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European Union Legal Information: How to find and use EU legal sources: Home
What are the categories of EU legal materials? Where can you find EU legislation and case law? How can you check the status of EU legislation?
Primary sources of EU law comprise legislation and case law. Secondary sources of legal information include journals, textbooks, and encyclopaedias. EU official publications include policy and pre-legislative documents.
Content includes case law from 1954 onwards. primary legislation (1951-) and secondary legislation as it appears in the OJ “L” series (1952-). To search case law and legislation: from the home page, select 'More' and then 'European Union'.
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Contains case law from 1954 onwards. Access is from the “Cases” search screen and then by selecting “International Cases”. Content also includes consolidated primary and secondary legislation. To access EU legislation: from the home page, follow the link to the “Legislation” search screen, then the link to “International Legislation”. From the “International Legislation” search screen, search or browse secondary legislation by selecting “EU legislation” from the drop-down “sources” menu (for primary legislation and other treaties, select “EU treaties”).
EUR-Lex provides access to the consolidated text of founding treaties and in force secondary legislation. The unrevised text of the OJ from 1998 is also available. Eur-Lex contains full-text Opinions and Judgments (1992 - ) and summaries of judgments (1954 - ).