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If you already know the journal title, year, volume number and page number for an article, you may be able to access it electronically by searching for the journal's title in the UNB e-journals database. If we have the journal electronically or in print, it will be listed. You can also look up the journal title in UNB WorldCat.

Keep in mind that it can be best to start with an index rather than a full-text journal search. A few key indexes in law are listed below.

Key Resources

There are other indexes available in print and electronically, as well as more full-text journal databases. See a librarian for assistance. For more resources, please visit the Law Library website.

Specialty Databases

Specialty Databases

The following databases are more specific to marine, environmental, and international law, and may be helpful when researching maritime law. They are available freely on the web.

  • Canada Treaty Information
    Subject, keyword, or date search for treaties of which Canada is a signatory.
  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry
    An electronic registry administered by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency that contains information about designated projects under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, including information about environmental assessments that started under the former Act and continue under the transition provisions of Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.
  • EcoLex
    The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Users have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each document, as well as to the full text of most of the information provided. EcoLex combines the environmental law information holdings of FAO, IUCN, and UNEP.
  • FishLex
    Electronic edition of Coastal State Requirements which consists of a series of tables summarizing the provisions of national legislation and of bilateral and multilateral agreements governing foreign fishing in waters under national jurisdiction.
  • United Nations Treaty Collection: United Nations Treaty Series
    A collection of treaties and international agreements registered or filed and recorded with and published by the Secretariat since 1946, pursuant to Article 102 of the Charter. The UNTS includes the texts of treaties in their authentic language(s), along with translations into English and French, as appropriate.

Reference Sources

Reference Sources

There are two main legal encyclopedias in law: the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (CED) and Halsbury's Laws of Canada (Halsbury's). Both are available in print in the Law Library in the reference section on the first floor.

Electronically, CED is available in WestlawNext Canada, while Halsbury's is available in Quicklaw and Lexis Advance Quicklaw. Please note that only UNB Law students and faculty have access to Lexis Advance Quicklaw and WestlawNext Canada.


Canadian Encyclopedic Digest

In print and electronically, the CED has the following titles available:

  • Shipping (vol. 49 in print)
  • Carriers (vol. 8 in print)

Please make sure you check the currency of these titles in WestlawNext Canada, as some of the CED titles can be years out of date.


Halsbury's Laws of Canada

Both in print and electronically, there is a Maritime title available. The title code for the volumes is HMT.

Please check the currency of these titles. This resource provides information from each province in Canada, as well as federally.

Find Books

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Books| eBooks | Government Documents


To search for books at UNB Libraries, use UNB WorldCat, the library's catalogue. UNB WorldCat contains records of materials held at the Harriet Irving, Science and Forestry, Engineering, and Law libraries, as well as the Hans W. Klohn Library at UNB-Saint John.

In UNB WorldCat, items shown as LAW-RESERVE may be requested at the Law Library's circulation desk on the first floor. Items shown as LAW-STACKS are on the Law Library's second floor, arranged by call number.

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If you would like to browse the shelves, the call numbers below house maritime law texts:

  • KF 1091 – 1135


The following looseleaf text is in our reserve collection. Bring the book's call number to the circulation desk to check it out for three hours.


The following books are available in the stacks. Please use UNB WorldCat to find more materials.


You can also access a large number of eBooks on law-related subjects through UNB WorldCat. Below are a few databases that have law texts.

  • MyiLibrary
  • eBrary
  • HeinOnline (has some older legal classics)
  • LLMC (has some older legal classics)
  • Quicklaw (has some current texts; open to all UNB and STU students and faculty, but UNB Law students and facutly must sign in with their username and password to access the full Quicklaw package)
  • Lexis Advance Quicklaw (has some current texts; only available to UNB Law students and faculty)
  • WestlawNext Canada (has some current texts; only availble to UNB Law students and faculty)

Government Documents

Government departments and agencies publish a great deal of important law-related information. The Law Library's collection of printed government documents is located on the library's third floor. Use UNB WorldCat to search, or ask a library staff member for help. 

The Harriet Irving Library also has government documents, which can be located through UNB WorldCat.

For government documents that are available online, try using UNB Libraries' Google Custom Search.

Find Websites & Blogs


The following websites may be helpful for your research:

    Provides information about Canadian maritime law, shipping law, marine law, fisheries law, the law of marine insurance, etc. Contains a case database, commentaries, and papers on various topics of maritime and fisheries law, and links to relevant statutes and regulations.
  • Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)
    The world’s largest international shipping association. Site contains information on contracts and clauses, security, safety, restrictions, news, and more.
  • Centre de Droit Maritime et Océanique / Maritime and Oceanic Law Centre
    From the law faculty at the University of Nantes. Contains projects and publications on maritime law. Available in French and English.
    A Service of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans (ROLCO). Contains the text of the Law of the Sea Convention, materials that address the convention, and issues related to United States' accession to the convention.
  • Institute of Maritime Law
    From the University of Southhampton's law school, the Institute of Maritime Law is a world-leading centre for research, consultancy, and training in maritime law. Contains projects, publictions, news, and more.
  • International Association of Ports and Harbors
    A global alliance representing over 180 members ports and 140 port related businesses in 90 countries. Contains a database on international maritime conventions that impact ports, case studies, news and events, and more.
  • Lloyd's Standard Form of Salvage Agreement
    Lloyd's Standard Form of Salvage Agreement (referred to as "LOF") provides a regime for determining the amount of remuneration to be awarded to salvors for their services in saving property at sea and minimizing or preventing damage to the environment.
  • UK Chamber of Shipping
    The trade association and voice of the UK shipping industry.
  • United Nations: International Maritime Organization
    The United Nations' specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. Contains conventions, documents and resources, publications, and more.
  • United Nations: Oceans and Law of the Sea
    Includes the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and related agreements and documents.
  • Waves: DFO Canada's library catalogue
    Catalogue of the DFO libraries and repository of DFO publications. Contains books, reports, government documents, theses, conference proceedings, and journal titles.


Blogs and News

There are many blogs maintained by lawyers and law firms, and you can find many of them at The blog might be helpful for maritime law research:

Cases and Legislation

Cases & Legislation

Key Resources

The following databases and websites provide access to federal and provincial cases and legislation.



The following are a select number of federal statutes related to maritime law in Canada.


    Cases and Decisions

    Along with searching the databases mentioned above, the following digest services can help you find case law:

    • Canadian Abridgment Digests
      A digest service that indexes cases by subject. This is an extremely useful resource. There is a Maritime & Admiralty Law volume available in print (vol 76) and electronically in WestlawNext Canada (UNB Law students and faculty only).
    • Canada Digest
      A digest service similar to the Canadian Abridgment. Useful titles include the Canada Maritime and Admiralty Law Digest. It is available electronically through Quicklaw (available to all UNB and STU students and faculty) and Lexis Advance Quicklaw (UNB Law students and faculty only).

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