Purpose of Collection: The Law & Legal Studies collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Law & Legal Studies are interdisciplinary areas of study within the Faculty of Public Affairs. As such, the collection also provides support for, and draws from teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Criminology & Criminal Justice, Human Rights, International Affairs, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Public Affairs and Policy Management, Business.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our subject guides for Law, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Human Rights and Public Affairs & Policy Management.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Aboriginal Law: self-government; self determination; social policy and welfare reform; aboriginal peoples and criminal law; alternative sentencing; aboriginal people and the judicial process
  • Business Law: Commercial law; banking law; financial institutions law and legislation; intellectual property; employment law; industrial relations; labour law; dispute resolution; industrial arbitration; collective bargaining; pay equity; affirmative action; human rights and employment; consumer and charities law and landlord tenant relations
  • Criminal Law: Criminology; criminal justice and criminal law reform
  • Human Rights: Universality of human rights; International human rights law; Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; Provincial Human Rights Codes; women’s rights
  • International Law: Theoretical and practical aspects of public and private international law; global governance and globalization; transnational justice; investment and trade law (including regulatory process); international arbitration and dispute resolution
  • Law and Culture: Law and literature; media; information, technology and the internet; music; religion; sport; and ethics
  • Law, Policy and Government: Constitutional law; public law; administrative law; environmental law; comparative law and government
  • Legal History: Historical aspects of crime; state; private relationships; security and religion
  • Legal Theory: Legal research methods; legal philosophy; legal studies; jurisprudence; theories of law, state, economics and politics; legal ethics; feminist legal theory; cosmopolitanism, citizenship, and identity and social issues
  • Private Law: property; gender relations; family law; contracts and fiduciary relationships; torts, injury, and compensation; mediation and dispute settlement

Selection Guidelines


All countries and all regions will be included, with a particular emphasis on Canada and Ontario, non-governmental organizations and international law.


English language works will be the primary focus of the collection. Works in other languages may be acquired through faculty and student requests.

Types of Material

Books, journals, dissertations/theses, government documents and films.

Additional Collection Information

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