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Case law of European countries : European case law

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying the law of European countries at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out where to find the decisions, judgments, rulings or case law of European courts online from databases or official websites on the free web.

Common portal of case law

By selecting your own language as the search language (click on the appropriate abbreviation running across the top of the web page), and then setting the Search Engine appropriately via the modify the selection link in right hand column (ie selecting up to a maximum of 5 supreme courts so their flags show) you can do a single court or similtaneous search.

As it is free, please do not expect great speed... or functionality. But it should give you at least citation which you may be able to take elsewhere...

Using this guide

Navigate through this guide by clicking on the pertinent dark blue tab you can see above this box (below the main title of this guide).

These jurisdictions are part of the civil law tradition, so the role of case law is different from that those of us trained in the common law or Anglo-American legal tradition. To generalise case law is not usually considered a formal source of law,  the binding nature of precedent (stare decisis) an exception (eg formally allowed only to the constitutional court). You will need to establish how each jurisdiction actually handles case law.

Even without binding precedent, in pursuit of consistency, judges are likely to consider previous decisions of the higher court(s).

If you need help with the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU, the General Court or EU Civil Service Tribunal, see the guide below.

If you are looking for Irish or UK/English case law, please use the guide below