This guide is intended for students and researchers studying the law and legal systems and traditons of the countries of Asia at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.
Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for Asian jurisdictions, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.
Navigate through this guide by clicking on the pertinent tab you can see above this box (below the main title of this guide).
Note: China (PCR) & HK, India, Korea (South) and Singapore have separate guides, see links below.
Online research guides have been written by Bodleian subject specialists for these areas, and are listed below. They should help with finding the wider context for the legal systems.
The Bodleian has special guides for the following jurisdictions:
Comparative and multi-jurisdictional sources
The first group require Oxford SSO for remote access. The last four are on the free web.
The collections for these nations are on Level 1 (One).
The shelf marks begin with the name of the country - sometimes prefixed by Cw indicating a member of The Commonwealth. This Cw does not affect their position in the alphabetical sequence. However, the historical legacy does mean that our collections tend to be stronger for those countries.
LawBod shelves surveys of law (that is works looking at how a legal problem/legal topic etc is dealt with by various jurisdictions/legal systems) and comparative studies in a collection with shelf marks beginning General. These are on Level 2. Most are in a Western European language, and can be useful introductions.
Works on international economic law, world trade law, human rights have shelf marks beginning Internat, while those dealing with conflict of laws/ private international law problems are at Private Int. These are on Level 3.
Subject searches in SOLO
Do try adding the name of individual jurisdictions/countries to legal subject terms - but then also step back to the wider geographic/regional terms (South Asia and/or Asia), so as not to miss comparative works or survey