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.

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

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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

  • Donal Nolan (Fellow and Tutor in Law, Worcester College, Oxford University)
  • Sandra Meredith (Departmental Lecturer in Legal Research Skills, Faculty of Law, Oxford University)

OSCOLA Advisory Board Members

  • Ruth Bird (Bodleian Law Librarian, Oxford University)
  • Naomi Chapman (LexisNexis Butterworths Text Resources Manager)
  • Dr Peter Clinch (Former Senior Subject Librarian for Law, Law Library, Cardiff University)
  • Professor Timothy Endicott (Dean of the Law Faculty, Oxford University)
  • Richard Hart (Managing Director, Hart Publishing)
  • Aparna Rao (2010-11 Editor, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Oxford University)
  • John Louth, (Senior Editor, Academic and Scholarly Law, Oxford University Press)
  • Gareth Ryan (Law, Maps and Official Publications Librarian, Andersonian Library, University of Strathclyde)
  • Tracey Varnava (Associate Director, UK Centre for Legal Education)

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