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ASEAN Law Resources: Malaysia

Introduction & Legal System

ASEAN Judiciaries Portal: Malaysia
Information on the Malaysian legal system published by the ASEAN Council of Chief Justices.

Global Legal Monitor: Malaysia
Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. This section on Malaysia includes posts by Kelly Buchanan and Gustavo Guerra.

Introduction to the Malaysian Legal System and Sources of Law
Research guide on GlobaLex by Dr Sharifah Suhanah Syed Ahmad, retired Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya (2014)

Legal System in Malaysia
Overview of the legal system published by the ASEAN Law Association.

The Malaysian Bar (Badan Peguam Malaysia)
Information on the practice of law in Malaysia, including laws governing the legal profession. Other resources include Bar Council rulings, court practice directions, articles by legal professionals and legal directories.

An Overview of Malaysian Legal System and Research
GlobaLex research guide on by Shaikh Mohamed Noordin and Shanthi Supramaniam (2016)

Researching Islamic Law: Malaysian Sources
Research guide on GlobaLex by Shaikh Mohamed Noordin (2011)

Southeast Asia Legal Research Guide: Malaysia Legal Research
Exhaustive research guide maintained by the MLS Academic Research Service, Melbourne Law School.

Legal Resources

Attorney General's Chambers of Malaysia (Jabatan Peguam Malaysia)
Information on the work of the Malaysian AGC. Provides access to the Federal Legislation Portal.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra)
Information on Malaysia's foreign policy, including the book Foreign Policy Framework of the New Malaysia: Change in Continuity.

The Malaysian government's official portal for information and services.

Sabah State Attorney-General's Chambers
Information about the functions of the SAGC and access to Sabah Lawnet, the database of Sabah laws.

Sarawak State Attorney-General's Chambers (Jabatam Peguam Besar Negeri Sarawak)
Information about the work of the SAGC. Index to the laws of Sarawak and access to Sarawak LawNet.

A. Legislature

Portal Rasmi Parlimen Malaysia (Official Portal of Parliament of Malaysia)
Resources include:

B. Laws

Federal Legislation Portal Malaysia
The only official publication of the laws of Malaysia. Incorporates all principal laws of Malaysia enacted after 1969 and pre-1969 laws which have been revised by the Commissioner of Law Revision.

Sabah LawNet
Database of the State of Sabah's enactments, ordinances, rules, regulations, by-laws and state laws declared Federal, and subsidiary legislation. Operated by the Sabah State Attorney-General's Chambers.

Sarawak LawNet
Official website for the statutes of Sarawak. Maintained by the Sarawak State Attorney-General's Chambers (Jabatam Peguam Besar Negeri Sarawak)

C. Treaties

ICRC Treaties, States Parties and Commentaries: Malaysia
Human rights treaties to which Malaysia is a party. Published by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

International Investment Agreements Navigator : Malaysia
Investment agreements that Malaysia is a party to. Published on the Investment Policy Hub, UNCTAD.

Malaysia: Individual Foreign Tax Relief and Tax Treaties
Listing of countries with which Malaysia has double tax treaty. Published in World Tax Summaries by PWC.

Website contains case highlights for the week and a listing of the latest Federal Court and Court of Appeal judgments.

Judgements of the Federal Court, Court of Appeal, High Courts, Sessions Courts and Magistrates' Courts. Website managed by the Federal Court of Malaysia.

The High Court in Sabah and Sarawak
Access to judgements of the Sabah Law Courts and Sarawak Law Courts.

Industrial Court of Malaysia
View awards granted by the court in the past week. You may also search for earlier awards but knowledge of case details is required.

Office of the Chief Registrar, Federal Court of Malaysia (Pejabat Ketua Pendaftar Mahkamah, Persekutuan Malaysia)
Information about the Malaysian court system and links to state court websites. Also contains grounds of judgments of the various Malaysian Courts.

Portal Rasmi E-Syariah (E-Syariah Portal)
Access to cases decided by the Syriah Court of Malaysia (Jabatan Kehakiman Syariah Malaysia). In Bahasa Malaysia.

Open access journals/yearbooks:

INSAF: the Journal of the Malaysian Bar
This journal is no longer in publication. Volumes for the years 2000 to 2008 are available on the Malaysian Bar website.

Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law
Blind refereed journal published by the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya. JMCL has recently adopted an open access policy. PDFs available from 1974.

Journal of Foreign Affairs Malaysia
Selected volumes of the journal. Published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Jurnal Undang-Undang dan Masyarakat (Malaysian Journal of Law and Society)
A publication of the Faculty of Law, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (1998 - ). Most issues are available in full text. Several articles in English.

The Malaysian Judiciary Yearbook
Annual report of the Malaysian judiciary (2012 - )

This section features a selection of the more recent books on Malaysian law. Unless otherwise stated, books are located in the Law Library.

For more books, search the library catalogue, LINC:

Contains Malaysian cases reported in the Current Law Journal and Malaysian legislation.

Federated Malay States Government Gazettes: CO 574
Contains government gazettes from the Federated Malay States from 1909 to 1948.

Federation of Malaya Constitutional Commission, 1956 : CO 889
Also known as the Reid Commission Report.

Lexis Advance Singapore
The Malayan Law Journal is available via this database.

LawNet (Malaysia)
Subscribers to this database have access to Malaysian Acts, bills, legislative supplements, and government gazettes. Registration for ID and password required.

*Laws of Malaysia
The only official and authentic publication of the laws of Malaysia. Provided by the Attorney General's Chambers of Malaysia.

*Sabah Lawnet
Access to Sabah laws, including subsidiary legislation. Database maintained by the State Attorney-General of Sabah.

*Sarawak LawNet
​Official Sarawak Government website for the Statutes of Sarawak provided by the Sarawak State Attorney-General's Chambers.

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