The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities

The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities is designed to facilitate accurate citation of authorities, legislation, and other legal materials. It is widely used in law schools and by journal and book publishers in the UK and beyond. OSCOLA is edited by the Oxford Law Faculty, in consultation with the OSCOLA Editorial Advisory Board*. OSCOLA was shortlisted for the Halsbury Legal Awards, 2013 Award for Academic Contribution.Image of front cover of OSCOLA

OSCOLA (4th edn, Hart Publishing) is available in book stores, from Bloomsbury Publishing and other online bookstores (ISBN13: 9781849463676).

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

Support Materials

  • Citing the Law using OSCOLA - an online tutorial by Information Services staff at Cardiff University
  • Newcastle Law Faculty OSCOLA tutorial 
  • Review of OSCOLA by John Kleefeld (2013) 36 Dalhousie LJ 269 and on SSRN
  • About OSCOLA: (2011) 11 Legal Information Management 111, and on Oxford Research Archive
  • OSCOLA Irelandan adaption of OSCOLA by academics at the University of Limerick, Dublin Institute of Technology and the National University of Ireland Galway, with the support and approval of other Irish Law Schools, is the first comprehensive citation system for Irish lawyers and law students.

OSCOLA Editors

  • James Goudkamp (Professor of the Law of Obligations, University of Oxford)
  • Elizabeth Wells (Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian, Bodleian Law Library)

OSCOLA Consultant Editor

  • Donal Nolan (Professor of Private Law, University of Oxford)

For further information, please write to oscola@law.ox.ac.uk.

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