Society of Legal Scholars

Foundations of the Common Law 1215-1914: Launch of the Online Library

  • Wednesday 3rd October 2018
  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

The free access Foundations of the Common Law Library is a funded research infrastructure project co-ordinated by AustLII, which will build on the CommonLII platform the most comprehensive historical legal resource for the first 800 years of the whole common law world (1215-1914).

With the collaboration of ten free access international Legal Information Institutes, and other partners, it will include reported cases from superior courts in all common law jurisdictions, from the earliest decisions in each jurisdiction. Databases of other key materials (treatises, legislation, treaties etc) will also be added. Case law extracted from newspaper prior to formal law reporting will be included where possible. Citations for all documents added will expand greatly the LawCite automated citator’s coverage of the history of the whole of the common law world, linking the past and present of the common law.

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