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European and International Case Law

The European Community and the European Court of Human Rights are important sources of case law. 
The University of Ulster libraries provide a range of resources to help you find European and other international case law.
 

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European Union case law European Court of Human Rights case law 
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European Union case law

Databases

The following databases are a selection of the best to use to trace European Union cases. 
 
You will need an Athens authentication to access most library databases.  Use the Password Guide to find out more about library and other passwords.

Database Coverage details

Celex  

 


Celex is the official database of the European Union available on the Justis website.  Use it to access the full-text of the European Court Reports (E. C. R.) from 1970. All of the Celex information is also available on the main European Union legal gateway site: EUR-Lex
 

Lexis
Library

LexisLibrary provides access to full text decisions from the Court of Justice of the European Communities and the Court of First Instance from 1954 -.
 

Westlaw UK

 

Westlaw provides access to European Union cases from a range of sources including the Common Market Law Reports.  To search, select EU from the top of the main screen and either search or browse for cases.
 

All England Law Reports


 
The All England Law Reports collection includes All England European Cases (decisions from the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance) from 1995. Select All England Law Reports European Cases from the drop down sources menu to restrict your search to this collection.
 

Print resources

There are a range of print resources for European Union cases available in the campus libraries.  Selected titles are listed below, though they are not all available on every campus.  Click on the title to find out more about their location.  If the title you require is not listed below then use the library catalogue to check its availability.

Internet resources

  • Curia
    Curia is the website of the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance and provides free access to the full text of judgments.  This site is especially good for recent case law of the European Communities which may not yet be available in print. 

     
  • UU Guide to Internet Resources for law
    Use this guide to access more freely available websites for European Union information.

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European Court of Human Rights case law

Databases

The following databases are a selection of the best to use to trace European Human Rights cases.

You will need an Athens username and password to access most library databases.  Use the Password Guide to find out more about Athens and other library  passwords.

Database Coverage details

Westlaw UK


Westlaw provides coverage of the European Human Rights Reports

Select the Cases search option at the top of the main Westlaw screen and search by citation or case name.  Alternatively you can choose to Browse through the European Human Rights Reports cases, by year.
 


LexisLibrary

 


Select the Cases option from the top menu on the LexisNexis Butterworth homepage and choose the European Court of Human Rights cases from the Sources drop down menu. This provides access to transcripts and
 summaries of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights from 1960.

Print resources

There are a range of print resources available in the campus libraries.  Selected titles are listed below, though they may not all be available on every campus.  Click on the title to find out more about their location.  If the title you require is not listed below then use the library catalogue to check its availability.

  • European Human Rights Reports
    This series contains all judgments of the court as well as selected reports and decisions of the commission and relevant resolutions of the Committee of Ministers.
     

  • Case law of the European Court of Human Rights.
    This textbook by Vincent Berger is published in three volumes and provides short summaries of all decisions of the court.  Select the relevant year range to find out more about the availability of this book on your campus.
    Vol. 1: 1960-1987
    Vol. 2: 1988-1990
    Vol. 3: 1991-1993

Internet resources

  • UU guide to internet resources for law
    There are many freely available websites which provide useful access to human rights resources.  Use the UU internet guide to find links to high quality sites.

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Irish case law

Databases

The following databases are a selection of the best to use to trace Irish cases.

You will need an Athens authentication to access most library databases.  Use the Password Guide to find out more about Athens and other library passwords.

Database Coverage details

LexisLibrary

LexisLibraryis the best database to use for Irish case law.  You can use it to search the full text of the following:

Irish Reports 1919-
Unreported Irish cases July 1967-

Print resources

Click on the title to find out more about the location of the following major Irish law reporting series available on selected campuses.

Internet resources

  • BAILII
    The BAILII website provides comprehensive coverage of freely available Irish judgments on the internet.  Use it to access decisions from the following courts and tribunals.  Selected cases from earlier years may be available:
    Irish Supreme Court Decisions 1997-
    Irish High Court Decisions 1996-
    Irish Competition Authority Decisions 1991-
    Irish Information Commissioners' Decisions 1998-
    Irish Court of Criminal Appeal Decisions 2004-
     
  • UU guide to internet resources for law
    The internet is a useful tool to find more information on Irish and international case law.  In particular the Legal Gateways section provides links to many useful websites. 

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International case law

Databases

The following databases are a selection of the best to use to trace European Union cases. 
 
You will need an Athens authentication to access most library databases.  Use the Password Guide to find out more about library and other passwords.
 
Database Coverage details

Westlaw UK


Use the Westlaw International search option on the Services menu to access judgments of the following international courts and tribunals:
International Court of Justice
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

US and Canadian case law is also comprehensively covered in the Westlaw database. You should also select the Westlaw International search option to trace this material. 
 


LexisLibrary
 


 


Select the Sources tab followed by Browse sources  and select Cases. You can view the sources of case law singly, in alphabetical order or group sources together to search through multiple case sources at the same time, e.g. "9th Circuit Federal and State cases Combined". 

LexisNexis Butterworth also provides access to International Legal Materials (ILM), an American Society of International Law (ASIL) publication.   ILM covers a range of primary documents including judicial and arbitral decisions.  To search ILM, click on the Sources tab followed by Browse Sources and choose International from the list of countries. Then select Treaties and International Agreements.

 

Print resources

Textbooks are often a good place to start when trying to track down case law relating to international law.  Selected titles are listed below, though they may not all be available on every campus.  Click on the title to find out more about their location.  If the title you require is not listed below then use the library catalogue to check its availability.

Internet resources

  • UU guide to internet resources for law
    The internet is a particularly useful tool to find information on international law.  Use the UU guide to find links to many useful international law websites in a variety of subject areas including human rights and transitional justice. You can also use the legal gateway sites in the UU guide to access more international websites.

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