Research Resources for Legal History




Translations of the Ottoman Constitutional Laws, the Wilayet Administrative Law, the Municipal Law and various other laws (Harvard University)

Ottoman and Mandate legislation in Hebrew (Nevo, subscription required)

Palestine Gazette in English (Yale University)

Palestine Gazette in Hebrew and English (Nevo, subscription required) 

Mandate Palestine legislation (LLMC, subscription required)

Ordinances passed by the Provisional State Council (21 May 1948 – 11 February 1949)

The Middle East Online: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970 (Gale, subscription required)

National database of legislation (Knesset)

Knesset Archives


Case Law

Mandate Palestine case law (selected)

Mandate Palestine case law reports (LLMC, subscription required)

Appeals to the Privy Council from Palestine (judgments and some related papers)

Selected translated opinions of the Supreme Court of Israel


Other Historical Material

Mandate Palestine treatises (LLMC, subscription required)

Israel State Archives

List of Israeli archives

The Middle East Online: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970 (Documents from British Archives) (Gale, subscription required)


Secondary Sources

Introduction to English-Language Literature on Israeli Legal History (part 1)

Introduction to English-Language Literature on Israeli Legal History (part 2)

Chapters from The History of Law in a Multi-Cultural Society: Israel 1917-1967 (Ashgate, 2002)

Israeli Legal History - A Bibliography (October 2020 version)

Ministry of Justice, Roots in the Law (Hebrew)



Commonwealth Legal Information Institute

Digital libraries for legal history

Digital Resources on the History of the British Empire

English Reports, Full Reprint (1220-1867), UK

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP)

LLMC (multiple jurisdictions, subscription required)

Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800 – 1926

Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law 1600-1926


Any additional resource recommendations would be gladly received.


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