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Construction Law

Introduction


Welcome to the Construction Law guide.

This guide will help you with research for the following courses of study offered by the Melbourne Law School: 

Quick Links 

What's New

New books available

  • International compendium - under 'International Projects' in Catalogue

  • Residential Construction Law (Britton and Bell) - under ‘General Texts’

  • Construction Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (Nazzini) - under 'Associated Issues’ 

  • Innovating construction law (Mason) - under 'Associated Issues' and in Catalogue

  • Contract Administration for Construction Professionals - under 'General Texts'

  • Contracts for construction and engineering projects / Donald Charrett - under Standard Form Contracts

  • FIDIC contracts in Asia Pacific : a practical guide to application / edited by Donald Charrett  - under Standard Form Contracts

New and improved website

  • Australian Standards - under Standards, Codes & Contract Forms

Commentary

Building Contracts Australia

Commentary and precedents & Construction Law Handbook (Lexis Advance > All Publications)
Building and Construction Contracts in Australia (Dorter and Sharkey) Online commentary on construction contracts. To access, you need to login to the Westlaw Australia platform, and then go back to the Construction Law Research Guide and click on the link to Building and Construction Contracts in Australia (Dorter and Sharkey).
Construction Law Made Easy (Minter Ellison) Online encyclopaedia and 'constructionary' of construction law terms.
Lexis PSL Construction

Includes practice notes, checklists, precedents, cases, and access to certain FIDIC, JCT and other internationally-used forms.

iLaw

iLaw Website Update

Please Note: the iLaw platform has been upgraded - please read the updated login requirements.

To access iLaw you need to

  1. Go to iLaw via the catalogue, click link to go to iLaw
  2. once in iLaw, login with a iLaw registered account 
    • If you previously had an iLaw login you need to reset your password (when logging in to iLaw).
    • If you don't have an iLaw login you need to register for an iLaw account for an account (use your @student.unimelb.edu.au or @unimelb.edu.au email address).

Login issues: close the iLaw tab, delete your browsers cookies and clear the cache. Try logging in as above. If you still can’t login email law-library@unimelb.edu.au.

 

Access to iLaw titles 

There is a two-step process to access i-law resources. You need to login twice (with unimelb login, then iLaw login) and then navigate (via the menu on the left hand side)  to the resources listed below. 

iLaw is the portal for the Informa suite of construction law products and includes: 

  • Julian Bailey’s text Construction Law 

  • Roger and Camilla ter Haar’s Remedies in Construction Law 

  • Nicholas Gould and Victoria Russell’s Construction Law and Management

  • Building Law Reports  

  • Construction Industry Law Letter

  • International Construction Law Review

The library is working with the vendor to try to provide direct link access to individual titles.

 

Journals & Cases

Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Bulletin

Australian Construction Law Bulletin
Australian Construction Law Newsletter (see the instructions for accessing this newsletter)
Building and Construction Law Journal
Buildlaw
Building Dispute Practitioners Society Newsletter  check the catalogue for availability.
Building Law Reports (once you have clicked on the link, you will need to login with your unimelb.edu.au email address)
Construction Industry Law Letter (once you have clicked on the link, you will need to login with your unimelb.edu.au email address)
Construction Law International
Construction, Economics and Building (formerly Australasian Journal of Construction, Economics and Building) 
The Construction Lawyer
Construction Law Journal (after logging in to Westlaw UK, select Journals at the top and search for Construction Law Journal in the Journal Title field)
International Construction Law Review (once you have clicked on the link, you will need to login with your unimelb.edu.au email address)
International Journal of Law in the Built Environment (since 2018, the journal has been renamed ‘Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law’ and it has lesser coverage of construction law)
Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction The University catalogue links out through to the American Society of Civil Engineers Journals articles available from 2009
Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers via Westlaw  - (no direct link to this title, once in Westlaw, select Secondary Sources. Under the heading 'By Topic' select 'Construction Law' and then select 'Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers'. Use the search bar at the top of the screen to search this journal. 
Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers via Westlaw and Westlaw Next Canada (no direct link to this title, when you have connected to Westlaw, search for the journal using the journal-title in the search box at the top of the screen)
Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly (once you have clicked on the link, you will need to login with your unimelb.edu.au email address)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Management, procurement and law

Accessing the Australian Construction Law Newsletter


Material published in the ACLN is selected from a variety of sources, including academic journals, conference papers, judicial speeches, professional associations and law firms, to name a few. It includes a mixture of articles, case notes, book reviews and up-to-date analyses on important developments in construction law. 

Law Firm Publications

Professional Bodies

American College of Construction Lawyers                                       Journal access, information for members, general and events information.
Building Dispute Practitioners Society, Australia  Event information, news, links/resources and member services.
Canadian College of Construction Law   Information about the college, industry news and articles.
Society of Construction Law, Australia   News, member services, resources and information.
Society of Construction Law, Hong Kong  

Industry papers, information for members, general and events information.

Society of Construction Law, New Zealand  News, member services, presentation papers, SCL rules.
Society of Construction Law, North America

News, member services, resources and information.
Society of Construction Law, United Kingdom  Papers, events, news, member services and information. Those studying or teaching at academic institutions can access papers for free. This webpage has more information about access for students and teachers. 
Technology and Construction Court, England and Wales  Court forms, daily list and judgments.

Accessing the Australian Construction Law Newsletter


Material published in the ACLN is selected from a variety of sources, including academic journals, conference papers, judicial speeches, professional associations and law firms, to name a few. It includes a mixture of articles, case notes, book reviews and up-to-date analyses on important developments in construction law. 

Standards, Codes & Contract Forms

Texts and e-books

i-Law


i-law has e book versions of:

 Construction Law by Julian Bailey

   

Remedies in Construction Law by Roger and Camilla ter Haar

Construction Law and Management by Nicholas Gould and Victoria Russell

Construction Contract Variations by  Michael Sergeant and Max Wieliczko

Once you have clicked on the link to the i-law publication, you will need to login with your unimelb.edu.au email address. For instructions on how to do this, go to the Commentary page of this guide. 

General Texts

Project Procurement

Standard Form Contracts

International Projects

Specific Contracting Issues (payment, delay, variations etc)

Associated Issues (disputes, insurance, sustainability, technology etc)

Other Links

Construction Law Research Guide University of Toronto Construction Law Resources page from the University of Toronto - North American resources.
Expert Determination Chambers Selection of published construction law papers from 2009 onwards. 
Infrastructure Australia Infrastructure Australia publication links.

International Building Quality Centre publications

The IBQC is hosted by the University of Canberra. Its focus is on ‘best practice’ in building regulatory systems.
MTECC Papers Publications and papers from the leading specialist counsel at the Victorian Bar dealing with technology, engineering and construction law.
Translex Principles The TransLex-Principles are a systematic online-collection of principles and rules of transnational commercial law. 

Referencing and citing

  Citing & Referencing


The Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 4th Edition is the referencing style for subjects in the Melbourne Law School. 

For assistance with referencing in AGLC and Zotero reference management software, please contact law-library@unimelb.edu.au

Contact Us

If you need assistance finding and using any resources in this guide, please contact a law librarian.  You can use the 'Ask a Librarian' chat service for quick questions, or for more in-depth enquiries, please email: law-library@unimelb.edu.au