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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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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 Law Reform Committee of the General Council of the Bar organises an annual Essay Competition designed to encourage and foster an interest in law reform.

The Competition is open to

  • Pupil barristers
  • BPTC students
  • CPE/GDL students
  • Qualifying law degree students and those aiming for a career at the Bar

Entrants are invited to submit an essay of not more than 3,000 words that identifies and makes the case for a law reform that is desirable, practical and useful.

The Competition is sponsored by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust and the prizes are

  • £4,000 for the winner
  • £2,500 for the runner up
  • £1,500 for the best CPE/GDL student entry
  • £1,000 for the runner up CPE/GDL entry
  • 2 x £500 highly commended awards

Closing date for the competition is 17:00 on 7 October 2014. The prizes will be presented immediately after the Annual Law Reform Lecture, which this year will be given by Professor Sir Francis Jacob on Tuesday 18 November 2014 at 17:30 in Inner Temple Hall.

For more info see the competition flyer and rules, or look at the website.

Posted by Site Admin on 10 Jun at 4:27pm
If you missed it on Jan 30th you can still read it online...
Posted by Site Admin on 14 Feb at 11:21pm
Go online and request any print title you would like us to add to our collection.
Posted by Site Admin on 3 Feb at 11:16am

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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Event Time: 3.30 pm - 6.30 pm

Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, WC1H 0EG [ map to venue ]

The place of regulatory decisions in private nuisance is of enormous practical significance, for litigators, planners, businesses and communities. It also highlights broader, persistent questions about the relative roles of courts and administrative bodies in the generation and enforcement of appropriate social (including environmental) standards, and in the distribution of risks, opportunities, costs and benefits. Recent judicial exploration of the relationship between private nuisance and planning controls has provided an instructive context for these questions, and the Supreme Court decision in Coventry v Lawrence [2014] UKSC 13 is a central moment in the evolution of the relationship between the regulatory state and the common law courts. There remains, however, much to discuss.

Chaired by:

  • The Rt Hon The Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, CVO
  • Paul Mitchell (UCL)
  • Maria Lee (UCL)
    Nuisance and the complexity of regulation
  • Eloise Scotford (Dickson Poon School of Law)
    Private nuisance, regulation and the nature of property rights: an evolving legal story
  • Ben Pontin (University of the West of England)
    The co-evolution of nuisance and environmental regulation
  • Jenny Steele (University of York)
    "An unduly moralistic approach to disputes"? Monetary remedies for nuisance after Coventry v Lawrence
  • Justine Thornton (39 Essex Street)
    The role of public nuisance in environmental pollution control

This event is free but registration is required.

Event Time: 17:30 to 18:45

Venue: Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LE [ map to venue ]

In two recent high-profile cases relating to Libya, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled that the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi will stand trial in Libya while Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan leader, will be tried in The Hague. Are these decisions reconcilable and how does one assess complementarity during an ongoing violent conflict? This event will explore these issues and whether concerns over Libya's ability to guarantee a fair trial matter to the ICC


Professor Kevin Jon Heller, Professor of Criminal Law, School of Oriental and African Studies

Melinda Taylor, Defence Counsel

Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House

To register your interest in attending or to find out more information please visit the Chatham House website.

Event Time: 17:00

Venue: Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9AT [ map to venue ]


For all Middle Temple students commencing the BPTC at BPP Law School in London, the University of Law in London and City Law School in London in September 2014.

This event is free of charge, but you must book a ticket.

There will be presentations from Masters of the Bench, other Officers of the Inn, Practitioners, the President of the Middle Temple Students Association and a representative from Revels.

A drinks party will follow at 6.15pm.


Student members can book tickets in the Treasury Office or by phoning 020 7427 4800.

Please note

This event counts as one Qualifying Session.

Students must hand their ticket to the porter on duty on arrival at the Hall. Failure to do so will mean that the QS will not be awarded.

Event Time: 18.15 - 19.15

Venue: Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre King’s Building Strand Campus [ map to venue ]

Professor Sir Francis Jacobs QC, KCMG, President of the Centre of European Law requests the pleasure of your company on the occasion of the 40th birthday of the Centre of European Law.

As part of the celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the Centre, we will be pleased to welcome his Honour Justice Vassilios Skouris, the President of the European Court of Justice, for a distinguished lecture. The Rt Hon Lord Mance PC will be in the chair.

The lecture will take place on 1 October 2014 (which is the date of the establishment of the Centre) at 6.15 pm in the Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King's College London, WC2R 2LS and will be followed by an address and drinks reception.

If you wish to attend RSVP Christine Copping, Manager Centre of European Law at

Event Time: 6.00 pm

Venue: Atkin Building, 4 Gray's Inn Place, London, WC1R 5DX, United Kingdom [ map to venue ]

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.

The speakers are the authors of the book 'Path to Pupillage'.

Drinks to follow in the student common room.

For more information please visit the City University website.

Event Time: Details to be announced.

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Charles Clore House 17 Russell Square London WC1B 5DR [ map to venue ]

Seminar series organised jointly by the European Criminal Law Association (UK) and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies .

More information online on IALS website.

Event Time: 13:30 - 16:30

Venue: Great Hall, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB [ map to venue ]

City University 2014 Law Fair sponsored by Macfarlanes LLP.

Th Law Fair is primarily aimed at City Law School students but will also be open to students from other City courses as well, who are thinking of pursuing a career in law. First year students are encouraged to attend so that they can research organisations and vacation opportunities.

Exhibitors include:

11 Stone Buildings, Accutrainee,, Blackstone Chambers, Blake Lapthorn, Chambers Student, Civil Service Fast Stream, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper UK LLP, DWF LLP, EY Law, Free Representation Unit (FRU), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Government Legal Service, Landmark Chambers, LawCareers.Net, Lawyer 2B, Lex100, LPC Law, Macfarlanes (sponsors), McMillan Williams Solicitors, Monckton Chambers, Police Now, RPC, SEO London, South Square Chambers, The Bar Council, The City Law School and Travers Smith.

For more information please go to the City University website.

Event Time: 08:45 - 17:10

Venue: Hotel Russell, Russell Square, London, WC1B 5BE [ map to venue ]

The Conference is the focal point of the young Bar calendar and one of the most prestigious and popular events of our year. The Conference is open to barristers under 10 years' call, pupils and BPTC students.

It has become an established mechanism for showcasing the young Bar and providing a platform for its concerns and interests. Barristers both employed and self-employed from every field of practice are drawn to the conference to learn about the latest developments in policy-making, jurisprudence and marketing.

This event is organized by the Bar Council and is open to BPTC students.

Please visit the Conference website to find out more information and to book your place.

Event Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Venue: Common Room, Atkin Building, Grays Inn Place, City Law School [ map to venue ]

Are you looking to refine your CV - check it ticks all the boxes?

As a BPTC, LLM or LPC student, there is a great opportunity coming up to have your CV looked over by the Careers team at City.

In this 10 to 15 minute review, experts will check your CV and look at areas like

  • Suitable look and feel;
  • How to tailor it for different job opportunities;
  • The quirks of a legal cv;
  • Effectively describing your skills.

It's first-come, first served so make sure you get to the Student

Common Room in Atkin Building, Grays Inn Place on Tuesday 21nd October between 1.30 and 4pm.

Event Time: 6:15 PM

Venue: Room to be confirmed, Gray's Inn Place Campus, City University [ map to venue ]

Join Silvia Van den Bruel as she discusses Commercial Awareness and how prospective barristers can better market themselves in this exclusive event organised by the City Law School Pupillage Advisory Service.

"Being in the business of becoming a successful barrister"

Surely all it takes to become a successful barrister is to have an excellent law degree tucked under your arm and to possess the ability to dazzle the judge with your compelling advocacy? Our speaker would argue that in this day's competitive environment, you probably need to arm yourself with a few extra tools. During this talk she will share a few practical tips and there will be time to ask any questions you may have.

Our speaker, Silvia Van den Bruel is Marketing & BD Manager at 11 Stone Buildings a leading Commercial/Chancery set. Between 2002 and 2007 she was Marketing Manager at Monckton Chambers which was nominated for 'Best Marketed Chambers' at the Legal Marketing Awards 2007."

Read Ins and Outs of a Pupillage at 11 Stone Buildings. More Good than Bad on Legal Half Hour.

Open to current and prospective City Students. Registration is required please email

For more information please go to the City University Website.

Event Time: 6 PM - 7 PM

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Charles Clore House 17 Russell Square London WC1B 5DR [ map to venue ]

More and more people are finding themselves turning from light fiction and reading legislation instead. Is this a good thing?

Join Sir Geoffrey Bowman, KCB, QC and Lord Dyson as they discuss this matter in an exclusive event organsied by IALS.

This event is free but registration is required.

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Charles Clore House 17 Russell Square London WC1B 5DR [ map to venue ]

Join the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Senate House Library as they take you behind the scenes to see how published works and archival materials and the ideas contained in them are affected, obscured or distorted by censorship in 'Forbidden Access': a multidisciplinary conference.

Call for papers

Proposals for 20 minute papers on censorship without restriction as to historical period or place are invited from historians, book historians, lawyers, legal historians, biographers, librarians, archivists and literary scholars on any aspect of the power of censorship, including, though not limited to:

• Direct state intervention in published expression
• Covert and direct censorship in the library and archive
• Self-censorship
• The role of the publisher in enforcing, testing or resisting censorship
• The effects of legislation, from the Obscene Publications Acts to the Terrorism Act
• Censorship and the legal protection of rights of freedom of expression and information
• Resistance from libertarians, campaigning groups and NGOs
• Suppression of materials through religious and cultural sensitivity
• Potential for creatively positive effects of writing to avoid the attention of the censor
• Reputational elevation of writers through their censored status

For more information please go to the IALS website.

Event Time: 10:30 am

Venue: Rooms to be confirmed, Gray's Inn Place Campus [ map to venue ]

Join barristers from 11 Stone Buildings as they discuss their profession in this exclusive event organised by the City Law School Pupillage Advisory Service.

This event is open to everyone. To register for this event please email

For more information please go to the City University Website.

Event Time: 10:30 am - 3.30 pm

Venue: Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, EC4Y 7HL [ map to venue ]

The Fair is targeted at all students who are interested in becoming barristers and practising in commercial or traditional chancery work, which covers areas as diverse as: banking, charities, contracts, company, civil fraud, insolvency, partnership, property, trusts, tax and wills, amongst several others. After the feedback from our four previous careers fairs, the event will give students an opportunity to learn about practice at the Chancery Bar by: (1) hearing real junior barristers speak about their experiences; and (2) meeting practising barristers from around 20 of the top sets, based both in London and nationwide.


10.30-11.00 Coffee and Registration
11:00-11:05 Welcome
11:05-11:15 Why Chancery?
11.15-11.45 Panel Q&A -pathways to qualification
11.45-12.15 A series of talks on:
•traditional chancery practice
•property litigation and L&T in practice
•company & insolvency practice
12.15-14.20 Chambers' stands open: an opportunity to
visit stands and mingle with attendees from
Chancery Chambers.
12.15-13.25 A light sandwich lunch will be served
14.20-14.50 Application Workshop
14:50-15:30 A series of talks on:
•professional negligence in practice
•revenue law
•commercial chancery
•overseas opportunities

For more information please visit the Chancery Bar website.

This event is free but registration is required.

Event Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Venue: Common Room, Atkin Building, Grays Inn Place, City Law School [ map to venue ]

Are you looking to refine your CV - check it ticks all the boxes?

As a BPTC, LLM or LPC student, there is a great opportunity coming up to have your CV looked over by the Careers team at City.

In this 10 to 15 minute review, experts will check your CV and look at areas like

  • Suitable look and feel;
  • How to tailor it for different job opportunities;
  • The quirks of a legal cv;
  • Effectively describing your skills.

It's first-come, first served so make sure you get to the Student

Common Room in Atkin Building, Grays Inn Place on Tuesday 25th November between 5.30 and 8pm.

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.

See all the ads in full »


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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