Research Databases - Alphabetically


Academic Search Complete

Multidisciplinary full-text database providing access to more than 8600 journals, including more than 7500 peer-reviewed titles. Also offers indexing and abstracts for more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports and conference proceedings.

AGIS Plus Text

See Informit

Note: Informit has delays in indexing full-text articles in Australian journals published by Lexis+ and Westlaw Australia. To find the most recent articles in these journals, we recommend searching directly in those databases.

AustLII (Free resource)

A large free collection of Australian cases (including tribunals and higher courts), full-text law journals, legislation, treaties and other material. Includes the case citator LawCite.


BAILII (Free resource)

The British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) provides free access to a comprehensive set of British and Irish primary legal materials and other law-related British and Irish material.

Brill Online Reference Works (Law)

Provides access to the following eBooks:

  • Commentaries on World Trade Law Online
  • Encyclopedia of Law and Religion
  • Encyclopedia of Public International Law in Asia Online
  • Foreign Law Guide
  • Handbook of WTO/GATT Dispute Settlement
  • International Law & World Order: Weston's & Carlson's Basic Documents
  • International Maritime Boundaries
  • Publications of the Hague Academy of International Law
  • Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920–2015
  • United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea


Cambridge Core Journals

Full-text access to more than 40 peer-reviewed law journal titles covering a range of legal areas such as international and comparative law.

Cambridge Law Reports

Provides access to International Law Reports and volumes 1 to 17 of ICSID Reports.

CanLII (Free resource)

Free access to primary sources of Canadian law, including legislation and decisions from federal, provincial, and territorial jurisdictions. Also provides full-text secondary sources, including books, articles, reports and research papers, journals, newsletters and conference proceedings.

Capital Monitor

Legal news, press releases, ministerial announcements and information services from the Australian Parliament, government and the courts. Up-to-date Bills Monitors, Acts Proclamations and Assent sections and lists and links to all Acts during the current year are available for Federal, state and territory jurisdictions.

CCH iKnowConnect

Full-text CCH commentary and law reports. Practice areas covered include company law, family law, industrial relations, intellectual property, medical, privacy, superannuation, tax, torts and trade practices.

CD Asia Online

Database of Philippine laws and jurisprudence. Includes case law, legislation, Presidential and Supreme Court Issuances, treaties and constitutions. Includes decisions of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1901 to the present.


Australian taxation database containing commentary, cases and legislation. Features simultaneous searches across the ATO legal database and provides calculators and templates.

Note: This database has specific access requirements. See the Access Information in the library catalogue record.

China Trade Monitor

News reporting and analysis service focusing on China-related trade issues. Covers traditional trade policy issues as well as issues that have implications for trade, such as national security, human rights and competition policy/antitrust.

Note: This database has specific access requirements. See the Access Information in the library catalogue record.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)

CIAO publishes international affairs scholarship from 1991+. The database includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, conference proceedings, policy briefs, full text books and journals, as well as teaching materials such as case studies and course packs of background readings on such topics as terrorism and human rights.

Climate Change and Law Collection

A Brill database providing documents in any discipline of law that addresses climate change, including corporate law, environmental law and human rights law. Includes documents originating from a range of organisations and institutions from 2015 onwards. Updated annually and edited by the Human Rights Internet in Ottawa.

CLJ Legal Network

Malaysian legal database including cases, articles, practice notes, legislative forms, precedents, sample agreements and legislation.

Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law

An encyclopaedic collection on international law containing lectures given by prominent legal specialists over a period of more than 100 years. Content is added annually. All courses are published in the language in which they were delivered (English or French).

Competition Policy International

The Competition Policy International (CPI) subscription website provides access to the following CPI resources:

  • Competition Policy International Journal – This is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed law review on global competition policy.
  • The Antitrust Chronicle – Formerly GCP Magazine, this is an online-only bimonthly magazine that produces papers on topical competitive policy topics.
  • News and Commentary – Provides daily digest of news and commentary related to competition policy. Users can subscribe to receive free daily news and updates from competition authorities and courts around the world.
  • Events – Provides a calendar of upcoming competition policy related events around the world.

Connect 4 New Issues

Provides access to Australian annual reports, company prospectuses and company financial information dating back to January 1998. Records contain direct links to the original documents.



French daily legal news service covering legislative and judicial news and reports. Search by keywords and browse by themes, or view all the news for a specific date (see Accès à un fonds documentaire > Dalloz Actualité).

Democratic Decay and Renewal (DEM-DEC) (Free resource)

A global resource containing a range of materials related to the deterioration and renewal of democratic rule worldwide, including Research, Concept Index, Experts Database, Teaching Materials, COVID-DEM Democracy & Pandemic Tracker and extensive Links.


English Reports

Full-text replicas of the English Reports are browsable by year and searchable by party name or keyword, and include the nominate report citations. The Reports are available on:



Provides full-text access to global content sources from 200 countries including newspapers, continuously updated newswires from Dow Jones and Reuters, journals and magazines, websites, blogs and multimedia.

Federal Register of Legislation (Free resource)

Official website for Commonwealth legislation and related documents including Federal Acts, legislative instruments (Rules, Regulations, etc.), Government Gazettes and Bills. Contains the full text and details of the lifecycle of individual laws and the relationships between them.

Foreign Law Guide (Brill)

Guide to primary and secondary sources of law for more than 190 countries, including overviews of their legal systems and references to English-language translations.

The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law

Formerly known as The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Digital Library. Provides an online searchable library (on the Fastcase platform) of scholarly articles on all aspects of natural resources law written exclusively for the Foundation by experts in their fields.


Gale OneFile: LegalTrac

Extensive legal journal article index with some full text. Includes mostly US content as well as British Commonwealth, some UK and EU material. Coverage from 1980 onwards.

GlobaLex (Free resource)

Free website providing up-to-date overviews of the legal systems of individual countries, guides to legal research for international law and comparative law topics and links to primary and secondary material.

GovPubs (Australian Government Publications Guide) (Free resource)

A guide to selected Australian Commonwealth and State Government publications located in Australia's national and state libraries and on the internet. Publications include Acts, Bills, budget papers, Explanatory Memoranda, Gazettes, government directories, notice papers, Hansard, parliamentary handbooks, parliamentary papers, standing orders, subordinate legislation/Regulation, votes and proceedings/journals.

Note: This database is no longer actively maintained by the National and State libraries, however, updates do occur periodically.


Hart Publishing eBooks

Provides full-text access to eBooks by major UK legal publisher, Bloomsbury, on a range of legal topics including UK and European law, criminal law, legal history, contract law, legal philosophy and human rights.


Collection of full-text legal 'libraries' which replicate the original documents and are available in fully searchable printable PDF format. Includes the Law Journal Library (more than 3200 periodicals), Bar Journal Library, US primary material such as the Congressional Record and US Reports from 1754, Famous World Trials dating back to the early 1700s, Legal Classics (texts from the 18th and 19th centuries, treaties and qgreements, English Reports (full reprint, 1220–1867), United Nations Law Collection and Foreign & International Law Resources Database, Selden Society Publications, Women and the Law (Peggy) (books, periodicals and biographies dedicated to women's roles in society and the law).

HukumOnline (Bahasa Indonesian)

Website featuring news and articles about law in Indonesia. Sections include Legal News, Law Digest, Regulation Translation and Daily Updates.

Note: Individual registration is required to access this database. To obtain access, send your name and UniMelb email address to

HukumOnline (English)

Website featuring news and articles about law in Indonesia. Sections include Legal News, Law Digest, Regulation Translation and Daily Updates.

Note: Individual registration is required to access this database. To obtain access, send your name and UniMelb email address to

Human Rights Documents Online

Brill’s large database providing over 7000 documents collected since 1980 by Human Rights Internet from approximately 700 non-governmental human rights organisations from around the world.

Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and International Law eBook Collection

Access to full-text eBooks published by Martinus Nijhoff/Brill from 2006 onwards. Grouped into two collections: Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and International Law.

Note: Most of these eBooks can also be accessed directly via the library catalogue.


IBFD – Tax Research Platform

International tax resource from the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) the world’s foremost authority on cross-border taxation. Provides access to information on major topics in international taxation; Country Key Features, Country Surveys and Country Analyses; a comprehensive collection of primary source information (tax treaties, models, EU law and case law); opinion-making journals covering main topics in international taxation and developments in major economies in the world; easy-to-use comparison tools; and IBFD’s Tax News Service.

ICLR Online

Law reports of the judicial decisions of the Superior and Appellate Courts in England and Wales published by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR). Contains the full text of the Law Reports and the Weekly Law Reports. The Citator+ feature provides authoritative index information for each case, the appellate history and current status. It also includes Daily Law Notes which provide summaries of key cases within 24 hours of judgment.


UK journal articles, cases, news, reports and online books covering construction law, dispute resolution, medical law, insurance, intellectual property, maritime law, and tax and finance. Includes Lloyd's Law Reports.

Note: Individual registration is required to access this database. See the Access Information in the library catalogue record.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (HeinOnline)

Multilingual index to over 800 legal journals from jurisdictions not covered by the major English-language indexing services. Also indexes yearbooks, book reviews and published collections of legal essays. Covers 1984 onwards.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books

Indexes around 675 journals including periodicals from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908–1981

An archive database that indexes over 880 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal courts, yearbooks, annual institutes, and annual reviews of the work in a given field or on a given topic are also covered.

Indian Kanoon (Free resource)

Free database containing up-to-date full-text superior court cases back to the inception of the courts. For example, the Supreme Court of India decisions are available from 1950. Cases include links to sources cited and later citing documents and can be downloaded as PDFs.


The Informit platform contains over 90 multidisciplinary full-text, indexing and abstracting databases with predominantly Australasian and Asia-Pacific content.

AGIS (Australian Government Information Service) is the most comprehensive tool for finding Australasian legal articles. A number of other individual and collected databases are also pertinent to law:

  • SNIPER (intellectual property)
  • CINCH (criminal justice)
  • WORKLIT (employment and industrial relations)
  • APA-FT (public affairs)
  • the Indigenous Collection
  • New Zealand Collection
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Collection
  • Family & Society Collection

Investment Arbitration Reporter

News and analysis of recent legal decisions, arbitration awards and policy developments in international law that apply to foreign investment, including international investment treaties, arbitration claims and cross-border arbitration between foreign investors and their host governments. Includes lawsuits and policy developments related to nationalisations, privatisations, and other regulatory disputes. Contains more than 2000 cases, as well as reports on decisions, awards and orders, all indexed by topic and searchable via the Topic Tool.

Investor-State Law Guide

Online resource for investment treaty law awards and decisions of tribunals, committees and national courts. Includes a subject navigator which allows you to narrow down to a specific subject’s related material and then look at material in the service relating to it. The article citator feature allows you to look at the application of the specific legal instrument.


JADE (Free resource)

JADE (Judgments and Decisions Enhanced) is a free Australian caselaw and legislation database that can be used to search or browse Australian legislation and court and tribunal decisions. Alerts can be set for new decisions and court digests. Provides digitised copies of the Commonwealth Law Reports (CLRs) from 1903 to 1952

A basic JADE account is free for anyone once you register. Law students can also receive free access to the enhanced features of JADE Professional by sending an email to from their UniMelb email address.


Full-text archives of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Includes selected law titles.

Juriglobe (Free resource)

Presents snapshots of the legal systems of the world divided into civil law, common law, Muslim law, customary law and mixed systems.


Kluwer Arbitration

An international commercial arbitration database of full-text primary and secondary materials. Includes conventions, legislation, institutional rules, model clauses, case law and commentary from leading publications. Includes many full-text eBooks and arbitration journals.

Kluwer Competition Law

Resource for EU and international competition law research. Includes commentary from expert authors, an extensive collection of primary source materials, practice tools and antitrust, cartels, mergers and state aid practice areas.

Kluwer IP Law

Provides information on patent, design, trademark and copyright. Includes 'Smart Charts', case law, news and access to books such as the Manual for the Handling of Applications for Patents, Designs and Trade Marks Throughout the World, and Visser's Annotated European Patent Convention.

Kluwer Law Online

The Journals section of this platform contains over 30 full-text journals, which can be browsed, or searched individually or together. The journal titles are also listed in the library catalogue.

The Encyclopaedias section comprises the International Encyclopaedia of Laws (IEL), which provides excellent comparative tools for various legal subjects. Each subject contains 'country reports' that describe the laws of a country on that topic. We subscribe to the following IEL titles: Constitutional Law; Energy Law; Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy and Technology Law (formerly known as Cyber Law), Sports Law and Tort Law.


LawCite (Free resource)

Free worldwide case citator developed at AustLII in collaboration with other members of the Free Access to Law Movement. Currently contains over 6.5 million indexed cases, law reform documents and journal articles. Searches can be conducted by case citation or parties, legislation or cases considered, or title of an article.

LawLex Premium

Access to full-text Australian legislation, with associated Bill tracking, amendment and commencement information and links to related extrinsic materials.


Portal providing access to primary and secondary sources of law in Singapore. Includes case law (Singapore Law Reports, Heritage Law Reports, Singapore Syariah Appeals Reports, Singapore Construction Adjudication Review and unreported judgments), legislation, treaties, journal articles, commentary and parliamentary reports.

Legal Journals Index

This index to UK and EU journals is the journals search feature of Westlaw UK.


Online database of Australian migration and citizenship legislation and policy documents produced by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

Note: Requires a password to access. Click here to get password and then select 'Logon to LEGENDcom.'

Legifrance (Free resource)

Official French government site of primary source materials, mostly in French. Provides full access to codes currently in force and other legislative documents. Searches can be conducted by keywords, document types/numbers or dates. Also provides links to:

  • decisions and publications of national, European, and international courts, including selected decisions of the Constitutional Council in English
  • documents of the French Parliament, independent administrative bodies, public service organs and research centres
  • the Official Journal which publishes laws and other legislative measures
  • a guide to the organisation of French law (in French)

Lexis+ Australia (formerly Lexis Advance Pacific)


  • Reported and unreported cases from Australian federal courts and the superior courts of all Australian jurisdictions
  • Law report series such as the Australian Law Reports, Victorian Reports, New South Wales Law Reports and Family Law Reports
  • Casebase, a case citator service and journal articles on individual cases
  • Encyclopaedia: Halsbury's Laws of Australia
  • Dictionaries: Australian Legal Words and Phrases and Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary
  • Full-text journals such as Australian Journal of Labour Law, Australian Journal of Family Law and Australian Property Law Journal
  • Commentaries (loose-leaf services) which provide a current overview of the law and links to cases and legislation in subject areas such as defamation law, immigration law, family law, evidence, native title and corporations law
  • LawNow Legislation Citator

Lexis Advance US Research (International)

Focuses on the United States but also has selected cases and material from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and other international organisations as well as the Shepard’s Citations Service.

Includes federal session laws, and the United States Code Service (USCS) as well as state codes, federal and state registers and state constitutions. Contains over 900 full-text US legal journals and law reviews.

Lexis China

Chinese regulatory information and judgments with bilingual legal content retrieval. There are features to track key legal areas, hot topics and emerging issues. Includes multi-level and in-depth legal reviews and analysis

LexisPSL Construction

Lexis+ UK database providing practical guidance for construction lawyers, including practice notes, checklists, precedents, cases, and access to certain FIDIC, JCT and other internationally used forms.

Lexis+ UK

Access to the Jordan Publishing Family Law collection, which includes cases, citators and digests, commentary (Family Court Practice), current awareness, forms and precedents, journals (Child and Family Law Quarterly, Family Law Journal, International Family Law) and legislation.

Lexology (Free resource)

Provides concise explanations of the most important legal and regulatory matters that arise in business deals and disputes worldwide. These international guides with contributions from over 900 law firms cover law and regulations in over 50 practice areas and over 170 jurisdictions. Material can be searched, or browsed by title, jurisdiction or practice area.

Get alerts: To receive a daily tailored newsfeed email from Lexology, register with your UniMelb email.

LinxPlus (on Lexis+)

Database of New Zealand includes nearly 100,000 case summaries of judgments. Over 50,000 full-text PDF replicas of the original judgments are available from 1990 onwards from the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court. LinxPlus NZ can also be searched by broad topic.

Note: to search New Zealand content, go to Lexis+ and select the jurisdiction NZL.


The Making of Modern Law (Gale Primary Sources)

  • Foreign, comparative and international law 1600–1926 Commentary service. Combines foreign, comparative, and international titles into a single resource. The International Law section features works of some of the great legal theorists while the Foreign Law section features foreign legal treatises from various countries. The Comparative Law section features online books that compare more than one legal system and includes Ancient, Roman, Jewish Law and Islamic Law.
  • Foreign primary sources 1600–1970 Contains books of historical codes and statutes for northern, western and eastern European countries. Statutory codes are available in English, Dutch, French, German, Irish, and Italian. The individual codes and commentaries are from the law library collections of Harvard, Yale and George Washington University.
  • Legal treatises 1800–1926 Collection of more than 22,000 Anglo-American legal treatises. Contains fully searchable digital images of exact replicas of the original books.
  • Primary sources 1620–1979 A fully searchable digital archive designed to complement The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises. This archive consists of Part I, 1620–1926 and Part II, 1763–1979 which together provide online access to thousands of volumes of US codes, constitutional conventions and compilations, and municipal codes, and other resources in American legal history.
  • Trials 1600–1926 Collection of more than 7000 publications describing Anglo-American trials – from notorious, scandalous and sensational courtroom dramas to cases of great constitutional, historical and precedent-setting value, such as the Dred Scott case, the Scopes "Monkey" Trial and the Amistad Slavery case. Contains fully searchable digital images from the original books.
  • US Supreme Court records and briefs, 1832–1978 Contains a collection of records and briefs from US Supreme Court cases, including transcripts, applications for review, motions, petitions, supplements and other official papers of landmark cases. The collection comprises more than 350,000 documents from approximately 150,000 cases. Searchable by keyword, case name, US Reports citation, docket number, author, date and type of document.

Managing Intellectual Property

Website providing international news, analysis and commentary for intellectual property and full-text articles from the Managing IP and Managing Internet IP magazines. The site focuses on trademarks, copyright IP, patents and the internet.

Manupatra: India Legal Law Database

Case law coverage includes full-text decisions from the Supreme Court, all High Courts, the Federal Court, Privy Council and many tribunals. Coverage is mostly from the inception of each court. Legislation covered includes bare acts, amending acts, repealed legislation, subordinate legislation and bills from all jurisdictions. Primary material is grouped by topic, and secondary material includes annotated acts and commentary.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

Contains analytical coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context, arranged alphabetically by topic. The articles provide analysis of key cases that have contributed to or advanced constitutional law concepts on a global scale, and key instruments in constitutional law history such as the Magna Carta, the Charter of Medina, and the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam. Can be browsed by subject and searched by keyword and provides navigation between encyclopaedic articles and commentaries and instruments from the Oxford Constitutions of the World and the Oxford Law Citator.

Max Planck Encyclopedias of Public International Law

Consists of two encyclopedias: Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law. Provides access to peer-reviewed articles on international law.


Nexis Uni

Provides access to legal, business news, market insight, biographies and public records. Includes the Lex Mundi 'Doing Business In...' titles for selected countries.


OECD iLibrary (formerly SourceOECD)

Cross-searchable online database containing over 5000 eBooks, 5000 MS Excel spreadsheets, 400 statistical datasets and 2500 working papers from the library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Oxford Bibliographies Online

Combines the features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopaedia to provide authoritative research guides on a range of subject areas including criminology, international law and international relations.

Oxford Competition Law

Suite of competition analysis including Oxford University Press's key commentaries in EU competition law, fully linked with national case reports and source material. Includes:

  • Faull & Nikpay, The EU Law of Competition
  • Whish & Bailey, Competition Law
  • Bellamy & Child, European Union Law of Competition
  • Full reports of cases decided from 2008 onwards (decisions from 2004 onwards will be gradually added)

Oxford Constitutional Law(OXCON)

Home of Oxford’s constitutional law services, including Oxford Constitutions of the World, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law and the Oxford Compendium of National Legal Responses to Covid-19.

Oxford Constitutions of the World

Contains regularly updated, fully translated English-language versions of all of the world's constitutions. The constitutions are accompanied by individual commentaries and supplementary materials, including foundation documents, historical constitutions, amendment Acts/laws, and a collection of scholarly monographs.

Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO)

Brings together the world's leading scholars to write review essays covering a wide range of subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences and law. The authors evaluate the current thinking on a field or topic, and make an original argument about the future direction of debates.

Oxford Historical Treaties

Reproduces the full text of the Consolidated Treaty Series (also known as Parry's Treaty Series), a comprehensive collection of treaties of all nations concluded from 1648 to 1919.

Oxford Investment Claims

Regularly updated collection of materials and analysis used for research in international investment law and arbitration. Contains fully searchable arbitration awards and decisions, bilateral investment treaties, multilateral treaties, journal articles, online books and arbitration laws all linked and cross-referenced by the Oxford Law Citator.

Oxford Journals

Access to full-text articles from academic and research journals covering a broad range of subject areas, including open access and law titles.

Oxford Legal Research Library

Provides integrated access across collections of key law titles covering international commercial arbitration, international commercial law, financial and banking law and private international law.

Oxford Reference

Provides reference content on a range of subject areas including law dictionaries, encyclopaedias, guide books and the Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia.

Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL)

Brings together decisions on public international law from international law courts, domestic courts and ad hoc tribunals. Decisions are sourced from international courts of general jurisdiction, international human rights courts and international criminal courts, as well as international decisions in domestic courts and EU courts. Modules for trade law decisions and investment claims are also included. The decisions are accompanied by expert analysis and cross-case navigation via the Oxford Law Citator. See:

Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law (OSAIL)

Contains full-text online editions of reference works, treatises and classic titles published by Oxford University Press. Ebooks can be browsed by subject, author and title, and are fully searchable and linked to case reports and articles provided by OUP using the Oxford Law Citator.

Oxford Scholarship Online

More than 2800 full-text eBooks on law from Oxford University Press.



Bilingual English and Chinese legal database providing full-text access to Chinese laws and regulations, cases, tax treaties, WTO and China, gazettes and law journals. It also offers authoritative translations of important legal content relevant to English speakers interested in Chinese law. Created and maintained by Chinalawinfo and the Legal Information Center of Peking University.

Primary Sources on Copyright (1450–1900) (Free resource)

Digital resource covering the history of copyright in five key jurisdictions: France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Refworld (UNHCR) (Free resource)

Legal collection designed primarily as a tool for disseminating and promoting (international) law relating to refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons and other persons of concern to UNHCR. Includes a jurisprudence collection covering more than 40 national jurisdictions, and a large number of international judgments and decisions from the UN, the European Court of Human Rights and other international and regional courts.

Also includes a comprehensive collection of international instruments relating to refugees and human rights, with the most recent lists of States Parties to key conventions. Contains national and international legislation relevant in assessing asylum claims and special agreements such as memorandum of understanding, host-country agreements and voluntary repatriation agreements.


SCC Online

Database of Indian case law and legislation. Includes the SCC reports, historic and current state reports, Privy Council appeal reports (such as the Indian Appeals 1836–1949), unreported judgments from the Supreme Court and all 30 State High Courts, and Tribunals and Commission decisions.

Statutes include Central Acts, Ordinances, Rules, Regulations, Orders, Schemes, Notifications, Circulars and Bills. For detailed information on all primary and secondary law content, see SCC Online Data Coverage.

Note: The first time you login, you will be asked to register your email address. Select IP Access and enter your UniMelb email address. You only need to do this once and no password is required.

Selden Society Publications and the History of English Law

Provides a range of historical English legal material dating from 1066 including important historical documents, primary source documents, influential digests, abridgments and encyclopaedias, and Ames Foundation publications.

SHERLOC (Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws on Crime) (Free resource)

A free knowledge portal from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) containing legal resources regarding organised crime and terrorism. Includes databases covering national legislation and case law, regional and domestic strategies, international and regional treaties, and a bibliographic database providing summaries of articles on organised crime and terrorism.


Full-text access to a large range of sports and sports medicine journals covering topics in all areas of sport, including sport law and legislation.

SSRN (includes Legal Scholarship Network) (Free resource)

Registered users can access thousands of abstracts and full text of forthcoming articles and working papers. To register, click on SSR User HQ > in the new members registration box, enter your email address and press submit. You will receive an email with your username and password. Law School academics receive access to the LSN alerting service.

State Papers Online: Early Modern Government in Britain and Europe

Database of English government documents from 1509 to 1782. Includes information on every facet of English government, including law and order, social and economic affairs, religious policy and crown possessions.


Tax Notes

This service from Tax Analysts provides access to up-to-date news and analysis on US Federal and State taxation material from different jurisdictions.


Searchable legislation for Australian jurisdictions including alerting service for legislative developments, bills and Explanatory Memorandums and repealed legislation. Point-in-time service for some ls Alerts Users can be set up using a current University of Melbourne email address.

Times Digital Archive 1785–2014

Searchable database of digitised issues of The Times newspaper from 1785 to 2014.


WTO law research database that provides commentary, annotated instruments and agreements, arbitration awards and decisions, and article and jurisprudence citators.

Transnational Dispute Management

Browse a variety of legal and regulatory documents including laws, regulations, contracts, guides, tribunal/court awards by country or subject category. Of interest to international dispute management practitioners, mainly arbitrators, mediators and negotiators, who are interested in investment disputes. Browse or search across articles in TDM journal from 2004 to present.

Note: Alerts are available for the TDM journal, advance publications and news items.


UK Parliamentary Papers


  • Commons and Lords sessional papers from the 18th to the 21st centuries, with supplementary material dating back to 1688
  • Hansard 1803–2005
  • Peter Cockton's Subject Catalogue of the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1801–1900
  • Diplomatic and consular reports 1887–1916
  • Public Petitions to Parliament 1833–1918

United Nations Law Collection

Major legal publications issued by the United Nations. Includes League of Nations materials, UN Treaty Series, yearbooks, law reports, UN legislation and other material dating from 1920 to the present.

United Nations Official Documents System (Free resource)

Covers all types of official United Nations documentation. No password required.

United Nations Treaty Collection (Free resource)

Full text of the UN Treaty Series and other UN and League of Nations documents.


Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents (Free resource)

Includes full-text, up-to-date Victorian legislation, Acts and statutory rules as made, historical actios (1851–1995), Bills and legislative information.

Vietnam Laws Online

Searchable online database of full-text English translations of over 2500 Vietnamese laws covering a wide range of subject areas relevant to foreign investment and beyond.

vLex Justis (formerly JustisOne)

Contains the full text of current and historical reported and unreported cases from the UK dating back to 1163 (including State Trials, Times Law Reports and the English Reports) and all UK legislation ever passed (from 1235 to the present).

Irish and EU cases (including decisions from the European Court of Human Rights 1961 onwards) are also included, as well as the International Law Reports (1902 onwards). Cases are available as printable PDF images replicating the original print.


Web of Science

Multi-disciplinary database index that links to full text. Covers agriculture, art, biology, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, environmental studies, humanities, life sciences, medicine, science, social sciences and technology.


US-based collection of full-text databases. Coverage includes US, UK and Canadian case law, US legislation, more than 700 law reviews, selected international materials and newspapers from most parts of the world, including Australia.

Westlaw Australia

Provides access to Australian legal resources and selected New Zealand content, including:

  • Unreported cases from Australian federal courts and the superior courts of all Australian jurisdictions
  • Law report series such as the Commonwealth Law Reports (CLRs), Australian Law Journal Reports (ALJR), Federal Court Reports (FCRs) and Australian Criminal Reports (A CrimR)
  • Firstpoint: case digests and citator (reported cases from 1825; unreported from 1999)
  • The encyclopaedic resource Laws of Australia
  • Commentaries (loose-leaf services)
  • Full-text journals such as the Australian Law Journal, Public Law Review, Journal of Law and Medicine and Building and Construction Law Journal

Westlaw Canada

Provides access to Canadian primary law, plus commentary and tools including:

  • Decisions from Carswell Law report series
  • Canada Law Book Report Series and decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada and Privy Council
  • Annotated legislation and concordances of legislation
  • KeyCite Canada
  • Canadian Encyclopedic Digest
  • The Canadian Abridgment
  • Tribunal decision coverage
  • Index to Canadian Legal Literature with links to full text

Westlaw UK

Provides access to UK primary law, plus commentary and value-added tools including:

  • Cases from Weekly Law Reports, Fleet Street Reports and Session Cases from the SCLR
  • Consolidated legislation dating back to 1267, updated daily
  • Legal Journals Index – a comprehensive research tool for finding UK and EU legal journal articles
  • More than 110 full-text journals
  • National, regional and international news and business updates

WorldLII (Free resource)

Free access to worldwide legal resources. Includes Law Cite case citator for case law research.

Trade law, GATT/WTO agreements, dispute settlement commentaries for WTO reports and arbitrations, a database of dispute settlement tables and statistics. Panel/Appellate Body reports, links to journal on world trade law and a blog.