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Contents

  1. National Legal Systems and Legislation
  2. Journals
  3. Judicial Decisions
  4. International Conventions
  5. Research Guides
  6. Digests and News Services etc.
  7. LexisLibrary and Westlaw

Where no link is given to the resource named, it can be found on the Squire legal databases page.

National Legal Systems and Legislation

(General background, codes, statutes, constitutions etc.)

Foreign Law Guide

Martindale-Hubbell Digest - LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Digest. Updated yearly. Provides short summaries of 80 countries' laws under standard topics. Enter LexisNexis, click on Sources, then on Browse Sources, then select country from pull-down menu and select category to view sources.

Globalex, LLRX - Describe national legal systems, including details of the way the legislature and court systems operate plus useful local legal sources

CanLII - Contains legislation for all states except British Columbia

AustLII - covers both Australia and New Zealand

WorldLII - Full text of primary sources for many countries

Constitution Finder - Links to national constitutions, drafts, amendments etc.

International Constitutional Law - Full text of national constitutions and amendments

Journals

Journal Indexes

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals - Indexes articles on international and comparative law and the municipal law of countries other than the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries and the United States. Commenced in 1960. Available both printed and online.

Index to Legal Periodicals - Indexes quality English-language journals published in the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Commenced in 1908; available online since 1981 from Westlaw International. Click on Westlaw International in the toolbar, then enter "ILP" into the "Search for a database" box and click "Go". Also available in print as the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books - as implied by the name, the print version has the advantage of also indexing books.

World Journals and Law Reviews - Big database with full-text articles from law reviews and bar journals published in the UK, the US, Canada and other countries. Coverage varies by publication. Available from Westlaw International. Click on Westlaw International in the toolbar, then enter "WORLD-JLR" into the "Search for a database" box and click "Go".

Legal Journals Index - Available online as part of Westlaw UK. Indexes about 500 journals published in the UK, on domestic, foreign, comparative and international topics. Good starting point. Go to Westlaw UK, click on "Journals" in the toolbar, then on "Legal Journals Index" under "Browse".

Full text

LexisNexis - Several Australian journals, including Australian Bar Review, Sydney Law Review. Click on Sources, then Browse Sources, then select Australia & Oceania in the Country menu, then click on Legal Journals in the list of folders below. Most of the journals can be browsed but a few must be searched instead, by ticking the box next to their name and then clicking "OK - continue".

BeckOnline - Contains full text of 12 journals, including Neue Juristische Wochenschrift and Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht. (Law Faculty IP only.)

Kluwer Law International - This bundle of journals is particularly useful for EU and European law. Contains inter alia the full text of European Public Law and Common Market Law Review.

HeinOnline - Comprehensive image-based collection of legal periodicals. Coverage is from the journals' inception but does not continue to the most recent volume.

Specialist comparative law journals:

Judicial Decisions

International Law in Domestic Courts (subscription database) - Fair coverage of the relationship between international and domestic law, as well as dispute settlement.

European Court of Human Rights - Click "Case-law" in the left-hand menu, then click on the "HUDOC" button to begin searching. When performing searches you may wish to tick the "Decisions" box as well as the "Judgements" box.

European Court of Justice - choose a language at the bottom of the page, then select an option (such as "Search form") from the "Case-law" menu on the left-hand side.

Justis - Law Reports, Times Law Reports, English Reports. Also a good source of ECJ judgements and opinions.

Lawtel - substantial abstracts of UK cases.

LexisLibrary Commonwealth and Civil Law Courts - Enter LexisLibrary, click on Sources, then Browse Sources, then select the required country (or group of countries) in the Country menu, then click on Cases in the list of folders below. Many of the sources can be browsed but some must be searched instead, by ticking the box next to their name and then clicking "OK - continue".

International Legal Materials (ILM) - Published by the American Society of International Law since 1962. It contains current international and United States documentation on international law, including treaties, cases of international interest and other documents of current relevance. Often the first general publication of instruments is through ILM. It serves as a quick guide to new primary material. Contents pages of recent issues are on the ASIL website. The full text is available via HeinOnline from 1962 (however, this will not include the most recent issues) and Westlaw (from 1980 - click on "Westlaw International" and then enter "ILM" in the "Search for a database" box).

LexisNexis JurisClasseur - A subscription database which is affiliated to LexisNexis. Contents of the database include:

  • Législation - Législation consolidée (from 1539) including almost all Codes and many international agreements
  • Jurisprudence - Case law including the full text of decisions of the Cour de Cassation, the Conseil d'Etat and the Cours d'Appel.
  • Encyclopédies JurisClasseur - A major encyclopaedic work on the law of France, in full text.
  • Revues - About 25 journal titles in full text, coverage starting with 2004.

Decisions of municipal courts:

  • Westlaw
  • AustLII - covers both Australia and New Zealand
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Federal and State courts - Use this site to search for the required court, follow the link to the court's own website, then use the "Opinions" or "Decisions" search facilities provided by the court. FindLaw can also be used to search for Federal and State Court materials. Also see subscription database Westlaw and Lexis.
  • CanLII

Other:

  • VLex - Free database containing materials for a number of countries, with Spain and the Americas well represented.
  • Institute for Transnational Law Foreign Law Translations - Free database from the University of Texas. Contains French, German, Italian, Austrian and Israeli legal materials in the fields of constitutional, administrative, contract and tort law. English translations of decisions from Germany and France include cases from the Reichsgericht, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, the Bundesgerichtshof, the Conseil Constitutionnel, the Conseil d'Etat and the Cour de Cassation.
  • Global Courts - Links to supreme court decisions from over 100 countries. Text in vernacular.

International Conventions

General treaty sources

United Nations Treaty Collection

(a) United Nations Treaty Series. The treaties are published by year of registration, which is often later than the dates on which they were signed or came into force.

(b) Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General. This gives the current status (signatures, ratifications, reservations etc.) or over 500 treaties, as well as the citation to the current printed version.

European and Council of Europe Treaty Series - known as European Treaty Series until 2003 and as Council of Europe Treaty Series from 2004 onwards.

European Union treaties - from Eur-Lex

National treaty collections

United Kingdom Treaty Series - Unfortunately there is as yet no online database for UK treaties. They are available in print at the Squire under the classmark F.c.28/J.16 (on the third floor); the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a list of 36 or so multilateral treaties, for which the UK is a depositary, plus status information about them.

United States treaties and international agreements - From the State Department website

Australian Treaties Library from Austlii

Canada Treaty Information

Irish Treaty Series

Major treaty portals and sources

Minnesota Human Rights Library

International Legal Materials (ILM) - Published by the American Society of International Law since 1962. It contains current international and United States documentation on international law, including treaties, cases of international interest and other documents of current relevance. Often the first general publication of instruments is through ILM. It serves as a quick guide to new primary material. Contents pages of recent issues are on the ASIL website. The full text is available via HeinOnline from 1962 (however, this will not include the most recent issues) and Westlaw (from 1980 - click on "Westlaw International" and then enter "ILM" in the "Search for a database" box).

Research Guides

Intute - can be browsed by jurisdiction or subject

Globalex - See in particular Charlotte Bynum's Foreign Law Subject Guide, which has a section on constitutional law

LLRX - US legal research site with a section on foreign and comparative law

WorldLawGuide - Links to a variety of national laws, arranged by country.

VLex - Free database containing materials for a number of countries, with Spain and the Americas well represented.

Jurist - Guides to constitutions, government, legislation, courts and other topics for a large number of countries. Some countries have links to "Correspondents' Reports", which may be useful.

Digests and News Services etc.

Digests

Keesing's Record of World Events - 1961-present (formerly Keesing's Contemporary Archives. Provides a unique contemporary record of modern history and is a factual, objective reference of current affairs.

Statewatch - Provides news, features and analysis on, inter alia, civil liberties and the state in Europe.

Who's Who and Who Was Who - Published every year since 1849, Who's Who is the leading source of information about over 33,000 influential people in British public life today. Who Was Who is an historical archive of nearly 90,000 people, now deceased, who were included in previous editions of Who's Who.

Newspapers

LexisNexis for quality broadsheets worldwide

See UL e-resources for The Times digital archive covering 1785 to 1985.

Catalogues

Harvard University Law Library

Tarlton Law Library (University of Texas)

COPAC (UK and Ireland research libraries)

Other

Embassy.org - Details of embassies in Washington, D.C.

University of Michigan Foreign Governments resource - Covers national and local governments and embassies.

LexisLibrary and Westlaw

LexisLibrary - Provides databases for several countries, including:

  • Australia (cases)
  • Canada (cases, laws, regulations)
  • Ireland (cases)
  • New Zealand (cases)
  • South Africa (cases, laws)

Westlaw - Provides databases for several countries, including:

  • Australia (cases)
  • Canada (cases, laws, regulations)
    • Québec (statutes in French and English)
  • Ireland (cases)
  • New Zealand (cases)