I-law: Maritime Law Resources

The i-law database is published by Informa.  IALS Library subscribes to the Maritime and Commercial Law practice area, which provides cases, legislation, treaties, journals and books.


i-Law is available onsite to all academic members of the Library. If a log-in screen comes up, enter IALS as the username and ials@sas.ac.uk in the email box.

Remote access is available to all academic readers – that is, students and teachers with current IALS Library cards. To log in, enter your name and Library card barcode, then enter an email address (click here for more information about remote access).

Under ‘Practice Areas’, on the left of the i-Law homepage, select ‘Maritime and Commercial’.


The Maritime and Commercial Law module provides the following materials:

Cases: Lloyd’s Law Reports (1919 to date), Lloyd’s Law Reports Plus and the news service Lloyd’s Law Reporter.

Journals and newsletters:  Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly (2000 to date); Maritime Risk International, Lloyd's Maritime Law Newsletter and Shipping & Trade Law.

Books: twenty-five treatises published by Informa; a collection of maritime law conventions and a dictionary of maritime law.

Legislation: a collection of UK maritime and commercial legislation.


Users can find cases by party name or citation from the Maritime and Commercial practice area screen. To search by keyword and other criteria, use the Search/Advanced Search/Case search facilities, on the dark blue horizontal bar at the top of the screen.

A search facility for maritime treaties is available towards the bottom of the Maritime and Commercial screen.

To search journals, books or legislation, use the Search or Advanced Search facilities towards the top of the screen.  Where necessary, select the practice area ‘Maritime and Commercial’ before running a search.


To browse the law reports, journals and books, click on ‘Publications’, to the left of the Maritime and Commercial screen.

To browse the acts and statutoryinstruments, click on ‘Legislation'.

To browse conventions by short title or subject , scroll down on the Maritime and Commercial screen.

Printing, downloading and emailing

Once you have displayed a document on the screen, ‘Print’ and ‘Email’ options will usually appear on the dark-blue toolbar, towards the top of the screen. If no ‘Print’ option appears, open a pdf or rtf version of the document, using the links on the toolbar, and print from there.

To download, click on 'pdf' or 'rtf' on the toobar, then select 'Save'.


Tips for searching are given on the Advanced Search screen.  Further guidance is available if you click on 'Help', below the i-Law logo.