Links

This page contains links to multimedia resources for law students. The materials may interest philosophy or ethics students, too. There is much cross-over between the disciplines, here. Some materials concern disciplines too similar for separate categorisation so they are listed under grouped headings. Other links properly belong under distinct headings but would not intuitively be looked for under them so are artificially separated.

Scroll down to find a relevant heading. The key shows what media the links contain. All links are free unless expressly stated.

Key

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.




Law


(W) The official government website for legislation (Acts and Statutory Instruments). This site does not update amended legislation as fast as private databases might do (eg Westlaw); but any amendment to legislation not yet updated is easy to find. If legislation is amended by a more recent enactment, legislation.gov.uk will tell you in a red rectangle. There are five steps to find the changes.
  1. Browse or search to find legislation you are interested in.
  2. Click 'Introductory Text' from the top of the list on your chosen legislation's page.
  3. Click 'view outstanding changes' in the red box above the short title (the Act's name).
  4. Select from the drop-down options and click the legislation that amends the law you want to read.
  5. 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law to the old, editorially unchanged legislation to discover how or if the legislation you want to read is changed or repealed.
This site is quite simple once you get the hang of it.
Be warned: you may get addicted to reading statutes.

(W) Contains recent case law. Neutral citations. Very handy website; useful for browsing new developments. It is sometimes easier to use this site for browsing than, say, Lexis or Westlaw. You may, however, need to verify citations and use a more authoritative one than the neutral when referencing case law in assessments. The search function is difficult to become familiar with.

(W) Search for European Court of Human Rights’ case law. If a search returns no results, select more tick-boxes on the left-hand side, under ‘Document Collections’: start with ‘Judgments’, then add ‘Decisions’ etc; the higher up the list, the more authoritative the text. Be aware the .pdf and .doc downloads have strange formatting on Mac OSX; but the text is always the same.

(W) The Rule of Law and Armed Conflict Project. A Resource with links to international documents and national documents including case law translated to English. Also has data tables listing, for example, adherence to international treaties.

(W) Database for US case law. Useful site. A little difficult to navigate; the search function is not great. Often it is easier to type the US case you seek into google followed by 'law cornell' to get a link straight to the case rather than messing about with this site's layout.

(W) Click the text under ‘Related Links’ to download or view international human rights’ treaties and charters.

(W) The search functions are often too thorough. Select ‘Titles and Recent Texts’ under ‘MTDSG’ on the left for a list of documents (arranged in reverse chronology).

(W) Useful for Comparative (and) Trusts Law. Similar to most government database sites, this one takes a little getting used to.

(W) Search for cases or click 'Contentious Case' under 'Cases' in the left-side menu to find landmark decisions.

(W) The Swiss Criminal Code, translated into English. Useful for comparative law. Especially useful for comparative analyses of end of life issues, and euthanasia and assisted dying laws within Europe. (You might start with Articles 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.





Legal Resources


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, V) Watch videos filmed during ECtHR hearings. Find explanatory materials. Includes recent and historical developments’ information.

(W) A site containing links to documents for reading around the Humanitarian Charter's creation.

(W) Information about the Convention, with download links.

(W) Data concerning education throughout the world. Charts and booklets available to view and download. Useful when trying to understand UN General Comments about education, and the human right to education. Thorough resource.

(W) Information about the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education. Includes simple exposition and download links for relevant documents.

KETSE Projects
(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.




Ethics


(W, V) A site about secular ethics.




Political Philosophy


(W) Click ‘Texts’ and browse the drop-down selection.




Philosophy


(W) These archives contain many original essays by eminent theorists. Topics probably cover every philosophy-subdivision you can imagine.

(W) The Wise Old Sayings website offers an alternative list of philosophy resources.




Lectures


(W) A wonderful selection of guest lectures organised by Exeter University. Published and financed by the charitable Hamlyn Trust, the lectures before 2005 are free and available in PDF format. I particularly like PS Atiyah's Pragmatism and Theory in English Law (lecture 39, 1987); I found this essay useful for learning Equity and Trusts Law (Property 2).

(W) Another superb downloadable lecture series delivered by leading experts including Jeremy Waldron, John Rawls, Michael Sandel, and Quentin Skinner. Content is broadly philosophical. Some lectures concern law, but they are not limited by a single common discipline or theme.




General Reading (Archives)


(W) Brilliant archive. This site contains download links in various formats for hundreds of authors and all their texts--for free. Everything from Aristotle to Hobbes to Joseph Priestley. Similar to Project Gutenberg but often better for academic work. Browse the collection with various search options: sort authors by period, name, subject, or even just browse '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.

(W, V) Useful archives for text documents (more facsimile's). Search here if unavailable on 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.

(W) A Popular free ebook site. If a book or text is in the public domain it is probably available here. (Note: 'Public domain' does not mean 'published'. Published work might not enter the public domain (and have its copyright expire--if that is a correct way to say it) until so many years after an author's death, or the author offers broader licenses, for example under creative commons).

(W) I have linked to 2011 publications because the one called 'Teaching Philosophy in Europe and North America' is good, and from 2011. Click a year or heading on the left to view publications in other categories.

(W) As the title says, Orwell's books, essays, and poetry available to be read online. Select a work and use the right-side menu to navigate. If you seek his fiction, I recommend starting with 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.