This guide lists essential print and online sources for researching foreign law. NOTE: First 4 tabs list important general sources that might not be repeated in the dropdown tabs.
Last Updated: Oct 9, 2017
- Australasian Legal Information Institute
Full-text of primary and secondary legal resources. Current for jurisprudence.
- Australian Treaties Library
Full text in multilateral and bilateral.
- ComLaw (Commonwealth Law)
ComLaw is an integral part of the Australian Law Online initiative and is maintained by the Australian Attorney-General's Department.Comlaw incorporates the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI).
- Commonwealth Attorney General Department's Window on the Law
The Australian Government entry point to all Australian Government legal resources. This is the official site of the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and portfolio and provides a "Window on the Law" to much Australian legislation and judgments of courts.
- Commonwealth Government
- Foundation Law
- JADE, BarNetwork Pty. Limited
From the Help screens: JADE is a free current awareness service for Commonwealth cases, legislation, regulations, and statutory instruments. With Case Trace linking of cases in JADE, you can see later considerations of specific sections of a decision. Register for free to use JADE.
- JADE Citator
Use the JADE Citator to find out how how a particular passage from a case or piece of legislation has been used in judicial reasoning.
JustCite is a legal search engine and citator service that cross-references case law, legislation and journal articles from UK, Irish, EU, Australian and international sources. Great for verifying citations, tracking down the full-text of a decision, and finding subsequent cases that cite your case.
- Law Reform Commission
Established in 1975, the Commission is a permanent, independent federal statutory corporation, operating under the Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996 (Cth.)
- Lexis Advance, International tab, Australia
Cases: selected federal, state and territory reported and unreported cases. Some files are not current--see Source Information note for coverage.
- National Library
Legislation, and Hansard papers.
- Records of the Australasian Federal Conventions of the 1890s
- Westlaw, International Materials, Australia
Contains unreported judgments, Commonwealth Law Reports, Federal Court Reports, Federal Law Reports, South Australian State Reports.
Materials will be located in B2 North (map), with call numbers beginning with KU.