor), and materials from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand (Fourth Floor). For a more precise location of a country's collection, please consult the map posted near the elevator and, for more information about the organization of these collections, see the Schiller call number guide.
The entire fifth floor contains Canadian primary and secondary legal materials that have been assigned a KE call number. Treatises cataloged before 1979 are shelved in the Cellar with the T collection, bound periodicals on the Fourth Floor and current periodical issues in the Reserve Reading Room. The fifth floor is accessible by the stack elevator only.
The collection of the Toshiba Library, located in the southeast portion of the second floor, contains approximately 21,000 volumes on Japanese law, including statutory materials, law reports and periodicals. About 90% of these materials are in Japanese. Questions about the collection can be addressed to the main reference desk (on the Third Floor), or, if further assistance is required, to the curator of the Toshiba Library. Please also see the Toshiba Library website.