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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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Hi everyone. For those of you that I have not yet met, my name is Nazli Tunay and I am your LexisNexis Student Rep for 2014/15.

I would first like to highlight that, LexisNexis is an invaluable legal database that you have access to whilst here at City University. I could confidently say this, and here are a few points that form my reasoning:

· LexisNexis is one of the world's largest information businesses serving four million customers in 100 countries.

· LexisLibrary used by 90% of the top 200 law firms, all of the Inns of Court and over 4,000 organisations in the UK. It is used by Parliament, all UK judges and all UK universities with a qualifying law degree.

· LexisLibrary is noted by the Court of Appeal as being the most up to date legal databases as was cited in R v Blackwood

· LexisLibrary is the home of Halsbury's Laws, the complete narrative statement of the law in England and Wales as written by commissioned leading experts.

· Halsbury's Laws answers a question every 4 seconds, has been cited more than 1,700 times in judgments or submissions as published in the Law Reports of England and Wales from the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting over the last 100 years.

My role as a Student Rep is to assist you with any questions that you have about LexisNexis, whether that be how to find a case, how to use the advanced features or even just getting started.

I will have drop-in clinics whereby you can come and see me in person and we can run through these things one to one or alternatively you can email me or arrange a more convenient time if the drop-in clinic times are not convenient for you.

You can do so by emailing me or contacting me through the Facebook page.

The drop-in clinics will be starting this week (w/c 13th October 2014) and these dates and times will apply to every week from now on:

· Mondays - 12-1pm

· Tuesdays - 3-4pm

The Room is yet to be confirmed, so for this week only, please email me if you would like to see me during these times and I will respond with an area to meet and discuss what you need help in.

Additionally, I will be arranging a LexisNexis Basic and Advanced certification sessions throughout the year. Last year many students attended these sessions, as they will look fantastic on your CV.

Thank you for reading this so far and if there is anything at all you need regarding LexisNexis please do not hesitate to contact me.


Nazli Tunay

Posted by Site Admin on 15 Oct at 9:08pm

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
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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8 barristers from 2 Temple Gardens will be visiting The City Law School on 27th November.

When? 9.30-11.30

Location: tbc

Book online!

Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls will be speaking on Criticism of judges: fair game or off-limits? for the annual BAILII Lecture.

When: 5.30pm

Where: Freshfields, 65 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HS

Ticket details will be available via the BAILII website shortly.

This seminar comes courtesy of the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Group and is hosted by the City Law School.

Speaker Knut Fournier will briefly introduce competition law in the context of the maritime sector, before looking at a series of case studies - the liner conferences' structure, price announcements among shipping liners and the market for transportation of cars. The final case study will focus on the rejection of the P3 Alliance by the Chinese regulator. The seminar will reflect on whether the maritime sector should be exempted from competition rules, as is the case in Singapore.

For more information email Julia.

The Institute for Government welcomes the Lord Chief Justice, The Right Honourable The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd to give a keynote speech on The Judiciary, the Executive and Parliament: Relationships and the rule of law.

The speech will explore ways in which the three branches of the State can and do work together; and how this benefits the rule of law and our democratic system.

Held at Institute for Government, 2 Carlton Gardens, London SW1Y 5AA.


Contact to see if any tickets remaining.

Event Time: 09:00 - 11:00

Venue: Sainsbury’s Head Office Auditorium, 33 Holborn, EC1N 2HT [ map to venue ]

The purpose of the debates is to provide objective and factual clarification of selected current environmental issues. To this end, a panel of three experts addresses the applicable science, law and policy. Each speaker has 15 minutes to present and then the floor is open for a question-and-answer session from which a summary of the Debate is produced. Chaired by Pamela Castle OBE, they are held approximately on a monthly basis from October 2013 to June 2014 at various locations across London in association with Sykes Environmental and sponsored by Legal Sector Alliance and the ENDS Report.


Science: Paul Temple, former vice-President, National Farmers Union

Law: Julie Robinson, Partner, Roythornes, Solicitors

Policy: David Baldock, Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Organised by Pamela Castle in conjunction with Sykes Environmental

This is a free event.

09.00am registration. 09.30 - 11.00 speaker presentations

For more information or to book a place please visit the event page

Event Time: 18:00 - 19:00

Venue: UCL Laws, Bentham House, WC1H 0EG [ map to venue ]

Speakers: Dr Gleider Hernández, Senior Lecturer, Durham Law School
Chair: Professor George Letsas, UCL
Admission: Free
Accreditation: This event is accredited with 1 CPD hour by the SRA (BSB pending)
Series: International Law Association (British Branch) Lecture

About the lecture:

Assuming that international law is to be understood as a legal system, the role that judicial institutions play in maintaining the coherence of that system plays an outsize role.

Using the International Court of Justice as the primary point of reference, given its jurisdiction over international law as a whole and its place as principal judicial organ of the United Nations, this lecture will consider the manner in which the Court understands its judicial function within the international legal order through reference to its judgments and other publicly-available materials.

The claim being made is that the Court has, over the decades, made a claim to normative authority in the development of international law: that its institutional practice, its deliberative procedure and the justificatory reasoning it deploys have been designed with a specific regard to sustaining that authority.

In this regard, the Court has made a number of pronouncements on the nature of international law, and specifically the political community which is served by international law, which merit heightened scrutiny. This lecture is based on the author's recently published monograph.

For more information or to book a place at this event, please visit the UCL Law event's page

Sir Alan Moses reflects upon the first months of the Independent Press Standard Organisation (IPSO) and shares his vision for the future of press self-regulation in the UK.

For more info and to book go to LSE Events.

Panel discussion at Cass Business School to launch this collectively authored book.


Hugh Willmott, Professor in Organisational Studies at Cass Business School
Martin Parker, Professor of Organisation and Culture at the School of Management, Leicester University
Gordon Pearson, former corporate executive and author of Integrity in Organizations and The Road to Co-operation
Glenn Morgan, Professor International Management at Cardiff Business School
Tom Hadden, Emeritus Professor of Law at Queen's University Belfast

Leading members of the Corporate Reform Collective will present their analysis of what has gone wrong with corporate capitalism and argue the case for the list of essential national and international measures in their Manifesto that are essential to create alternative and fairer structures for a more responsible and accountable form of corporate capitalism.

Register online

This one day conference is an annual event and focuses on a range of topics related to business and human rights, including modern slavery and international remedies.

Find out more via the Law Society website.

It is 66 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated that everyone is entitled to the same rights and freedoms. The speakers consider this ongoing struggle for women's human rights.

Speakers include Christine Chinkin, Jonathan Cooper, Jane Gordon and Saraswathi Menon.

When: 18:30-20:00

Location: New Academic Building, LSE

For more info and to book online go to LSE Events.

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.

The Chancery Bar Association and COMBAR are jointly hosting a seminar for BME students considering a career in the law.

The distinguished panel members will be:

Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury (keynote speaker)

Zia Bhaloo QC (Enterprise Chambers)

Jawdat Khurshid (7KBW)

Shuvra Deb (9 Stone Buildings)

This is a joint event organised by two Specialist Bar Associations, the Chancery Bar Association and the Commercial Bar Association.

After the event, you are invited to stay for a glass of wine and to chat informally to the panel and chancery and commercial barristers.

Places are limited so please register soon by emailing Veronica Kendall at

Royal College of Surgeons (35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE) @ 6pm

Lecture with Professor Stuart Sime on how to approach the legal questions in Interview. Covering Opinion Writing and Case Analysis.


Sign up

Apply to attend this conference by the end of October 2014.

The conference blurb states: The CityLawLIVE careers conference is for anyone seeking a training contract or vacation scheme work experience with a leading international law firm. It offers insight into the world of the commercial solicitor, plus networking with partners and recruiters at top firms.

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

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.

Barristers from Pupillage Committees at a wide range of sets talk to students about completing their Applications for Pupillage. Panel features barristers from

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.


Sign up

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.

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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