EU Research Tips (Post-Lisbon Treaty)

  • This week I updated the publicly-accessible web guide: EU Legal Research: Starting Points.  This guide highlights, and links to, electronic and print sources.  It discusses EUROPA, Lawtel EU and Westlaw databases. 
  • Guide tab Databases links to the Lisbon Treaty and to consolidated versions of the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.  If a researcher follows this link to treaties posted at the Council of the European Union’s website, the researcher can obtain a consolidated version of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (= EEC Treaty as amended many times) as published in a 2010 issue of the Official Journal of the European Union.  This consolidated version is nearly two years’ more current than the version cited on p. 207 of  The Bluebook (19th ed.).  I highly recommend that researchers cite to the 2010 consolidated version of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.   
  • Guide tab Legal News includes feeds about both EU legal developments and IP developments.  Analysis of many EU developments appears in the journals and paper series highlighted under guide tab Periodicals.  
  • Since the EU’s Treaty of Lisbon entered into force in December 2009,  it is important to use current sources when conducting EU research.  One recently published overview available in our Reserve collection is: A Guide to European Union Law as Amended by the Treaty of Lisbon (2010) by Mathijsen.  Other guides to EU law appear under guide tab: Indexes, Textbook, Overview and Guides.      
  • Feel free to discuss your EU research projects with me in person.  Jean Davis, Librarian & Adjunct Professor of Law