Rule of Law Online

Rule of Law Online is an online bibliographic database of materials relating to the rule of law generally and in Asia particularly.

It is offered to the public as a free service to assist students, scholars, practitioners and the interested public, including the media, governments and non-government organisations.

Launch Rule of Law Online

Content of Database

Rule of Law Online is a collection of English language materials relating to the rule of law available throughout the world and includes books, chapters in books, journal articles and theses. It does not include newspapers, magazines or unpublished articles.

Searching the Database

The database is organised according to countries in Asia and a selection of basic subject areas, such as post-conflict reconstruction, court reform, court independence, and law and development.

The database can be searched for any word or a more specific advanced search can be conducted.

Locating Material

This database does not provide users with the full-text or abstract of articles. Full-text articles are often available online through organisation websites. However, links to some online full-text resources or library catalogue of the University of Melbourne are provided.

If articles do not have a location listed, they are usually not available at the University of Melbourne libraries. If this is the case, they might be available via inter-library loan.


ALC: Asian Law Centre Library (contact the Asian Law Centre for access)
ERC: Eastern Resource Centre
Lexis: Lexis - online full-text database (password required if not on campus)
UniM Baill: Baillieu Library
UniM ECO: Giblin Eunson Library
UniM Law: Law Library , Melbourne Law School
Westlaw: Westlaw - online full-text database (password required if not on campus)

Inter-Library Loans

The University Library provides access to books, journal articles, and other resources which are not available in our libraries.

Request an Inter-Library Loan

Have we missed something?

This database does not claim to be complete. Any assistance that you, the user, can provide in identifying materials or providing bibliographic material is very much appreciated.

If you think we have missed something, please suggest a new entry by contacting the Asian Law Centre.

Management of Rule of Law Online

Director: Professor Pip Nicholson
Project Manager: Ms Kathryn Taylor

Rule of Law Online Sponsors

The ALC is grateful for the generous support of the Collier Charitable Fund, which provided funding for the establishment of Rule of Law Online.