By Subject

Selected legal databases and other resources are listed below. The databases are available to UniMelb staff & students only, unless otherwise indicated.The majority of those listed are Australian 'one stop shop' databases which contain subject commentary, analysis, legislation and selected cases. Links are often provided from the commentary to the legislation and cases.

The Research Guides listed below contain far more comprehensive coverage of databases. For a list all our Research Guides, see our Research Guides webpage.

For selected databases in other disciplines that may assist with your legal research, see the Law Library's Interdisciplinary Databases webpage. For a complete list of University of Melbourne databases, use the University Library catalogue's A-Z Databases list. 

Administrative Law

Australia - commentary, legislation and caselaw annotations.

Business Law

Competition Law

Australia

EU

  • Oxford Competition Law provides competition analysis, including Oxford University Press's key commentaries in EU competition law, fully linked with national case reports and source material.

USA

Global & Comparative

  • Kluwer Competition Law - EU and global journals, books, commentary, legislation and international agreements
  • Kluwer Law Online - International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL) - Competition Law. Excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis on the competition laws of 29 countries.
  • PaRR (Policy and Regulatory Report) - global intelligence, analysis and proprietary data on competition law, IP and trade law, and sector-specific regulatory change.

Constitutional Law

Australian

Comparative & Global

Contract Law

Construction Law

Australia

UK

  • i-law.com Construction - UK building and construction journals, books and legislation, and the Building Law Reports.

Corporations / Company Law

Australia

USA

  • CCH Online - US - Corporate Governance - journals, news, cases, commentary

Criminal Law and Procedure

Australia

Global & Comparative

  • International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Criminal Law - on Kluwer Law Online. Excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis of the laws of nearly 30 countries.

*For criminology and criminal justice databases, see our Interdisciplinary Databases webpage.

Cyber Law

Global & Comparative

  • International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Cyber Law - on Kluwer Law Online. Excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis of the laws of over 30 countries.

Dispute Resolution / Commercial Arbitration

Employment / Labour / Industrial Relations Law

Australia

USA

Global & Comparative

Environmental / Climate Change Law

Australian

Global & International

Energy and Resources Law

Australian

Global & Comparative

Evidence

Family Law

Australia

  • Family Law - on CCH - Australian annotated legislation, cases and commentary
  • Australian Family Law - on LexisNexis AU - Australian annotated legislation, cases and commentary
  • Key internet links on Family Law - from the Australian Parliamentary Library (open access)
    • This website provides links under the headings of Legislation, Court and Tribunal decisions, Key National Bodies, Australian sites, Overseas sites, Key Publications, and Government and Parliamentary reports.

Global & Comparative

  • International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Family & Succession Law - on Kluwer Law Online. Excellent comparative tool containing commentary and analysis of the laws of 40 countries and the European Union.

Human Rights Law

  • For comprehensive coverage of databases, see our Human Rights Law Research Guide - it covers the following jurisdictions: International, Regional (Europe, Americas, Asia, Middle East), Global and Comparative, Australia, US, UK, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand.

Indigenous Peoples and Law

Intellectual Property

Australia

USA

Global

International Law

Media & Privacy Law

Australia

Global & Comparative

International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Media Law - on Kluwer Law Online. Excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis of the laws of nearly 30 countries.

-  - Migration Law

Medical & Health Law

Australia

Global & Comparative

  • International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Medical Law - on Kluwer Law Online. Excellent comparative tool containing commentary and analysis of the laws of 35 countries.

Practice & Procedure

Australia

Property Law

Refugee & Immigration Law

    For comprehensive coverage of databases, see our Refugee Law Research Guide - covers the following jurisdictions: international, regional, global and comparative, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, UK.

Australia

  • Australian Immigration Law - on LexisNexisAU - annotated legislation, cases, practice notes and commentary. Includes:
    • Procedures Advice Manual (PAMS)
    • Refugee and Humanitarian Cases and Commentaries
  • LEGENDcom - database of Australian migration and citizenship legislation and policy documents from the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Global & Comparative

  • International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Migration Law - on Kluwer Law Online. Excellent comparative tool containing commentary and analysis of the laws of 11 countries.

Religion & Law

Global & Comparative

Sports Law

Australia

New Zealand

Global & Comparative

  • International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Sports Law - on Kluwer Law Online. Excellent comparative tool containing commentary and analysis of the laws of 35 countries.

International

  • International Sports Law - on Globalex (open access). Research guide that covers the structure and key documents of the institutions that govern international sports, dispute settlement mechanisms, sources of sports decisions, international treaties, and key policy documents. Sports law themes include human rights, discrimination, violence, women and sports, and sports and the EU.
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport - Database of CAS Awards awards and decisions (open access) - from 1986 to current

Taxation Law

Australian

UK

USA

  • Tax Notes - news and analysis on US Federal and State taxation, the Federal Research Library, international tax news from over 180 countries, and worldwide tax treaties. Password required
  • CCH Online US - tax journals, news, cases, commentary and legislation

Global & International

Torts

Australia

Global & Comparative

  • International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Torts Law - on Kluwer Law Online. Excellent comparative tool containing commentary and analysis of the laws of 23 countries.

Trusts

  • Ford and Lee: The Law of Trusts - on Westlaw AU - general and comparative analysis of the law of trusts across all Australian jurisdictions and New Zealand. Commentary, cases and legislation.
  • Trusts & Estates Law - on CCH - includes commentary, cases and legislation for Australian estate planning and superannuation.