SOAS University of London

SOAS Library

About the Collection

  • About the Law collection

    The Library develops and maintains significant legal collections on the countries of Asia, Africa and the Middle East (excluding the Roman-Dutch jurisdictions). The material is in European, Asian and African languages and includes current legislation, law reports, official gazettes and monographs. Material on jurisdictions outside Asia and Africa and general legal works are acquired where they are needed to support teaching. 

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  • Location

    The law collection can be found on Level D between stacks 1 and 78. Classmarks range between A340-A349 (oversized books are shelved at the end of the collection at LA340-LA349) 

    Law in Japanese and Korean are located in the country or regional collections. Ancient Near Eastern law is located on Level B

  • Journals, Law Reports and Legislation

    The Library has an extensive collection of journals in both print and electronic format. Check the Library catalogue and eJournal and eBook Finder for more information.

    The Library also holds various law reports and legislation for African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries in print and electronic. Check the Library catalogue using the title of the series and the A - Z Database section for more information.

    If you want to find what articles have been written on a certain subject then start with EBSCO Discovery searching tool and then move on to more subject-specific databases.

  • Notable collections

    The Library collects Asian, African and Middle Eastern (vernacular) jurisdictions, particularly those deriving from systems other than common law. The collection is particularly strong on Chinese law, Islamic law and South Asian law. 

    The Library has national responsibility to collect primary legal materials (law reports, legislation, official gazettes) for specific regions and countries (see the Collection Development Policy for more information)

    See the Archive Sources Relating to Legal Studies guide for information on material held in the Archives & Special Collections.