Professional associations, reference sources, specialist libraries and websites
- Access to Law
Annotated links to UK, Commonwealth and worldwide legal websites.
Links to quality-assessed legal information sources and sites on the web.
- EISIL (Electronic Information System for International Law)
Directory of high quality primary materials, authoritative web sites and research guides on international law.
- International Business and Economics
Portal to Business and Commercial Law resources
Study, research and careers resources for undergraduate law students at UK universities, includes a link directory to key websites, blogs and online documents.
Links to freely available websites selected and recommended by the University of Kent as good starting points for legal research, arranged by legal topic.
- Legal Scholarship Network
Links to research papers in Law and associated areas. Also links to jobs and conferences.
- WWW Virtual Library: International and national law
Links to a wide variety of legal and related sites.
- Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Find full and abbreviated titles of law reports and journals from the British Isles, Commonwealth and America.
- OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities)
Manual and other instructional materials.
- Zotero referencing software
English and UK law
- BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute
Free access to British and Irish primary legal sources.
- Courts and Tribunals Judiciary
Details of the court process and the appointment and role of judges, plus recent judgments.
- Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy
- Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI) Doing business abroad
Researching your market, business risk reports, detailed guides to some countries
- Equality and Human Rights Commission
Organisation working to promote equality and prevent discrimination
Central portal to government information, including Government departments, agencies and statistics.
- House of Lords
Full-text archive of all House of Lords judgments 1996-2009.
- Intellectual Property Office
Includes information on patents, trademarks, copyright etc.
- Law Commission
Work of the statutory independent body keeping the law under review, including reports.
Original and revised versions of legislation, together with accompanying explanatory documents.
- Office for National Statistics
Data on matters relating to crime, justice and policing from the official national statistical agency.
- Supreme Court
Details of the work of the final national court of appeal, including judgments from August 2009.
- UK Parliament
Information on Parliamentary business and affairs, including Bills, Select Committees and debates.
Site of the Court of Justice of the EU, including database of case reports and related documents.
Official search for EU legal materials, including the Official Journal, treaties, directives and case law.
Official EU portal, giving access to institutions, policies, laws, statistics and official publications.
- European Commission: External Trade
Gives information about EU trade policies and practice, allows you to search for statistics, legislation and relevant documents
- European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)
Information on the work, composition and constitution of the European Court of Human Rights.
- European e-Justice Portal
Businesses section contains information on companies, business registers, insolvencies, etc.
Searchable database and index of ECHR case law, including judgments and advisory opinions.
- ICO: Information Commissioner's Office
Covers use of information in organisations including data protection and freedom of information. See the "For Organisations" section for organisation obligations including data protection, the freedom of information and much more. Follow the links on the right hand side of the page to guides on marketing, charity, etc.
Foreign and international law
- Audiovisual Library of International Law
Resource bank of research materials on significant legal instruments in international law.
- Bank for International Settlements
Basel Committee guidelines on Money Laundering 2016
- Customary International Humanitarian Law
Enhanced version of the ICRC study which is being regularly updated.
- Eagle-i - electronic access to global legal information
Internet portal for law.
- FLARE Index to Treaties
Basic information on significant multilateral and some bilateral treaties, with access details.
Guides to research tools and resources on international, foreign and comparative law topics, published by the NYU School of Law.
- International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
Independent non-profit organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Trade-related policy making, development and environment concerns in the context of international trade
- International Committee of the Red Cross
Information and resources of the leading global agency concerned with international humanitarian law.
- Nato Encyclopedia
- United Nations
Use the Site Index to locate International Court of Justice, Treaty Collection, General Assembly & Security Council Resolutions and Permanent Court of Arbitration.
- United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
UNICITRAL is a subsidiary body of the General Assembly of the United Nations mandated to further the progressive harmonization and unification of the law of international trade
- United Nations Research Guides
Research guides to resources on international law and human rights, from the UN's Dag Hammarskjöld Library.
- WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)
- World Bank
Source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. See particularly section “What We Do” by Theme for corporate governance, economic and financial information, and Doing Business Law Library
- World Intellectual Property Organization
UN agency dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system
- WorldLII (World Legal Information Institute)
Database resources and links to websites relating to primary and secondary legal sources taken from regional information institutes and nations around the world.
- World Trade Organization
Global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. WTO agreements are negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments
International Law Blogs
Legal profession and education
- All About Law
Legal careers information and guidance for students and graduates.
- Bar Council
Professional trade body for barristers in England and Wales.
- Bar Standards Board
Regulatory details for barristers' profession in England and Wales.
- Law Society
Representative body for solicitors in England and Wales.
- Lawyer 2B
Website and magazine giving guidance on following a career in law.
- Learn for Free: Law Courses & Lectures Online
Free courses and learning materials available online.
- Legal 500
Long-established directory ranking law firms and service providers.
- Legal Services Board
Information on the oversight of lawyers in England and Wales.
Guidance and support for moot participants and organisers.
- SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority)
Regulatory details for solicitors' profession in England and Wales.
Tips on evaluating websites
Before believing the information given on a web site, or quoting it in your essay or project, think about the following:
- Who is responsible for the page/site?
- Is it a reliable organisation (e.g. a well-known university) or a subject expert?
- Can you trust them?
Accuracy and reliability
- Is the information correct?
- Is the grammar and spelling correct?
- Is it complete, or are they just giving one point of view?
- Do they have their own agenda, e.g. political organisations?
- Is the information fact or opinion?
- Can you tell how up-to-date it is?
- Is it regularly updated?
- You don't want to quote out-of-date information
Audience / relevance
- Is the information of the right level to be quoted in your project? If it is aimed at the general public or school children it might not be!
- Is the site well-structured and easy to navigate?
- Are the links from the page up-to-date and valid?
- If it is well designed and maintained then you can feel more confident about the information it provides