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The British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) makes available a large collection of primary legal materials for free at http://www.bailii.org/.  BAILII is a non-profit-making charitable trust hosted at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. It provides:



  • British cases from 1996 onwards; also selected leading cases from the 17th century to the present day.
  • Irish cases from around 2001 onwards, plus selected earlier cases.
  • The English Reports (via link to CommonLII)
  • European Union cases and European Court of Human Rights cases from 1954 onwards



  • UK primary legislation from 1215 onwards
  • UK secondary legislation from 1947 onwards.
  • Post-devolution Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish legislation, primary and secondary.
  • Irish primary and secondary legislation, 1922 onwards



  • Law Commission reports from 1965 onwards
  • Scottish Law Commission reports from 1989 onwards (also consulation and discussion papers)
  • UK treaties
  • Selected books and journals 



  • Links to other world law databases, such as AustLII (Australasian Legal Information Institute)

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