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Indian Law Research Guide: Introduction to the Indian Legal System & Indian Legal Research

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Latest judgments from the Supreme Court and Bombay High Court, as well as recent UK judgments and recent Acts and Notifications - from the High Court of Bombay Judges' Library Blog.

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Rule of Law and Human Rights in India

This Research Guide was created and is maintained by Robin Gardner, MLS Academic Research Service, Melbourne Law School. Please contact Robin at with corrections, suggestions or comments about the Guide.

A good place to start your Indian legal research

Halsbury's Laws of India on LexisNexis Advance (UniMelb staff & student access) is a comprehensive online encyclopaedia of the Law in India, arranged alphabetically by topic. It contains commentary, and cites relevant legislation and significant cases.

Kluwer Law Online (UniMelb staff & student access) includes full text e-books on Indian law in the following subject areas:

Foreign Law Guide - India (UniMelb staff & student access) - arranged alphabetically by broad topic. Includes commentary, and lists relevant legislation (with links to the legislation on the SCC database) and useful secondary sources such as books and articles on these topics.

Indian Legal System

India's legal system is a mix of common, Muslim and customary law. See Juriglobe for further information(open access).

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The main sources of law in India include the constitution, statutory laws, customary laws and case law. See more at:

Government Information

Other Research Guides on Indian Law

For other research guide on Indian legal research see:

For a comprehensive overview of Indian legal literature, see Uma Narayan, 'Basic Indian Legal Literature for Foreign Legal Professionals' (2009) 37(3) International Journal of Legal Information 333 (UniMelb staff & student access).

General Country Information

The Republic of India is a constitutional democracy. It is a federation made up of 29 states and seven union and national territories. India's Central and state governments function in the Westminister style.

Use the resources listed below for general information about India.

Doing Business in India

Indian History

India, Raj & Empire (UniMelb staff & student access)

  • Drawing upon the rich and diverse manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland, this datbase will be of great value to all those teaching or researching into the History of South Asia between the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 and the granting of independence to India and Pakistan in 1947.