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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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The Times have teamed up with 2TG to run a new national mooting competition. It is open to all students - as many City students as possible should be looking to enter.

With a £6000 prize pot and all four finalists receiving assessed mini-pupillages at 2TG, this is an excelent opportunity.

See flyer for full details and register interest online.

Posted by Site Admin on 26 Jan at 9:19am

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 Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 is currently subject to a Government Consultation. Sections 17-20 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 have introduced a series of changes. Meanwhile, the European Ombudsman has asked "what are the EU Institutions doing to protect whistleblowers?" We ask whether whistleblowing legislation is working here and in Europe and what more needs to be done to encourage, support and protect those who disclose information in the public interest.

Chair: Anna Myers, Director, International Whistleblowing Network Speakers: Gary Walker, NHS whistleblower Peter de Roeck, Belgian Federal Ministry for Budget Dr Simone White, OLAF & IALS Cathy James, Chief Executive, PCAW

Held at the IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Free to attend but you need to register in advance.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as Founding Director. She speaks at this event, held at Old Theatre, LSE (6.30-8pm)

Lecture content:

In the context of the increasing militarization of police forces tasked with containing or eliminating social protest against social and economic inequality, how is racial perception both built and ratified through recasting the human form as threatening instrument? To what extent does the racialized structure of the visual field become instrumental to justifying the unjustifiable?

No registration required - first come-first served. Full details via LSE Events.

Speakers: Professor Derek Roebuck; Dr Francis Boorman.Hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. More info/booking info

Speaker is Dr Renginee G Pillay, University of Surrey

Held at the IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Free to attend but you need to register in advance.

Held by The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and The Monitoring Group, in partnership with Imran Khan partners and Tottenham Rights. The purpose of this conference is to seek common ground between families, community workers, journalists, academics, lawyers and affected communities in understanding and challenging the problem of police corruption, spying and racism.

Taking place on 6 and 7 February at Conway Hall in central London, it takes as its starting point that there is a profound crisis in policing across the UK that requires us to share information and experiences, develop ideas and create new partnerships that will spur action for genuine police accountability.

Costing only £5.00 per day for the unwaged you can register here.

JUSTICE event with Hilary Mante, who will read from her books Wolf Hall and Bringing up the Bodies.

The event takes place at Middle Temple with 6pm start. Tickets are for JUSTICE members and cost £50.

Find out more via JUSTICE website.

Speaker is Professor Dawn Oliver, Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law, University College London.

Held at the IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR 18:00-19:00

Free to attend but you need to register in advance.

This Public Lecture, followed by a reception, marks the launch the new Centre for Law and Information Policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Preceding the lecture there will be an afternoon workshop on information policy for which advance booking is required.

Speaker is Timothy Pitt-Payne QC, 11KBW

Held at the IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Free to attend but you need to register in advance.

Workshop speakers: Daithí Mac Síthigh, Richard Danbury, Marion Oswald, David Goldberg, David Erdos, Asma Vranaki, Ian Brown, Graham Smith, Lilian Edwards.

Data are (or is) everything and everywhere, flowing through everyday life, our workplaces, our homes and minds. How to control information flow through law and legal policy? That is one of the main research questions for the new Centre for Law and Information Policy which launches at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on 24 February 2015.

Held at the IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR 14:00-17:30

Free to attend but you need to register in advance.

Lecture given by Baljeet Sandhu (Director, Migrant & Refugee Children's Legal Unit) and Sarah-Jane Savage (Senior Protection Associate, UNHCR).

Part of the Baobab Talks 2014-15 lecture series.

Refreshments from 6pm at Palace House, 3 Cathedral Street, London SE1 9DE.

Sign up for your place and see flyer for full details.

Daniel Sokol (12 Kings Bench Walk) gives the ultimate guide to the pupillage year, providing practical advice to all aspiring barristers navigating this crucial stage in the path to practice.

When? April 15th 2015 18:00

Location: Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building

Book online for this event.

Kevin Birch will be speaking to students on the taxation of barristers. This is essential for all intending to work at the independent bar. Kevin lectures to pupils and on practice management at the Inns.

Sign up

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.

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.

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

Competition is tougher than ever and getting pupillage is one the biggest challenges an aspiring barrister will face, with only a small percentage of applicants succeeding. Good applicants with a strong acadamic track record and other achievements consistently fail to translate an interview into an offer of pupillage. Our Speaker Martin Soojoo (ex Tooks and Ex Human Rights Barrister of the year) now trains individuals to achieve success and will speak to our students on how to succeed in Pupillage Interviews.

The consistent feedback from students is that this is one of the most helpful lectures that they have attended. Don't miss out.

Find full details of the session and how to book online.

Speaker is Professor John Spencer, University of Cambridge

Held at the IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Free to attend but you need to register in advance.

Networking event for the City Law School for alumni and current students.

When: 3rd March - 18:00-20:00

Location: City Law School Common Room, Innovation Building.

*This is a BPTC assessment week.

Gresham College - 6pm

A review of particular cases Sir Geoffrey Nice has been involved in, to provide a picture of the life of the 20th/21st century barrister. This lecture is aimed - to an appropriate extent - to amuse as well as to inform.

Book it

Topics to be covered:

Literature reviews and PhDs in Law;
Qualitative and Quantitative Research for PhDs;
Comparative Legal Research ;
The Foreign, International and Comparative Law Research.;
Research resources: apps, articles and attribution.

Speakers:Professor Lisa Webley, Professor of Empirical Legal Studies, University of Westminster; Professor Helen Xanthaki, Professor in Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Hester Swift, Foreign and International Law Librarian, IALS Library; Steve Whittle, Senior Librarian, IALS Library.

Booking fees apply - please look at the IALS events pages for full details.

One day conference for students, trainee solicitors and pupil barristers.

Featuring Death and the state: the importance of Human Rights in inquests and public enquiries (Leslie Thomas QC), Human rights: challenging the class of 2015 (Raju Bhatt) and JUSTICE - a review of the Human Rights year (Angela Patrick).

£15 for non members and £5 for JUSTICE members.

Location: Freshfields Burckhaus Deringer

Booking required - sign up

Professor John Langbein FBA, Yale University traces the development of jury trial through four distinct epochs, from medieval to modern times.

Where & when? 18:00-19:15 at The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Free event - first come, first served. More info via The British Academy.

The Ultimate Guide to how to complete your Pupillage Application Forms.

The Ultimate Panel Event on what Chambers are looking for in the forms. A wide range of chambers will give a presentation on what they look for and will discuss some of the clangers that they have had in the past. They will then then take questions and answers. This event is hosted by City Law School's Pupillage Advice Service and all are welcome including prospective students .

Invitees include, 2 Temple Gardens, 11 Stone Buildings, Old Square, Hardwicke, Coram, 9-12 Bell Yard and Garden Court Chambers

Chambers will then network with our prospective Pupils over drinks and nibbles.


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Featuring David Foster, Queen Mary, University of London. This event is free but you need to register in advance by emailing

Where and when? 18:00-19:30 IALS, 17 Russell Square, London.

The City Law School is delighted to invite you to an event organised in collaboration with the Social Movements and Civil Society Research Group of City University London.

CHAIR: Dr Mauro Barelli (Senior Lecturer, The City Law School)

SPEAKER: Joji Cariño (Director of the Forest Peoples Programme and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Secretary-General of the United Nations)

WHERE: City University London, University Building, Northampton Square, Room BG03

WHEN: Thursday, 26 March 2015 at 18:00.

The event will be followed by a wine reception.

Attendance is free. Please register for your place.

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.

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