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A commercial product from Readex/Access UN, this is an index of United Nations documents. The Index provides access to current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications. 

Actualidad jurídica Aranzadi
Pliego semanal de actualidad jurídica. Suplemento del Repertorio de jurisprudencia Aranzadi, suplemento del Repertorio cronológico de legislación Aranzadi. (Spain) 
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Best commercial lease clauses
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Bloomberg Law
Access at a dedicated terminal on site or by personal account. Contains a wide variety of legal and financial information, including court dockets and transactional news. 

CALI Lessons
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Canadian Human Rights Reporter
The Canadian Human Rights Reporter has ceased publication effective December 31, 2020. The CHRR Online database closed on December 31, 2020. 

China Legal Knowledge Integrated Database (CLKD) -- Chinese Simplified interface
PDFs temporarily unavailable from Chinese interface. Please use English interface. 

China Legal Knowledge Integrated Database (CLKD) -- English language interface
Chinese-language legal database (with English translations) integrating content officially sanctioned by the People's Republic of China. Offers the following legal information: Chinese laws regulations (1949-) (including laws, administrative rules/regulations, local rules/orders, court rules and selected judicial interpretations); judicial decisions (1970-) in selected civil, criminal and administrative, and arbitral cases; and secondary sources (1994-), including law reviews and journals and huge selection of dissertations, theses, newspapers, and conference proceedings. 

Consumer Law Manuals : Companion Web Sites (National Consumer Law Center)
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Corporate is an educational service that provides practical guidance on legal issues involving corporate and securities regulation and corporate governance practices - as well as many other areas impacting today's corporate practitioner. 
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Current Index to Legal Periodicals
Subscription-based current awareness service for legal research. Provides subject indexing and listing of tables of contents for more than 500 legal journals.
Database of Japanese law. Includes full-text cases (判例体系), and index to cases and periodical articles (法律判例文献情報). Library's subscription does not include 現行法規. 
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Dispute Resolution Data
Dispute Resolution Data is a global database pertaining to international commercial arbitration and mediation dispositions.
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Emerging Europe Monitor
Librarian assistance required. Current issues + previous 2 years in PDF format. 

Encyclopedia of Public International Law

Environmental Law Reporter
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Online 50-state and federal case law database. 
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Foreign Law Guide
This database provides information on sources of foreign law for most countries. It includes citations to legislation, references to translations when available, and select secondary sources. This database is commonly referred to as Reynolds and Flores.
Indexes more than 160,000 regulations (linking to the official full-text source) from 20 jurisdictions (English translation available - e.g., China & Japan), plus 500 manually indexed case studies. 


HeinOnline American Law Institute Library

HeinOnline Indigenous Peoples of the Americas : History, Culture & Law / American Indian Law Collection

HeinOnline English Reports

HeinOnline Foreign & International Law Resources Database
Hein's Foreign and International Law Resources Database provides access to numerous international yearbooks and periodicals, U.S. law digests on international law, and some international tribunals and judicial decisions. 

HeinOnline Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) is an excellent multilingual index to articles and book reviews appearing in over 500 legal journals published worldwide. It provides in-depth coverage of public and private international law, comparative and foreign law, and the law of all jurisdictions other than the United States, the U.K., Canada, and Australia. IFLP also analyzes the contents of approximately eighty individually published collections of legal essays, Festschriften, Mélanges, and congress reports each year. 

HeinOnline Law Journal Library
Full text image-based searchable database of legal periodicals. 

HeinOnline Legal Classics
The HeinOnline Legal Classics Library offers more than 1,200 works from some of the greatest legal minds in history, including Joseph Story, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo and Edwardo Coke. In addition to many "classics", this collection includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world. The collection focuses on constitutional law, political science, and other classic topics. 

HeinOnline Session Laws

HeinOnline Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law
Brings together all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, as well as materials on free African-Americans in the colonies and the U.S. before 1870. Included are every statute passed by every state and colony, all federal statutes, all reported state and federal cases on slavery, and many books and pamphlets on the subject. 

HeinOnline Subject Compilations of State Laws
This database contains references to more than 18,000 sources of 50-state surveys including law review articles, books, court briefs and opinions, federal and state government publications, looseleaf services, LexisNexis and Westlaw documents, and websites. The database contains the contents of more than 20 volumes in the Subject Compilations of State Laws bibliography series prepared by Cheryl Nyberg. 

HeinOnline Treaties and Agreements Library
HeinOnline's Treaties and Agreements library includes a formidable array of U.S. treaty sources in PDF format. Bevans, UST, TIAS, KAV documents and more are reproduced in full. Treaties in Force and the Guide to the United States Treaties in Force are also included. Includes a powerful search mechanism. 

HeinOnline U.S. Congressional Documents Library

HeinOnline U.S. Supreme Court Library
This library offers complete coverage of the official U.S. Reports from 1754 to 2003, as well as Preliminary Prints from 2002 to 2006 and Slip Opinions from 2002 to date. The collection also includes a variety of books and periodicals such as, the Supreme Court Economic Review (1982-2001) and the Supreme Court Review (1960- 2000). 

HeinOnline United Nations Law Collection
HeinOnline's United Nations Law Collection includes access to many UN law titles, including the United Nations Treaty Series, Reports of International Arbitral Awards, International Court of Justice Reports, and several UN yearbooks. 

IBFD Tax Research Platform
A searchable database providing the latest international taxation news, arranged by countries, regions, international organizations, and topics. The journals included in IBFD Online Publications are incorporated into the IBFD Tax Research Platform.  

ICLR Online
Database of the most authoritative series of English case law reports. 

Index of Unpublished Decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals
Contains links to more than 1,000 unpublished BIA decisions ... obtained from the law library of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) or provided to IRAC by the attorney of record. Decisions are organized by topic and listed in reverse chronological order within each category. Updated monthly. 
Contact Reference Department for access. Librarian assistance required. (This resource is not on the web.) 

Index to Legal Periodicals & Books

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective 1918-1981
Index to over 500 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal courts, yearbooks, annual institutes, and annual reviews of the work in a given field or on a given topic are also covered. 

International Commercial Arbitration (Oxford Legal Research Library)
International Commercial Arbitration (ICMA) includes texts that cover the key arbitral bodies and jurisdictions and provide coverage of the rules of particular arbitral bodies. Also included are a number of key treatises looking at specific areas of international arbitration practice, with topics ranging from consent and annulment through to the calculation of damages.

International Trademark Association
Founded in 1878, INTA is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective commerce. Their website provides access (some open and some by subscription, librarian assistance required) to multiple resources for researching worldwide trademark law. 
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Investment Claims
This database from Oxford University Press includes both primary materials and commentary and analysis about international investment law and arbitration. The database includes full-text investment awards with official documents and authoritative commentary, treaty sector overviews, relevant international treaties and domestic legislation from jurisdictions including the US and UK, arbitral rules, as well as online versions of key Oxford University Press arbitration books and journal articles. 

Journal des tribunaux
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Juristische Schulung
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Juta Law (Jutastat)
Library subscribes to: Constitutional Library, Digest of South African law, Namibian Law Reports, South African Law Reports 1947 to date, Statutes of Zimbabwe (July 2002), Statutes and Regulations of South Africa (1947-date), Statutes of Namibia, Tanzania Law Reports (1983-1997), Unreported Judgments, Zambia Law Reports (1963-1997), Zimbabwe Law Reports. 
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Legal news and analysis. Platform for New York Law Journal, New Jersey Law Journal, National Law Journal, American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Delaware Law Weekly, Supreme Court Brief, and other ALM national and regional publications. Provides access to recent court filings, decisions, and cases. Offers details on jobs, law firms, and law-related information and educational products. Includes legal dictionary and directories. 

A fee-based database containing LawAfrica law reports (LLR). The website gathers cases from High Court of Kenya, the Kenyan Court of Appeal, the Industrial Court of Kenya, the Supreme Court of Uganda, the High Court of Uganda, the COMESA Court of Justice for East Africa from Lusaka which adjudicates on matters of a commercial court involving parties domiciled in countries that are members of the COMESA trading block, and the Court of Appeal from Tanzania (1975- ). LLR subscribers also receive access to "Company searches", a database of information relating to Kenyan private and public companies. Site also provides free access to selected articles on recent African judicial decisions and the East African legal directory. 
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Laws of Africa
Product of LexisNexis of South Africa. The Library's subscription includes: Gambia: Laws of The Gambia. Ghana: Laws of Ghana. Mauritius: Revised Laws of Mauritius, The Mauritius Reports. Nigeria: The Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, All Nigeria Law Reports. Botswana: Laws of Botswana, Tax Service. Namibia: Tax Service. Swaziland: Statutes of Swaziland. Uganda: Laws of Uganda. Zimbabwe: Laws of Zimbabwe. De Rebus - SA Attorney's Journal. You may be asked to sign on with your name and email address. These are used to allow the saving of your searches. 

Provides full-text articles, abstracts, and references from legal publications such as law reviews, law speciality publications, bar association and international legal journals, and legal newspapers. Covers federal and state cases, laws and government regulations, legal practice, taxation, and international law. Includes British Commonwealth and European Union cases and law. Updated daily.  


LLMC Digital (Law Library Microform Consortium)
Full text image-based searchable database of U.S. primary source materials. 

Lloyd's Law Reports
Collection of maritime and commercial case decisions. 
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Making of Modern Law as part of Gale Primary Sources

  • Making of Modern Law : Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926
  • Making of Modern Law : Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970
  • Making of Modern Law : Landmark Records and Briefs of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, 1890-1980
  • Making of Modern Law : Legal Treatises 1800-1926
    Full-text database of treatises on United States and British law published from 1800 through 1926.
  • Making of Modern Law : Primary Sources I, 1620-1926
  • Making of Modern Law : Primary Sources II, 1700-1970
  • Making of Modern Law : Trials 1600-1926 Digital Archive
    Based on holdings of the law libraries of Harvard and Yale, and the Library of the Bar of the City of New York as well as some from the British Library. Collections include not only published trial transcripts, but also popular printed accounts of sensational trials for murder, adultery and other scandalous crimes. Access also to unofficially published accounts of trials, as well as briefs, arguments and other trial documents where these were printed as separate publications.
  • Making of Modern Law : U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs 1832-1978

Includes information, news, annual reports and legal materials for a variety of subjects (including Arbitration, Company law, Human Rights, Environmental law and Intellectual Property). It also includes case laws of the Supreme Court and High Courts of India across all subjects, orders of tribunals and commissions, Central Bare Acts (including various States Acts) and rules, regulations, schemes and orders. 

National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws - archive publications

National Survey of State Laws
Topics featured in NSSL fall into eight general legal categories: business and consumer laws, criminal laws, education laws, employment laws, family laws, general civil laws, real estate laws, and tax laws. Part of the HeinOnline platform, the NSSL includes the 7th (2016), 6th, and 5th editions in database format, and earlier print editions in fully searchable PDF format. The NSSL database is updated quarterly. 

NatLaw World
From the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade.   This database no longer exists.

Neue juristische Wochenschrift
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A comprehensive Israeli legal database. Includes official text of court decisions, legislation, case summaries and histories, books, legal periodicals and some international treaties. 

New York Legal Research Library

Official Document System of the United Nations
Official repository for documents published by the United Nations. The full text of documents dating back to 1993 is accessible in all official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Documents are stored in two databases, UN Documentation, which includes documents back to 1993, and UN Resolutions, which includes resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and Trusteeship Council since 1946. 

OGEL Oil, Gas and Energy Law
Global energy law and regulation 

Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law
Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law (OSAIL) contains over 180 full-text online editions of reference works and treatises published by Oxford University Press, including Oppenheim, and the Oxford Commentaries on International Law.

Oxford Reports on International Law
International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC): Contains domestic cases in international law from over 65 jurisdictions. Features expert commentary, full texts of judgments in their original language and translations of key passages of non-English judgments into English.
Online database of statutes and legal information presented by Chinalawinfo Co. and the Peking University Center for Legal Information. The database includes 500,000 statutes, including 400 laws, 2,000 regulations, and 200 judicial explanations for free, nearly 2,000 full-text English versions of Chinese statutes (fee-based), newly released laws and regulations; includes research articles of legal studies, searchable by subjects, book reviews, links to online Chinese legal journals, a directory of Chinese law scholars, and information about law making and law enforcement. Link to English information leads to separate Web site. 

Practical Law Company
Access restricted to current Columbia Law School affiliates. 

ProQuest Congressional
Provides legislative histories of federal Public Laws starting in 1969. Provides full text of bills starting in 1789, Public Laws starting in 1988, Committee Reports starting in 1990, Committee Hearings from 1824 through 2003, House and Senate documents starting in 1995, Congressional Record (Daily Edition) starting in 1985, Federal Register starting in 1980, and other government information. Also provides links to websites with related information. 

ProQuest Legislative Insight
In depth legislative history database for federal statutes. Provides collected legislative histories with links to​ all relevant Congressional reports, hearings, documents and bills. 

ProQuest Regulatory Insight
Contains compilations of Federal Register notices, proposed rules, and rules, representing the complete rulemaking process associated with specific Public Laws. You can search by Federal Register or CFR citation, or by Public Law Number, Statutes at Large Citation, US Code Citation, Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) or Agency Docket Number. Covers 1936-2017. 
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This is an excellent Canadian legal database. Currently, it contains more information than the Canadian databases available through the American Lexis/Nexis system. It also includes some databases for other countries, including countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Quicklaw is available through Lexis Advance using the Product Switcher button on the top navigation bar. 
Access is available only to Columbia Law School affiliates 

SCC Online Web edition
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Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law

Thomson Reuters Checkpoint
Thomson Reuters Checkpoint (formerly known as RIA Checkpoint) is a web-based database of authoritative tax information. Resource contains both current and archival tax research materials, including a complete library of federal, state, local and international tax materials, RIA's analysis, daily updates of cases and rulings, WG&L treatises and journals and Tax Analysts' TaxBase. 

Thomson Reuters TR Full : Código civil y comercial, Laboral y seg. social, Comercial y consumo, Penal y criminologia, Resp. civil y seguros, Familia y persona, Administrativo
A union of the databases La Ley and Abeledo Perrot. 
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TKC rō raiburarī = TKC Law Library
TKC ローライブラリーis a database of Japanese law. Includes full-text cases (LEX/DB), legislation (Super法令Web), full texts of articles (最高裁判例解説, ジュリスト, 判例百選, NBL, 金融法務事情 等), and index to legal periodicals. 
Access is available only from the Columbia Law School. Only one connection at a time is permitted. Please log off when you are finished. 

This database provides tools for researching WTO legal issues in a comprehensive, methodical and efficient manner. The on-line Learning Centre demonstrates the principal features of each of the research tools including the Subject Navigator, Article Citator, Jurisprudence Citators, Treaty Interpretation, Terms & Phrases, DSB Minutes, Jurisprudence Pending, Full Text Search, and Selected Annotations. It includes a search engine that can update WTO decisions by searching across PDF files of official awards, decisions and other WTO documents. 

Transnational Dispute Management
This global transnational dispute management portal provides information on developments in the fields of arbitration and dispute magagement. The website includes access to the Transnational Dispute Management Journal, published every two months, and to the last two years of back issues. 

U.S. Congressional Serial Set
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UN Bibliographic Information System

UN Treaty Collection
Includes online versions of the print publications: Multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General, which incorporates the detailed status of over 485 multilateral treaties, and: (United Nations) Treaty series, which contains the texts of over 30,000 bilateral and multilateral treaties in their authentic language(s), along with a translation into English and French, as appropriate, for those treaties registered with the Secretariat. 

Wall Street Journal, Columbia University Access
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Westlaw Canada
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Westlaw China
Westlaw China's Chinese online legal database contains laws, regulations, cases and selected model contracts and legal journals. Westlaw China also includes articles, legal topics and case headnotes. 
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Westlaw Japan
ウエストロー・ジャパンincludes full-text cases, legislation, index to legal periodicals, and full texts of journal articles (京都大学法学論叢, 法の支配, 時の法令 等). 
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Wolters Kluwer VitalLaw
VitalLaw is the new name for Cheetah, the Wolters Kluwer platform for their Law, Business, Tax, and Health and Human Services products. Practice Areas include: Antitrust & Competition, Banking & Consumer Finance, Elder & Estates Law, Employee Benefits, Government Contracts, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law, Litigation, Payroll & Entitlements, Pension, Products Liability & Insurance, Securities (Corporation Law & Governance, Federal & International, and State), and Tax (Federal, International, State & Local, and Estates, Gifts, & Trusts). The focus is on the United States, but there is some international coverage.  
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Wolters Kluwer China Law and Reference
This database (威科先行 · 法律信息库) provides Chinese laws, regulations, cases, commentaries, articles, legal forms, and news in Chinese and English translation. It includes all sections of China Laws for Foreign Business (中国对外经济贸易法规汇编): Business Regulations, Taxation & Customs, Special Zones & Cities.
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World Constitutions Illustrated
This HeinOnline resource includes the constitutions of almost all countries in the country's official language. It also includes some translations into English and some historical constitutions. It includes helpful links to other relevant documents included in HeinOnline, including commentaries, scholarly articles, bibliographies and external links.
Includes summary/analysis of all WTO reports/arbitrations up-to-date keyword index and a database of dispute settlement tables/statistics. 

WTO Dispute Settlement Commentary Service
A fee-based section of Includes the WTO Dispute Subject-Matter pages and a WTO Case-Law Index. 

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