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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.

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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4 traineeships up for grabs at the EFTA Court between Sep and Dec 2015.

The traineeship is directly equivalent to a Stage at the Court of Justice of the European Union in the chambers of a judge or advocate general and remunerated. The trainee would be expected to assist the President and his Legal Secretaries in their daily work. Candidates will be expected to display a high level of interest and ability in EU law. The working language of the EFTA Court is English.

Apply ASAP but by 1 July.

Posted by Site Admin on 27 May at 10:36pm
Find out those important dates for May/June!
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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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1st-2nd June 2015

All lectures will be public events.

All seminars, workshops and mock interviews will be available for City Law School Students and Alumni only and need to be booked. In order to book a mock interview, please phone the School Office on: 020 7040 5787


11-12: Family Law Workshop (Veronica Lachkovic) 12PS

12-1: Criminal Law Workshop (Peter Hungerford-Welch) 13PS

1-2.30: Advocacy for Interviews - Focus Bail Apps and Pleas in Mitigation (Robin Sellers) 24PS

1.30-2.30: Lecture - Introduction to Legal Ethics (Rob McPeake) Lecture Theatre Atkin Building

2.30-3.30: Employment Law Workshop (Andrew Worthley) 12PS

3.30-4.30: Lecture - Answering the Competency Based Questions in Interview (Estanislao Bouza-Ortin) 24PS

4.30-6pm: Answering Legal Ethics Questions in Interview Workshop (Rob McPeake) 13PS

6.30-7pm: Lecture - How to demonstrate Commercial Awareness in Interview (Howard Leithead) 24PS

Register and find out more.

Please note that refreshments will be available throughout the day in the Student Common Room, Atkin Building.

4 speakers will consider the extent to which our current rights to a healthy environment, for example, clean air and clean drinking water, reflect the principles set out in Magna Carta 800 years ago.
Speakers include: Nicholas Vincent, University of East Anglia, Professor Duncan French, University of Lincoln, Richard Wald, Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers and James Thornton CEO ClientEarth.

This 2 hour debate will take place at Radisson Blue Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel, Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QD, with registration at 9am.

Book online

Dr Daniel Attenborough, University of Durham; IALS Visiting Fellow speaks at this IALS event.


Book online

The World Trade Organization (WTO) celebrated its 20th anniversary this January amid continued challenges to its relevance and its seemingly ever-increasing influence on our lives. Now composed of 161 member states and covering 98 per cent of global trade, the WTO's mission is to reduce barriers to trade in goods and services and to make the rules governing international trade more transparent and predictable. Freer trade is supposed to mean higher standards of living and more full employment for all - but it is unclear whether the WTO has helped achieve these goals. While the WTO's dispute settlement system has unquestionably become one of the most influential world courts, as a forum for the negotiation of further trade liberalization, the WTO's record is far from perfect. What will the WTO's role in the global economy be in the next 20 years?

Professor David Collins is delivering this lecture at City - 18:30 in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre.


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Charles Mynors, Barrister (Francis Taylor Building) speaks at this IALS event 18:00-19:00

Register online to attend

Thu 11 Jun

Speakers to include: Prof Linda Mulcahy, London School of Economics; Dr Peter Doyle, curator of forensic photography archive at Sydney's Justice and Police Museum); Prof Katherine Biber, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, Visiting Scholar at Birkbeck School of Law, Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Chair: Prof Leslie Moran, Birkbeck, University of London.

16:00-18:00 at the IALS

Register to attend online

Professor Helen Codd, Professor of Law and Social Justice, University of Central Lancashire and IALS Associate Research Fellow; Dr Dianne Scullion, Lecturer in Law, UCLAN.

IALS event - register online

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

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

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, will be examining the current pressures on the rule of law and human rights.

Location: The British Library

Time: 18:30-20:00

Tickets: Students £7

Find out more and book via the BL 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.

Professor Giuliana Garzone, Milan; Dr Karen McAuliffe, Exeter; Professor Giulia Pennisi, Palermo; William Robinson, Senior Associate Research Fellow, IALS; Professor Helen Xanthanki, IALS. Academic Convenor: Professor Giulia Pennisi.

Conference fees apply - for more info look at the IALS website.

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

Two day conference costs £100 for students.

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London and the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge are delighted to announce a conference to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Law Commissions Act 1965. The Conference has been organised in partnership with the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission.

The aim of the Conference is to reflect upon fifty years of institutional law reform in the United Kingdom, embracing the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission, as well as the Northern Ireland Law Commission. The significance of various specific reforms and proposals from the Commissions will be examined by academics, practitioners, judges and members of the Commissions.

The Conference features keynote addresses by Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court, and Sir Kenneth Keith, Former Justice of the International Court of Justice.

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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
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