5. Researching law reform documents
Many countries have
specialised organisations responsible for investigating areas where new laws are
needed, and where old laws need reform. The reports they publish recommending
law reforms are one of the most valuable sources of comparative international
legislative materials. In different countries these organisations are called Law
Reform Commissions, Law Revision Commissions, Uniform Law Commissioners
Conferences and so on. There are also international law reform bodies such as
This section aims to help you find these valuable comparative materials.
5.1 Browsing for law reform
Collections of law reform
materials can be accessed from the Categories
>> Law Reform page.
- Task: Browse to the New Zealand Law Reform Commission site and find
reports relevant to your subjects of interest. (The NZ reports cannot be
searched because they are in PDF format.)
- Are law reform documents available from your countries of
5.2 Searching for law reform
- Task: The aim is
to find material concerning discrimination and HIV / AIDS:
- First, find law reform materials from any jurisdiction.
- Second, broaden the search so that it is for all types of legal
- Task: Find Australian law reform reports concerning
arbitration, mediation or alternative dispute resolution.
- Find law reform materials from all countries on your subjects of