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Law Books for Libraries recommended list - list of titles

List of titles: July 2020

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 However, please ensure all out of date titles or editions are withdrawn and discarded, as advised by LIAC.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 Behrendt, Larissa et al Drawing of a leaf on a red background with a yellow sun
Publisher Oxford University Press
Date 2018
ISBN 9780190310035
Price $110.00
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 Bruce, Alex Book cover showing a white bird
Publisher LexisNexis
Date 2017
ISBN 9780409343809
Price $114.00
Summary Covers animal law in history, animals as assistants, companion animals, animals as entertainment, cruelty, animals as food, and animals and science. 
Note Userful for students

Australian master tax guide. 66th ed

Publisher Wolters Kluwer Black book cover with 50 in large gold lettering
Date 2020
ISBN 9781925894691
Price $200.00
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 Terry, Andrew and Giugni, Des Drawn image of an office building
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2019
ISBN 9780455241623
Price $140.00
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 Attorney General’s Department of NSW (now called NSW Department of Justice) Cover for Capacity toolkit: information for government and community workers, professionals, families and carers in New South Wales
Date 2008
ISBN 9781921301568
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 Young, L; Kenny, M A and Monahan, G (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 $146.00
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 Cullen, Bridget Plain book cover
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2018
ISBN 9780455241074
Price $39.00
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 Lindsay, Geoff Cover for Contract. 7th ed
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2014
ISBN 9780455232799
Price $41.00
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 Brown, David et al Book cover with the words Criminal laws
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 Autumn leaves reflected in water
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 White, Ben; McDonald, Fiona and Willmott, Lindy Book cover showing different coloured liquids in test tubes
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2018
ISBN 9780455238753
Price $163.00
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 Flynn, Martin et al Cover for Human rights: treaties, statutes and cases
Publisher LexisNexis Butterworths
Date 2011
ISBN 9780409327830
Price $114.00
Summary A comprehensive collection of international and Australian human rights materials.
Note Useful for HSC Legal Studies: Human Rights, and World Order
Author McRae, Heather and Nettheim, Garth Driftwood on a sandy beach with hills in the background
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2009
ISBN 9780455225722
Price $163.00
Note New edition due in late 2020
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 Clarke, Ben and Maogoto, Jackson Cover for International law. 2nd ed
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2009
ISBN 9780455225630
Price $41.00
Summary An introduction to the key principles of public international law.
Note Useful for students

International law of human rights. 2nd ed

Author McBeth, Adam; Nolan, Justine and Rice, Simon Book cover showing the words the international law of human rights
Publisher Oxford University Press
Date 2017
ISBN 9780190304249
Price $120.95
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 Certoma, G.L. Cover for The law of succession in New South Wales. 4th ed
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2010
ISBN 9780455227207
Price $162.00
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 Butt, Peter , Eagleson, Robert and Lane, Patricia 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. 3rd ed

Author Thorpe, David et al Book cover showing a cyclist
Publisher Oxford University Press
Date 2018
ISBN 9780190309855
Price $126.95
Summary Provides an overview of the law that governs sporting activities in Australia. It covers areas including tort, criminal liability, contract, intellectual property, marketing, trade, and competition and highlights key issues such as concussion, gambling, governance, and doping.

Tourism and hospitality law in Australia

Author Hanna, Jennifer and Kairouz, Loranes Book cover showing a beach towel on sand
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2018
ISBN 9780455237107
Price $124.00
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 Chisholm, Richard and Nettheim, Garth Cover for Understanding law: an introduction to Australia's legal system. 8th ed
Publisher LexisNexis Butterworths
Date 2011
ISBN 9780409328448
Price $72.00
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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