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Public Domain Resources


The Legal Information Institute of India (LII of India) <www.liiofindia.org> is an international standard, free-access and non-profit, comprehensive online collection of Indian legal information. The prototype is open for public use on 25 November 2010. It was formally launched in India in by National Law University Delhi at Vigyan Bhawan on 1st May 2010. The contents of the LII of India prototype contains 154 databases including legislation (the India Code from 1836, some State legislation, and commentary on legislation), Indian case law (over 300,000 cases in full text from the Supreme Court, most High Courts, and tribunals), treaties (all India treaties to 1975, plus many subsequent bilateral treaties), law reform reports (from the Law Commission), legal scholarship (six law journals to date, with scholarship repositories, books and judicial scholarship still to be developed), cases concerning India in International Courts and Tribunals, and cases concerning India from the pre-1873 English Reports.

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Delhi Public Library

Delhi Public Library


Research scholars, teachers and students can now access the resources of DPL directly such as Newspapers Archives from 1952, Online Catalogue, Rare Gramophone Records, unique collection of books on Delhi & Delhi Gazettes. Some other special services of DPL includes Braillee Library for the visually impaired, a Prison Library for the inmates of Tihar Jail and Mobile Library services to areas without library facility. E-resources subscribed by National Library, Kolkata is also available to the user of DPL.


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CONSTITUTION FINDER

Constitution Finder


Constitution Finder is offered as a public service, without charge, by individuals, members of the University of Richmond School of Law community. T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond maintains the website indexing Official Constitutional Documents of almost all Countries around the World. This webpage under public domain facilitates accessing constitutional documents of almost all countries around the world in English as well as national languages of particular country. (Courtesy: http://confinder.richmond.edu/circumscription.html)

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CASE LAW

Judgement Information System (JUDIS)


Judgment Information System the Judgments Information system consists of the Judgments of the Supreme court of India and several High Courts. In the case of the Supreme Court all reported Judgments which are published in SCR Journal, since its inception i.e. 1950 till date are available. JUDIS also provides access of the judgments of all 21 State High Courts along with pronouncement delivered by select district courts too.


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Australian High Court Judgment


The pronouncements of Australian High Court (the Apex Court of Australia) from 1903 to till date may be accessed through the website maintained by Australian Legal Information Institute (AUSTLII). Judgments from 2000 onwards are also available for public access trough web portal of High Court of Australia at http://www.hcourt.gov.au/publications/judgments



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Canada Supreme Court Judgments


The Judgment of Supreme Court of Canada can be accessible through official website of Canadian Supreme Court since 1876 to till date since establishment of the Court. The Canadian Supreme Court also provides Canada Supreme Court Reports its official reporting journals in portable data file format since 2013.  Individual judgments since 1876 is available in true copy format and can be used directed to submit court procedures.


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UK Supreme Court Judgments


UK Supreme Court was established on 1st October, 2009. Prior to this House of Lords was treated as the highest Court of Appeal in UK. The Judgement of UK Supreme Court (2009 to till date) and House of Lords (1838 to 2009) are accessible through British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BALII) and can be referred through the following links. The Judgments of other Courts of Appeals are also available through BALII database.


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Click to Access House of Lords Judgments
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US Supreme Court Decisions


United states Supreme Court provides the text of its Opinions (Term/Slip) through its official website. The Judgments of US Supreme Court can also be accessed through the Website of Cornell Legal Information Institute (Cornell LII) since 1990 to till date. Bound Volumes in PDF formats can also be downloading since 1991 Vol.502 to till date.



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International Court of Justice (ICJ)


ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began work in April 1946. The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands). Of the six principal organs of the United Nations, it is the only one not located in New York (United States of America). The judgements delivered by the court are accessible on the web portal of ICJ.



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The European Court of Justice (ECJ)


ECJ officially just the Court of Justice is the highest court in the European Union in matters of European Union law. The court was established in 1952, by the Treaty of Paris (1951) as part of the European Coal and Steel Community.. Judgement of European Court of Justice can be accessed through the web portal.




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LAWS & LEGISLATION

India Code


India Code the India Code Information System contains all Central Acts of Parliament right from 1836 onwards. Each Act includes: Short Title, Enactment Date, Sections, Schedule and also Foot notes. India Code also provides complete alphabetical and chronological list of central act and the text of Constitutional Amendments and Constitution of India.



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PRS Legislative Research India


PRS Legislative Research (PRS) seeks to strengthen the legislative process. Bill Track and Parliament Watch over the business during process of making laws of Central Government f India are facilitated through this web portal. A team of law professionals provide access of parliamentary business information on regular basis through this web portal. ‘Laws of India’ is another initiative of PRS India provides access to State Laws.


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Consolidated Acts of Australia


ComLaw is maintained by Office of Parliamentary Council of Australia. ComLaw contains complete and up-to-date collection of Commonwealth legislation of Australia. The web portal provides full-text of all recent Australian Government Legislation along with details of the lifecycle of individual laws and the relationship between them and related documents. 



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Canadian Legislation


The Justice Laws Website provides an official consolidation, or updated version, of the federal Acts and regulations maintained by the Department of Justice as a convenient way for the public to view the state of the law, without having to carry out research and put together the various amended provisions.




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United Kingdom Legislation

The website legislation.gov.uk is managed by The National Archives on behalf of HM Government. Publishing all UK legislation is a core part of the remit of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO), part of The National Archives, and the Office of the Queen's Printer for Scotland.



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United States Code

The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 51 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.




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FREE E-BOOKS

Project Gutenberg

The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 51 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.




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Internet Archives

Google Archives or Internet archives.org is a revolutionary initiative of Google providing copyright expired and left books in verity of formats. Information in variety of formats i.e. text, videos, music and other formats can be accessed, used, download for reference.




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Online Book Page

The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.




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National Academies Press


The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. NAP offer more than 5,000 titles in PDF format. All of these PDFs can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book.


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Open Access Publishing in European Networks 

The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of Open Access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of dissemination, quality assurance and digital preservation.


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Directory of Open Access Books

Directory of Open Access Books contains around 2170 open access eBooks contributed by more than 70 publishers. The books have been further categorized on various subjects and can be searched on the basis of bibliographic information and can be browsed on the basis of subjects.



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ELECTRONIC THESES & DISSERTATION

Shodhganga

TheShodhganga @INFLIBNET Centre provides a platform for research students to deposit their Ph.D. theses and make it available to the entire scholarly community in open access. The repository has the ability to capture, index, store, disseminate and preserve ETDs submitted by the researchers



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EThOS

EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. It demonstrates the quality of UK research, and supports the UK Government’s open access principle that publications resulting from publicly-funded research should be made freely available for all researchers, providing opportunities for further research.


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LAW JOURNALS & SCHOLARSHIPS

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LAW REFORMS REPORTS

Law Commissions Human Rights Commissions

INDIAN COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS

B N Srikrishna Commission


Nanavati Commission


Justice Usha Mehra Commission


Mukherjee Commission

Report on the Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry on the alleged disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

Liberhan Ayodhya Commission

Commission on Centre-State Relation

Complaint Committee for redressal of the Complaints made by aggrieved Women Employee.

Reports on Commissions/ Committees.

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

African Development Bank 
African Union (AU) 
Arctic Council 
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 
Asian Development Bank 
Asian Productivity Organization 
Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific
North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Commission for Labor Cooperation 
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)
Commonwealth 
Directorate General I - Legal Affairs - Treaty Office 
European Court of Human Rights 
The Euro 
European Patent Office 
European Telecommunications Satellite Organization
European Union 
The European Union in the World 
European Commission 
 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT) 
Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) 
International Atomic Energy Agency 
 International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) 
International Civil Aviation Organization 
 International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) 

International Development Association 
International Finance Corporation 
International Labour Organization (ILO) 
International Maritime Organisation
International Monetary Fund (IMF) 
International Trade Centre 
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 
Nuclear Energy Agency 
United Nations 
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) 
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) International Trade Center 
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 
Human Development Report Statistics
United Nations International Drug Control Programme 
International Court of Justice (ICJ) 
International Criminal Court (ICC) 
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 
United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network 
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 
World Bank Group 
World Health Organization (WHO) 
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 
World Meteorological Organization 
World Trade Organization (WTO)