If you don't find it in this guide...
The NYU Law Library has some EC and EU materials in print that may not be listed in this guide, including older materials. If you don't find what you need in this guide, please consult the older NYU Law Library guide European Union. That guide also provides information about the publication of certain law-related materials over time; for example, it notes that the Debates of Parliament were published in the Official Journal through May 1999. Note that the earlier guide has not been updated and internet links may be outdated.
What the EU does and related documentation
- EUR-Lex: The ABC of European Law:
From the Table of Contents, see esp.
The EU's Means of Action, and
The Legislative Process in the EU.
- European e-Justice Portal Designed to be "a future electronic one-stop-shop in the area of justice." On this website you can already get brief descriptions of various areas of law and links to sources of law and cases from the EU, EU Member States and international bodies and courts.
- The Policies section of the Commission website can lead you to the most important legislation on a topic, e.g., the Economy, finance and tax page leads to the Mergers page, which lists the relevant legislation.
- Reflets: Quick Information on Legal Developments of European Union Interest. Compiled in French by the Research and Documentation Directorate of the Court of Justice. Some English translations are made available by the Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union.
- Europa.eu, the official EU website. Lost? Use "Advanced Search" (top right).
- How the EU Works: Facts, figures, history.
- Publications and Documents
- POLICY AREAS: basic information, plus relevant
treaties, legislation, websites, and documents.
Start here when you need to research a
particular sector of EU activity, e.g., Justice
and Home Affairs.
- Institutions and Bodies: Parliament, Council,
Commission, Court of Justice, etc.
The Institutions' registers of documents
- Commission Departments &
Directorates-General & Services
- Fact Sheets on the European Union
As the Introduction states, the Fact Sheets
"provide non-specialists with an overview of
European integration and of the European
Parliament's contribution to that process."
- Summaries of EU Legislation, approximately
3,000 regularly updated summaries of
European legislation in 32 subject areas.
- European Union Delegation to the United States, Washington, D.C.
The European Union: A Guide for Americans
EU Focus: In-depth treatment of issues
EU Insight: Timely issue briefs
- EIU Country Intelligence
Suite of global research and advisory services including EIU country Commerce, a guide to the specific operating conditions, commercial laws and business regulations in many countries.
Other Research guides
The following research guides include descriptions of the EU institutions and law-making processes as well as descriptions of the legal materials. See the Books, articles, and working papers tab for more in-depth treatment.
- Research Guide: European Union Legal Materials. Maintained by Jennifer Wertkin, Columbia Law School, Arthur W. Diamond Law Library; originally written by Duncan Alford.
- Update: European Union Legal Materials: An Infrequent User's Guide. Duncan E. Alford.
- ASIL e-RG, Electronic Resource Guide: European Union, by Marylin Raisch.
This very detailed guide includes extremely helpful features such as a descriptive table on the pre-Lisbon treaties and suggested websites for research in particular subject areas such as banking and financial regulation or health and consumer protection.