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Australian & Comparative Constitutional Law: Books and journals

This guide will help with your research in Australian, Global and Comparative Constitutional Law.

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Books on Australian Constitutional Law

The Law Library has many books on Australian Constitutional Law – browse the shelves at KM 76 – both the Open Shelves on Level 5 and the Reserve Collection. Some recent examples of textbooks and study guides / student companions are:

Opinions of the Commonwealth Attorneys-General 1901-1945

The three volume work Opinions of Attorneys-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (published between 1981 and 2013) comprises legal advice provided to the Commonwealth government between 1901 and 1945, from Federation and the creation of the Commonwealth to shortly after the Second World War. These opinions consider many constitutional issues, and are an invaluable historical resource.

The Opinions are available in print in the Law Library at KL 251 K1 OPIN and freely online at http://legalopinions.ags.gov.au/

Australian Constitutional Law Journal Articles

Journal Articles

Journal articles provide current scholarly opinion and analysis of specific aspects of your topic.

Indexes & Abstracts

AGIS – articles in Australian law journals from the 1970s+ - some articles are in full text. AGIS is available electronically from the Law Library’s Research Databases page or Discovery.

Use this database to search for articles on a specific constitutional law topic eg: separation of powers, or a specific section of the Constitution.

Full Text Databases

AustLII has created a database of over 380 free full-text articles on the historical development of Australian law since colonisation, including the reception of English law, the colonial courts, federation and the Constitution.

Individual Journal Titles

Constitutional law & policy review

  • Online on LexisNexisAu from vol 7 2004-vol 13 2011
  • In print: UniM Law P CONS v.1-, 1998-2010

Public Law Review

  • Online on Westlaw AU from vol 1 1990 –
  • In print: UniM Law P PUBL vol 1- 1990-

Federal Law Review