Included in the Encore catalogue

Lexis®Library is a database of legal material concerning the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, international law, Commonwealth countries and other jurisdictions.


On-site access is available to all academic members of IALS library. 
Remote access is available to IALS fellows, IALS students and IALS staff, and to other SAS fellows, students and staff. If you are based elsewhere, you will probably have remote access to Lexis through your own college or university.



United Kingdom

  • Primary and secondary legislation in force.
  • Reported and unreported cases, with a case citator.
  • 120+ full-text journals and an index to more than 500 journals, newsletters and blogs.
  • Commentary: 100+ titles, including Halsbury's Laws.
  • Current awareness (legal news) and newspapers.

United States (see Sources tab – International Content)

  • Federal and state cases
  • Federal and state legislation
  • About 750 journals 
  • About 200 books 

European Union

  • EU official publications, including cases, primary legislation, secondary legislation, COM documents and international agreements.


Most Commonwealth material is on the International Content platform, which is accessed via the  Lexis Library’s Sources tab. However, Law Reports of the Commonwealth and West Indian Reports are in the main part of Lexis Library.

  • Australian cases (including state/territory cases); about 15 journals (N.B. some Australian journals are listed under ‘United States’).
  • Canadian cases and legislation (federal and provincial); about 20 Canadian journals (N.B. many of the Canadian journals are listed under ‘United States’)
  • Malaysian legislation and the Malayan Law Journal (which includes cases);
  • New Zealand cases, the New Zeland Law Journal and the encylopedia, Laws of New Zealand.  
  • South African cases and legislation​

Other jurisdictions

  • France: a few journals, notably La Semaine Juridique, which includes cases (Sources tab – International Content)
  • Hong Kong: cases and the encyclopedia, Laws of Hong Kong ( Sources tab – International Content)
  • Ireland: cases, two journals (Sources Browse Sources - Filter by… Country - Ireland)


  • Decisions of international courts and tribunals, including the WTO and International Court of Justice (SourcesInternational Content) and the European Court of Human Rights (SourcesBrowse SourcesEurope/European Union)
  • Journals (main Lexis Journals tab + International Content platform)
  • Treaties involving the United States (Sources tab – International Content)




To find a specific case, journal article or item of legislation, use ‘Find a Title’, on the home page.

To find a specific publication, e.g. Tax Journal, use  ‘Find a Source’, on the home page.

For detailed research, select a collection (e.g. Cases) and use the tailored search facilitiies on the collection page.


European Union

Open the Sources tab and select ‘Browse sources’ then set ‘Filter by Country’ to ‘European/European Union’. Select a source, then tick OK-Continue and a search page will appear.

Shortcut: enter the name of the collection you are looking for, e.g. EU Cases, or EU Legislation,  in ‘Find a Source’ on the homepage. 


Foreign and international

Mostly found on the International Content platform; exceptions include ECHR cases and Irish material:-

  • For the International Content platfrom, open the Sources tab (top-right) and select ‘International Content’;  use the drop-down menu next to the search box to select a collection, e.g. Canada: Legislation
  • For the Irish and ECHR material, open the Sources tab, select ‘Browse sources’ and choose the appropriate jurisdiction from the drop-down menu.

To search for a particular publication on the International Content platform, e.g. Harvard Law Review, select the jurisdiction in which it was published, then click on the title in the list of publications.



Select a collection - e.g. Journals - then click ‘Browse’ to display an alphabetical list of available titles.  

The Sources directory lists all UK titles in alphabetical order. It also has a ‘Browse Sources’ section, which is arranged by type of material:  cases, journals, legislation and so on. 

Foreign and International

On the International Content platform, select a jurisdiction under ‘Browse Sources’, then look through the alphabetical list of publications. N.B. The US collection includes numerous non-US titles, including some Canadian and Australian journals.


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