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Foreign Law by Jurisdiction: England/United Kingdom

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.

Best Bets

This guide focuses on access to primary sources in UK law with specific references for English law. For guidance on researching subject areas of UK law, like legal history or corporations, see the Research Guides on this page.

British Law Databases & major sources

Finding case citations & updating English law

For additional guidance on updating English law, especially "noting up" cases by using classic print sources, see Stephen E. Young, "Shepardizing®" English Law, 90 Law Libr. J. 209 (1998)

British Treaty Sources

British Law Research Guides

British Law in the Library

Materials will be located in B2 North (map), with call numbers beginning as follows:

KD: England and Wales: Includes English Reports, and earlier volumes of the Law Reports Statutes, Halsbury's Statutes of England, the Statutory Instruments, Halsbury's Laws of England, and the Law Reports. See left-hand box on this page for current online sources. 

KDC : Scotland

KDE : Northern Ireland

KDG : Isle of Mann, Channel Islands