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The following list provides links to some useful websites relating to international law.

American Society of International Law
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1906 and based in Washington D.C. Its mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations.

Centre for International and Public Law
Established in 1990 as part of the Australian National University College of Law in Canberra, the Centre focuses on the relationship between governments, and between governments and their citizens, from both a domestic and international perspective.

Hague Conference on Private International Law
An intergovernmental organization established in 1893 in the Netherlands whose purpose is to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law. It negotiates and drafts multilateral treaties (conventions) in the area of private international law.

Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction ('Hague Abduction Convention')
Concluded in 1980 and entering into force in 1983, the Hague Abduction Convention establishes a process for the expeditious return of children under the age of 16 who have been abducted from one signatory nation to another signatory nation. As of 2012, 87 nations are signatories (most Asian, African and Middle Eastern nations are not signatories).

International Institute for the Unification of Private Law
Set up in 1926 as an auxiliary organ of the League of Nations, this intergovernmental organization, based in Rome, is commonly referred to as 'UNIDROIT'. Its purpose is to study methods for modernizing, harmonizing and coordinating private and in particular commercial law between States and groups of States.

International Law Association
Founded in Brussels in 1873, but now based in London, its objectives are the study, clarification and development of international law, both public and private, and the furtherance of international understanding and respect for international law.

International Law Commission
Established in 1947 by the United Nations General Assembly, the Commission convenes annually in Geneva, Switzerland to promote the development and codification of international law.

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
Founded in Berlin in 1924, and now based in Heidelberg, the Institute is concerned with researching basic issues and current developments in the areas of public international law, European law, comparative public law and German public law.

Organization of American States
Chartered in 1948 in Bogota, Colombia, the OAS brings together the 35 independent countries of the Americas to strengthen cooperation on democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world. It created the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, which was the first international expression of human rights principles.

United Nations
The United Nations Charter was signed on 26 June 1945 by the representatives of the 50 countries. The International Court of Justice, and the codification of International Law are part of the United Nations' efforts to solve problems that challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are more than 30 affiliated organizations, known together as the UN system.


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