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United Kingdom Legal Research Guide

This in-depth guide will help researchers navigate legal materials for the United Kingdom.

Bibliographies, Think Tank Research & Blog Commentary

Bibliographies (Compilations of Secondary Source Materials)

  • Brexit Debate Map -- Oxford Public International Law
    This compilation focuses on the mechanics of leaving the EU, the impact on EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in EU member states, and the implications for UK public policy.  Direct links are provided to relevant journal articles, book chapters, UK government reports, legal analysis, and blog posts.
  • Reading List on UK-EU Relations 2013-2016 -- House of Commons Library
    This comprehensive listing of mostly pre-referendum (and some post-referendum) publications includes books; journal articles; news articles; reports published by the UK government and by the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland; think tank papers; and blog posts.  Direct links are provided to most content.  To download the reading list as a PDF document, open the HTML version your browser, scroll down, and click on the link next to the PDF icon.

Think Tank Research

The organizations listed below publish credible, objective research on Brexit and its consequences.  Some of them maintain dedicated webpages from which you may access all of their Brexit-related content.

  • After Brexit:  Britain's Future -- Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)
    Founded in 1920, this independent, London-based institute is one of the most respected voices in international public policy.  Its dedicated Brexit webpage provides access to expert commentary, articles from the Institute's journal, International Affairs, and its magazine, The World Today, as well as audio recordings of seminars, briefings, and roundtable discussions.
  • Brexit:  What's Next? -- European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
    The ECFR is an independent think tank with offices in seven European capitals, including London. Commentary from the ECFR's experts analysts on various aspects of Brexit is aggregated on the webpage linked above.
  • Britain & the EU -- Centre for European Reform
    This London-based think tank describes itself as being generally supportive, but not uncritical, of the EU.  Its dedicated Brexit webpage aggregates commentary from its own in-house experts and from experts affiliated with other institutions.
  • British Institute of International & Comparative Law (BIICL)
    This independent, non-profit think tank maintains a dedicated Brexit page on its website, from which you may access fact sheets, reports, commentary, and videos of panel discussions sponsored by the Institute.
  • The Constitution Society
    This independent, non-partisan educational foundation promotes informed debate about proposed changes to the UK's constitution.  Brexit-related publications available for download from its website include Brexit:  The Immediate Legal Consequences.
  • Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
    The publisher of the weekly news magazine offers this subscription research service, which provides country-specific forecasts and analysis.  To access monthly reports summarizing recent and future developments in the UK, including the ongoing impact of Brexit, click on "Country Report" and select the UK from the list of jurisdictions.
  • The UK and Europe  -- The Constitution Unit, University College London
    This research institute, affiliated with University College London, also focuses on developments in UK constitutional law.  It maintains a dedicated Brexit webpage from which you may access briefing papers, videos, and blog posts.
  • The UK in a Changing Europe -- King's College, University of London
    This initiative, based at King's College London, produces objective, non-partisan research on the UK's evolving relationship with the EU.  Its website provides access to research papers, commentary from UK academics, and topical videos.

Blog Commentary & Analysis

The blogs listed below regularly publish posts about the legal aspects of Brexit.

The following non-legal blogs are also good sources for informed commentary on Brexit and its aftermath.