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Australian & Comparative Constitutional Law

Library Catalogue Search

The Law Library has many print and e-books on Australian Constitutional Law. Print books are at KM 76 on Level 5 of the Law Library, and in the High Use Collection.  


Reference Books

Recent Print and E-Books on Australian Federal Constitutional Law

Encyclopaedic Commentary

Encylopaedias are a great place to start your research - they provide succinct commentary on your topic and list leading and illustrative cases. 

Halsbury's Laws of Australia is arranged by topic and includes commentary and leading and illustrative cases.




The Laws of Australia is another source of encyclopaedic commentary which can be browsed or searched and is arranged by topic and includes commentary and leading and illustrative cases. To browse, scroll to Topic 19: Government in the alphabetical topic list and then use the + sign to keep opening up to more and more specific topics. All topic 19 sub-topics are on constitutional law, beginning with Constitutional Law at 19.1. 


'Annotators' provide section by section treatment, providing commentary and leading cases on each Constitutional provision.

Australian Constitutional Law Journal Articles

Journal Articles

Journal articles provide current scholarly opinion and analysis of specific aspects of your topic. They are more in-depth and often more up to date than books or encyclopaedic commentary.  

Indexes & Abstracts

The following resources allow you to search for many journals at the same time.

Australasian Databases

  • AGIS on the INFORMIT platform 
  • AustLII Legal Scholarship Library 


Multijurisdictional Databases

Don't restrict yourself to searching Australian journal databases - many others contain articles about Australian law. We recommend:

  • Index to Legal Periodicals (on the EBSCO platform)
  • For earlier articles, use Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908–1981
  • SSRN (includes Legal Scholarship Network) .
  • Finally, refer to the Journals page on our Secondary Sources for Legal Research Guide.


Selected Articles


Individual Journal Titles

Constitutional Law & Policy Review (ceased publication with vol 13(3) in 2011).

Public Law Review

Federal Law Review