About the Australian Guide to Legal Citation ('AGLC')

The third edition of the AGLC is the product of collaboration between the Melbourne University Law Review and the Melbourne Journal of International Law. The AGLC provides Australia with a uniform system of legal citation. The first edition of the AGLC was published by the Review in 1998 and a second edition was published in 2002. The third edition has been recently published in 2010.

The AGLC outlines established citation practices and indicates preferred approaches where no particular approach has been widely adopted. It is designed for academics, legal practitioners, law students and the judiciary, and is a valuable tool for legal writing and research. The AGLC is laid out in a manner that is easy to read and includes a detailed index and helpful examples. As well as providing a set of citation principles for Australian material, the AGLC includes suggestions for citing material from Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

To obtain the AGLC, either:

  1. Order a copy; or
  2. Download the view-only PDF version (3.7Mb);
  3. Purchase a copy from a retailer.

The Third Edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation ('AGLC3')

The third edition of the AGLC marks a comprehensive restructure and revision. For ease of use, the AGLC has been divided into six Parts, separated by tabs, to allow readers quickly to reach relevant rules. For ease of reference, tables have also been included where lists of information were previously provided. All examples from the second edition have been replaced, and further examples to illustrate the possible permutations under each rule have been added (which is the main reason for the increased length of the third edition).

Importantly, the general rules chapter has been expanded and reordered, to improve the flow and clarity of rules generally applicable. This has also allowed the removal of repetition from later chapters. The Australian cases and legislation chapters have been carefully updated in order to ensure that the AGLC remains comprehensive and current for Australian materials. A particularly significant change has been the vastly expanded and updated international law section (now Part IV of the AGLC) and the addition of several new chapters for materials from foreign jurisdictions (in Part V). Important inclusions are:

  • clarified rules for subsequent references;
  • rules on paragraph numbers in pinpoint references for cases and secondary sources;
  • a rule requiring publisher information in citations of books;
  • a rule on citing definitions in legislative materials;
  • revised and comprehensive rules on material from the United Nations, European supranational institutions and the World Trade Organization;
  • new rules for citing international criminal tribunal decisions and decisions in investor-state disputes;
  • new chapters for materials from China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa; and
  • a chapter providing guidance on how to cite legal materials from jurisdictions not specifically covered by the AGLC.


When using the AGLC, you may become aware of instances where the AGLC does not adequately address a citation issue, or there exists inconsistency between AGLC rules. The Editors welcome suggestions and feedback with the details of any problems you have encountered so that they can be addressed in the next edition of the AGLC.

Feedback can be sent by mailing or faxing the Suggestion Form on page 321 of the AGLC to the Review. Alternatively, please email us your suggestion(s) with the subject line 'AGLC Feedback'.


The AGLC3 has been officially adopted by:

  • Adelaide Law Review
  • Alternative Law Journal
  • Australasian Journal of Natural Resource Law and Policy
  • Australia and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal
  • Australian Indigenous Law Review Australasian 
  • Australian International Law Journal
  • Australian Law Librarian
  • Bond Law Review
  • Constitutional Law and Policy Review
  • Deakin Law Review
  • eLaw Journal: Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law
  • Elder Law Review
  • Federal Law Review
  • Flinders Law Journal
  • Indigenous Law Bulletin
  • James Cook University Law Review
  • Journal of Applied Law and Policy
  • Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association
  • Journal of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association 
  • Journal Jurisprudence
  • Journal of Law and Financial Management
  • Journal of Law, Information and Science
  • Journal of Social Security and Workers Compensation
  • Legal Education Review
  • Legal Issues in Business
  • Macquarie Law Journal
  • Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law
  • Media and Arts Law Review
  • Melbourne Journal of International Law
  • Melbourne University Law Review
  • Monash University Law Review
  • New Zealand Armed Forces Law Review
  • Newcastle Law Review
  • Public Space: The Journal of Law and Social Justice
  • QUT Law Review
  • Revenue Law Journal
  • Sports Law eJournal
  • Sydney Law Review 
  • University of New England Law Journal
  • University of New South Wales Law Journal
  • University of Notre Dame Australia Law Review
  • University of Tasmania Law Review
  • University of Western Sydney Law Review