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Printed Collections for Law

The printed collections in the Law Library reflect the research interests of Cardiff Law School. These interests include: criminal law and justice, intellectual property, environmental law, marine and shipping law, family law and justice, medico-legal studies and civil legal process.

The principal printed collections are listed in the following sections:

For further information contact a member of staff from the Law Library or Legal Practice Library.

UK Statutes & Law Reports

  • Bills (selection)
  • Public General Acts (1225-)
  • Local & Personal Acts (1884-1979)
  • Statutory Instruments (1948-)
  • Northern Ireland Statutes (1921-2006)

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Official Publications Collection

  • Parliamentary Debates (House of Commons 1812- , incomplete)
  • Parliamentary Debates (House of Lords 1938/9- , incomplete)
  • Parliamentary Debates (Standing Committees 1957/8- , incomplete)
  • Command Papers (White Papers 1801-)

The Parliamentary Papers microfiche collection contains most (but not all) papers published by HMSO since 1801.

The "British Official Publications not published by HMSO" 1980- microfiche collection contains publications from over 500 British government organisations including government departments, nationalised industries, research institutes, quangos and other official bodies not published by The Stationery Office.

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European Union Collection

Reports of cases heard in the European Court of Justice are held in the Law Library.

Copies of the Official Journal (1973-2000) are held in the European Documentation Centre.

  • Common Market Law Reports (1, 1962-)
  • European Community Court of Justice Reports (1, 1954-)

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European Court of Human Rights

  • European Court of Human Rights judgments and decisions (1, 1960-)

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Legal Research Collection

Standard legal research and reference works held include:

  • Current Law Case and Legislation Citators (1947-)
  • Current Law Yearbooks (1947-)
  • The Digest (incomplete)
  • European Current Law (1995-)
  • European Current Law Yearbook (1995-)
  • Halsbury's Laws of England
  • Halsbury's Statutes
  • Halsbury's Statutory Instruments (held in the Legal Practice Library)
  • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (1960-2006)

Please check LibrarySearch for complete holdings and details on latest editions held.

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International Law Treaties and Reports

Arranged alphabetically by title.

  • Cases on the Law of the Sea (1-4)
  • Commonwealth International Law Cases (1-19)
  • Consolidated Treaty Series (1648-1919)
  • International Court of Justice judgments (1947-2003)
  • International Law Reports (1,1919/22-)
  • Law of the Sea: Documents 1983-1992 (1-16)
  • League of Nations Treaty Series (1920/21 - 1939/46)
  • New Directions in the Law of the Sea (1-42)
  • Permanent Court of International Justice (1, 1923/27 - 87, 1939)

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Foreign Legislation and Law Reports

Arranged alphabetically by jurisdiction focusing on Commonwealth, US, French, German and Italian materials. The Law Library also holds Japanese law materials.

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A collection of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and theses completed by Cardiff Law School students. 

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Schwartzenberger Collection (held in Special Collections and Archives)

A collection of international law materials donated by Prof. Schwartzenberger (University of London), held in Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR). Around 100 rare and valuable items have been catalogued.