List of useful websites for case law research.
The Australian Legal Information Institute contains legislation and decisions of courts and tribunals across Australian jurisdictions and some secondary legal materials, (for example, law reform and royal commission reports and law journals). Note: It does not provide a completely comprehensive coverage for some years of case law. The cases and legislation are not official versions. Austlii also provides links to international legal information institutes, referred to below.
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ('VCAT') on AustLII
This is a searchable database of decisions made by VCAT.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission - Charter factsheets
The factsheets provide information about how the Charter works and contain case examples.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission - submissions
Legal submissions to case law regarding the Charter and the EOA.
Victorian Discrimination Law Resource
This is a guide to equal opportunity case law in Victoria. It provides many case examples.
AustLii provides public legal information. This includes primary legal materials such as legislation, treaties and decisions made by courts and tribunals, and secondary materials created by public bodies including law reform and royal commission reports. Law journals are also available.
Federal Register of Legislation
This site contains Acts, Bills and Legislative Instruments of the Australian Parliament. It includes the federal anti-discrimination laws. It also contains explanatory memoranda and statements of compatibility.
Human Rights Law Resource Centre
The website provides a database of legal decisions within Australian and other jurisdictions with human rights instruments, a monthly bulletin containing Australian and International human rights case notes, news and commentary, opinion pieces and formal submissions on a range of human rights issues.
International / human rights treaties
This database contains information about the UN treaty system including ratifications and reservations made by countries and State reports and concluding observations.
DFAT Treaties Database
Full copies of treaties Australia is a party to, information about when signed, ratified and any reservations.
European Court of Human Rights
This site contains case law resolutions and reports of the European Court of Human Rights, the European Commission on Human Rights and the Committee of Ministers.
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is an autonomous judicial institution whose purpose is the application and interpretation of the American Convention on Human Rights.
Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) Documentation Site
A collection of databases providing case-law of UN treaty monitoring bodies, including the UN Human Rights Committee views and general comments.
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
This site contains news about human rights developments, links to international human rights bodies and treaties.
This database provides a source to check the status of treaties (ratifications, reservations etc)
Legal information institutes
These sites contain comparative legal jurisprudence within international frameworks. The sites provide legislation, case law, law reform commission reports, and legal journal articles.
British and Irish Legal Information Institute
http://www.bailii.org/ (This site also contains European Union Case-law)
Canadian Legal Information Institute
New Zealand Legal Information Institute
Southern African Legal Information Institute
Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee ('SARC')
This site provides SARC's Alert Digests on Bills tabled in Parliament. The Digests contemplate the human rights implications of bills, raise questions for parliamentary and ministerial consideration and record ministerial correspondence.
Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents
This site features proposed and existing legislation. It provides the full texts of Bills and accompanying statements of compatibility, second reading speeches and explanatory memoranda. It has a link to parliamentary debate recorded in Hansard, the full text and explanatory memoranda of existing Acts and statutory rules, in addition to updated versions of legislation.
Australian Human Rights Commission - Conciliation register
This site contains a range of legal resources including legal and policy submissions, case-notes, human rights reports to Parliament and a register of conciliated complaints (de-identified case studies of conciliated matters and outcomes).
Equal Opportunity Commission of WA
A library of conciliated complaint summaries sorted by attribute.