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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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Come along to one of our clinics on the following Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.00pm:

  • November 26th 2015
  • December 17th 2015
  • January 21st 2016
  • February 25th 2016
  • April 14th 2016
  • May 12th 2016

An external firm of Solicitors will advise on small claims, personal injury, consumer, landlord and tenant.

Just call CLS on 02070400353 or 02070400391 and an appointment will be made for you.

Posted by Site Admin on 30 Oct at 6:05pm

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.

Posted by Site Admin on 4 Sep at 8:53am
LPC alumni Coleen Mensa has started her Legal Diarie, vlogging for LawCareersNet. You can get an insight into her journey via YouTube.
Posted by Site Admin on 17 Jul at 9:10am

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

Posted by Site Admin on 22 Jun at 1:55pm
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.

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

Upcoming Law Events

  • 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.

Simon Danczuk, winner or the 2015 Contrarian Prize, has been the MP for Rochdale since 2010 and has led the calls for a public inquiry into child sexual abuse. Danczuk, who exposed the paedophilia of former Rochdale MP, Cyril Smith, piled pressure on the Home Secretary to establish a wide-ranging and credible inquiry after two botched attempts to appoint a Chair. In "Smile for the Camera", a book he co-authored, he alludes to the fact that Smith could not have acted alone and must have been protected by a wider group of powerful child predators.

Time: 6-9pm

Location: Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row,London EC1Y 8TZ

Book online

This conference is organised under the auspices of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at The City Law School, with the joint convenors: Monckton Chambers & City University London Symposium.

See the event page to book and for full details of the excellent speakers at this afternoon event. They include

  • Christopher Muttukumaru CB (Monckton Chambers)
  • Professor Panos Koutrakos, (City University London)
  • Rt Hon Sir Konrad Schiemann, former Judge at the European Court of Justice
  • Rt Hon Lord Hannay GCMG CH
  • Jonathan Faull (European Commission)
  • Professor Kenneth Armstrong (University of Cambridge)
  • Ian Rogers QC (Monckton Chambers)
  • Professor Catherine Barnard (University of Cambridge)

Panel discussions will include:

  • Professor Sir Alan Dashwood KCMG QC (City University London)
  • Dr KPE Lasok QC (Monckton Chambers)
  • Professor Paul Craig (University of Oxford)
  • Michael Bowsher QC (Monckton Chambers)
  • Philip Moser QC (Monckton Chambers)

3 CPD points available.

Attendance is free but a booking must be made in advance.

Time: 3pm-7.15pm

Location: City University London, Atkin Building, 4 Gray's Inn Place

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The Bar Council now trains all Pupillage Committees on conducting Interviews using Competency Based Questions. This means you need to 'show not tell' in interview using the STAR tecnique. This STAR tecnique is decribed as situation - task - action - result. This workshop will help you to learn and understand the tecnique in the context of an Interview situation. The same type of competency based questioning is used for silk and judicial interivews. IT is helpful to understand the technique.

When: 10.30-12 on 3rd December

Where: City Law School, 13 Princeton Street

Register via Eventbrite

Professor Stuart Sime will deliver this lecture on How to Answer the Legal Questions in Interview. This is a public lecture and open to all. Professor Sime will give you a frame work on how to approach and answer the legal questions in a pupillage interview. Suitable for all law students interested in or applying for Pupillage.

Please do not wait until you have an interview to start preparing. These lectures will prepare you for you up and coming interviews.

When: 6-7.30pm on 7th December

Where: City Law School, Atkin Building

Register via Eventbrite

Dr Steven Vaughan (CEPLER's Director of Education) will give a free to attend public lecture at University College London titled, 'Do Institutional Clients threaten Lawyer Independence?'

The relationship between large commercial law firms and their clients and the impact of these relationships on professional independence, ethics, standards and risk is of central importance to the effective regulation of the solicitors' profession. There has been a shift in the standard dynamic of lawyer-client relationships in large firms. Clients now hold significant power over their firms. This is due to a complex of factors: increasing competition for legal services; the growth of General Counsel; the relative size of clients to their firms; and the ongoing impacts of the financial crisis.

From over 100 interviews with corporate finance lawyers and COLPS in 30 top 100 law firms, Steven will set out his concerns as to the potential for institutional clients to threaten lawyers' independence. In particular, his talk will focus on the private regulation of professional lawyers via contract (i.e. the use of law firm panels and outside counsel guidelines), and the practice of what he terms 'shadow clients' (whereby third parties, e.g. borrowers, pay the fees of, and have a powerful voice in the appointment of, their lender's lawyers).

Enid Rowlands, Chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, will act as Discussant of the talk.

Date: 13 Jan 2016

Time: 6-7pm

Location: UCL Marquee (Main Quad), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

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

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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Speaker: Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC

In his last lecture, Geoffrey Nice reviews what he has discussed over the last four years. Law should not be of that much concern, most of the time, to non-lawyers if it delivers what the public needs. So identifying what may interest and inform a Gresham audience is never easy for Gresham Law Professors. Geoffrey Nice reviews what he has learned often giving lectures about things he wanted to learn about that affirm how law should be the servant of man, never her mistress. He will bring some topics up to date explaining how particular views have developed and changed.

Time: 6pm

Location: Barnard's Inn Hall

No need to book, entry is first-come, first-served. More info via Gresham website.

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