EUROPEAN UNION MATERIALS

IN THE GARBRECHT LAW LIBRARY



A) Legislation
        Official Journal of the European Communities
        Commission of  the European Community Documents
B) Case Law
        Reports of Cases Before the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance
        European Court Reports: Reports of European Community Staff Cases
        Digest of Case-law Relating to the European Communities
C) Research Tools
        Bulletin of the European Communities
        Consolidated Texts
        EC1992 and Beyond
        Eurostat Catalogue
        General Report on the Activities of the European Union
        Publications Catalogue
        Recent Publications on the European Union
D) Periodicals

A) Legislation
Official Journal of the European Communities (OJ)
This is the primary, official source for legislation and other information about and from the EU. It is divided into several parts: Commission of  the European Community Documents (Also called COM Documents)
These mimeographed documents contain proposals, opinions, reports and amendments issued by the Commission. Each piece is published individually, and contains an explanatory notice. These are indexed in the Documents Catalogue, which has a fairly comprehensive subject index. EU Periodicals

B) Case-law

Reports of Cases Before the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance: A standard case reporter, similar to those in the U.S. JX 1990 C6

European Court Reports: Reports of European Community Staff Cases: As the name suggests, this is limited to cases that involve the Commission staff. KJE 5932 A7 E93

Digest of Case-law Relating to the European Communities: This is theoretically divided into 4 series, A through D, though two of them (B and C) are only in the planning stages and have not been published yet. JX 1990 C6 A2

C) Research Tools

Bulletin of the European Communities
The official monthly record of events and policy actions for all of the Institutions. Gives a brief legislative history for all newly enacted legislation and legislation in progress. EU Periodicals
(also available on the web at http://europa.eu.int/abc/doc/off/bull/en/welcome.htm)

Consolidated Texts
Each issue pulls together different pieces of legislation on a specific point or issue, showing how and when legislation has been amended later. Although this is not an official legislative source, it can be useful as a finding tool. The set has a monthly index.  EU periodicals (also available on the web at http://europa.eu.int/comm/sg/consolid/en/accueil.htm)

EC 1992 and Beyond
This is a good general guide to the institutions and documentation of the EU. Z 7165 E86 E17, at the reference desk.

Eurostat Catalogue
A yearly publication which gives bibliographic references to Eurostat (statistical) publications. Covers both print and electronic sources. EU Periodicals

General Report on the Activities of the European Union
The annual report given by the Commission to the Parliament; it gives a concise outline of the major actions, policy developments and activities for the year. HC 241.2 A17

Publications Catalogue
This title indexes the monographs published by the various institutions of the Community and lists the current periodicals. Arranged by subject area. EU Periodicals

Recent Publications on the European Union Received by the Library
Prepared by the Central Library of the Commission from its catalogue, this covers publications by and about the EU, including periodical articles. EU Periodicals

D) Periodicals

Several legal periodicals from the United States, such as the Fordham International Law Journal and the Boston University International Law Journal, frequently feature articles about the European Union. These are indexed on LegalTrac and in the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals. The library carries most of them.

In addition to the US publications, the library also receives a number of  periodicals from the EU. These are located in the EU periodical stacks, on the third floor of the Annex. Most of the EU periodicals fall into one of  three categories: statistical information, current awareness items, or bibliographic references. There aren't any analytical, law review type publications within this material, and unfortunately there isn't an easy to use system of indexing available for them.


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Updated:  November 5, 1999