Law Books for Libraries recommended list - list of titles

List of titles: August 2023

Please note: these resources are recommended only. It is not compulsory for your library to purchase new titles or new editions on this list. However, please ensure all out of date titles or editions are withdrawn and discarded, as advised by LIAC.

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Author Larissa Behrendt et al Drawing of a leaf on a red background with a yellow sun
Publisher Oxford University Press
Date 2018
ISBN 9780190310035
Price $99.95
Summary Discusses the major legal issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Topics covered include Constitutional recognition and the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Stolen Generation reparation tribunals and their responses, indigenous women and criminal justice, and family violence.

The previous edition had the title Indigenous legal relations in Australia.

Useful for HSC Legal Studies: Indigenous Peoples, and Human Rights

Animal law in Australia: an integrated approach. 2nd ed 

Author Alex Bruce Book cover showing a white bird
Publisher LexisNexis
Date 2017
ISBN 9780409343809
Price $131.00
Summary Covers animal law in history, animals as assistants, companion animals, animals as entertainment, cruelty, animals as food, and animals and science. 
Note Useful for students

Australian master tax guide. 72nd ed

Publisher Wolters Kluwer Book cover showing a row of beach huts
Date 2023
ISBN 9781922847119
Price $240.00
Summary Designed to help practitioners, business organisations and students quickly locate accurate answers to their tax questions.
Note This book is published twice a year – the year end edition and the tax year end edition. You do not need to purchase both.

Business and the law. 7th ed 

Author Andrew Terry and Des Giugni Drawn image of an office building
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2019
ISBN 9780455241623
Price $162.00
Summary Contains chapters on all aspects of business law, including contract, torts, corporate structure, franchising, and the Australian Consumer Law.
Note Useful for students

Capacity toolkit: information for government and community workers, professionals, families and carers in New South Wales

Publisher NSW Department of Communities and Justice Book cover showing images of people and documents
Date 2008, Reprinted 2020. Note: The 2020 reprint only contains minor changes related to names of organisations and contact details. It is not a replacement publication for the 2008 and 2009 versions of the Capacity Toolkit.
ISBN 9781922257819
Price Free
Also available Online
Summary A resource for government and community workers, professionals, families and carers on assessing whether a person has the capacity to make legal, financial, medical and personal decisions. It includes making an advance care directive, entering into contracts, making a will, power of attorney and enduring guardianship.

Children and the law in Australia. 2nd ed

Author L Young, MA Kenny and G Monahan (eds) Cover image of book children and the law, adult and two children represented  with curves and circles
Publisher LexisNexis Butterworths
Date 2016
ISBN 9780409342024
Price $169.00
Summary A comprehensive book on children’s law, with chapters on a wide variety of subjects including the criminal responsibility of children, education, children and family law, adoption, medical treatment, and child witnesses.

Civil procedure. 4th ed

Author Bridget Cullen Plain book cover
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2018
ISBN 9780455241074
Price $45.00
Summary One of the easy to read Nutshell series, it includes chapters on the fundamental principles of civil procedure, case management, jurisdiction, commencing proceedings, pleadings, discovery, settlement, trial and judgment, costs, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.

Contract. 7th ed

Author Geoff Lindsay Cover for Contract. 7th ed
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2014
ISBN 9780455232799
Price $47.00
Summary A mini law text for students and others wanting an outline of the principles of contract law and key cases.
Note Useful for students.

Criminal laws: materials and commentary on criminal law and process of New South Wales. 7th ed

Author David Brown et al Book cover, brown background, white writing
Publisher Federation Press
Date 2020
ISBN 9781760021795
Price $165.00
Summary A criminal law textbook which covers criminalisation, the criminal process, components of criminal offences, defences, assault and sexual assault, public order offences, drugs offences, dishonest acquisition, complicity, conspiracy and association, and sentencing. Includes extracts from cases and other legal resources. Highly recommended for students.
Note Useful for HSC Legal Studies: Crime

Elder law: a guide to working with older Australians 

Author Edited by Sue Field, Karen Williams and Carolyn Sappideen Book cover with image of red leaves
Publisher Federation Press
Date 2018
ISBN 9781760021825
Price $120.00

A comprehensive and practical book dealing with the questions: Who will make decisions for me if I am unable to? How can I record my decisions in advance so people can make decisions that align with my preferences? What services are available to support me? Where will I live? How do I plan a secure financial future for myself and my loved ones?

Health law in Australia. 3rd ed

Author Ben White, Fiona McDonald and Lindy Willmott Book cover showing different coloured liquids in test tubes
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2018
ISBN 9780455238753
Price $189.00
Summary Covers a wide range of topics including medical ethics, negligence, consent to medical treatment, confidentiality, privacy and medical research.

Human rights: treaties, statutes and cases

Author Martin Flynn et al Cover for Human rights: treaties, statutes and cases
Publisher LexisNexis Butterworths
Date 2011
ISBN 9780409327830
Price $125.00
Summary A comprehensive collection of international and Australian human rights materials.
Note Useful for HSC Legal Studies: Human Rights, and World Order

The immigration kit: a practical guide to Australia's immigration law. 10th ed

Author Edited by Ali Mojtahedi, commissioned by the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre Book cover showing shapes in different colours
Publisher Federation Press
Date 2022
ISBN 9781760023324
Price $145.00
Summary The most comprehensive, plain language guide to Australia’s immigration, refugee and citizenship law. It provides up-to-date information regarding bridging visas, family visas, skilled migration, refugee and humanitarian visas, students, temporary workers, and Australian citizenship.
Author Heather McRae and Garth Nettheim Driftwood on a sandy beach with hills in the background
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2009
ISBN 9780455225722
Price $189.00
Note New edition due in 2024
Summary Gives an excellent overview of indigenous legal issues, considering subjects such as indigenous governance, land rights, native title, racial discrimination, and child welfare. It also discusses recent developments including the abolition of ATSIC, the NT intervention, and the apology to the stolen generations
Note Useful for HSC Legal Studies: Indigenous Peoples, and Human Rights

International law. 2nd ed

Author Ben Clarke and Jackson Maogoto Cover for International law. 2nd ed
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2009
ISBN 9780455225630
Price $47.00
Summary An introduction to the key principles of public international law.
Note Useful for students

International law of human rights. 2nd ed

Author Adam McBeth, Justine Nolan and Simon Rice Book cover showing the words the international law of human rights
Publisher Oxford University Press
Date 2017
ISBN 9780190304249
Price $124.95
Summary Topics discussed include state sovereignty, sexual orientation and gender identity rights, environmental rights, armed conflict, and terrorism .
Note Useful for students

The law of succession in New South Wales. 4th ed

Author G L Certoma Cover for The law of succession in New South Wales. 4th ed
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2010
ISBN 9780455227207
Price Out of print
Summary A thorough discussion of succession law, covering intestacy, wills, family provision, and the estate.
Note Useful for those wanting more detailed information about wills and family provision.

Mabo, Wik & native title. 4th ed

Author Peter Butt, Robert Eagleson and Patricia Lane Cover for Mabo, Wik & native title. 4th ed
Publisher Federation Press
Date 2001
ISBN 1862873860
Price Out of print
Summary A guide to the Mabo and Wik High Court decisions, the government's response to Wik, the operation of the amended Native Title Act, Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) and important issues about the precise nature of native title which are still being resolved in the courts.
Note Useful for HSC Legal Studies: Indigenous Peoples, and Human Rights  

Sports law. 4th ed

Author David Thorpe et al Book cover showing two hands and a relay baton
Publisher Oxford University Press
Date 2022
ISBN 9780190329860
Price $149.99
Summary Provides an overview of the law that regulates all sporting activities in Australia. It examines the areas of law that apply to sport including governance, torts, criminal liability, intellectual property, marketing, behavioural misconduct, doping, trade and competition. 

Strata law in NSW

Author Elisabeth Peden and Wayne Muddle Plain purple book cover
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2021
ISBN 9780455501703
Price $131.00
Summary A practical manual for strata meetings and useful for anyone who has to go to NCAT on a strata related matter.

Tourism and hospitality law in Australia

Author Jennifer Hanna and Loranes Kairouz Book cover showing a beach towel on sand
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2018
ISBN 9780455237107
Price $143.00
Summary An easy to understand guide to the major laws applicable to the tourism and hospitality industry. Topics covered include consumer claims, negligence, contract law, consumer protection, and a discussion of the laws applying to service providers including travel intermediaries, carriers, accommodation and food and beverage providers, attractions and recreational services.
Note Useful for students
Author Judith Jones Book cover with cartoon images of lawyers
Publisher LexisNexis
Date 2020
ISBN 9780409353112
Price $77.00
Summary A useful starting point for anyone who wants to know more about the law. Includes chapters on indigenous law, English law, Australian law, case law and legislation, lawyers, courts, due process of law, access to justice, and law and morality.
Note Useful for students


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