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This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on European Union Law. Please consult the Library Catalogue and the List of Current Serials for complete information on current titles and locations. If you require further assistance please contact us.
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Introduction to the Library Catalogue
This Subject Guide only lists a selection of Library resources on European Union Law. To find additional resources you will need to search the Library Catalogue, which covers the complete holdings of the Library. It is possible to search for books, journals and series of law reports by author, title or keyword. Please note it is not possible to search for individual chapters, journal articles or legislation (e.g. individual Acts or SIs).
IALS Library is mainly open access and readers are able to browse the shelves in the main collection. There are two main exceptions to this:
- Older items (marked RES or Depository on the catalogue record) are kept in the closed basement.
- Key texts for LLM students are often kept in the Short Loan collection.
Please request these at the Library Enquiry Desk on the 4th Floor.
For more information on understanding the catalogue record and further guidance on the location of materials please refer to our guide Classmarks and the Location of Resources in the Library.
The Library classifies textbooks either by jurisdiction (GO13, GA2 etc.) or according to subject area, examples of which include Comparative Law (SB), Public International Law (SG) and Private International Law/ Conflict of Laws (SH). Textbooks on Common Law topics for Common Law jurisdictions (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA) are shelved in a special section (SJ). All classmark sections have a FOL section for oversize volumes, which is located on the same floor of the Library.
When you are searching the Library Catalogue for books, please note that only the current edition is held on the open shelves or in the Short Loan collection. IALS has a rich collection of previous editions held in the closed basement and these will display a Depository number on the catalogue. Please request previous editions from the Issue & Enquiry Desk on the 4th floor.
European Union Law material is shelved at GO1.A1
The following list represents a selection of textbooks on European Union Law. Please check the catalogue records for further information and location:
Barnard, C. Substantive law of the EU: the four freedoms 4th ed. 2013
Blackstone’s UK and EU competition documents 8th ed. 2015
Blackstone’s EU treaties & legislation 2015/2016 26th ed. 2015
Cameron, P. & Heffron, R. Legal aspects of EU energy regulation: the consolidation of EU energy regulation across Europe. 2nd ed. 2016
Chalmers, D. European Union law text cases and materials 3rd ed. 2014
Craig, P. & De Burca, G. The evolution of EU law 2nd ed. 2011
Craig, P. & De Burca, G. EU law: text, cases and materials 6th ed. 2015
Eeckhout, P. EU external relations law 2nd ed. 2011
Hofmann, H. et al Administrative law and policy of the European Union 2011
Krämer, L. EU Environmental law 8th ed. 2015
Mathijsen, P. Mathijsen’s guide to European Union law 11th ed. 2013
O’Keeffe, D & Twomey, P. Legal issues of the Amsterdam Treaty 1999
Lasok, K. Law and Institutions of the European Union 7th ed. 2001
Lindsay, A. & Berridge, A. The EU merger regulation: substantive issues 4th ed. 2011
Moloney, N. EU securities and financial markets regulation 3rd ed. 2014
Rudden, B & Wyatt, D. EU treaties and legislation 9th ed. 2004
Steiner, J. & Woods, L. Steiner & Woods EU law 12th ed. 2014
Walter, M. & Von Lewinsky, S. European copyright law. A commentary 2010
Weatherill, S. Cases and materials on EU law 11th ed. 2014
Dashwood, A. et al. Wyatt & Dashwood’s European Union law 6th ed. 2011
IALS Library holds a wide selection of current serial titles on European Union Law from many different jurisdictions. These are located on all floors of the Library. Some titles are only in printed volumes while others or available in both formats. For more detailed help, please refer to the guide on Finding journal articles. The following titles focus particularly on European Union Law but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals.
European Union treaty series (HMSO)
Legislation and law reports
The treaties establishing the EC, other amending treaties, acts of accession, and the Treaty on European Union constitute the primary legislation for the EU. A collection of treaties in 2 volumes (English Text), I Treaties establishing the European Union, II Documents concerning the accessions to the European Union is available from the Short Loan Collection.
A number of different instruments constitute the secondary legislation of the EU. These include:
Directives - to be implemented by law of each member state.
Regulations - automatically law in each member state.
Decisions - binding to those to whom they are addressed.
Recommendations and Opinions - not binding.
Such secondary legislation is published in the Official Journal of the European Union
Official Journal of the European Union (OJ)
" L " series (Legislation) FOL GO1.A1.E(a)1 (Eur-Lex post 2013)
This series lists secondary legislation divided into regulations ("whose publication is obligatory") and directives, decisions, recommendations and opinions ("whose publication is not obligatory").
" C " series (Information and Notices - Communications) FOL GO1.A1.E(a)1 (Eur-Lex post 2013)
This series contains texts of resolutions adopted by the European Parliament, minutes of proceedings of the European Parliament, parliamentary questions and answers, judgments of the Court of Justice, draft legislation, and opinions of the Economic and Social Committee and of the Court of Auditors
Commission Documents (COM documents)
COM documents publish the EU Commission's official views on Union matters. They include: the Commission's proposals for legislation, views on general policy, annual reports from various bodies and reports on the implementation of policy. Each document is given a unique number e.g. COM (93) 213 final - indicating that this is the final draft of a Commission document no. 213 for 1993. Draft documents are not normally distributed to the general public.
To trace COM docs on a particular subject use EUR-Lex http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm
Court of Justice of the European Union
The Court of Justice or European Court of Justice, in Luxembourg ensures that EU law is observed in each member state, and passes judgments on the interpretation of EU law. Law reports of cases before this Court were published in:
European Court Reports ECR (until 2014 with cases heard up to December 2011)
Case decisions from 2012- are only available
electronically on Eur-Lex at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/collection/eu-law/eu-case-law.html
General Court (known as the Court of First Instance until December 2009)
This Court began operating in 1989. Law reports of cases before this court were published in:
European Court Reports Part II until the ECR ceased printed publication.
The Civil Service Tribunal was established in 2004 and hears actions brought by EU employees. Published in ECR Staff cases (online only from 2010 cases)
Academic users may also use databases like Lexis/Westlaw to find EU sources. For further information please refer to the Electronic Law Library or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.
Free internet sources
Eagle-i is an internet portal maintained and updated by IALS library staff. It allows you to search for quality web resources on European Union Law http://18.104.22.168/dbtw-wpd/textbase/searchEI.htm
The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on European Union Law.
ASIL Electronic Resource Guide. European Union. Updated by M. Raisch, March 2014.
Council of the European Union
Eur-lex gives access to a wide range of EU legislation and case law in the EU languages. For a fuller description, please see http://eur-lex.europa.eu/content/welcome/about.html
European Banking Authority. Established January 2011
European E-Justice Portal
European Parliament. Legislative Observatory
For a more detailed research guide to EU law, please refer to