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Introduction to Foreign and International Legal Research

Quick Guide: Finding Selected EU Materials

Treaties are categorized as primary legislation in the EU. They may be found in:

EU regulations, directives, decisions, and opinions are categorized as secondary legislation in the EU. Below are starting places for locating EU secondary legislation:

The European Union's European Court of Justice (ECJ) interprets EU legislation. 

  • Official European Court of Justice case law from 2012-present can be found on Curia, the official website of the Court of Justice of the European Union. 
  • ECJ cases from 1954 onward are available on EUR-Lex:
    • On the main EUR-Lex Case-law page, you can select the year under "Direct Access to Case Law" going back to 1973.
    • To find case law from before 1973, try using Advanced Search (under Collection, select Case-Law) and search by keyword, document number, or CELEX number (a unique EUR-Lex document identifier).
  • EU case law is also available in:
    • Westlaw and Lexis
    • Official reporters, including the Reports of Cases before the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance (NRLF KJE924.5.R47, 1992-2000).
    • Parallel reporters, such as: Common Market Law Reports (NLRF JN30.C65 (1962-66); European Community Cases (KJE 925.5 C653 (1989-93); and European Union Law Reporter (KJE925.5 E87 (1996-July 2011).

Online EU Law Collections

EU Institutional Websites

Selected EU Legal Research Guides

For additional information on conducting EU legal research, consult one of the following guides: