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Oscola English: Bibliographies - Tables

Bibliographies and Tables (of primary sources)

A bibliography listing all secondary sources cited in the work should be come after the main body of the text and any appendices.

Sources in the bibliography take the same form as the footnotes with three exceptions:

  1. The author's surname should precede his or her initials with no comma separating them, but a comma is after the final initial
  2. Only initials should be used, not forenames
  3. The titles of unattributed works should be preceded by a double em-dash. Unattributed works are listed at the beginning of the bibliography in alphabetical order of first major word of the title. Other items are listed in alphabetical order by the authors surname


If citing several works by the same author in a bibliography list the authors works in chronological order (starting with the oldest), and in alphabetical order of first major word of the title within a single year. After the first work, replace the author's name with a double em-dash.

Alphabetize works by more than one author under the first author's name, but they come after the author's sole authored works.




For more information see Oscola 4. útg., page 11-12, chapter 1.7

All primary sources cited in the work should be listed in the tables after the table of content.


Table of cases should be divided into separate sections for different jurisdictions. Cases are listed in alphabetical order of first significant word. Case names are not italicised as in footnotes.


Example of Table of Cases:

European Cases

Chahal v United Kingdom (1996) 23 EHRR 413

Case T-85/09 Kadi v Commission [2010] ECR II0000 (judgment 30 September 2010), [157]

Case C-187/80 Merck & Co v Stephar BV & Exler [1981] ECR 2063


UK Cases

Bank Mellat v HM Treasury [2010] EWCA Civ 483, [2010] 3 WLR 1090, [18] (Lord Neuberger MR)

Baxter v Baxter [1948] 2 All ER 886

Charman v Charman [2007] EWCA Civ 503

Cowan v Cowan [2001] 2 FCR 331

Tables of legislation and other tables such as international treaties and conventions, UN documents, official papers and policy documents should follow the table of cases.

In table of legislation, legislations should be listed in alphabetical order of the first significant word of the title, not chronologically by date of enactment.


For more information check out chapter 1.6 in Oscola 4. edition page 10-11.