Second Year Law Students


The following are the main texts and any supplementary readings which may be useful in students’ studies. Notes published by GħSL are available here. The remainder are available from bookstores, online, the University Library and the Faculty of Laws Library. For more information contact academic@ghsl.org.


N.B. This list is compiled from the University website and student suggestions. It is a list of suggested readings by students for students. It does not presume to be an official list of suggested readings. For the official list please refer to the University website.




Law of Property

  1. V. Caruana Galizia, Civil Law Notes, “Of Things”, GħSL

  2. Ugo Mattei, 2000, Basic Principles of Property Law: A Comparative Legal and Economic Introduction (Contributions in Legal Studies), Greenwood Press.

  3. Henry Dyson, 2003, French Property and Inheritance Law: Principles and Practice, Oxford: University Press.


European Union Law

  1. Craig and De Burca, “EU Law Text, Cases and Materials” Oxford University Press 5th Edition, 2011 (or later edition)

  2. J. Steiner and L. Woods, “EU Law” Oxford University Press, latest edition


Administrative Law

  1. J. F. Garner “Administrative Law” Butterworth

  2. William Wade and Christopher Forsyth “Administrative Law” 7th Edition

  3. Prof. I. Refalo, Administrative Law Cases, GħSL

  4. Wallace P.H. Gulia, Government Liability in Malta, GħSL




Duties of Traders and Commercial Intermediaries

  1. Commercial Code

  2. Commercial Law, Prof. F. Cremona (Revised by Prof. J.A. Micallef), GħSL


Substantive Criminal Law 1

  1. Mamo: Notes on Criminal Law, Book II, GħSL

  2. Dr. Vincent De Gaetano & Dr. Silvio Camilleri, Selected Criminal Cases

  3. Criminal Code, Chapter 9, Laws of Malta

  4. JC Smith and Brian Hogan, “Criminal Law”, Butterworths, 1992

  5. Francesco Antolisei, Manuale di Diritto Penale, Giuffre’; 1996

  6. Andrew Ashworth, Principles of Criminal Law, Clarendon Press; 1991


Law of Persons

  1. Laws of Malta

  2. Prof. V. Caruana Galizia, Law of Persons, GħSL

  3. 2012, Farrugia R., The advent of a Divorce Law for Malta, International Family Law, (2012) IFL135-256, June 2012

  4. 2012, Farrugia R., Challenges In Balancing Parental Rights and the Child's Best Interests: A Preliminary Analysis of the Malta Divorce Referendum, International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family, Vol.2, pp.387-406, Hein publishing

  5. 2011, Farrugia R., The Rights of the Child whose Parent is in Prison, Children's Legal Rights Journal, Vol. 31, No. 3, pgs. 11-21 (Fall 2011).

  6. 2011, Jane Mair, Esin Örücü (eds), The Place of Religion in Family Law: A Comparative Search, Intersentia

  7. 2011, Patrick Parkinson, Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood, Cambridge, ISBN 9780521116107


Basic Principles of International Law

  1. Brownlie. “Principles of Public International Law”. (7th Ed, OUP, 2008)

  2. M. N. Shaw. “International Law”. (6th Ed, Cambridge University Press,2008)

  3. M.D. Evans. "International Law" (3rd, OUP, 2010)

  4. D. Harris. "Cases and Materials on International Law". (7th Ed, Sweet & Maxwell 2010,)




Company Law

  1. Commercial Code

  2. Companies Act

  3. Cooperative Societies Act

  4. Andrew Muscat, Principles Of Maltese Company Law


Substantive Criminal Law 2

  1. Mamo: Notes on Criminal Law, Book II, GħSL

  2. Criminal Code, Chapter 9, Laws of Malta

  3. The Press Act, Chapter 248, Laws of Malta

  4. JC Smith and Brian Hogan, “Criminal Law”, Butterworths, 1992

  5. Francesco Antolisei, Manuale di Diritto Penale, Giuffre’; 1996

  6. Andrew Ashworth, Principles of Criminal Law, Clarendon Press; 1991


Yearly elective Unit

Computer Crime

- Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention (ETS No.85), Additional Protocol & Explanatory Memorandum

- Council of Europe Recommendation on Computer-Related Crime (R(89) 9)

- Lloyd, I. J. (2011). Information Technology Law (6th ed.). Oxford University Press: Oxford, United Kingdom.

- Stoll, Cliff (1989) The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy through a Maze of Computer Espionage. The Bodley Head: London.

- UK Computer Misuse Act




Roman Foundations of the Civilian Tradition

  1. Andrew Borkowski, 2002. Textbook on Roman Law, Blackstone Press.

  2. David Johnston, 1999. Roman Law in Context, Cambridge: University Press.

  3. Barry Nicholas, 1976. An Introduction to Roman Law, Oxford: University Press.

  4. Franz Wieacker, Tony Weir and Reinhard Zimmermann, 1996. A History of Private Law in Europe: with particular reference to Germany, Oxford: University Press.

  5. Reinhard Zimmermann, 1996. The Law of Obligations: Roman Foundations of the Civilian Tradition, Clarendon Press, Oxford: University Press.

  6. Robert D. Melville, 2012. A Manual of the Principles of Roman Law Relating to Persons, Property, and Obligations: With a Historical Introduction, Classic Reprint.


Legislation: A Force for Social Change

  1. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 - ADA - 42 U.S. Code Chapter 126.

  2. Disability Discrimination Act (1995). London: HMSO.

  3. Malta Equal Opportunities (Disabled people) Act. (2000) Chapter 413.

  4. United Nations. (2006). Convention on the Rights of Disabled people. Resolution 61/106. New York : United Nations.

  5. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).


Maltese Legislation in Historical Context

  1. Paolo De Bono: Sommario della Storia della Legislazione in Malta, Tipografia del Malta, 1897, 438 pp.

  2. Albert Ganado, ‘The Historical Development of the Criminal Code, Part I, in The Law Journal, Volume II, No. 4, pp. 211-231; Part II – Volume II, No. 5, pp. 258-277; Part III – Volume II, No. 6, pp. 355-375.

  3. Joseph Max Ganado, ‘Oversea Influence of English Law, Malta – I’, in The Solicitors’ Journal, 1 December 1961, Volume 105, pp. 999 – 1001; ‘Malta – II’ 8 December 1961, Volume 105, pp. 1025-1027.

  4. Hugh W. Harding, ‘Maltese Legal History Under British Rule: 1801-1836’, Valletta, Progress Press, 1980.

  5. J.J. Cremona, The Maltese Constitution and Constitutional History Since 1813, San Gwann, Publishers Enterprises Group (PEG) Ltd., 1994.

  6. J.J. Cremona, ‘Malta And Britain: The Early Constitutions, San Gwann, Publishers Enterprises Group (PEG) Ltd., 1996.


Communications Law

  1. Sebastian Farr and Vanessa Oakley, ‘EU Communications Law’, London, Sweet & Maxwell, 2006.

  2. Paul L. Nihoul et al, ‘EU Electronic Communications Law: Competition and Regulation in the European Telecommunications Market’, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004.

  3. EU Electronic Communications Law: Competition and Regulation in the European Telecommunications Market by Paul Nihoul and Peter Rodford.

  4. Telecommunications Law (Blackstone Press) (Paperback) Edited by Ian Walden , John Angel.

  5. Telecommunications Law and Regulation ( Oxford Press, 3rd Edition) Ian Walden.

  6. Telecommunications Law (Nexlexis Publication) Ian Lloyd and David Mellor.


Tourism Law

  1. John Downes and Tricia Paton, 'Travel and Tourism Law in the UK', United Kingdom, fifth edition, September 2010, Elm Consulting Ltd , London, UK.

  2. David Grant, 'Holiday Law' London, Sweet & Maxwell 2007.

  3. Marc McDonald, 'European Community Tourism Law and Policy', Blackhall Publishing Ltd Dublin, 2003.


Judicial Review of Administrative Action and the Redress of Grievances

  1. The Right Hon. Lord Woolf et al, ‘De Smith’s Judicial Review, London, Sweet & Maxwell, 1995. KM 306.D4 1995

  2. Richard Gordon, Judicial Review: Law and Procedure, London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1996. KM36.G67

  3. Sir William Wade, Administrative Law, 9th edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004, KM 300. W3 2004.

  4. Brian Jones, Garner's Administrative Law, 8th edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005, KM300 G3 2005.

  5. Marse-Ann Farrugia, ‘The Development of Judicial Review of Administrative Action in Malta’, Faculty of Laws, LL.D. thesis, 1993

  6. Alfred Grech, ‘Judicial Review of Executive Discretion with Particular Reference to the Housing Act, 1949, Faculty of Laws, LL.D. thesis, 1975

  7. Ivan Mifsud, 'The State's Duty to Care', Faculty of Laws, Ph.D. thesis, 2008

  8. Kevin Aquilina, ‘Rationalising Administrative Law on the Revocation of Development Permissions’, BOV Review, Autumn 2006, No. 34, pp. 19-38.


Public Corporations

  1. Kevin Aquilina "Notes on Public Corporations in Malta" October 2002.

  2. Wallace Philip Gulia "The Public Corporation in the Maltese Experience" Valletta, 1970, GħSL


The Constitution of Malta and European Union Law

  1. Paul Craig, Grainne de Burca, EU Law, Text Cases and Materials, 5th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2011.

  2. John Tillotson, Nigel Foster, Text Cases and Materials on European Law, 4th Edition, Cavendish Publishing Limited.


Sports Law

  1. Glenn M. Wong, ‘Essentials of Sports Law’, Praeger, 3rd edition, 2002. KN 186.6.W6

  2. Charles E. Quirk (ed.), ‘Sports and the law: major legal cases’, Garland, 1996. KN 186.6.S55

  3. Edward Grayson, ‘Sport and the Law’, Third Edition, Butterworths, 2000. KN 186.6.G72.1999

  4. Stephen Mifsud, ‘Sport and the Law’, LL.D. thesis, Faculty of Laws, 2001

  5. Clifton Grima, 'Aspects regarding the future regulation of Maltese football', LL.D. thesis, Faculty of Laws, 2010


Ombudsman Legislation

  1. Linda C. Reif, ‘The International Ombudsman Anthology: selected writings from the International Ombudsman Institute’, Kluwer Law International, 1999. KM 307.15

  2. Joseph Lia, ‘The Ombudsman: A Comparative Study’, LL.D. thesis, Faculty of Laws, 1986.

  3. Veronica Galea Debono, ‘From the Commission for the Investigation of Injustices to the Institution of the Ombudsman’, LL.D. thesis, Faculty of Laws, 1995.

  4. Paula Mifsud Bonnici, ‘The Ombudsman under the Ombudsman Act of 1995: a comparative study’, LL.D. thesis, Faculty of Laws, 1997.

  5. Mandy Jane Bezzina, ‘The European Ombudsman: legal basis, remedies and major achievements’, LL.D. thesis, Faculty of Laws, 2001.

  6. Peter Leyland and Terry Woods, ‘Textbook on Administrative Law’, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2002.

  7. Office of the Ombudsman, Annual Reports 1995-to date

  8. Office of the Ombudsman Case Notes No 1 (April 1996) –to date

  9. Office of the European Ombudsman, Annual Reports.




Introduction to Legal Anthropology

  1. •Sally Falk Moore “Law and Anthropology: A Reader” Oxford: Blackwell Publications (2004)

  2. •Norbert Rouland “Legal Anthropology” Stanford University Press (1994)

  3. •Bronislaw Malinowski “Crime and Custom in Savage Society” (1926).


God and Jesus Christ

  1. Di Blasi, Fulvio, God and the Natural Law: A Rereading of Aquinas (St. Augustine’s Press: South Bend 2003).

  2. Kasper, Walter, The God of Jesus Christ (London, T&T Clark, 2012).

  3. Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2014).


A Philosophical Analysis of the Internet

  1. The Handbook of Internet Studies, edited by Mis Consalvo and Charles Ess, Blackwell Publishing, 2013.

  2. The Internet: A Philosophical Enquiry, by Gordon Graham, Routledge, 1999.

  3. The Future of Idea, by LawrenceLessig, Vintage Books, 2002.

  4. An Introduction to Cybercultures, by David Bell, Routledge, 2006.

  5. Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age, by Manuel Castells, Polity, 2012.


Press Law

  1. Geoffrey Roberston and Andrew Nicol, Media Law, Fourth Edition, Penguin Books, London, 2002.

  2. William Zammit, L-Istorja ta' l-Istampar f'Malta, PIN, 2006.

  3. Kevin Aquyilina, ‘The Legal and Regulatory Framework of the Maltese Media: A Critical Appraisal’ in Joseph Borg, Adrian Hillman and Mary Anne Lauri, Exploring The Maltese Media Landscape, Valletta: Allied Publications, 2009, pp. 103-117.

  4. Kevin Aquilina, Diffusing Confusion: Classifying Statutory Sources Regulating Maltese Media Law, Id-Dritt Law Journal, Volume XXI, March 2011, pp. 441-467.

  5. Kevin Aquilina, 'Protection of Journalistic Sources in Maltese Law: An Appraisal from the Viewpoint of the European Convention of Human Rights’, International Journal of Public Law and Policy, Volume 1, Number 2, 2011.


Medical Jurisprudence

M N Cauchi, K Aquilina, B Ellul, "Health, Bioethics and the Law" (Malta: Malta University Press - 2006).


European Court of Human Rights

  1. Philip Alston, Ryan Goodman and Henry J. Steiner, International Human Rights In Context: Law, Politics and Morals, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007 (third edition)

  2. D.J. Harris, M.O’Boyle, E.P. Bates and C.M. Buckley, Harris, O’Boyle & Warbrick Law of the European Convention on Human Rights, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 (second edition)

  3. Mark W. Janis, Richard S. Kay and Anthony W. Bradley, European Human Rights Law: Text and Materials, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008 (third edition)


The European Union and National Constitutions: Main Issues

  1. J.H.H.Weiler, The Constitution of Europe (Cambridge, 1999)

  2. Craig and De Burca, The Evolution of EU Law (Oxford University Press)

  3. T.C. Hartley, Constitutional Problems of the EU (Hart, 1999)

  4. A.Verhoeven, The European Union in Search of a Democratic and Constitutional Theory (Kluwer)


Principles of Environmental Law

Borg, S. and Farrugia L., Environmental Law in Malta, Kluwer International, The Hague, 2010.




Child Trafficking Law

  1. Bales, K. and Soodalter, R. (2009) The Slave Next Door, University of California Press.

  2. McCormick, P. (2006) Sold, Hyperion Book CH.

  3. UNICEF (2008)Child Trafficking in Europe: A broad vision to put children first, a summary report, United Nations Children's Fund.

  4. Zouev, A. (ed.) (1999) Generation in Jeopardy: Children in Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

  5. Laws of Malta http://www.justiceservices.gov.mt/LOM.aspx?pageid=27&mode=chrono

  6. The Internet Journal of Criminology http://www.internetjournalofcriminology.com/hild Trafficking Law


Introduction to Queer Studies

  1. Eng, David, Judith Halberstam and José Esteban Muňoz (2005) “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?” Social Text 84-85, 23(3-4), Fall-Winter, pp. 1-18. Duke University Press.

  2. Nestle, Joan, Clare Howell & Riki Wilchins (Eds.) (2002). GenderQueer: Voices from beyond the sexual binary. Los Angeles and New York: Alyson Books.

  3. Seidman, Steven (Ed.) (1996). Queer Theory / Sociology. Oxford & Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers. [Selected Readings]

  4. Stryker, Susan and Stephen Whittle (Eds.) (2006). The Transgender Studies Reader. London and New York: Routledge. [Selected Readings]

  5. Sullivan, Nikki (2003). A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory. New York: New York University Press.


Philosophy and Social Networking: Theorising Facebook

  1. Andrews, Lori, I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy (New York: Free Press, 2011).

  2. Castells, Manuel, Communication Power (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).Castells, Manuel, Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age (Cambridge: Polity, 2012).

  3. Ess, Charles and May Thorseth, eds, Trust and Virtual Worlds: Contemporary Perspectives (New York: Peter Land, 2011).

  4. Wittkower, D.E., ed., Facebook and Philosophy (Chicago: Open Court, 2010).