Welcome to the Law Library

WelcomeTaylor Library and the European Documentation Centre (EDC) welcomes all new students to the University of Aberdeen, as well as our returning students in the new academic year.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in the Library. We aim to provide the best possible learning and research facilities. Our collections – paper and online – cover all the main fields of the legal practice and jurisprudence.

Please follow the links, if you need information on library services, facilities and law resources. Our guides provide quick help for any kind of library related problems or resources.

 

Taylor Library Team
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Need help finding European case law ?

EU Official Publications Information

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The European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) facilitates the correct and unequivocal citation of judgments from EU and Member State courts. A set of uniform metadata helps to improve search facilities for case law. Before ECLI, it was difficult and time-consuming to find relevant case law. Take, for example, a case where a ruling of the Supreme Court of Member State A was known to be of interest for a specific legal debate. The case was registered in various national and cross-border case law databases, but in each database the ruling had a different identifier. Easy access to judicial decisions of other Member States is of growing importance in reinforcing the role of the national judge in applying and upholding EU law. Searching for, and citation of judgments from other Member States is seriously hampered by differences in national case law identification systems, citation rules and technical fields describing the characteristics…

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Study conducted by UoA’s Centre for Private International Law Published by European Parliament

EU Official Publications Information

studyA study entitled ‘The Evidentiary Effects of Authentic Acts in the Member States of the European Union, in the Context of Successions’, has been published online by the European Parliament.

The paper is the outcome of a European Parliament funded project undertaken by University of Aberdeen Law School staff Members Prof. Paul Beaumont, Dr. Jonathan Fitchen and Jayne Holliday LLM. It is one of three ongoing projects of the Centre for Private International Law.

A discussion of the study will take place in Brussels in December 2016 with Dr. Jonathan Fitchen in attendance.

For more background information have a look here, and the study itself is available to read here.

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EU Bookshop now searchable through Primo

EU Official Publications Information

EUBOOKThe EU Bookshop is an online bookshop, library and archive of publications from the EU institutions and agencies going back to 1952 and includes work produced jointly with partner institutions. Most publications can be downloaded in pdf format free of charge.

If you are familiar with this resource then you may be aware that the site’s search facility can sometimes run a little slow. The good news is that you can now find EU Bookshop material using the ‘All Collections’ tab in Primo. Any EU Bookshop items that appear in your search results can be accessed by clicking the title, which will take you straight through to the Bookshop itself, where you can download a pdf of your document.

If you have any questions about Primo, the EU Bookshop or anything else library related, please get in touch with us by phone, email or in person.

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EU Referendum panel discussion event in SDRL *UPDATE* venue change

EU Official Publications Information

cropped-uk-in-changing-europe*Please note – due to a high level of interest, this event will now take place in the King’s College Conference Centre.*

On the 22nd March there will be an EU referendum panel discussion event in the Sir Duncan Rice LibraryKings Conference Centre entitled ‘The UK and Europe. EU in or out’. The chair is Professor Margaret Ross, the University’s vice principal, and the panelists are:

For more information an to book your free place, click here.

This is part of a series of events entitled ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ that are happening all over the country. Read more about the series here.

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OSCOLA – Tables and lists

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Tip! You should always consult your course coordinator regarding the requirement to include tables of primary legal materials in your work. However, the general rule is that shorter works, such as articles and essays, only require footnotes.

At the end of a longer work (e.g. book, dissertation or thesis) you have to include the followings in this order:

  • List of abbreviations
  • Tables:
    • table(s) of cases
    • table(s) of legislation
    • tables other primary legal resources
  • Bibliography of secondary resources

As this post concentrates on the Tables only, you can find useful tips and a few examples here.

Table of cases

  • Cases should be listed in alphabetical order of first significant word (except EU cases if they are divided by jurisdiction).
  • Case names are not italicized.
  • Unless there is a very small number of cases, divide the table into separate sections for different jurisdictions.

Example:
Assange v Sweden [2012] UKSC 22, [2012] 2 AC 471
Brightcrew Ltd. V City of Glasgow Licensing Board [2011] CSIH 46, 2012 SC 67
De Keyser’s Royal Hotel, Re [1920] AC 508
Hunter v Fox 1964 SC (HL) 95

Table of legislation

  • List every statute cited in your work. Legislation should be listed in alphabetical order of first significant word of the title (not chronologically by date of enactment!)
  • Statutory Instruments should be listed separately, at the end of the statues. But, if you have a large number of citations of statutory instruments, it may be helpful to have wholly separate tables of statues and statutory instruments.
  • If legislation from more than one jurisdiction is cited, it may be helpful to have separate lists for each jurisdiction.

Example:
Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 (asp 12)
Defamation Act 2013
Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000
High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 (asp 6)
Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977

Civil Legal Aid (Costs) Regulations 2013, SI 2013/611
Act of Sederunt (Lands Valuation Appeal Court) 2013, SSI 2013/161
Zoonoses (Monitoring) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, SSI 2007/420

Other tables

  • Table of international treaties and conventions,
  • Table of UN documents,
  • Table of official papers,
  • Table of policy documents.

For more information, please see pp. 10-12 in the OSCOLA user guide.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk