The Federation Press

Law on the Internet


Now in its third edition, Law on the Internet is an established guide to law-related websites. This edition contains new chapters on Health and Medical Law, and Guardianship and Elder Law, and expanded sections on Technology, Media and Communications, and Electronic Journals.

Well laid out and simple to use, Law on the Internet is a handy reference book for Australian and international websites. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of the law and provides a comprehensive list of relevant website addresses, and the information available on those sites.

This is an indispensable book for the experienced or inexperienced Internet user, lawyer, student, journalist, or those interested in the law.


This writer would like to think that he has become much more adept at online researching, but alas, this book has identified hundreds of web addresses which [he] had not found. This is not a book in the conventional sense. Rather it contains an introduction which attempts to explain in the most simple of terms, what the entitiy is, that we know of as “the Web”. It then proceeds to list some thousands of web addresses which are of potential use to Australian legal practitioners. ... Many of these do not appear in any conventional search [using engines such as] Google, Yahoo and several other search engines. ...[This edition] will undoubtedly continue to save a great deal of time when searching, particularly when looking for sites in other States. ... I continue to endorse this book as a major time saver which can be of use to everyone from the oldest practitioner to the youngest law student. - BJM, Law Society of Tasmania online newsletter, April 2007

Reviews of previous editions:

Reviews of previous editions: Law on the Internet is a compact guide that allows even the novice internet user to quickly track down law-related websites, both in Australia and overseas. Each major area of law including anti-discrimination, computers, criminal, environmental, family and tax have been given their own chapter so it’s just simply a matter of turning to the right page and looking up the website address. Perhaps the most useful feature is the point form listing of each website’s main contents. The book is broken up into four parts: Getting started, general sites, legal institutions and subject specific sites. For the layperson, useful information relating to things such as libraries, leading sites and legal journals is also included. The system works quite well as the reader can immediately choose the level of detail they need - from abroad overview on a general site suitable for a casual business-related query, to the actual case law and legislation that is more the province of a student or legal practitioner. A useful guide for any person with an interest in the law. - My Business, October 2002

Searching through the morass of information [available on the interent] to find just what you want has become a real skill. Law on the Internet is an invaluable guide fpr people searching for legal information within this morass. Written in a simple, straightforward style, this guide to legal sources on the internet is easy enough for even the most computer-illiterate researcher to use. The guide begins by introducing the basics of web searching, including a list of useful search engines and how to get the most out of them. Common terms and tools are explained simply, such as how to use Boolean operators and what web addresses mean. Most helpful for more experienced researchers is the section on the ‘invisible web’ with some tips and sites on how to find information that might not be turned up using conventional search engines and methods. This section is particularly useful as it teaches the reader skills for improved searching, rather than merely listing search sites. The bulk of the guide is made up of lists of websites containing legal material. Sites for legal searches, libraries, universities, government, law journals and legal dictionaries are included along with more specific sites grouped by legal subject. These groups are also linked to one another when areas of law may overlap. Best of all the content of each site is summarised and the frequency with which it is updated is noted to allow researchers some idea of the currency of information held on the site. This is invaluable, enabling researchers to focus on the most useful, up-to-date sites first. Law on the Internet is a thorough, well presented accessible and timely resource. It will be useful both to those new to legal research on the internet and the more experienced and provides a compact solution to the often bewildering array of legal information now available on line. - Reform, Issue 82, 2003

This is a must-have book for the Internet beginner ... - Law Institute Journal (Vic), May 2003

Table of Contents

Part One - Getting Started
What is the Internet?
Searching, Evaluating and Alerting

Part Two - General Sites
Leading sites
Electronic legal journals

Part Three - Legal Institutions
Courts and tribunals
Legal aid
Law reform
Lawyers' organisations

Part Four - Subject Specific Sites
Administrative law
Anti-discrimination and equal opportunity
Commercial law
Constitutional law
Consumer law
Criminal law
Environmental and heritage law
Family law and children
Guardianship and elder law
Health and medical law
Human rights law
Indigenous peoples
Immigration and refugee law
Intellectual property law
International law
Legal theory and legal history
Taxation and revenue
Technology, media and communications
Workplace and employment law
Women and the law


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