Legal Studies - HSC

Crime and human rights resources

Here you'll find resources to dive deeper into crime and human rights topics.

Don't forget to always start your research with the 'Begin your Preliminary and HSC legal studies research' tab. No matter which topic you're studying, you'll find current, relevant information from encyclopaedias, journals, newspapers, books, government websites and statistics.

Law books at the Library

Browse the shelves (at location number 340s) in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room to find books that cover all areas of the law.

We also have law books in the Library's stack storage.

Search the Library's catalogue to find and request books from stack.

Resources for crime research

Resources for human rights research

Finding criminal cases

Use the LIAC Crime Library research guide to find criminal cases that happened between the early 1980s and 2014.

Find legal answers

Human rights movements and organisations

Check the following websites for news, research, reports and fact sheets about human rights issues in Australia and internationally.

How Parliament makes laws

So where do laws come from?

Watch this 10 minute video to learn how laws are made by parliament.

Discover how a Bill becomes an Act, how legislation changes over time, and why some laws are made by the Commonwealth and others by the states.

Captioned version also available.

Developed by LIAC, State Library of NSW

How courts make laws

Legislation is a major source of law. Courts are the other source.

Watch this 10 minute video to learn how laws are made by the courts.

You'll also find out about the court hierarchy, and the courts' and tribunals' jurisdictions.

Developed by LIAC, State Library of NSW

Captioned version also available.