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Sources of Law - Case Law: Home


This guide shortlists different sources of cases in major jurisdictions available through the Libraries' subscriptions or resources on open access for HKU law students and researchers.

Where to locate law reports?

All law reports are held in the Primary Materials Collection on 2/F of the Law Library, with the call number prefix PR.

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Point to note

Please be reminded that cases or judgments are not indexed in FIND@HKUL. To look for full text cases, you will have to search in relevant legal databases, or search by the full title of a law report in FIND@HKUL with "Books+" search scope.


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Sources for a Quick Start



 Lexis+ Hong Kong

Lexis+ Hong Kong is a complete legal research platform that provides accurate search results and valuable insights, allowing you to make informed decisions quickly. It offers various research tools to help you find relevant cases and in-depth content for legal arguments and document drafting. Besides Hong Kong materials, the HKU Libraries subscription offers access to selected law materials from 8 other jurisdictions.



Westlaw Edge UK

Westlaw Edge UK is a dynamic, ever-growing and easily searchable source of case law, legislation, news, legal journals, commentary, current awareness alerts and EU legal materials.




With a coverage of Hong Kong and the UK cases, this database offers researchers the ability to browse cases in different subject categories, and to search using different fields.

Access path: Select "PrimeLaw" > HK Cases/ UK Cases



Westlaw Asia

Another frequently used resource by HKU staff and students is Westlaw Asia. This database includes a unique collection of legal and regulatory information, like case law, legislation and commentaries of more than 15 jurisdictions.

Access path: Content Type > Cases  




Westlaw Classic

This platform focuses on legal materials in the United States with an extensive collection of legal resources of Federal and State cases. Selected legal materials for other international jurisdictions, such as The European Union, Canada, Australia can also be found via Westlaw Classic


Legal Information Institutes (LIIs)

The Free Access to Law Movement is an international movement dedicated to promoting and offering free access to legal information. Below are examples of institutions contributing to the movement: