Scroll down to find a relevant heading. The key shows what media the links contain. All links are free unless expressly stated.
W = Written
V = Video
S = Subscription Service. Usually available for university students and staff through OpenAthens or Shibboleth. Note: case law and legislation are often available elsewhere for access for all, but without the luxuries provided by commercial ventures.
P = Payment Required. A 'P' is not placed next to an 'S', which links would require payment if the reader is not part of an education institution.
legislation.gov.uk will tell you in a red rectangle. There are five steps to find the changes.
- Browse or search to find legislation you are interested in.
- Click 'Introductory Text' from the top of the list on your chosen legislation's page.
- Click 'view outstanding changes' in the red box above the short title (the Act's name).
- Select from the drop-down options and click the legislation that amends the law you want to read.
- Compare the new law to the old, editorially unchanged legislation to discover how or if the legislation you want to read is changed or repealed.
Be warned: you may get addicted to reading statutes.
17 and 18, which make acts that 'safeguard interests of [a] higher value' lawful.)
ECHR Case Law Collection
(W) This website is similar to the HUDOC database but is easier to use for certain tasks. For example, cases are easily searchable for and arrangeable by importance and other 'live' criteria. The site provides charts to render ECHR case law as if viewed through night-vision or heat-seeking goggles: the more cases involving a Signatory State relevant to your search criteria, the darker will be the colour. This makes brief overviews simple and fast when researching Strasbourg jurisprudence. You may be amused by the 'OkCon Stats' page's animation. This sort of interaction is a good technological development and direction for legal databases; it is certain to make non-lawyers engage more easily with the discipline.
Judiciary Members: England and Wales
(W) This site lists the Judiciary of England and Wales' members. This site is handy when you only have a case excerpt and need or want to know more. If there is a judge's name, search for it on this site, and you may find the court in which they sit now or have sat in. From there, you can search cases from that or those courts until you find the case you have an excerpt from. (Only go to this effort if a usual web-search for a sentence from you excerpt does not produce any results.)
UK Supreme Court Members
(W) Lists UKSC members and their short biographies. This list is separate from the England and Wales' Judiciary site because the UKSC concerns Scotland, Northern Ireland, and other commonwealth countries as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
(W) This page links to six projects by KETSE Ltd. The six projects concern human rights analysis and databases. The resources on ketse.com will help any human rights researchers. (More information about the ECHR database is written above.)
Hague Conference on Private International Law
(W) This resource is impressive. Begin with this website when researching international conventions such as the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Click 'Conventions' in the left-hand column; select whichever one you seek from the list that opens. The Convention's text will appear in a clear format. More important, however, are the functions that appear in the right-hand column: the links are self explanatory, but I'll take you through an example. The 'Case Law' link for the aforementioned 1980 Convention redirects to convenient links. Most in this example are not in English, but you'll find the top 'INCADAT' link leads to another website. Following the 'English' links, then clicking 'Case Law Analysis' opens another list. The bottom option, 'Inter-Relationship…', opens a drop-down box. Click the 'ECrtHR' option. You then find a remarkable compilation listing many examples of where the 1980 Convention relates to ECHR Articles.
General Reading (Archives)
Great Books'. Example subjects include philosophy, law, politics, ethics, and history. The 'facsimile PDF' file type downloads are useful for referencing in essays because they are formatted as-printed, with hardcopy page numbers etc. Hint: Scroll down the left-hand side to play with all the search functions if your screen is less than 13" and you cannot find the search bar.
Online Library of Liberty or Project Gutenberg. There are links to other media on this site, but I have not used them, so cannot comment on their quality.
Animal Farm, and Burmese Days. For writing advice, Politics and the English Language is quite illuminating; I have found myself returning to it several times, sometimes just for inspiration and to know that other (proper) writers struggle just as much as me.
Created: 27 July 2013. Version 1.2: 1 October 2014.