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The library possesses an in-house classification system, which is used to classify books and journals. The classification supports your search with regard to content and is divided into three sections. (Unfortunately the classification system for books and journals hasn’t been translated into English yet.)
Please download the classification system’s PDF version via:
The wide-ranging selection of periodicals (yearbooks) and collection editions (inter alia commemorative publications) in international law available at the Library are continuously evaluated and classified by the research staff. The evaluation of journals was ceased at the end of 2018.
The articles' classification is divided into three sections. The evaluation of comparative and municipal law was discontinued in 2010.
Comparative Law (- 2010)
Municipal Law (- 2010)
Classification of periodical and monographic literature dealing with public international law was also published in the bibliography "Public International Law (PIL)". The printed edition ceased publication with Vol. 41 (2015). By using the PIL classification the content (1996 - 2010) can still be searched via the Institute's OPAC.
Members of the Institute have access to electronic journals, databases and e-books. In addition to the licenses bought exclusively for the Institute, the Max Planck Society (MPS) provides the Institute with numerous licenses.
Overview and links to e-journals:
Electronic Journals Library (EZB)
Contains links to e-journals available at the Institute.
MPG.ReNa (MPG Resource Navigator)
Contains all databases, digital collections and electronic reference books licensed by the Institute and the Max Planck Society.
Includes all centrally purchased e-books of the Max Planck Society.
Virtual Law Library (Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Recht) of Berlin State Library
Peace Palace Library - The International Law Library
CURIA - Library of the Court of Justice of the European Union