Legal Sites and Resources in the UK, H to J

Covering health, mental health, health & safety, human rights, immigration, intellectual property, insurance, public international law.

Health and Medical Resources, including Mental Health and Medical/Legal Resources

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  • Medical-Legal Information Service, the online version of the journal Medical Litigation, offers a free section called Newsbriefs with a monthly review of medico-legal developments . For a subscription of 120 per annum, there is access to articles, cases, and judgments, all of which can be downloaded without additional cost. Subscribers can also download the 1998 Medical Litigation Index which lists over 1,500 case summaries, including selected Australian, Canadian and United States decisions.
  • Mental Health Law Reports is a service from independent online publisher Justis, based on the printed publications of Southside Legal Publishing Limited, which brings all cases relating to mental health law together in one place and will be of interest to legal professionals who work in public law and the administrative courts. The Reports include the full text of cases from the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords relating to all aspects of mental health law, together with a summary and, where appropriate, commentary. Cases from the European Court of Human Rights are also covered, amounting to approximately 30 cases per year The Reports editor, Kris Gledhill, is a barrister specialising in Human Rights cases. He has a particular interest in the application of European Human Rights legislation in the UK courts.
  • Medical Defence Union, provides some articles and news items on the site but most of the information is available for members only.
  • Jonathan Goodliffe provides material on legal issues arising from alcohol misuse in a variety of different situations. His recent articles include Discriminating against the former drinker, Drink driving and the wider purpose of insurance and Insurance issues for people with mental health problems.
  • Several firms provide useful links in the general health area:
    • Hempsons, with branches in London, Manchester and Harrogate, offer information on actions against the NHS and doctors etc and cover medical and employment topics in their news sections.
    • Lockharts, in London, provide information on the NHS, pharmaceuticals and other medical topics.
  • Patient provides evidence based information on a wide range of medical and health topics to patients and health professionals (in separate sections). It has been established for over 15 years and has won several awards along the lines of "Best Health website".
  • Action for Victims of Medical Negligence is a charity assisting people who believe they have suffered injury or harm as a result of inappropriate medical care, poor treatment, or misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose. The organisation can refer people to solicitors on their panel and can also advise solicitors on clinical negligence issues. Membership of their panel is one of the two panels accepted by the LAB in order to get a legal aid franchise.
  • Independent Drug Monitoring Unit (IDMU) provides expert evidence for the criminal courts in drug-related cases. The web site provides information about drugs and also an extensive set of links to drug-related sources.
  • Mental Health Law Online is an internet resource on mental health law in England & Wales, primarily for mental health practitioners, to which anyone can contribute. The site has been set up by a mental health solicitor. There are three sections to this website:
    i) Caselaw; regularly updated commentaries on the cases, with links to the full text judgments on Bailii. (Currently 480 categorised cases plus 66 other Bailii links.)
    ii) Legislation; The full text of, and a simple and up-to-date commentary on, the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and related legislation.
    iii) General articles to explain the concepts and terminology used in the caselaw and legislation sections and practical guidance for lawyers.
  • Counselling Directory provides a UK-wide counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. The directory (free to use) also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types of distress section) and provides some useful statistics. Every counsellor on the site who has submitted their profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications to the organisation or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice.


    Health and Safety

  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is designed to cater for anyone who has a responsibility for health and safety issues and management in the workplace, "whether youre a dedicated health and safety professional, a personnel manager, or a managing director of a small business". The free area includes daily news summaries, all HSE press releases, current consultative documents, Year 2000/2001 health and safety conference diary, useful contacts, FAQs (frequently asked questions) and links to other relevant sites. The subscription are includes commentary health and safety policy, employers duties to employees, employment protection and enforcement, and also approved Codes of Practice and HSE guidance on legislation, a selection of the most commonly used HSE forms, fully amended and annotated text of health and safety legislation, European Directives which relate to health and safety issues, and practical summaries of key cases, recent cases and cases of special interest. See also the section on Employment


    Human Rights

  • HUDOC (Human Rights Documentation) is the searchable database of the case-law of the supervisory organs of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Full text of the Convention can be found here.
  • The text of the Human Rights Act 1998, which incorporates much of the convention is available on the Stationery Office website.
  • Human Rights from the National Archives covers 800 years of human rights in the UK explored using original documents from The National Archives. There is a list of all documents related to Human Rights since the Magna carta and the site provides both pictures of the documents and transcriptions or translations. There is a description of the events of each time period and also a glossary of the terms used (e.g. Demesne, Enclosure, Interregnum etc). The National Archives is a wonderful resource overall, described as "the official archive for England, Wales and the central UK government, containing 900 years of history from Domesday Book to the present, with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to recently created digital files and archived websites. Increasingly, these records are being put online, making them universally accessible."
  • LEXICON is the Court Service web portal designed primarily for judges but available to all. This has a major sec tion of Human Rights links.
  • The European Human Rights Centre (EHRC) is a nonpartisan international human rights organization based in Strasbourg. It represents over 100 non-governmental and other not-for-profit organisations interested in the promotion of Human Rights throughout Europe and beyond. The purpose of the Centre is to contribute to the general advancement of the human rights research by promoting cooperation in Europe between organisation and goverment officials, and by collaborating with similar associations throughout the world.
  • University of Minnesota Human Rights Library is a major resource for human rights, funded by the Ford Foundation and other public bodies. As well as a massive set of documents and materials (over 14,000 documents), a particular feature of the site is a set of links and materials by particular topics, so there are Anti-Slavery links, Art and Human Rights, Business and Human Rights, Bioethics and Human Rights, Children and Human Rights, Circumcision and Human Rights, Death Penalty and Human Rights, Democracy and Elections Links, Development and Poverty Links.... and so on.
  • One Crown Office Row provide a Human Rights Update on their site which is a database of 800 reports and commentaries on human rights dating back to 1998 with a weekly update co-ordinated by Chambers Academic Rosalind English. The cases are taken from domestic courts and the Strasbourg court involving human rights points that demonstrate the impact of the European Convention on domestic law and also explores the practical impact of these cases for practitioners. This resource is made available free for all to use (you have to register on site but it is not too intrusive). There is a good search engine and it is possible to sign up for a weekly update by email. For less experienced users, it includes a practical guide to the Convention and the Act; what are "Incorporated Rights", "Procedures and Remedies" and so on.
  • Bhatt Murphy is a firm specialising in human rights issues and who handle complex and serious cases against state agencies including the police, prison and immigration authorities. The site offers a series of "timelines" - these are histories of particular legal areas relating to police misconduct and prisoners rights, indicating the legislation, political initiatives, campaigns and case law of each area. There are timelines for Police Misconduct, Tariff Setting For Life Sentenced Prisoners, Deaths in Custody, Immigration Detention, Parole Hearings and the Prison Disciplinary System. There is also a very useful set of links to other bodies involved in these issues. Partner Fiona Murphy says "We hope that the site will be useful for clients, campaign groups, students and other lawyers working in this area."
  • The Human Rights Lawyers Association is open to solicitors, barristers, judges, legal executives, in-house lawyers, government lawyers, legal academics, pupils, trainees and students who have an interest in human rights law.
  • Judicial Review is the topic covered by London-based solicitors Pierce Glynn who specialise in public law, discrimination law and human rights. They work with campaign groups and advice agencies, as well as individuals, particularly relating to judicial reviews. They have set up a resource on their site relating to judicial review including case studies on Post Office closures, access to healthcare, playground redevelopmentand the Hounslow Language Service. There are also two guides: one explaining when judicial review may be relevant, and the other providing an overview of judicial review procedure.
  • International Human Rights Association, based in India, is an association of bodies and people around the world who are working towards solving human rights problems - including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, National Human Rights Commission in different countries, Amnesty International, International Human Rights Movement and a number of NGO's in different parts of the world.
  • Interights (International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) is an international human rights organisation, established to provide leadership and support in the legal protection of human rights. Since 1982, in co-operation with lawyers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and judges, it has promoted the effective use of human rights law to protect rights and freedoms worldwide. The site provides news, reports and papers on these topics and also commonwealth and international case law.
  • The Commonwealth Human Rights Case Law Database provides summaries of recent human rights decisions from national courts in Commonwealth jurisdictions free of charge through a browse facility and a search engine. Many of the cases summarised are unpublished decisions which are not readily available in other jurisdictions. The database is hosted by Interights, the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights. The database holds over 1,020 summaries from virtually every Commonwealth jurisdiction (currently 58) dating back to the mid 1990s.
  • Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE) is an organisation based in London but with a Europe-wide remit and funding from the EU (as part of the EUROJUS network) and other public bodies. It provides information and advice throughout Europe on international human rights law, including the rights of individuals under the provisions of European Community Law; it has a special emphasis on ECHR materials on Family Law. The organisation also provides direct legal advice and assistance on a case by case basis to individuals, or to the lawyers who represent them, and, where appropriate, direct representation before international tribunals.
  • Justice is an all party, law reform and human rights organisation working to improve the legal system and the quality of justice by promoting human rights, improving the legal system and access to justice, improving criminal justice, and raising standards of EU justice and home affairs. Justice has recently set up a separate site called The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights which was proclaimed in December 2000 and incorporated as Part Two of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe on 18 June 2004. This is the first formal EU document to combine and declare all the values and fundamental rights (economic and social as well as civil and political) to which EU citizens should be entitled. The site gives the detailed text of the Charter Chapters:
    1. Dignity
    2. Freedoms
    3. Equality
    4. Solidarity
    5. Citizens' Rights
    6. Justice
    7. General Provisions
    and also provides links to key reference texts, provides a FAQ page, a history page, and a detailed set of links to related bodies.
  • Liberty (previously the NCCL) is the major independent human rights organisation which works to defend and extend rights and freedoms in England and Wales. Founded in 1934, it is the largest organisation of its kind in Europe. One of their functions is to pursue test cases through the English Courts and then the ECHR; there are details of these cases on the site. They also lobby Government and inform the media of important issues. There is also a particular section for Lawyers called Lawyers for Liberty.
  • Your rights is a new site from Liberty (see above) on Human Rights topics. Primarily designed for individuals rather than lawyers, the site provides information from Liberty's legal team on the Protection of Property Rights, the Right Not to be Discriminated Against, the Right of Free Expression, the Right of Peaceful Protest, the Right to Know, the Right to Privacy, the Rights of Children and Young People, the Rights of Defendents, the Rights of Immigrants, the Rights of Parents, the Rights of People with Mental Disorder and the Rights of Prisoners, the Rights of Suspects, the Rights of the Bereaved, the Rights of Travellers, the Rights of Victims and Witnesses and the Rights of Workers. The site also covers ways in which the English legal system approaches these topics (civil action, judicial review, government, local government, courts, the media, police etc.) and information on the Human Rights Act itself. There is a comprehensive list of organizations and publications, a FAQ section and information on how to ask further questions on an individual basis (Liberty apparently already respond to around 5,000 individual questions a year). There is also a discussion forum.
  • The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was created by section 68 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, in compliance with a commitment made by the British Government in the Good Friday Agreement of 10 April 1998. The Commission has a full-time Chief Commissioner (Brice Dickson) and nine part-time Commissioners. Its role is to promote awareness of the importance of human rights in Northern Ireland, to review existing law and practice and to advise the Secretary of State and the Executive Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly on what steps need to be taken to fully protect human rights in Northern Ireland. It is specifically charged with drafting a Bill of Rights to supplement the European Convention on Human Rights (which is being made part of the law in Northern Ireland as a result of the passing of the Human Rights Act 1998). There are papers and reports on the site and links to other related bodies.
  • Doughty Street Chambers, Chambers of Geoffrey Robertson QC and Louis Bloom-Cooper QC. The site includes information on Human Rights topics, including articles and comment on the act, European Convention material, a news section, International material and a good set of interntional links.

    Immigration

  • The Home Office UK Border Agency (previously the Immigration and Nationality Directorate) is an extensive source of information UK Immigration control, citizenship and asylum and provides information for people overseas as well as for people already here. There is a good set of links to other bodies involved in this area.
  • The Immigration and Asylum Tribunal is the successor to the Immigration Appellate Authority and the Immigration Appeals Tribunal. The Tribunal was set up under the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004. The purpose of the Tribunal is to hear and decide appeals against decisions made by the Home Office in matters of asylum, immigration and nationality. The site contains the information needed to pursue an appeal to the Tribunal and also provides information about procedures and hearing centres, daily court lists, a case law database and links to related legislation. The site says that appeals are taking between 16 and 20 weeks following the receipt of all appropriate documentation.
  • Immigration Services Tribunal was launched in 2000. It is part of the Court Service, an executive agency of the Department for Constitutional Affairs. The site provides information on how to appeal and procedures generally. There is also a database of decisions.
  • The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) is an independent public body set up under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. It is responsible for ensuring that all immigration advisers fulfill the requirements of good practice. The site contains a facility to search for regulated organisations and advisers by area although this only includes advisers regulated by OISC - not solicitors or barristers. Parts of the site are available in many different languages.
  • The Electronic Immigration Network (EIN) is a voluntary sector organisation specialising in the provision of information on immigration and refugee law via the Internet, particularly in the UK and Europe. Much of the site is designed for subscription users (albeit relatively low subscriptions, particularly for voluntary bodies) but there are free newsletters on the site and many links to organisations related to immigration and asylum. The members' area, which is aimed primarily at immigration law practitioners and advisors, provides:
    * legislation, including older legislation not otherwise easily available
    * caselaw including full text judgments from the Immigration Adjudication Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, as well as an increasing number of European and other overseas cases
    * Country of Origin information (supplied by HJT) which includes detailed immigration-related and human rights information, from around 40 of the countries from which most immigration (and particularly asylum) takes place.
    The site now has an improved searching process, each jurisdiction having its own search 'domain'. It is also possible to store selected materials (case texts, country reports etc) in a personal 'archive' in order to create a ready-to-print bundle which can be retrieved and adapted for other similar submissions in the future. Areas of the site which can be accessed without a subscription include an extensive Resources section, which is effectively a set of links to all other immigration-related web resources. This is organised by a series of overall topics (e.g. Asylum / Refugees (Europe), and can also be searched by the name of organisation or by location. There is a brief description given of each entry.
  • Free Movement is a blog from Colin Yeo, a specialist immigration law barrister based at Renaissance Chambers in London. He has been practising in immigration law for thirteen years and previously worked for the Immigration Advisory Service and Refugee Legal Centre. The blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law and draws on the experience of several specialist immigration barristers in Renaissance Chambers.
  • Immigration Barristers from Richmond Chambers covers recently reported cases and provides regular news items covering the latest developments in the fields of immigration, asylum and human rights law.
  • Immigration Law Practitioners' Association, the UK's professional association of lawyers and academics (650 members) practicing in or concerned about immigration, asylum and nationality law. Membership is by application supported by two references and subject to an annual membership fee. It is only open to persons subject to a professional disciplinary body.
  • Immigration blog from Garden Court Chambers.

    Insurance

  • British Insurance Law Association (BILA) draws its membership from Insurers, Insurance Brokers and other intermediaries, Academic Lawyers, Solicitors and Barristers. BILA is also the British Chapter of the Association International de Droit des Assurances (AIDA) and is an active participant in its quadrennial world congress.
  • The Association of British Insurers represents the collective interests of the UK’s insurance industry. The Association speaks out on issues of common interest; helps to inform and participate in debates on public policy issues; and also acts as an advocate for high standards of customer service in the insurance industry. The Association has around 400 companies in membership. Between them, they provide 94% of domestic insurance services sold in the UK.
  • Jonathan Goodliffe provides material on legal issues arising from alcohol misuse in a variety of different situations. His recent articles include Discriminating against the former drinker, Drink driving and the wider purpose of insurance and Insurance issues for people with mental health problems. See also Re-insurance and Shipping.


    Intellectual Property, Brands, Patents, Trade Marks and Multimedia

  • GOV UK - if you search on "patent", you will find a large number of organisations and sources of information relevant to this field.
  • The Intellectual Property Office provides an overview and then specific information on trade marks, patents, copyright, designs and related law and practice points.
  • The European Patent Office offers information on its own operation as well as links to many other national and international patent offices.
  • European Commission's Intellectual Property Rights Helpdesk is a free site highlighting the importance of IPR protection and exploitation in the European context. There are a number of self-run tutorials on IPR and related subjects which can be downloaded, comprehensive news from across the EU on IP topics, FAQ's and forms. Most of the site is in 6 languges. There is a telephone help desk available although this seems to be mainly for organisations involved in "current or recently completed EU funded RTD projects and those who are potential participants in FP5 RTD Calls for Proposals".
  • Patents Collection from the British Library. The site has sections describing free databases for patents around the world, trademarks, designs and patent offices. There is information on the resources contained in the BL itself, and lots of general information on patents for non specialists.
  • Mewburn Ellis LLP is one of the UK's largest firms of Chartered Patent Attorneys, European Patent Attorneys, European Trade Mark Attorneys and European Design Attorneys. They cover the full range of intellectual property issues: Patents, Trade Marks, Designs, Industrial Copyright and related matters. There is a large amount of information on each of these topics, designed in a systematic way, which would be of use to lawyers and individuals alike.
  • Practical Law, now owned by Thomson Reuters, is mainly a subscription service but some information can be found on IP and IT topics without actually signing up.
  • 5RB (5 Raymond Buildings) is a leading set of barristers specialising in all areas of media and entertainment law, Intellectual Property, defamation and freedom of expression. There are over 300 case reports on the site including cases in Intellectual Property. The case reports include very recent ones and in many cases, copies of the judgments are appended. You can also register on the site for email briefings with monthly round-ups of key issues and new cases covered on the site.
  • Ipkat (Ipkat Intellectual Property News) is a well established blog covering copyright, patent, trade mark, info-tech and privacy/confidentiality issues from a mainly UK and European perspective.
  • Primary Opinion is a legal news and online legal & business information portal covering intellectual property law including patents, trade marks and copyright. They publish and distribute legal information online from professional advisory firms, including law firms, to sector-specific audiences. Their editorial team have a great deal of experience in the online content and legal services markets. The service is free for new registrants to read and contribute.
  • Intellectual property and Science, now owned by Thomson Reuters, is a leading supplier of patent information and services.
  • Pipers are Patent Attorneys in New Zealand. They provide an international resource which becomes the world authority on international IP, patent attorneys worldwide, a virtual IP library and information on other patent, trademark and IP sites worldwide.
  • Page Hargrave, Trade Mark and Patent Attorneys, provide a detailed review of the latest legal developments in UK and European Intellectual Property Law (take the "What's New" section) as well as much background information on the subject.
  • Williams, Powell & Associates, European patent and trade mark attorneys, provide information for UK inventors and companies on patents and trademarks.
  • World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. They are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 187 member states. Their mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Their mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.
  • Jenkins are Trade Mark and Patent Attorneys with a very impressive set of resources on their site, including UK Patent Statutes and Statutory Instruments.
  • Field Fisher offers free online information on all aspects of protecting brands globally, including online diagrams of the processes for UK and OHIM trade mark applications and opposition proceedings, updates on legal developments across the world, case reports covering trade mark decisions made by the UK Patent Office and the OHIM Court of First Instance of the European Communities, selected extracts from various treatises and a selection of newsletters, guides and articles to download or view online.
  • The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) is the professional and examining body for patent attorneys in the UK. CIPA was founded in 1882 and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1891. It represents most of the 2,000+ registered patent attorneys in the UK.
  • Richard Doble (European Patent Attorney and UK Chartered Patent Agent) provides FAQ's, published articles and useful links and services relating to Patents and other aspects of Intellectual Property in Europe.
  • The Copyright Website
  • Jeffrey R. Kuester's links


    International Organisations

    Note - the links below are provided by barrister Khawar Qureshi of Serle Court, related to International Public Law. Regional organisations
    Economic-related sites
    International Courts and tribunals
    International Institutes (research databases)
    Journals on International Law


    International Trade Law and Commerce

  • Hieros Gamos, Global Trade Law offers Trade Treaties, International Trade Organizations, European Union, National Regimes, United States Laws, Regulations and Agencies and World Trade Associations.
  • The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations in the field of International Trade Law.
  • International Chamber of Commerce
  • World Trade Organisation
  • Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL) is an open database of authenticated primary and other materials across the breadth of international law. Areas covered include Environmental Law, Economic Law, Human Rights, Criminal Law, Communications, Disputes and the Use of Force and Private International Law.
  • Mondaq Business Briefing offers reports on business, financial, economic and legal topics. You have to register for this service but it is free.
  • Country Briefings is a company which provide business travellers and global professionals with reports on the business, economic and political climates in 31 countries. Reports are updated every 6 weeks. Prices start at 40 for one country's report but visitors can have access to the first report free.


    Academic and Library Resources and Journals Online

  • The Law Society's library collection and catalogue. The catalogue is a guide to the extensive collection of books, journals, legislation, law reports and other material held in the Society's archive collection. The collection has over 55,000 volumes to consult within the library or they can provide extracts from most of the collection via their document supply Lawdocs service. There is a vast collection of law reports and legal journals available and there are complete runs of local, public and private acts. There are also extensive parliamentary holdings including Hansard debates from 1804 onwards and House of Commons papers from 1801. There are over 19,000 legal practitioner textbooks dating from the 16th century to the present including 3,500 current ones. There are more than 1,100 journal titles dating from the 18th century to the present and the library currently subscribes to over 60 legal journals. There is online access to an extensive collection of journals via services such as LexisLibrary and Westlaw. There are also law reports, Government and Parliamentary publications and EU materials. You have to register to obtain most of the content - Law Society members can register as well as anyone working for members of the Law Society, such as trainee solicitors and legal information professionals.
  • Gray's Inn library provides over 75,000 print resources, both current & historical. Their core collection includes primary, secondary and local legislation, law reports, legal journals and magazines, encyclopaedias, text books, and legal databases. They also have a collection of Northern Ireland and EU law (excluding the law of Member States), retain the major Scottish and Irish reports and have good collections of Human Rights and European Union law. The key specialist collection of the Library is international law which provides comprehensive coverage of international treaties and public international law topics as well as materials relating to international commercial arbitration.
  • Inner Temple Library provides library services to barrister, judicial and student members of all four Inns of Court (Inner Temple, Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn and Middle Temple) and the catalogues for all the libraries can be accessed from here. Resources include a comprehensive collection of English legal materials, specialist Scottish & Commonwealth collections, an enquiry service (in person, by telephone and by email), a range of legal research databases and a daily current awareness service.
  • Lincoln's Inn Library holds about 150,000 volumes, the core of which is a comprehensive range of English legal materials for the practitioner and bar student with Chancery practice a speciality. Within the British Isles, materials on the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are a speciality - the other jurisdictions in the UK only receive fairly basic coverage. The Library holds extensive collections of Commonwealth legislation and law reports and a virtually complete set of all Parliamentary papers and debates from 1801. The Library is happy to supply photocopies by post, fax or e-mail to barristers with chambers outside the Inns, provided that copyright is not infringed.
  • Middle Temple library holds approximately 250,000 volumes, covering all aspects of British, European and American law. They have an enquiry service staffed by specialist legal librarians, who are able to help with enquiries made in person, on the telephone, by fax or by email. There is also a document delivery service, and downloadable research guides.
  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) was founded in 1947. It was conceived and is funded as a national academic institution, attached to the University of London, serving all universities through its national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad and it subscribes to a number of legal database services. A range of current awareness, indexing and full text services is provided, offering access to legislation, case law and electronic law journals for key jurisdictions. Some of its specific services and databases are mentioned below.
  • Latest law and criminology books published in the UK is a section on the Law School site at the University of Edinburgh. The pages are updated frequently and are designed to provide an easy way for legal researchers to keep up to date with the latest publications. The site gives full details of publisher and so on but you can also buy the books via an Amazon link. Edinburgh Law School receives a small commission for all books sold in this way but there is no extra charge to the person buying. All commission earned is apparently used to buy additional books for the Law Library.
  • FLAG (Foreign Law Guide) is a free database housed on the IALS web site, covering international legal resources held by UK law libraries in Universities and research institutes including the British Library, the Advocates Library and the National Library of Wales. There are 10,000 records relating to the resources held - many often previously not widely known about. Note that this is a guide to where the printed - often historic - collections are held, not a guide to online resources (many of these historic resources will never be available on the internet). The database was compiled by a partnership of libraries led by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London and has been financed by UK higher education funding bodies. The study took some years to complete and involved a shelf by shelf study of each library's contents. It is now kept up to date by an annual review of changes to the stock of all contributing libraries. It is possible to select not only the country, the type of legal material and the area of law, but also the region in which a collection is held (so you can find the nearest source of the material).
  • The Institute for Law and the Web (ILAWS), based at Southampton University, was established as a research centre in 2006 to examine the legal issues, problems and opportunities associated with the Internet, the web and digital technology. It now has six full time members of staff, four visiting research fellows and several research students. The group offers research and teaching strength in intellectual property law, IT law, Internet law and public sector digital law. They work closely with colleagues in the University of Southampton and beyond in disciplines such as cyber security, psychology, web science etc.
  • The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) is a socio-legal think-tank affiliated to Wolfson College, Oxford and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. It aims to study, reflect on and promote an understanding of the role of law in society, through programmes such as:
  • The Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions
  • European Civil Justice Systems
  • Regulation, Law, and Governance Courts and the Making of Public Policy
  • Consumer Rights in China
  • Law, Film, and Literature
  • Contemporary Issues.
    Previous research projects have looked in detail at the institutional basis for the modern welfare state and into the rule of law in China and Chinese Law & Business.
  • FLARE (Foreign Law Research) is a collaboration between the major libraries collecting law in the UK: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), Bodleian Law Library, Squire Law Library, British Library and School of Oriental and African Studies. It is working to improve the coverage and accessibility of foreign legal materials at the national level and to raise expertise in their use. The work is currently focused on improving national coverage of the law of the transition states of central and Eastern Europe and building a distributed national collection of official gazettes.
  • Electronic Law Journals Project (ELJ) is designed to promote a discursive electronic culture in the publication and reading of law journals within the academic community. It was established by the CTI Law Technology Centre at the University of Warwick in 1995 to promote the development of an electronic legal culture in academic journal reading, writing and publishing. There is free online access to two original peer-reviewed law journals, information about publishing in electronic journals, daily updated news features, conference diaries, a mailing list and a comprehensive listing of other electronic law journals. The first ejournal, Journal of Information, Law and Technology (JILT), was launched by ELJ in 1996 and has since been relaunched as The European Journal of Law and Technology (EJLT) as a refereed open access journal focusing on issues of law and technology in a European context. Other journals have followed.
  • Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations provides an index of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law. A selection of major foreign language law publications is also included. The database mainly covers law reports and law periodicals, but some legislative publications and major textbooks are also included. There are 12,500 abbreviations for over 7,000 titles. It can be searched either from abbreviation to title or from title to abbreviation.
  • Current Legal Research Topics Database Project from the Advanced Legal Studies Library of the University of London, lists the subjects of research currently being pursued (i.e. provisional dissertation titles) by students registered for research degrees in law (e.g. PhD, MPhil) at higher education institutions in the UK.
  • Jurist: Law Professors' Network, housed at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the world’s only law school-based comprehensive legal news and research service, reaching an audience of 20,000 visitors a week. It is powered by a mostly volunteer team of about 60 part-time Pitt Law student reporters, editors, and Web developers. The data base is produced as a public service for the continuing legal education of its readers and law student staffers. It uses the latest Internet technology to track important legal news stories and materials and present them rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format, based on their substantive importance rather than on their mass-market or commercial appeal. It is entirely non-commercial and ad free. It is also free to access, with no registration or subscription fees. More details here.
  • Roman Law Resources, provides information on Roman law sources and literature, the teaching of Roman law, and the persons who study Roman law. The site is available in English and German. Users are invited to submit to this site any materials or information which might interest other users.with information on Roman law sources and literature, the teaching of Roman law, and the persons who engage in the study of Roman law. The site is maintained by Dr Ernest Metzger of Aberdeen School of Law.

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