New Resource: Getting The Deal Through

Getting The Deal Through (GTDT) is a resource which allows you to compare different practice areas of law across a variety of jurisdictions, providing a useful starting point for comparative legal research. GTDT is written by expert lawyers across the globe and its content comparison tool allows you to create tailored searches for specific combinations of practice areas and countries.

How do I access GTDT?

Staff and students at City, University of London who wish to access GTDT should contact the Law Library for username and password details. Please contact us using your City email address.

Which branches of the law are covered by GTDT?

GTDT covers the following categories of law: Banking & Finance, Competition & Regulatory, Compliance, Corporate/Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Energy & Natural Resources, Industry Sectors, Infrastructure & Transport, Insurance, Investigations/White Collar, IP & Brand Protection, People, Tax and Trade.

Each category above is broken down into more specialist practice areas. For example, ‘Energy & Natural Resources’ is further broken down into Climate Regulation, Electricity Regulation, Energy Disputes, Environment, Gas Regulation, Mining and Oil Regulation.

How do I compare jurisdictions?

Once you have logged into, you will see all the categories listed under the Local expertise in every practice area headline.


You can then click on the category you want, e.g. ‘Compliance’, followed by the practice area you are interested in, e.g. ‘Anti-Money Laundering’. You can then choose to either ‘VIEW’ or ‘COMPARE’.

VIEW will give you a global overview, followed by a list of jurisdictions. You can download a report for an individual jurisdiction or compare it with other jurisdictions.

COMPARE will allow you to see how two or more jurisdictions are different or similar.

  • First, choose a practice area.
  • Then, choose the jurisdictions you would like to compare.
  • Finally, select the research question(s) you would like to compare in relation to your chosen jurisdictions.


Scroll down and click ‘Get results’. You can download your results using the button at the top of the page. If you wish to compare other questions, please click on edit to run a new comparison. 

Interested in Aviation Law?

Sign up via email to GTDT Aviation Law News, a weekly newsletter with insights from aviation lawyers, in-house counsel and regulators. This email briefing covers regulation, litigation, insurance and finance.


If you have any questions about Getting The Deal Through, please contact Hilary Vieitez, Research Librarian (Law) at or Rob Hodgson, Subject Librarian, Law at

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A very short introduction to all the knowledge of the world

Summer breaks are the perfect time to read around different subjects and explore the world in more detail.

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A perfect way to do this is the Very Short Introductions series published by Oxford University Press. Over 500 books have been published on various subjects, written by academic experts in an accessible and engaging style. Covering everything from Anglo-Saxon England to thermodynamics dipping into these easy to read books can give you an instantaneous knowledge in various tough subjects. So whether you want to prepare for University Challenge or just show off in the Courtyard Cafe, check out some Very short Introductions now.

Here are some of our favourite books in the series:


Barthes: a very short introduction by Jonathan Culler

A fascinating cultural critic who analysed everyday objects through the lens of structuralist philosophy, Barthes is both an eminently readable and difficult author all in one. A classic in the genre of very short introductions. This book is written by afiniciano of Barthes, Jonathan Culler and has won several awards. 2017 saw Barthes back in a big way, following Laurent Binet’s stunning novel.

Civil engineering : a very short introduction by David Muir Wood

Civil engineering is what’s just built Crossrail, digging through 42 km of new tunnels to remove over 3 million tonnes of excavated materials. It’s also built dams, bridges, hospitals and schools.  Check out this book for more information about the discipline, that’s literally shaped the world around you.

Criminal justice : a very short introduction by Julian V. Roberts

One of the more exciting areas of the legal system, whether you just want to understand the news better or you are a fan of crime thrillers and procedurals this little book will help you make sense of the criminal justice system. It’s a good introduction to a very complex area and takes you through the basics of how criminal justice is administered.

Corporate social responsibility : a very short introduction by Jeremy Moon

Corporations take their social responsibility very seriously, as this very short introduction makes very clear. A fascinating insight into an aspect of the corporate world, which corporations take very seriously.

Game theory: a very short introduction by KG Binmore

Game theory is a mathematical method of understanding logical decision making. It’s a great market to get into, according to an acquaintance of Lord Bragg. This is your chance to find out more.

Globalization : a very short introduction by Manfred B. Steger

Globalization [sic] is the process of the world becoming more connected via communications, companies and markets and travel. It has had a massive impact across the world. Recent political events will affect this process in ways that we probably can’t predict. It has its supporters and critics, and is worth studying in more detail. A fascinating area of globalisation is glocalisation, which links local and global markets.

Information: a very short introduction by Luciano Floridi

In his Very Short Introduction, Luciano Floridi presents his Philosophy of Information by looking at how information is presented and seen in various subjects including Mathematics, Economics and Biology.  Floridi looks first at the Age of Information that we live in (the 4th Revolution after the works of Copernicus, Darwin and Freud) before presenting his philosophy and using different subjects to explain it.  The book is a short and interesting read about how we look at and use information.

The history of mathematics: a very short introduction by Jacqueline A Stedall

Following the dramatic discovery of an unknown medieval manuscript belonging to Johannes Sacrobosco, the history of mathematics is suddenly big news again. This book will take you through all the big news stories in the subjects giving you a deeper understanding of how mathematics has shaped us and how we have shaped mathematics.

Linguistics: a very short introduction by Peter Hugoe Matthews

Language is central to how we understand the world and communicate with others about it. Linguistics is the study of language and so is in some ways the study of everything, but it is also the study of language.

Racism : a very short introduction by Ali Rattansi

Ali Rattansi tackles this very important subject with great sensitivity and insight. Sadly, in these latter days it is more important than ever for all of us to remain vigilant and look after each other. If you only read one very short introduction this year, make it this one.

Risk: a very short introduction by Baruch Fischoff & John Kadvany

Not to be confused with the military strategy board game of the same name, this addition to the series looks at different sorts of risk and how people analyse them.  The authors look at the definition and analysing of risk before talking about how individuals understand risk and make decisions, including the involvement of bias.  They also look at how societies differ in the ways they deal with risk.

Science Fiction: a very short introduction by David Seed

By breaking Science Fiction into a variety of themes, this book by David Seed, analyses and discusses a genre that has captured many an imagination.  Via space travel, encounters with aliens, technology, the polar opposite societies types utopias and dystopias, time travel and the communities created by sci fi, this book explores all media formats used in its creation.  An interesting read, this very Short introduction will interest all who enjoy science fiction.

Statistics : a very short introduction by David J. Hand.

Big data is the big news at the moment, but statistics has always underlaid several disciplines. Understanding the trends and problems of statistical modeling can help you understand important subjects with ease.


What’s your favourite very short introduction book? What topic do you think the subject should cover?

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Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015

Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court is a leading work on the International Court of Justice.  Now in its fifth edition, we have purchased the e-book for our library collection.

The work is divided into four volumes:

  • Volume I – The Court and the United Nations
  • Volume II – Jurisdiction
  • Volume III – Procedure
  • Volume IV – Basic Documents and Indexes

In order to navigate your way around the e-book, you can either browse the individual chapters within each volume, or you can use the search box at the top of the screen.

Alternatively you can use the General Index, Table of Cases or Index of Names in Volume IV.


You can access Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015 via CityLibrary Search.

Please note that our access to Rosenne currently does not work with Internet Explorer, so please use another browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.


If you have any questions about Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015, please contact Hilary Vieitez, Research Librarian (Law) at or Rob Hodgson, Subject Librarian, Law at

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The sweetest things: summer food

Nothing triggers a memory more easily than taste.

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It might feel like summer’s nearly over, but then summer isn’t a time of the year. It’s a state of mind. Even if you can’t enjoy good weather, you can at least enjoy the taste of summer all year round. Did you know that the library holds several books related to food science, including recipes?

We asked staff for their favourite flavours of summer, with some recipes from CityLibrary Search to inspire your own culinary adventures.


Sweetest things

Catherine loves Pavlova “with all the fresh fruit that you put on top and that sweet crumbly goodness, what’s not to love!”

One member of staff loves milkshakes, saying they are the secret ingredient that keeps them looking young.

A member of staff likes to indulge her sweet teeth with a Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake, sometimes even sharing it with friends and family.


Hot and tasty

Jonathan loves a Green Thai Curry. He says they taste great.

One member of staff likes Falafels. Full of nutriments.

Alex loves lamb shish kebabs. He says they’re the smell of summer.

Another member of staff is a big fan of courgette pasta.


Salty Summer nights

Lynn loves hummus. She makes her own and can’t get enough of it.

One librarian likes Bloody Mary. “Very nutritious and gives me the energy to get through a busy week”.

Another librarian likes Pasta Genovese. A classic dish.


Beach ready

Catie loves pasta primaevera. Quick and easy, bung in a bit of veg, smash in some herb, shake it about, drizzle in olive oil. Pukka.

One member of staff loves fruit smoothies. The sweetest things to get him going.

A Greek salad is a classic summer flavour for some.


Picnic perfect

And if all else fails, Samantha recommends “Proper Pimms or a champagne cocktail, “Picnic Tea” (everything cold that you like from a posh deli [ed.: tongue, roll-mops, pickled eggs?] with some nice bread) and Eton Mess.” Don’t forget the crisps (three’s the magic number for picnics).


…and here’s some we made earlier

What an absolute feast! What’s your favourite summer grub? Tell us in the comments below.

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Visits from the Economist and the Financial Times

City Library Services will be hosting representatives from the Financial Times and the Economist at Northampton Square Library and Cass Learning Resource Centre on the dates below.

These information booths are an excellent opportunity for students and staff to meet representatives of these publications and discover new features.

Financial Times

Tuesday 3rd October 11.00 – 14.00 (Cass Learning Resource Centre)

Monday 9th October 14.00-16.00 (Northampton Square Library)

Thursday 12th October 15.00-17.00 (Cass Learning Resource Centre)

Thursday 19th October 10.00-13.00 (Northampton Square Library)

In addition to the information booths, Kylie Gammans from the Financial Times will be delivering a session on using online tools on the to look for jobs and prepare for interviews at Northampton Square on Thursday 19th October from 13.30 – 14.30 in B103. Register online to attend.

The Economist

Thursday 5th October 11.00-14.00 (Cass Learning Resource Centre)

Tuesday 17th October from 11.00-14.00 (Northampton Square Library)


The Economist can be accessed via the Newspapers Library Guide under The Economist. No registration is required; simply login with your City username and password.

City students and staff can register for their free subscription to the on the CityLibrary website.


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