EU Legal Research
At the HILLMAN Library
(our main library on campus)
As an official European Documentation Center, the Hillman Library has an extensive collection of current and historical EU institutional publications on microfiche and in various call number ranges. Search PittCat http://pittcat.pitt.edu to find hard copies of the documents.
The University’s Archive of European Integration http://aei.pitt.edu/ is a widely-recognized research authority for official EU documents as well as authoritative independent writings about EU integration and unification.
The university subscribes to numerous databases for EU research. http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/euce/content/research-resources
A broad selection of journals about the EU are included within the library system’s electronic journal collection.
Pitt’s European Union Center promotes EU teaching and research on campus.
…In the LAW library
KJE is the beginning of every call number for EU law books. Within that range, are subject categories of EU law:
KJE 2188- 2635 Commercial law
KJE 2636- 2777 Intellectual Property
KJE 2851- 3199 Labor Law
KJE 3655- 4175 Courts & Procedure
KJE 4441- 5113 Treaties & EU Organization
KJE 5124- 5291 Individual Rights
KJE 5602- 593 Administrative Law
KJE 6172- 6237 Health Law
KJE 6242- 6253 Environmental Law
KJE 6257- 6405 Culture & Education
KJE 6411- 6554 Economic Law
KJE 6569-6825 Trade & Industry Law
KJE 6946-7010 Communication Law
KJE 7050- 7475 Financial Law
KJE 7971-9570 Criminal Law
FUNDAMENTAL EU LAW SOURCES:
All of these are also available electronically in http://europa.eu/, Lexis, and Westlaw. …In Lexis
Click on “Find Laws by Country or Region” and then select “European Union. When using Westlaw
look in the directory under “International/Worldwide” and you will see “EU” as a major category.
Both of these databases have all of the primary European Union law plus secondary sources.
Official Journal L Series KJE 908
Legislation: directives, decisions, regulations, amended treaties….1991- present.
Official Journal C Series KJE 908
Communication: parliamentary minutes, court decisions, Commission & Counsel notices, committee statements… 1991-present.
Parliamentary Assembly Series KJE 138
Adopted texts, debates, and documents.
European Court Reports KJE 924.5
Decisions of the ECJ and the Court of First Instance. 1954-present.
Common Market Law Reports KJE 923.7
Weekly. Has opinions from EU courts, Commission decisions, and national courts. See also Westlaw.
Bulletin of the European Union KJE 6417 .B84 Monthly summary of institutions’ work.
The General Report KJE 6414.8 .C66 has annual descriptive essays & detailed analysis of completed work.
European Court of Human Rights cases
This court hears cases from throughout Europe, not just EU member states. Online at http://www.echr.coe.int
…On the Internet
To browse through resources in various subject areas, begin your research on the Web page of a Directorate General. http://ec.europa.eu/dgs_en.htm
Each Directorate General page has primary law, speeches, data, policy reports, etc…
Use the European Commission’s library catalog to do a keyword search for secondary or primary materials, including journal articles. It links to full-text. http://ec.europa.eu/eclas/F
A glossary with long clear explanations about EU institutions and activities is at http://europa.eu/scadplus/glossary/index_en.htm.
Read introductions to EU law and policy
http://www.eurunion.org and summaries of legislation. http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/index_en.htm
Peruse the alphabetical index to EU topics to find a specific issue or office:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm to access the official journals, case opinions, legislative history, and legislative summaries.
Find case-law through a subject list, digest, or search form. http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/j_6/
The main Web page for official EU documents is Europa.
http://europa.eu/index_en.htm You can click on the documents block in the middle of that screen or go straight to the documents page to find each institution’s documents.
EU Treaties and explanations of each are at