International Law

  • Afkortingenlijst voor juridische tijdschriften: A free list of European legal abbreviations maintained by K.U. Leuven.
  • Avalon Project: Collection of texts in law, history and diplomacy from pre-18th century to the present hosted by Yale University.
  • Doing Business Law Library: A free, online collection of business laws and regulations with links to official government sources wherever possible. The database provides access to economic and regulatory indicators comparable across different jurisdictions with laws on topics such as banking and credit, bankruptcy, companies, labour, securities, taxation and trade.
  • EUR-Lex provides free access, in the 24 official EU languages, to:

    • the authentic Official Journal of the European Union
    • EU law (EU treaties, directives, regulations, decisions, consolidated legislation, etc.)
    • preparatory acts (legislative proposals, reports, green and white papers, etc.)
    • EU case-law (judgments, orders, etc.)
    • international agreements
    • EFTA documents
    • summaries of EU legislation, which put legal acts into a policy context, explained in plain language
  • Europa (Official website of the European Union): EU information portal providing access to documents produced by various EU institutions. Select the ‘Institutions’ tab for links to EU courts.
  • European Judicial Network: in civil and commercial matters. Links to the judicial system of all the member states, with information on the court structure, civil procedure, the legal professions, dispute resolution, etc.
  • European Court of Human Rights: Full text of recent judgments and complete list of judgments from 1959.
  • FLAG (Foreign Law Guide): A collaborative Internet gateway to the holdings of foreign, international and comparative law in UK universities and national libraries.
  • Global Legal Information Network (GLIN): A public database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations.
  • Global Legal Monitor: An online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide.
  • ICNL (International Center for Not-for-Profit Law Library): A searchable directory of legal documents, court cases, reports, and other civil society law resources from countries around the world.
  • Index to Common Law Festschriften: Festschrift is the term used for a published collection of legal essays written by several authors to honor a distinguished jurist or to mark a significant legal event. This is the first index of contributions to common law Festschriften.
  • Jean Monnet Center: A collection of working papers from the Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law, established to promote teaching in European integration in particular Law, Economics, Political Science and History.
  • International Court of Justice: Includes links to all contentious cases and advisory opinions referred to the Court since 1946, and decisions of the Permanent Court of International Justice 1922-46.
  • International Law: The United Nations international law page.
  • NATLEX: Database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation maintained by the ILO’s International Labour Standards Department.
  • UN Treaty Collection: Includes the full text of treaties in the United Nations Treaty Series plus current information on the status of multilateral treaties. European Union.
  • World Legal Information Institute: The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) – aims to provide free, independent and non-profit access to worldwide law. WorldLII has databases from 20 countries in six continents (at present mainly those with a common law tradition): from Australasia (120), Canada (61); Britain and Ireland (27), the Pacific Islands (25), Hong Kong (13) and other countries in Asia and Africa (6). All types of legal databases are included: case law (165), legislation (45), treaties (3), law reform (4), law journals (11), and specialist subject databases. In combination, the LII’s accessible through WorldLII include 240 databases from 43 jurisdictions, with over 50 gigabytes of searchable text.
Online Journals (Free Access):

UK Law

  • Acts of Parliament: This page provides links to the full text of all UK Parliament Public General Acts (from 1988 onwards) and all Local Acts (from 1991 onwards) as they were originally enacted.
  • BAILII: British and Irish Legal Information Institute. Legislation as passed.
  • Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations: Look up tool for legal abbreviations.
  • Casecheck: Free digests of cases from Scotland, England and European Court with links through to judgments where available.
  • Current Legal Research Topics Database: List of subjects currently being researched for higher degrees in the UK.
  • House of Lords judgments: This page lists Html versions of all House of Lords judgments delivered since 14 November 1996.
  • Legal History: The Year Books: Year Books are the law reports of medieval England. The earliest examples date from about 1268, and the last in the printed series are for the year 1535. The Year Books are our principal source materials for the development of legal doctrines, concepts, and methods from 1290 to 1535, a period during which the common law developed into recognizable form.
  • Legislation.gov.uk: The Official Home of UK Legislation 1267-Present.
  • Privy Council judgments: Judgments made by the Judicial Committee.
  • Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674-1834: A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court.
  • WIPO-Lex (World Intellectual Property Organization): WIPO-Lex is an electronic database which provides access to intellectual property (IP) laws and treaties of the Members of WIPO, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN).