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Criminal Law: IALS Library Guides

An introduction to the Library's holdings on criminal law

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This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on Criminal 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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Katherine Read, July 2018

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This guide was created by Katherine Read, Principal Library Assistant at the IALS Library.


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Introduction to the Library Catalogue

This Subject Guide only lists a selection of Library resources on Criminal 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 2nd 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.

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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). . 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.

Criminal Law material for England & Wales is shelved at GA2.D.4
European Union Criminal Law material is shelved at GO1.A1.D.4
Comparative Criminal Law material is shelved at SB30
International Criminal Law and Extradition material is shelved at SG95

The following list represents a selection of textbooks on criminal law. Please check the catalogue records for further information and location:

Archbold, J.  Archbold: Criminal pleading, evidence and practice 2019

Ashworth, A.  The criminal process   2010

Ashworth, A. Principles of criminal law   2016

Bassiouni, M.  International criminal law  3 vols. 2008

Cassese, A.  International criminal law   2013

Cassese, A.  The Rome statute of the international criminal court    2002

Cryer, R.  An introduction to international criminal law and procedure  2014

Dennis, I.  Law of evidence 2017

Maguire, M. et al.  Oxford handbook of criminology   2012

Ormerod, D.  Smith & Hogan's criminal law  2015

Simester, A  Simester and Sullivan's criminal law: theory and doctrine 2016

Zander, M.  The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984  2015

Zander, M.  Cases and materials on the English legal system 2007

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Legislation and law reports

If you are interested in legislation or cases concerning criminal law. issues in specific countries you will need to consult the legislation or law reports for that jurisdiction.

Consult the List of Serials and Library Catalogue to find the general classmark for the country you require. Consult consolidations of legislation, digests or indexes to trace particular acts or cases.

Academic users may also use databases like Lexis/Westlaw to find UK, US, EU or international decisions. For further information please refer to the Electronic Law Library or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.

Please refer to the serials section of this guide to find relevant law report series.

You may also find it useful to refer to our guides on finding Legislation and Cases or check to see if we have a Jurisdiction Research Guide for the country you are interested in.

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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 criminal law.

The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on criminal law.

ASIL international electronic resource guide: international criminal law

ASIL international electronic resource guide: international humanitarian law

Criminal Cases Review Commission (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Crown Prosecution Service (England and Wales)

Lyonette Louis-Jacques 'Comparative Criminal Procedure: A Select Bibliography'. Updated Nov/Dec 2016 (Globalex)

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