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Law: European Law

This guide is a list of sources for legal research.

Introduction to European law sources

The Hartley library has good print holdings of European Union materials, some of which are in the European Documentation Centre. We subscribe to CELEX (via Justis), the EU's official legal database, Westlaw and Lexis Library.

We also stock a selection of basic texts, reports and journals relating to individual European countries. For freely available online sources for individual countries we recommend starting with WorldLII.

Case Law: Reports are shelved by jurisdiction, with separate sections for the European Union and the individual countries. European Current Law, shelved at the end of the EU Law Reports sequence, can be used as a case citator and index. Key series shelved here include ECR and CMLR (both also available on Westlaw).

Periodicals: These are shelved alphabetically by title with other law journals at per K in one sequence.

Books: European Union texts are shelved in call number areas KH 1 - 450. Readers should be aware that information may also be found in, for example, 'international law' (JX 2000 - ) and 'comparative law' (KX).

Note that there is an abundance of material online, sometimes duplicating what we have in print, but also providing additional journals, books, reports and statute law.  For more information regarding online sources, see other boxes on this page.

What more would you like to know?

This guide is a work in progress.  Is there anything you'd like to see here to help with your European law research?  Let us know by emailing

Key online sources for European law

Free online sources for European Law

There are many places to find free law for Europe and there will be times when such places are easier to use than the subscription services!  Please do be aware, however, that the subscription sources will have more of a commitment to keeping up to date, for example by showing case histories and subsequent developments.

If in doubt, start your search with WorldLII, which lists and describes free sources only after evaluating them.