Legal Studies - HSC

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Key to library resources

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Human rights resources

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

Always start your research with the 'Begin your HSC legal studies research' tab. You'll find current, relevant information from a variety of authoritative sources, including encyclopaedias, journals, newspapers, books, government websites and statistics.

Law books at the Library

Browse the Politics, Economics & Law 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 storage (onsite and offsite). You can access these books by searching the Library catalogue and requesting them for use in the Library.

Resources for human rights research

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.


Videos and Images from The Human Rights Watch

How Parliament makes laws

Where do laws come from?

Discover in 10 minutes 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.

In this 10 minutes video 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.