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IT/Telecommunications Law: IT and Telecommunications Law

An introduction to the library holdings on Information Technology/Telecommunications Law

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This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on Information Technology/
Telecommunications 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, September 2020

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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 Information Technology and Telecommunications 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.

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 Library Enquiry Desk.

Comparative IT and Telecommunications Law material is shelved at SB80.

The following list represents a selection of textbooks on information technology and telecommunications law. Please check the catalogue records for further information and location. Titles marked as e-books may also be available in print. Access from home requires your IALS library barcode and your  family name.  E books with 'open access' status on the catalogue are available to all users of this guide. 

Barfield, W & Pagallo, U. Research handbook on the law of artificial intelligence 2018 CUP (e-book)

Blackstone’s statutes on IT and e-commerce law. 2008

Collins, R. Robotica: speech rights and artificial intelligence 2018 CUP (e-book)

Edwards, L. Law and the Internet: a framework for electronic commerce.  3rd ed. 2009

Gillies, D. & Marshall, R. Telecommunications law. 2nd ed. 2003

Koenig, C. EC competition and telecommunications law. 2nd ed. 2009

Lloyd, I.J. Information technology law.  7th ed. 2014

Lloyd, I. and Mellor, D. Telecommunications law 3rd ed. 2019  S & M  (e-book) 

Morgan, R. Morgan and Burden on IT contracts. 9th ed. 2013

Murray, A. Information technology law: the law and society. 3rd ed. 2016

Nihoul, P & Rodford, P. EU electronic communications law. 2nd ed. 2011

Reed, C. Computer Law. 7th ed. 2011      

Reed, C. Internet law text and materials. 2nd ed.  2004 CUP (e-book)

Smith, G. Internet law and regulation 5th ed. 2020

Walden, I & Angel, J. Telecommunications law and regulation. 5th ed. 2018

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IALS Library holds a wide selection of current serial titles on information technology and telecommunications 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 information technology and telecommunications law but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals.

Boston university journal of science and technology law               

Communications law

Computer and telecommunications law review

Computer law and security report

Computers and law

Harvard journal of law and technology

Hastings communications and entertainment law journal

IDEA: Journal of the Franklin Pierce Centre for intellectual property

Information and communications technology law

International journal of law and information technology

International review of law, computers & technology

John Marshall journal of information technology and privacy law

Journal of law and information science

Michigan telecommunications and technology law review

Rutgers computer and technology law journal

Santa Clara computer and high-technology law journal


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Legislation and law reports

If you are interested in legislation or cases concerning information technology 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.

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 information technology law 

A valuable free source is BAILII, the British and Irish Legal information Institute which is based and maintained at IALS. It provides free access to full text UK judgments and legislation on a wide range of subjects including information technology law and also links to other free World Law databases. Jurisdictions covered in these resources include Commonwealth countries eg. AustLII  (Australia) and CanLII (Canada), France, Germany, Italy, the USA and South Africa.

The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on information technology law:

Berkeley Technology Law Journal

Yale Law School. Information Society Project

IViR. University of Amsterdam. Institute for Information Law

SCL. Society for Computers and Law (leading UK organisation for practitioners in IT law)

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