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Law and Legal Studies: Databases

Law databases



Juta e publications - for cases and statutes. Juta publishes the SA Law Reports and SA Criminal Reports and Juta's Unreported Judgments

LexisNexis South Africa - for cases and statutes. You will need to log in: user name  is: UKZN; password is 773111.  Lexis publishes the All SA Law Reports; Constitutional Law Reports and all the labour law reports;  Judgements Online; SA Tax Cases Reports as well as providing access to the All England Law Reports. Lexis also provides full text access to the Government Gazette since 1910.

Sabinet Legal - provides access to the most recent versions of acts in force

Sabinet Legal - government gazettes: 1910 - 1993; 1994 +

SAFLII - the Southern African Legal Information Institute whose aim is to promote free access to primary source information, has a website from which you can access a wide range of law reports, some statutes and other information, as well as a wide range of links to useful departments, organisations etc within Southern Africa

South African Government Online - pdf versions of acts as well as bills post 1996, parliamentary documents and others

Constitutional Court

Supreme Court of Appeal

Parliamentary Monitoring Group - Bills, debates, MP questions and more



HeinOnline - Canada Supreme Court Reports; English Reports; US Statutes at Large; United States Code

Westlaw - cases and statutes for Australia, Canada, United States, European Union, Hong Kong, United Kingdom

World Legal Information Institute - free access to over 120 countries for cases and statutes

International Criminal Court

International Court of Justice

African Court on Human and People's Rights











What is a database?

Databases contain collections of references to journal articles, chapters in books, law reports and statutes and in some cases, theses and dissertations for multiple years. Some databases also include the full text of the articles and other items. Access to these databases is paid for by the Library.

SECONDARY SOURCE DATABASES (journals, books, theses and dissertations etc)


SABINET ONLINE (also called SABINET REFERENCE) provides references (and some full text) to articles from all South African journals including law journals. 

There are two separate journal collections called ISAP which is an index only (1987 - present time) and Sabinet African electronic journals (SA e Publications) which is a subset of ISAP containing full text articles since 2000. At the end of this list is a Guide to Using Sabinet.

Heinonline is an international database but contains full text articles for about 15 South African journals. For a basic guide about Heinonline and how to search it see the link below.


HeinOnline provides full text access to a wide range of international journal articles, although predominantly American. Hein's focus is making available full text articles starting with the earliest articles so the most recent articles may not be available full text. There is a guide below or click here

Lloyds Law Reports is for maritime law cases. NOTE: when you get to the main page, 14 publications are listed - UKZN only has a subscription to Lloyds Law Reports

Taylor and Francis provides some full text access to a wide range of journals in different disciplines. Access can be via T & F directly or via the icatalogue. The SA Journal on Human Rights is now only available on T & F.

Westlaw provides access to a wide range of journals, largely American. Most are full text.

Wiley is cross disciplinary and provides access to a small range of law journals across various subject areas

Google Scholar is an excellent way of tracing articles. You can access those items that are free online as well as those items UKZN pays for access to.

THESES Click on the Theses and Dissertations tab on the toolbar at the top of this page.



Off campus access

If you want to access databases and articles from off campus you will need to authenticate yourself via the off campus site. Choose the EZPROXY option. Click on the name of the desired database. Enter your university login and password


NOTE: Accessibility from off campus is sometimes better via Firefox rather than Internet explorer.


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