For my dissertation, I would like to cite an EU regulation No 269/2014 using BibTeX in the APA style. Has anyone ever done this? What is the most convenient way to do so and which template should be used?

I am aware that there are specialised packages for citing legislation, but this is likely going to be the only legal source for my document.

Minimum working example:


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    Commented Nov 16, 2014 at 20:47
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    Commented Nov 16, 2014 at 21:03

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I'd treat it with the catch all @misc entry:

\documentclass{article}% no page break before bibliography

  author={{Council of European Union}},
  title={Council regulation ({EU}) no 269/2014},

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Note that filecontents is used just for convenience; use your normal method with an external .bib file. I also changed the document class for avoiding page breaks.

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When I cite EU regulations, I use article, because the regulations or directives are published in the Official Journal. I'm not sure about the author, so I leave it blank.

  title   = {REGULATION (EC) No 765/2008 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 339/93},
  journal = {OJ},
  year    = {2008-08-13},
  volume  = {L 218},
  pages   = {30--47},

That renders to:

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  • Why not @Article{GDPR16, title = {Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation)}, journal = {Official Journal L110}, year = {2016-05-04}, volume = {59}, author = {European~Union}, pages = {1--88}, } Commented Nov 16, 2020 at 19:52

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