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The following subscription databases are available for use by City Law School students. If you have trouble using a database, please contact the Law Librarian or use the helpdesk.

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Human Rights Studies Online is a research and learning database providing in one place comprehensive, comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide. The collection is growing to include 75,000 pages of text and 150 hours of video that give voice to the countless victims of human rights crimes in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

The collection provides primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types for each selected event, including Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than 30 additional subjects.


This part of the Oxford International Law collection gives access to 70 OUP titles from key authors in International Law - Brownlie, Higgins and Crawford. Contains Simma's Charter of the UN and Oppenheim too. Alerts available to be notified when content changes.


Chatham House Online Archive contains the research, publications, speeches and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the world-leading independent international affairs policy institute founded in 1920.

Ideal for those of you interested in International Law (it contains the British Yearbook of International Law), the UN or International Security, War and Conflict.



Get access to cases, as well as PI essentials like Kemp & Kemp.

Linex Legal is a commercial current awareness service. It presents material provided by major law firms and government institutions. In addition to its website, it provides a weekly email alerter with links to the latest articles published in subscribers' chosen practice areas. city Law School students should register using their City University email addresses to qualify for free access.


Get access to The Times from 1785-1985 - search by keyword or by field (date, article title, author, page number etc) to get the full text of any Times article. You can also find cases by going to Advanced Search and checking the Law box.

Access Times Digital Archive

This excellent service provides online access to recordings from radio and TV - has the whole Radio 4 Law in Action series. Like BBC iPlayer but there's no expiry date for programmes.

Login and then search for City as the institution to enable your personalised login.

Access BoB

This resource brings together decisions on public international law from a range of courts; from international to domestic. As well as the decisions themselves you also get access to detailed commentary and analysis.

There are 5 modules: International Law in Domestic Courts, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, International Investment Claims and International Courts of General Jurisdiction.

Access ORIL

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) now includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688.

Connect to HCPP

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) is a comprehensive online resource containing peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of public international law. Written and edited by a team of over 800 scholars and practitioners, published in partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and updated throughout the year.

Connect to Max Planck

JustCite is a legal search engine and citator service that cross-references case law, legislation and journal articles.

JustCite indexes content from all major online legal publishers and links you to content to which we subscribe.

Connect to JustCite

This service from Jordans comprises the journal Family Law, the Family Law Reports and Hershman & MacFarlane on Children.

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Developed and maintained by Kluwer in conjunction with theICCA and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration contains expert commentary and a large collection of primary sources, including ICC Cases and Awards. Key books include: Blackaby: Redfern & Hunter, Born: INternational Commercial Arbitration and the Yearbook of Commercial Arbitration. Journals are fab - Arbitration International and the Journal of International Arbitration.


Huge collection of e-books from OUP. Check out the latest list of titles available.


Massive reference tool - dictionaries, encyclopedias...


Keep up to date with cases, legislation and regulatory material affecting the print and broadcast media. Excellent resource for media lawyers, journalists, editors and reporters.

Search news via area of law or reverse chronologically.


Access via a specialist username/password (available on request from the Law Library). Bear in mind only one person can use it at a time.

News-tastic! Includes over 12,000 news sources, newspapers, newsletters, magazines and trade journals including over 450 International publications, with over 250 newswires updated continuously, many within minutes of publication.


The British Library's Electronic Thesis Online Service offers a single point of access for theses produced by UK Higher Education. Some universities offer free open access to download their digital thesis, but others may require a fee from the researcher.

Connect to EThOS

JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. It offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines.

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i-law is THE database for those interested in maritime and commercial law. At City we subscribe to the Maritime and Insurance & Reinsurance modules.

Prime resources include Lloyds Law Reports and the Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly.

This database requires an individual username and password - ask your library for this.

Need extra help? Check out the guide and videos.

Lexis is an immense database with access to cases, legislation and journal articles. Practitioner texts are also available, including Blackstones Criminal Practice, Lester & Pannick: Human Rights Law and Practice, Paget's Law of Banking, Whish: Competition Law amongst 149 others.

You can also access really monster Lexis publications - Halsbury's Laws (the legal encyclopedia) and Halsbury's Statutes amongst them.

Law report-wise you can find many key series in LNB: All England Law Reports (All ER), The Law Reports (AC, QB, Ch etc), Times Law Reports (TLR) amongst others.

Access using your IT username and password.

Need extra help? Kristina Voronenko is your LexisNexis Student Associate and can provide online research support to students and staff.

Westlaw is a huge database containing cases, legislation and journal articles. Searching for cases within Westlaw is a joy, particularly thanks to the Case Analysis function. This cool tool almost does your research for you, listing lots of extra stuff about a case; its history, where its been cited subsequently and, best of all, all the journal articles which talk about your case.

Law report series included in Westlaw include the Weekly Law Reports (WLR), The Law Reports (AC, QB, Ch etc), Fleet Street Reports (FSR), Common Market Law Reports (CMLR) and Housing Law Reports amongst others.

The journal collection is admirable; including the Conveyancer (Conv), Criminal Law Review (Crim L.R.), European Law Review (E.L.Rev), Law Quarterly Review (LQR), Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (OJLS) and Public Law (P.L.) as well as loads more...

HeinOnline is an American database which offers access to a huge number of journals. Unlike Lexis or Westlaw it generally offers full coverage of journal titles, ie. from volume 1, issue 1.

It offers a wide selection of American Journals with extensive coverage, eg. Harvard Law Review (1887-), Yale Law Journal (1891-).

Its collection of English journals is growing and key ones to remember are as follows: Cambridge Law Journal (1921-), Industrial Law Journal (1972-1997), International and Comparative Law Quarterly (1952-), Law Quarterly Review (1885-), Legal Studies (1981-)

Access using your IT username and password.

There's a Hein App now too -

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Come along to one of our clinics on the following Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.00pm:

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  • January 21st 2016
  • February 25th 2016
  • April 14th 2016
  • May 12th 2016

An external firm of Solicitors will advise on small claims, personal injury, consumer, landlord and tenant.

Just call CLS on 02070400353 or 02070400391 and an appointment will be made for you.

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Kristina Voronenko is the Lexis Student Associate for this academic year. If you would like a hand getting to grips with the basics, or would like a deeper understanding of the advanced features, get in touch. She can help on a 1-2-1 or small group basis.

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LPC alumni Coleen Mensa has started her Legal Diarie, vlogging for LawCareersNet. You can get an insight into her journey via YouTube.
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The Library has negotiated for you to be able to access current content from the Financial Times online, as well as The Economist.

See the post on Lawbore blog: Need to boost your commercial awareness? for full access details.

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Wifi printing is now available across all sites, enabling students to print from laptop computers, iPads as long as they're connected to City's wi-fi network.

Go here to upload files or documents to be sent to their chosen printers. All networked printers are available from the menu.

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Upcoming Law Events

Judge Rosas will hold a conversation about his role as a Judge of the European Court of Justice, a position which he has held since 2002, with Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor of European Union Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at City Law School.

WHEN: Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 18:00.

WHERE: City University London, College Building, St John Street, EC1V 4PB - Room A130.

The event will be followed by a wine reception.

Attendance is free. You may sign up here:

The event will be accredited for 2 hours CPD. For information, you may contact Mr Peter Aggar (

A panel discussion hosted by Brick Court Chambers

followed by drinks

Chair: Shaun Ley, BBC

Rt Hon Lord Lawson of Blaby

Baroness Ludford

Rt Hon Sir Konrad Schiemann

Sir Keir Starmer MP

Kate Hoey MP

Daniel Hannan MEP

Time: 6 for 6.30pm.

Register on the Brick Court website

This event is ideal for students intending to work in non-commercial law as well as those considering their career options. It will consist of a series of presentations, followed by the opportunity to ask questions and network.

Speakers will share their personal experiences of how they approached employers and the recruitment and selection process. They will provide advice and on how you can get to where they are today and tell you about their work and the skills they needed to succeed in their chosen fields.

Time: 6-8pm

Speaker: Gemma Trott (HR Officer, Graduate Recruitment)

Event Description: This session has been organised by the City University Law Society in collaboration with leading international law firm, Ashurst. This will be a fantastic opportunity to find out how to make your application(s) stand out and an opportunity to network with Graduate Recruitment! This session will be delivered by Gemma Trott (HR Officer - Graduate Recruitment, Ashurst). Gemma has previously held roles in other leading law firms such as Clifford Chance.

Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Venue: Room C312, Tait Building, City University London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

More info

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Speaker: Adam Blake (Director, Barclays Legal)

Event Description: This session has been organised by the City University Law Society in collaboration with Barclays Legal. The session will be delivered by Adam Blake (Director, Barclays Legal). This session will provide an insight into in-house practice, the benefits of working in-house and how working in-house differs from private practice. Adam previously trained and practiced at Allen & Overy in the firm's Litigation department for a number of years.

Time: 6pm-7pm

Venue: Room C312, Tait Building, City University London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

More info

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Barristers from the Pupillage Committees at:

  • 2 Temple Gardens
  • Hardwicke
  • 9-12 Bell Yard
  • 5 Essex Court
  • Devereux Chambers
  • Dr Johnsons Buildings

Give advice on how to fill in your Pupillage Application forms.

Time: 6-9pm

Wine and nibbles to accompany.

Book online

[External Link]

Speaker: Professor Paola Chirulli, Sapienza University of Rome; IALS Visiting Fellow.

This seminar will consider the following:

1. The EU system of protection of rights and the development of non-judicial remedies.

2. Internal review and its effectiveness.

3. The Ombudsman and other complaint-handling bodies (types of complaint; scope; empirical case-study; comparative reflections).

4. Boards of appeal of EU agencies and other administrative bodies (Typology; scope; fact-finding and decision-making powers; remedies available).

5. The relationship between non-judicial remedies and judicial review.

6. Towards a specialised and pluralistic system of protection of rights?

REGISTRATION: This event is FREE but prior booking is required. Please register via the IALS Eventbrite page.

Time: 18:00-20:00

Lecture by the Pupillage Advisory Service on completing Gateway and other pupillage application forms.

Location: Atkin Building

Time: 18:00-19:30

No booking required - just come along!

The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Julia Hörnle will capture the conflicts of law created by the internet and, most recently, the adoption of cloud computing.

Time: 6:30pm
Location: Skeel Lecture Theatre, The People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Check the QMUL website for registration details

Lecture by the Pupillage Advisory Service on completing Gateway and other pupillage application forms. *Repeated from previous evening*

Location: Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building

Time: 18:00-19:30

No booking required - just come along!

Organised by the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) and the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London. The Series will focus on 'Jurisdiction', tracing the origins and repercussions of the notion within and across different (international) legal systems, in its different shapes and functions. The Series will be co-convened by Dr Stephen Allen and Dr Paul Gragl.


  • Professor Ian Walden (Centre for Commercial Law Studies) (chair)
  • Dr Morag Goodwin (Tilburg)
  • Professor Christian Walter (Munich)
  • Dr Christopher Kuner (Cambridge)

Time: 12:00 - 2:00pm
Location: Room 313, Law Building, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Seminar 5

Event is free but you need to book in advance via Eventbrite

For the 2016 Eve Saville memorial lecture, Professor Sylvia Walby of Lancaster University presents ground-breaking new research questioning official claims that violence has been declining in England and Wales since the mid-1990s.

Venue: St Martin's Hall, St Martin-In-The-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

For more info and to book go to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies website.

Speaker: Professor Adam Tomkins FRSE, John Millar Professor of Public Law, University of Glasgow

REGISTRATION: This event is FREE but prior booking is required. Please visit the IALS EventBrite page to register.

Organised in association with the Statute Law Society

Time: 18:00-19:00

[External Link]

Speakers Abstract: Details to follow.

REGISTRATION: This event is FREE but prior booking is requested. Please register via the IALS Eventbrite page

Time: 14:30 -18:30

Bar Standards Board: 4 CPD hours

Organised with the European Criminal Law Association (UK)

[External Link]

Speaker: Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC

In his last lecture, Geoffrey Nice reviews what he has discussed over the last four years. Law should not be of that much concern, most of the time, to non-lawyers if it delivers what the public needs. So identifying what may interest and inform a Gresham audience is never easy for Gresham Law Professors. Geoffrey Nice reviews what he has learned often giving lectures about things he wanted to learn about that affirm how law should be the servant of man, never her mistress. He will bring some topics up to date explaining how particular views have developed and changed.

Time: 6pm

Location: Barnard's Inn Hall

No need to book, entry is first-come, first-served. More info via Gresham website.

The Current Legal Problems annual lecture series was established over sixty years ago. The lectures are public, delivered on a weekly basis and chaired by members of the judiciary.This particular lecture comes courtesy of Professor Peter Watts (The University of Auckland New Zealand),the session being chaired by Rt Hon. Lady Justice Arden, Royal Courts of Justice.

Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Location: UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Register via Eventbrite.

This is an opportunity for Student Barristers to learn about how to manage self employment once in practice. It will cover Accounting, Taxation and Financial Management and will be delivered by Silver Levene.

Time: 10.30-11.30

Location: City Law School, 4 Gray's Inn Square

Register for your place

Speaker: Nick Spurrell (Senior Associate, Clifford Chance)

Time: 2pm - 3.30pm

Venue: Room C312, Tait Building, City University London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

The global financial system came to the edge of ruin during the 2008 financial crash. Despite the enormity of the political and economic problems caused by the crash, fundamental reforms have not occurred, and many of the same dangers - cheap credit, unfettered capital, reckless behaviour - lurk again in 2016.

In this public event, the anthropologist and journalist Joris Luyendijk - recent author of 'Swimming with Sharks - My Journey into the World of Bankers' recounts his experiences of interviewing more than 200 people working in the City of London, and outlines what he learned about the 2008 crash, its causes and its aftermath. In addition, Dr Giuliano Castellano, Assistant Professor in the Law School at the University of Warwick, discusses the legal reforms that have been considered and debated post-2008, as well as what the law's impact on finance is likely to be in the future. Finally, Brett Scott outlines the role that innovative finance and peer-to-peer lending might have on the City of London, including the possible emergence of grass-roots alternatives to the big banks.

Please book your place via City events

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A little over 70 years since the Charter was signed by the founding 51 members states, LSE will be putting the United Nations on trial at this event. It will be a tough call for the prosecution. How does one bring charges against an institution, which many criticise but in which so many people around the world have placed so much faith? Nevertheless, this is not to say that it will be a walk in the park for the defence. The United Nations set the bar very high and they must be able to prove that there are good reasons for having disappointed the expectations that they created.

Full details of speakers available on the LSE Events page, plus the registration details.

Time: 6-9pm

Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet your predecessors who have embarked upon successful careers in law or outside the legal sector.

This event aims to help you:

  • Explore a range of career options
  • Make more informed career choices
  • Build career and skills development plans
  • Develop your networking skills
Time: 6-8pm

[External Link]

Wed 2 Mar

Reputations tumble; men once popular and famous but too powerful are condemned and imprisoned. Others fear their reputations will not long survive their deaths. Others will 'get away with it' as presumably they always have. How will all this be viewed in decades to come? Witch-hunt or confirmation that Mary Whitehouse was right all the time and the sexual revolution is to blame? If so, what should society have done that it didn't? What should it do now apart from lock up aged offenders? And what about juries? Will they, not judges, ultimately determine how law can be fair on sexual behaviour - assuming juries can ever discuss these things candidly.

[External Link]

How does law regualte wealth and the ways in which wealth reproduces itself?

LSE's Professor Jonathan Fisher, Dr Eva Micheler, Professor Niamh Moloney and Dr Joseph Spooner share their research with the audience.

Time: 6.30-8pm

Location: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Registration not required but entry will be on a first-come, first served basis. Look at LSE Events for more info.

Book Launch: Performance Requirements and Investment Incentives under International Economic Law by Professor David Collins, Professor of International Economic Law, City University London.

Professor David Collins of the City Law School will discuss his new book on the legal implications of performance requirements and investment incentives. These increasingly popular and controversial tools of economic and social policy are used by governments around the world to shape foreign direct investment. Some limited attempts to regulate them have been made by the World Trade Organization and through international investment treaties.

The event will be chaired by Dr Stuart Dutson, Partner at Eversheds and specialist in international arbitration.

WHEN: Wednesday, 2 March 2016 from 18:00 to 21:00

WHERE: Eversheds LLP - 1 Wood Street, London EC2V 7WS

The event will be followed by a networking reception.

Attendance is free. Sign up!

With net migration to the UK at records levels, much of the public and many politicians agree that 'something must be done' to reduce it. More significantly, the large-scale movement of asylum-seekers to Europe has produced an unprecedented political crisis about border control. Policy-making in panic mode is however not always consistent with deeper values such as respect for the rule of law, human dignity and the inherent worth of individuals.

This lecture will consider the ways that the UK legal system has developed the 'constitutional' rights of migrants. It will also emphasize, given events in the Middle East, that the treatment of migrants wishing to enter and resettle in Europe (including the UK) may increasingly become a subject of constitutional concern for the courts and governments.

The lecture will be followed by a food and drinks reception for all guests.

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, City University London

[External Link]

Time: 12:00 - 4:00pm
Venue: Room 313, Law Building, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

The Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London hosts this Reading Session with Dr Mario Mendez (Queen Mary University of London) with commentary by Professor Takis Tridimas (King's College London).

Event is free but you need to book in advance via Eventbrite

Speaker: Honourable Robert J. Sharpe, judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal for Ontario since 1999.

On 18 October, 1929, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council broke with a long of authority holding that women were ineligible for public office and ruled that a woman could be appointed to Canada's Senate. Striking the most powerful and enduring metaphor in Canadian constitutional jurisprudence, Lord Sankey, the reform-minded Lord Chancellor, proclaimed that the constitution is "a living tree capable of growth and expansion within its natural limits," a document that is in "a continuous process of evolution." This lecture will consider the Persons case in its political and social context and explore the views of the litigants who brought the case, the lawyers who argued it, and the judges who decided it.

Time: 6:15pm

Location: Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre

Register to attend via City Events.

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Electronic resources

Many electronic law journals, reports and practitioner texts are available to City Law School students online.

Almost all of them are only available on subscription, which means you will need a suitable username and password to connect.

Contact the Law Librarian if you are having problems accessing the subscriptions.

Below we have organised all the electronic resources into alphabetically sorted pages:

E-JournalsA→Cap    Chi→Eco    Ent→Eur    Fam→Int    Int→Jou    Jou→Jou    Jou→Kin    Kin→Leg    Leg→New    Nor→Stu    Tax→Z  
E-ReportsA→Est    Eur→Sim    Tim→Z  
E-TextsA→Gre    Hal→Z  

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