By Subject

Selected legal databases and other resources are listed below, 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.

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 A-Z Databases list. 

Administrative Law

Australia - commentary, legislation and caselaw annotations.

Business / Commercial Law

Australia

Competition Law

For comprehensive coverage of databases for Australia, EU, China and the USA, see our Competition and Consumer Law Research Guide

Australia

European Union (EU) - Global & Comparative

  • Global Competition Review - a competition law and policy journal and news service, publishing breaking competition news, commentary and analysis as well as in-depth reports.
  • Kluwer Competition Law - EU and global journals, books, commentary, legislation and international agreements

Constitutional Law

For comprehensive coverage of databases, see our Constitutional Law Research Guide - Australian and comparative.

Australian

Comparative & Global

Contract Law

Australia

Global

  • Kluwer Law Online > Encyclopaedias. This tab contains the International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL). The Contracts topic is an excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis on the contract laws of over 40 countries.

Construction Law

Australia

UK

Corporations / Company Law

Australia

Criminal Law and Procedure

Australia

Global & Comparative

  • SHERLOC - a free knowledge portal 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.

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

Cyber Law

Global & Comparative

  • Kluwer Law Online > Encyclopaedias. This tab contains the International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL).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

Australia

Global & International

  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • ICC Dispute Resolution Library (open access) - provides access to documents from the International Court of Arbitration. It includes the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin from 1990 to date, a complete collection of ICC Dispute Resolution Rules and a wide variety of other publications.

Employment / Labour / Industrial Relations Law

Australia

Global & Comparative

Environmental / Climate Change Law

Australian

Global & International

  • Climate Change Laws of the World - from the The Sabin Center and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (open access). Includes domestic legislation, policy statements, and  directives issued by the governments of 177 countries, and caselaw on climate change from 25 countries. Can be searched by region or individual country.
  • Climate Change & the Law Collection - on the BRILL Primary Sources Platform.  This collection of primary documents comprises ‘grey literature’ from a world wide range of organisations and institutions from 2015 to current.
  • Kluwer Law Online > Encyclopaedias. This tab contains the International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL). The Environmental Law topic includes commentary and analysis on over 50 countries, as well as European and International Environmental Law.

Energy and Resources Law

Australian

Global & Comparative

  • Kluwer Law Online > Encyclopaedias. This tab contains the International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL). The Energy Law topic includes commentary and analysis on over 30 countries as well as the international energy law regime.

Evidence

Family Law

Australia

United Kingdom

  • Lexis Library (UK ) - Family Law- includes cases, citators and digests, commentary (such as Family Court Practice), current awareness, forms and precedents, journals (Child and Family Law Quarterly, Family Law journal, International Family Law) and legislation.

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

For comprehensive coverage of databases and other resources, see our Indigenous Legal Research Guide - the research guide covers Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

Intellectual Property

Australia

USA

Note: you will need a user name and password to log in. Use your normal University student/staff log in to get to the JurisNotes Username/password information.

Global & Comparative

  • Kluwer Law Online > Encyclopaedias. This tab contains the International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL). The Intellectual Property Law topic provides an excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis of the laws of 55 countries.
  • Kluwer IP Law - information on patent, design, trademark and copyright. Includes 'Smart Charts', case law, news, and full text books.
  • Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)

International Law

For comprehensive coverage of databases, see the following Research Guides:

See also:

Media & Privacy Law

Australia

Medical & Health Law

Australia

  • CCH Intelliconnect. See the Sports and Medical Law section for Australian medical law legislation and cases

Practice & Procedure

Australia

Property Law

Australia

  • Australian Tenancy Practice & Precedents - on Lexis Advance - commentary, cases, legislation, outlines and precedents for drafting every type of tenancy document.
  • CCH Intelliconnect (use VPN when off campus) - see the Conveyancing & Property Law section for commentary, annotated legislation, and cases. Includes Victorian, NSW and Queensland conveyancing legislation, commentary and cases, and also includes Lang's Commercial Leasing in Australia
  • Personal Property Securities - on Westlaw AU - commentary, annotated legislation, cases on this Australia-wide legislative scheme.

Refugee & Immigration Law

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

Australia

  • Australian Immigration Law - on Lexis Advance - 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

  • Kluwer Law Online > Encyclopaedias. This tab contains the International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL). The Migration Law topic is an excellent comparative tool containing commentary and analysis of the laws of 11 countries.

Religion & Law

Global & Comparative

  • Encyclopedia of Law and Religion - on BRILL Online Reference Collection (Law). Can be searched and also browsed by topic, country and religious tradition.
  • Kluwer Law Online > Encyclopaedias. This tab contains the International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL). The Religion topic is an excellent comparative tool containing commentary and analysis of the laws of 19 countries.

Sports Law

Global & Comparative

  • Kluwer Law Online > Encyclopaedias. This tab contains the International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL). The Sports Law topic contains an excellent comparative tool containing commentary and analysis of the laws of 35 countries.
  • LawInSport provides expert commentary and analysis on the latest legal issues and developments from the world of sport. Covering everything from anti-doping, to ambush marketing, to corporate governance.

International

  • International Sports Law - on GlobaLex (open access). A expert written 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

For comprehensive coverage of databases, see the following Research Guides:

Australian

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. Please note: a password is required.

Global & International

  • IBFD - Tax Research Platform - international, global and comparative tax law - treaties, legislation, cases, commentary, journals and books.

Torts

Australia

Global & Comparative

  • Kluwer Law Online > Encyclopaedias. This tab contains the International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL). The Torts Law topic contains an excellent comparative tool containing commentary and analysis of the laws of 23 countries.

Trusts / Equity

Victoria