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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 Emily). 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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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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OUP's Law Teacher of the Year award is now open for nominations. Here's what they have to say about it:

A dash of inspiration.
A sprinkle of enthusiasm.
A pinch of passion.

Who has the magic ingredients to be named Law Teacher of the Year 2016?

Nominations for the 2016 Law Teacher of the Year award are now open - tell us who you think should win.

Law Teacher of the Year is the only national award which looks for, recognises, and rewards, all-round amazing law teaching.

To make sure we're finding the very best, the process is thorough and the judging is rigorous.

If you know a law teacher with the magic ingredients to be named the 2016 winner, make sure we know about them by filling in our online nomination form now.

All nominations must be received by 8th January 2016. A word version of the nomination form is available here. Completed forms should be returned to

Tweet about it using #ltoty2016

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Find out those important dates for May/June!
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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

  • Path to Pupillage with Georgina Wolfe

    Authors of 'The Path to Pupillage' Georgina Wolfe from 5 Essex Court and Alexander Robson from Littleton Chambers offer guidance in this talk and Q & A session. Not to be missed!

    Thursday, 29th October 2015.
  • On Slaves, Persons and Things: the Trouble with 'Modern Slavery'

    Lecture addressing the definition of 'modern slavery', asking how we are to identify slaves and questioning the commonly held assumption that 'modern slavery' continues to be defined by its reduction of human beings to objects of property.

    Thursday, 21st January 2016.
  • Sex and the Law

    Reputations tumble; men once popular and famous but too powerful are condemned and imprisoned. Sir Geoffrey Nice QC discusses how law can be fair on sexual behaviour.

    Wednesday, 2nd March 2016.

'War Crimes' - do we use the term too casually? Commentators have usually assumed the Israel-Palestine armed conflict might be lawful, even if individual incidents on both sides attracted condemnation. But is that assumption right? May the conflict lack legality, on one or both sides?

The 2014 Israeli-Gaza conflict allows exploration of some of the underlying issues. General Nick Parker explains how he advised Geoffrey Nice to approach the conflict's legality from a military point of view. Geoffrey Nice explains what conclusions he then reached. Were war crimes committed by either side?

This lecture will be followed by extended discussion with a panel of experts. Ends 8pm.

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Barnard's Inn Hall

Full details and booking via Gresham College

Studying law, you develop a range of transferable skills highly valued by employers. It is an excellent degree to give you a choice of career options. This event aims to help you explore your career options inside and outside the legal sector and make informed career choices.

You will have the opportunity to listen to high profile speakers, who studied law but have pursued very different careers, and find out how transferable skills, developed throughout a law degree or law conversion course, can be utilised in various jobs.

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Northampton Suite, University Building, City University London

Book now

Speaker: Donald L. Drakeman, Distinguished Research Professor, Program on Constitutional Studies, University of Notre Dame.

Lady Hale's judgement in Yemshaw v London Borough of Hounslow [2011] UKSC 3 set out to update the meaning of 'domestic violence', leading to the criticism from Professor Ekins and others that amending a statute by 'judicial fiat' thwarts the legislature's intention.

The Supreme Court could have invoked Hansard to reach the same result. Donald Drakeman will argue that, despite the continuing controversy surrounding Pepper v Hart, the use of legislative history may be preferable to judicially updating statutory meaning, especially when the text was adopted just a few years before.

Time: 6-7pm

Book via the IALS.

At this event run by The Bingham Centre, panelists will convene to discuss TTIP as it relates to the rule of law, and will consider among other things:

  • Rule of Law and Accountability in the negotiation of economic agreements - what is the role of parliaments in overseeing TTIP, and what kind of national accountability mechanisms are in place? What redress mechanisms are built-in within these agreements generally, and how do these relate/not to the rule of law?
  • The effect of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and ad hoc arbitral tribunals on rule of law, and the place of the Judiciary in dispensing justice.
  • Costs and benefits, winners and losers, and implications for the UK.
  • The impact of treaty-based ISDS on developing countries with which Europe is also presently negotiating economic agreements that include investment chapters.

Time: 5-7pm

Location: Jones Day, 21 Tudor Street, London, EC4Y 0DJ

Free to attend, but book in advance online.

Come along to get some practical advice on your CV - run by a CityCareers Careers Adviser (and former recruiter).

Time: 1.30-4.30 and 4.45-7.30

Location: Atkin Building, Student Common Room


Location: UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1
Time: 6-7pm

Speaker: Sir Michael Wood (20 Essex Street)
Chair: Roger O'Keefe (UCL)
Series: International Law Association (British Branch) Lecture
Admission: Free

Full details and booking via UCL

Enjoy a presentation, breakfast and networking with Henderson Chambers. Chambers' main focus is on civil and commercial contract and tort actions, public, regulatory and disciplinary law. Members act for multinational organisations, foreign and domestic corporations, financial services organisations, government departments and agencies, local authorities, NGOs, professional bodies, and individuals in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Time: 10:30

Location: Lecture Room 24, 2-10 Princeton Street

Book your place

A group of successful graduate, who have secured training contracts at a number of top City law firms, will host two practical workshops for City students.

The first session (17th Oct) will include how to research the right firm for you, make a successful application and how to stand out at legal events.

During the second session (14th Nov), the current and future trainee solicitors will assist students to edit and improve their applications. Students will be assigned to a trainee for more one-to-one support in the future. So if you need advice on how to beat the odds and get ahead, these workshops are for you!

Time: 10am-4pm

David Anderson QC's long-awaited review of surveillance law recommends legislative overhaul, including a stronger role for the judiciary, and the government has promised to "modernise" the law on communications data with a new Investigatory Powers Bill. But will the government get the balance right? What are the likely effects if some, all or none of the Anderson recommendations are followed? What are the implications for journalism and freedom of expression?

Panel: Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Former Attorney General; Rachel Logan, Law and Human Rights Programme Director, Amnesty International UK; Ewen MacAskill, Defence and Intelligence Correspondent, The Guardian; Jessica Simor QC, Barrister, Matrix Chambers.

Chair: Dr Judith Townend, Director, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

£5 for students - book online.

Start 6.30pm

Venue: Reed Smith LLP, the Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2RS

This event will provide an assessment of the arguments for and against repeal of the Human Rights Act and possible withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights. The event will consider the rule of law implications of the proposed reforms, in particular of changes to the UK's relationship with the European Court of Human Rights.


  • Helena Kennedy QC (Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws)
  • Martin Howe QC (8 New Square)
  • Anthony Speaight QC (4 Pump Court)

Time: 6-7.30pm

Location: Bindmans, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB

Book online via The Bingham Centre

This lecture will explore the nature of law as a learned discipline, using the process of leading the review group responsible for writing the 2015 QAA Law Subject Benchmark Statement, but within a broader framework of threshold concepts. It will consider how the process of learning the law can irreversibly transform the learner, and will include a examination of liminal spaces (troublesome places in learning) in law and the teacher's role in promoting the students' transformation and in facilitating (nudging) their successful crossing of the legal learning threshold and meeting a learning outcome. The lecture will set legal learning primarily in the undergraduate context in England and Wales, but it will also include references to graduateness (in law and more widely) and comment on the place of an undergraduate law degree in the legal regulatory landscape.

Speaker: Professor Rebecca Huxley-Binns

Time: 17:30

Location: Atkin Building Lecture Theatre, City Law School, Gray's in, WC1R 5AT

International law firm Eversheds LLP will provide guidance on negotiation techniques for lawyers. This is an important legal skill used daily by commercial lawyers in both resolving disputes and agreeing legal documents.

As part of the evening, trainee solicitors from Eversheds will run a short competition enabling you to see how you would fare in the heat of a contested negotiation.

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Aimed at early career academic and policy researchers. SESSIONS • Accessing Official Records • Data and Research Collections • Crime Statistics and Quantitative Methods • Qualitative Methods: Interpreting 'Texts' and Cultural Criminology • Sources, Methods and Theoretical Approaches LEADING RESEARCHERS AND SPEAKERS INCLUDING: Nigel Taylor (National Archives), Jon Sims (British Library), Sharon Bolton (UK Data Archive), Stuart Stone (Cambridge Institute of Criminology), Tim Newburn (LSE) , Betsy Stanko (Metropolitan Police), Andromachi Tseloni (Loughborough), Allan Brimicombe (UEL), Lizzie Seal (Sussex), Linda Mulcahy (LSE), Adrian Howe (QMUL), Ben Bowling (KCL), David Nelken (KCL) This event is organised by the British Society of Criminology, Socio-Legal Studies Association, British Library and Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Price £90 (Students £65). Full details and book online via IALS.

Time 4-5pm.

Full details coming soon!

In both common law and civil law jurisdictions there is an ongoing need to review existing law - both statute and case law - to ensure it remains fit for purpose and relevant to the needs of government and society. The means employed to deliver revision, where necessary, will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and take many forms. This afternoon workshop will address these and the many other issues relating to the successful implementation of law reform.

Time: 2-5.15pm

Cost: £35 or £25 for students Pay here

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UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Speaker: Professor Thomas Poole (London School of Economics)
Chair: Professor Dapo Akande (University of Oxford)
Admission: Free
Accreditation: This event is accredited with 1 CPD hour with the SRA and BSB
Series: Current Legal Problems 2015-16

Full details and booking via UCL

UCL Pavilion (Main Quad), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Time: 6-7pm

Speaker: Professor Julia O'Connell Davidson (University of Nottingham)Chair: Dr Prabha Kotiswaran (King's College London)
Admission: Free
Accreditation: This event is accredited with 1 CPD hour with the SRA and BSB
Series: Current Legal Problems 2015-16

Full details and booking via UCL

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Professor John Spencer QC, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.

Organised in association with the Statute Law Society

Time: 6-7pm

Book online

The objectives of this workshop are to familiarise you with the basic issues arising out of merger and acquisition processes, to explore how the commercial objectives of the client can affect these issues and to outline the processes involved.

The interactive workshop will be based on pre-reading and a case study which will see you complete a bid sheet and work in teams, acting in the role of the client instructing that team.

Time: 3-5.30pm

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

The 2015 annual lecture will be given by Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions on Tuesday 20 October 2015 , 6.30pm at Shearman & Sterling LLP, 9 Appold St, London EC2A 2AP.

Priority given to JUSTICE members but booking is now open.

Sign up for this engaging interactive session that starts with an important question: is Clifford Chance right for you? We will prompt you to think about the motivation and commitment you need to be a successful lawyer here. We will help you to understand what we look for and how you can highlight your strengths. Ultimately it is about making your application stand out from around 3,000 that we receive each year.

Time: 11am - 12

The legal landscape is changing rapidly. This talk will highlight the current developments, what the future might look like and what students can do to best position themselves. You will be given an overview of potential career paths and some options you might not have considered.

Time: 12-1pm

Wed 21 Oct

This annual event is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet numerous representatives from law firms, barristers' chambers and other organisations. Pick up a copy of the University's Law Fair Guide from CityCareers in Drysdale Building or your School Office to read exhibitors' profiles and prepare for the day.

Time: 1.30-4.30pm (1.30-2.30 is priority entry for those with a fast-track pass)

Check out the CityCareers for full listings of exhibitors.

A conversation between Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Chris Ancliff (Warner Music Group) and Paul Pacifico (Featured Artists Coalition) on the evolution of the artist/record company contract, courtesy of the University of Westminster.

Time: 6-7.30pm

Location: 4-12 Little Titchfield Street, London W1W 7BY

Book now

Come and network over Breakfast and listen to a presentation from Devereux Chambers on what to expect in Pupillage and what they are looking for in a prospective pupil.

Devereux is one of the UK's top civil and commercial sets with barristers offering a wealth of expertise in its core areas of law. They are known for combining legal excellence with a modern and collaborative approach..

Tickets are limited for this event - book online.

Time: 10.30-12

A talk on how to approach applying for Pupillage followed by a Question & Answer session with Georgina Wolfe from 5 Essex Court and Alexander Robson from Littleton Chambers. Our Speakers are Authors of the definitive guide for the pupillage seeker 'The Path to Pupillage' and are the authority on how to obtain Pupillage. This is a public event and all welcome. Location: City Law School, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn Place WC1R 5DX Time: 6-7.30pm

This event will consider whether the CJEU is in need of a new judicial approach for the 21st century which shows greater deference to the wording of EU law, and to the political process at EU and national level. It will also examine the principle of subsidiarity and discuss whether the Court should give greater prominence to respect for national identity.


  • Marie Demetriou, Brick Court Chambers
  • Ben Ray, Cabinet Office European Law Group
  • Judge Sinisa Rodin, Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Derrick Wyatt, University of Oxford and Brick Court Chambers


Location: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5JP

More information and book online via The Bingham Centre

Speaker: The Rt Hon. the Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe.

The Annual Lord Renton Lecture of the Statute Law Society

REGISTRATION: This event is FREE but those wishing to attend are asked to register their interest in advance by emailing:

Supported by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

This event will consist of a series of presentations from a range of high profile legal practitioners, followed by the opportunity to ask questions and network.

Attend this event to gain an in-depth understanding of what commercial awareness is, how you can show that you have it and find out why commercial awareness is so important in the legal sector at all stages of a legal career.

Time: 6-8pm

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
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.

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