Law

Legal history resources

Legislation


Printed publications

For older Swedish legislation, see the Swedish version of the subject guide.

The Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library has some printed collections of older legislation, for example (on shelf 340.09) the Norwegian Frostatingslova and Gulatingslova (see also Norges gamle love, Carolina Library) as well as Law collections from Mesopotamia and Asia Minor by Roth, American legal history: cases and materials by Hall and Sammlung schweizerischer Rechtsquellen. In the closed stacks of the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library we also keep Lovtidende for Kongeriget Danmark (1882-1932) and Danmarks gamle love (see also Danmarks gamle landskabslove, Carolina Library). See also the bibliography Översikt över riksdagshandlingar samt författnings- och rättsfallssamlingar med särskild hänsyn till bestånden vid Sveriges offentliga bibliotek (including references to collections of parliamentary documents from different countries) by Frykholm.

Preparatory work


Printed publications

Swedish committee reports from 1815 and government bills from 1867 onwards can be found in the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, all in Swedish. A large part of the legal history collections of the Uppsala University Library is kept at Carolina Rediviva.

For more information about Swedish materials, see the Swedish version of the guide.

See also the bibliography Översikt över riksdagshandlingar samt författnings- och rättsfallssamlingar med särskild hänsyn till bestånden vid Sveriges offentliga bibliotek (including references to collections of parliamentary documents from different countries) by Frykholm.

Case law


Printed publications

You can find collections of Swedish case law from the 19th century onwards in the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law library, all in Swedish. For more detailed information, see the Swedish version of the guide.

Foreign case law collections in printed form:

  • Law reports (1865-) and All England law reports (1558-), American international law cases (from 1783 onwards), can be ordered from the closed stacks.
  • The Bloody register ("most remarkable trials", 1700-1764), The earliest English law reports (until 1289) and American legal history: cases and materials by Hall, can be ordered from the closed stacks.
  • Danish case law is published in Ugeskrift for retsvaesen (1867-, in Archive 2 of the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law library basement floor) and in Jydske domme og dokumenter 1440-1700 (can be ordered from the closed stacks).
  • Norsk retstidende (1836-2015), can be ordered from the closed stacks.
  • Entscheidungen des Reichsgerichts - Zivilsachen (former German supreme court, 1880-1914 available at the Carolina Library)

See also the bibliography Översikt över riksdagshandlingar samt författnings- och rättsfallssamlingar med särskild hänsyn till bestånden vid Sveriges offentliga bibliotek (including references to case law collections from different countries) by Frykholm.


Archival material

Older court documents are kept in the National Archives. To locate which archive keeps the relevant material, search the National Archives Database.

Literature

Books, e-books, reports and journal articles can be found by using the library search tool. For journals and e-journals on the subject of law, choose the subject category Law, Politics & Government in the list Journals A-Z.

Bibliographies

  • Bibliography of nineteenth-century legal literature
  • Early printed books to the end of the sixteenth century
  • Hines, English legal history: a bibliography and guide to the literature
  • Iuul, Scandinavian legal bibliography
  • Juristische Dissertationen deutsceher Universitäten: 17.-18. Jahrhundert
  • Katalog der Inkunabeln der Kgl. Universitäts-Bibliothek zu Uppsala
  • Sweet and Maxwell's legal bibliography of the British Commonwealth of nations (vol. 1: -1800, vol. 2: 1801-1954)
  • Szladits, A bibliography on foreign and comparative law (1790-) 

Contemporary dissertations and other research publications from Swedish universities can be found in SwePub and DiVA.

Journal articles

E-books

News material

More about older collections

Collections at Carolina Rediviva:

Early printed books & special collections

Manuscript collections

Some archival materials are only available at the National Archives (Riksarkivet).