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To find foreign law, you might search by jurisdiction. You can find specific statutes and cases, particularly if you have a citation already, or titles of statutes or names of cases. This approach allows you to find primary law and official sources. You might also find new laws to recent to appear in secondary sources. Unique search terms and specific topic areas make searching in primary databases more feasible.
However, the best approach to foreign and comparative law research might be to find sources on the legal topic or subject area rather than starting with the particular country you’re researching. Many comparative law databases and websites are arranged by legal subject area. There are publications and databases that compile the laws of other countries on particular subjects. These may include summaries of the law of that country in English, citations to primary law, excerpts or full-text of statutes, or links to statutes and codes of other countries. There are also numerous books and treatises in the law library and the main campus library on the law of other countries in particular areas of the law, and these will include citations and excerpts. These are all good choices for your research before you focus on primary sources.
Subject compilations may be treatises with chapters on particular jurisdictions, subject journals with issues on different countries, website lists with topical headings, or databases with country fields or filters. There are multiple subject resources with statutes listed by country. Subject resources may provide full-text of or links to statutes, or they may include summaries, question & answer format, excerpts, or citations to primary law.
Foreign Law Guide (subscription database): The Foreign Law Guide has entries for most countries of the world, with descriptions of their legal systems and history and references to primary sources, topical sources, and English translations. The Subject Headings for each country cite (and sometimes link) major statutes and publications for that subject area.
Global Legal Monitor (Law Library of Congress): The Global Legal Monitor has both jurisdictional and topical headings to browse. Articles on legal developments are in English and include citations or links to primary documents or news articles.
Global Legal Information Catalog (Library of Congress): The Library’s Congress’ catalog of publications on legal topics covering the laws of multiple jurisdictions. Browse or search by topic or jurisdiction to find titles of works on comparative law by subject, then use discoverE or Worldcat (for interlibrary loan) to find the print titles.
Multinational Sources Compared: A Subject and Jurisdiction Index (Hein Online): A finding aid designed to direct researchers to sources that compare multiple jurisdictions on focused subjects. Browse by title, subject, or jurisdiction to find comparative law titles.
DiscoverE: Search the catalog with terms including "international," "world," and "global" and legal subjects to find titles.
Antitrust and Competition
Bankruptcy and Insolvency
Business and Commercial Law
Civil and Human Rights
Immigration and Refugees
Practice and Judicial Assistance Abroad
Privacy and Data Security