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.

Bankruptcy Law

Australia

Business / Commercial Law

Australia

Canada

  • Canadian Franchise Guide on Westlaw Next Canada. Select Texts and Annotations from the Homepage, then from the lefthand menu, tick the e-looseleafs on Proview and Show in Plan Only boxes. You will then be able to select the Canadian Franchise Guide.

Global

  • Kluwer Law Online - International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL) - Commercial and Economic Law. Excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis on the competition laws of 25 countries.

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.

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
  • 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

Australia

Global

  • Kluwer Law Online - International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL) - Contracts. Excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis on the competition laws of 42 countries.

Construction Law

Australia

UK

Corporations / Company Law

Australia

USA

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

Global

  • Kluwer Law Online - International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL) - Corporations and Partnerships. Excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis on the competition laws of 37 countries.

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

  • 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.
  • International Encyclopedia of Laws - Environmental Law - on Kluwer Law Online. Commentary and analysis on over 50 countries, as well as European and International Environmental Law.
  • Environment - on CCH - includes:

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 Lexis Advance Pacific - Australian annotated legislation, cases and commentary
  • Dickey's Family Law with Legislation - on Westlaw AU
  • 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.

United Kingdom

  • Jordan Publishing Family Law - on Lexis UK - 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.

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

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

Intellectual Property

Australia

USA

Global & Comparative

  • International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Intellectual Property Law - on Kluwer Law Online. 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.
  • PaRR (Policy and Regulatory Report) - global intelligence, analysis and proprietary data on competition law, IP and trade law, and sector-specific regulatory change.
  • Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)

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.

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

  • Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms & Precedents - on Lexis Advance Pacific - over 4,000 legal forms and precedents covering 93 areas of law. Regularly updated.
  • Civil Procedure Victoria - on Lexis Advance Pacific - Victorian annotated legislation, commentary and cases
  • Court Forms, Precedents & Pleadings Vic - on Lexis Advance Pacific
  • Lawyers Practice Manual Vic - on WestlawAU - procedural guide for Victorian lawyers and students covering 16 subject areas. Practical commentary, including legislation and cases.
  • Litigation & Court Practice - on CCH - includes annotated legislation and commentary on the Australian Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and High Court.
  • Practice & Procedure High Court & Federal Court of Australia - on Lexis Advance Pacific - procedures for conducting civil matters in the High Court and the Federal Court - rules of court, legislation, court forms and practice directions.
  • Quick on Costs - on WestlawAU - general and comparative exposition on the law of costs in the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia, and the Australian State and Territory Supreme Courts.
  • Ritchie's Uniform Civil Procedure NSW - on Lexis Advance Pacific - annotated legislation and rules for the conduct of proceedings in NSW courts.  Includes commentary, practice notes and case law.
  • Victorian Courts - on WestlawAU - annotated legislation, cases and commentary on practice in the Supreme Court, County Court and Magistrates Court.

Global

  • Kluwer Law Online - International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL) - Civil Procedure. Excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis on the competition laws of 37 countries.

Property Law

Australia

Global

  • Kluwer Law Online - International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL) - Property and Trust Law. Excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis on the competition laws of 23 countries.

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 Lexis Advance Pacific - 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

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.
  • 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). 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 / Equity

Australia

  • 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.

Canada

  • Fiduciary Duties in Canada on Westlaw Next Canada. Select Texts and Annotations from the Homepage, then from the lefthand menu, tick the e-looseleafs on Proview and Show in Plan Only boxes. You will then be able to select Fiduciary Duties in Canada.

Global

  • Kluwer Law Online - International Encyclopedia of Laws (IEL) - Property and Trust Law. Excellent comparative tool containing  commentary and analysis on the competition laws of 23 countries.