Oxford Reports on international Law (ORIL)

ORIL is a database of international law reports published by Oxford University Press (OUP). Some of the reports come with scholarly commentary and each is linked to a citator.


ORIL is available onsite and offsite to all academic members of IALS Library. 


IALS Library’s ORIL subscription covers the following five modules:

  • International Courts of General Jurisdiction – cases from the International Court of Justice, Permanent Court of International Justice, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and Permanent Court of Arbitration.
  • International Criminal Law – cases from the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and other institutions.
  • International Human Rights Law – cases from the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, several UN committees and various other bodies.
  • International Investment Claims - all publicly available awards and decisions in international investment arbitration cases, together with enforcement or review decisions from national courts. Includes cases from ICSID, the ICC International Court of Arbitration and many other arbitral bodies.
  • International Law in Domestic Courts – international law cases from almost 100 different jurisdictions, ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Scholarly analysis is provided for each case and where the judgment is not in English, key passages are translated.

Each case is linked to the Oxford Law Citator, which gives parallel citations, lists earlier or subsequent stages of the case and details instruments or cases cited in the decision, or citing it.

Two other ORIL modules – International Trade Law and International Law in EU Courts – are not covered by IALS Library’s subscription.


The database can be browsed by subject, date or module (and by individual jurisdiction within a module). 


Quick and Advanced Search facilities are available. Quick Search covers all five modules; in Advanced search it is possible to select one or more modules.  Alternatively, select a module using ‘Browse all’, then search that module using the ‘Search within results’ facility.


Help pages and FAQs are available via links at the top of the screen.