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Law - key reference sources

We have a number of quality online and printed dictionaries and encyclopedias for law and human rights students, as well as yearbooks and legal treaties. For print resources, see the law reference area on the ground floor of the James Hardiman Library.

A selection of reference works in Law is as follows:

Murdoch and Hunt's Encyclopedia of Irish Law. Cross-referenced, interactive, and searchable resource for Irish legal definitions. Regularly reviewed to take stock of updated case law, policy developments, and new legislation. Electronic resource.

Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law. A comprehensive and analytical resource containing peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of international law. Contains both the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, and the Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law. Available as electronic resource and in print.

New Oxford Companion to Law. For any reader needing a concise yet expert explanation of a subject in law.

Oxford Reference Online contains a number of legal reference materials, including A Dictionary of Law (10th ed., 2022) and A Dictionary of Gangs (2019).

Recueil des cours: collected courses of the Hague Academy of International Law.