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The following 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.

Connect to database

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.

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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The Undergraduate Awards is the world's only pan disciplinary academic awards programme. Students submit work for free online and it is judged by a panel of Irish and International judges. The winners are published in an academic journal, brought to Ireland for the UA Global Summit, a 4-day networking event, and recognised as the best in their field.

Take a look at the categories to see which you might slot into (Law is one!) and get it uploaded before May 29th.

You also need to register - what are you waiting for?

Posted by Site Admin on 27 Mar at 9:52pm

Gray's Inn Place and Innovation Centre Libraries will be closed over the Easter weekend (Friday 3 - Monday 6 April 2015 inclusive) and on the May Bank Holidays (Monday 4 and Monday 25 May 2015) . Outside of these times our opening hours remain the as usual for term time, however following the success of 24/7 in January, the University Library at Northampton Square and the Cass Learning Resource Centre will once again be opening 24/7 in the lead up to and during the exam period to give students time to use the library for revision and preparation for exams.

The University Library at Northampton Square will also be open over the Easter break. The Library will be open 10.00 to 22.00 from Friday 3rd of April to Monday 6th April, with our staffed services being available as normal on Saturday and Sunday (4th & 5th April).

24/7 opening at the University Library starts on the 27th of April 2015 until the 5th of June 2015.

Information about extended opening hours is also available at

Posted by Site Admin on 4 Apr at 12:51am
Find out those important dates for May/June!
Posted by Site Admin on 2 Apr at 9:59pm

Hello all law students!

I am your LexisNexis Student Associate for this academic year.

I am fully trained to use the online research services provided by LexisNexis, and here to help you all with your research. So, I will be running weekly drop-in sessions aimed to provide free support and assistance in using LexisLibrary and LexisPSL.

If you have any further questions you could contact me by email ( or through our Facebook page; Lexis Nexis @ City University London.

Do follow our facebook page, as I will posting the days and times of the drop-in sessions and table days I will be holding to support your research.

Always here to help,

Nazli Tunay.

Posted by Site Admin on 24 Sep at 8:37pm

Westlaw still isn't working reliably, however we do have a work around: --> login to your service (top right) --> Academic: Organisation Name --> Search for 'City University London' and choose 'City University London (IT Logon)' from the list that appears --> login with the usual details.

Posted by Site Admin on 15 Sep at 5:07pm
If you missed it on Jan 30th you can still read it online...
Posted by Site Admin on 14 Feb at 11:21pm

We've just taken on 1000's of ebooks on a trial basis - basically if you use them...we will buy them!

Many of these are available on the library website but some are not. Taylor & Francis and Routledge books need to be accessed via their own website - just login and browse content by Law. You can then look at books via subject area (e.g. Contract Law & Tort, Islamic Law etc).

If you need help, there's a helpful guide available.

Posted by Site Admin on 8 Oct at 4:32pm

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.

Posted by Site Admin on 5 Oct at 10:56am

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.

Posted by Site Admin on 5 Oct at 10:53am

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The Civil Litigation Forum at the Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice is pleased to be hosting a talk by S Chelvan, Barrister from No.5 Chambers (and Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year!) and Gabriella Bettiga, Head of Immigration Dept, Lawrence Lupin Solicitors.

Starts 6pm

Location: The City Law School. Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building

2CPD points applied for.

Register to attend via Eventbrite

The latest panel event in the Critical Corporation ESRC Seminar Seriesis here!

See flyer for full details

The Panel will debate the question of the corporation in, and at, war. There is increasing talk of corporate complicity in war crimes, wars being fought for Big Oil, private mercenary companies fighting states' wars by proxy, and companies profiting of conflict more generally. Beyond the newspaper headlines, what are the facts and figures? How are we to think about these issues, can we temper or avoid for-profit involvement in wars or is it inevitable? What are we to make of arms companies' CSR efforts, and the various soft law instruments that have emerged on the topic?

Speakers are:
Sorcha McLeod, Sheffield University Law School : Regulating human rights in the context of outsourcing military logistics and armed security
David Whyte, Liverpool University Sociology : The corporation, security and war
Tom Anderson, Corporate Watch : The complicity of UK and US arms companies in Gaza drone attacks
Vino Kanapatipilai, SOAS Law School : Private sector involvement in the British army

21 April: 18:30 start, followed by a drinks reception at 20:30

This event will be held at Room AG03, College Building, City University London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB. Find us here (NOTE THIS IS A change FROM OUR USUAL VENUE!!)

Please register online.

This event will consider what radical alternatives there might be to imprisonment.

Find out more on the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies website.


Barristers from Pupillage Committees at a wide range of sets talk to students about how to be successful in Interview. Chambers involved include:

2 Temple Gardens, 11 Stone Buildings, Hardwicke, Coram, Old Square 5 Essex Court, 4 Breams Buildings

When? May 6th 18:00-20:00

Location: Student Common Room, Atkin Building

Book online for this popular event.

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC - Gresham Professor of Law - focuses on Srebrenica in the year of the 20th anniversary of that massacre. It is hoped that there may be live or video contributions from victim or perpetrator witnesses to events.

Full details via the Gresham website. No tickets required but entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary, University of London invites you to their annual lecture.

Speaker is Professor Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapportuer on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences since 2009.

Location: Arts2 Lecture Theatre, Arts2 Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS.

When: Thurs 7th May - 6.30-9pm

Register for the event

See full details on IALS website.

Student rate £50.00


Francesca Lewis gives a brutally honest and hunourous account of Pupillage 'warts and all'. Audience - those who have obtained or are applying for pupillage.

When? 11th May 18:10pm

Location: TBC

Book online.

This roundtable event on will bring together researchers, academics and activists to consider the role of research in exposing and addressing racism and discrimination in criminal justice policy and practice.

Find out more on the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies website.


As part of LSE's Legal Biography Project, Sir Ross Cranston will interview Sir Stephen Sedley on his life and career in the law.

Stephen Sedley was appointed a high court judge in 1992 and a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1999.


Find out more via the LSE Events pages.

All lectures will be public events.

All seminars, workshops and mock interviews will be available for City Law School Students and Alumni only.

Register and find out more.

Discussion of how to hold state and corporate institutions to account.

Full details on the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies website.

Lord Justice Richards, an Appeal Court Judge, will be speaking about legal issues of topical interest.

Full details via Gresham Lectures.

This 2 day symposium will explore various aspects of large law firm practice: the relationships between corporate lawyers and their clients; lawyer's ethics; lawyer independence and the rule of law; legal professional privilege; law firms, businesses and human rights; legal risk; the changing role of General Counsel; bribery and corruption; lawyers' duties; talent and inclusion; conflicts of interest etc.

Paul Philip (Chief Executive, Solicitors Regulation Authority) will open the conference. Our keynote address on the Monday evening will be by Richard Moorhead, Professor of Law and Ethics at University College London. The papers, speakers and delegates intentionally reflect a broach church: academics, students, private practice solicitors, in-house lawyers, law firm General Counsel, regulators, consultants and members of the public. Over the two days, you will have the opportunity to hear from 35 speakers drawing on experiences of corporate lawyers and corporate clients in the UK, the wider EU, the US, Australia and Indonesia.

Full programme details

The symposium is free to attend, including a dinner at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham city centre on the Monday evening. Please sign up.

Join a panel of leading voices from politics, academia and legal practice to as they explore issues at the nexus of race, EU law and policing. Chaired by Aidan O'Neill QC, Matrix Chambers.

Where & when? 18:00-19:30 at The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
Our small ads board gives all students a place to sell their used books and more. It's open to anyone with an email address.

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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 for more details.

E-JournalsA-Cap  Chi-Eco  Ent-Eur  Fam-Int  Int-Jou  Jou-Jou  Jou-Kin  Kin-Leg  Llo-Nor  Oxf-Tax  Tru-Z
E-ReportsA-Est  Eur-Sim  Tim-Z
E-TextsA-Gre  Hal-Z

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