This guide highlights foreign law sources available to Brooklyn Law School patrons. Developed by Victoria Szymczak and revised by Jean Davis.
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014
Sources covering multiple jurisdictions (or legal families) appear first in the list below.
- University of Ottowa, Juriglobe World Legal Systems
Provides overviews (in graphic form) of the world's legal systems and identifies official legal languages. Includes a "General Bibliography" about the world's legal systems.
- Heikki E.S. Mattila & Christopher Goddard, Comparative Legal Linguistics: Language of Law, Latin and Modern Lingua Francas (2013)
- The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Law (Mauro Bussani & Ugo Mattei, eds., 2012)
Includes chapters about: the East Asian legal tradition; the Jewish legal tradition; the Islamic legal tradition; the sub-Saharan legal tradition; the Latin American and Caribbean legal traditions; mixed legal systems; and democracy and the Western legal tradition.
- Comparative Law and Society (David S. Clark, ed. 2012)
Includes chapter: "Federalism and subnational legal systems: the Canadian example of provincial constitutionalism."
- Vernon Palmer, Mixed Jurisdictions Worldwide: The Third Legal Family (2012)
- H. Patrick Glenn, Legal Traditions of the World: Sustainable Diversity in Law (2010)
- Gokulesh Sharma, An Introduction to the Legal Systems of the World (2008)
Contains essays on Hindu law, Islamic law, Chinese law, Jewish law, Roman law, English law, and African law.
- Muhammed Twafig Laden, Introduction to Jurisprudence: Classical and Islamic (2007)
- Shari'a: Islamic Law in the Contemporary Context (Abbas Amanat & Frank Griffel, eds. 2007)
- On order: Nancy McCormack & Melanie R. Bueckert, Introduction to the Law and Legal System of Canada (2013)
- On order: Pitman Potter, China's Legal System (2013)
- Guangha Yu, The Development of the Chinese Legal System : Change and Challenges (2012)
- Yuanshi Bu, Chinese Business Law (2010)
- Daniel C.K. Chow, The Legal System of the People's Republic of China in a Nutshell (2009)
- Gary Slapper & David Kelly, The English Legal System (2012)
- Terence Ingman, The English Legal Process (2011)
- Richard Ward & Amanda Ahktar, Walker & Walker's English Legal System (2011)
- George A. Bermann & Etienne Picard, Introduction to French Law (2012)
- John Bell, Sophie Boyron & Simon Whittaker, Principles of French Law (2008)
- Catherine Elliott, Catherine Vernon & Eric Jeanpierre, French Legal System (2006)
- Howard D. Fisher, The German Legal System and Legal Language: A General Survey Together with Notes and German Vocabulary (2009)
- Adineh Abghari, Introduction to the Iranian Legal System and the Protection of Human Rights in Iran (2008)
- On order: Francisco Avalos, The Mexican Legal System (2013)
- Richard J. Scragg, New Zealand's Legal System: The Principles of Legal Method (2005)
- William Elliott Butler, Russian Law (2009)
- B.L. Zimnenko, International Law and the Russian Legal System (2007)
- Elena Merino-Blanco, Spanish Law and Legal System (2006)
- Introduction to the Law of South Africa (C.G. van der Merwe & Jacques E. du Plesis eds., 2004)
- Alexander Biryukov & Inna Shyrokova, The Law and Legal System of Ukraine (2005)
- Law and Legal System of Uzbekistan (Ilias Bantekas ed., 2005)
- GlobaLex - 100+ online legal research guides for foreign jurisidictions.
- Law Library of Congress, Guide to Law Online: Nations
- Law Library of Congress, Global Legal Information Catalog - Describes subject-oriented sources that reprint laws and regulations of foreign countries.
- Marci Hoffman, ed. Foreign Law Guide - Online subscription source that provides information about laws in approx. 190 foreign jurisdictions. Each entry describes the foreign legal system and key sources of laws and regulations. Includes cites to English-language translations of primary legal materials and cites to some secondary sources.
- Bloomberg Law > click: Books & Treatises > Getting the Deal Through - Online subscription source that provides current subject overviews of nearly 30 countries' laws. These subject overviews focus on business, intellectual property and trade topics. (Countries covered vary by topic.) Topic "Dispute Resolution" outlines the court system and time limits for bringing selected civil claims in the countries covered by Getting the Deal Through.
- Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Country by Country Guide to Foreign Law Research
- Silke Sahl & updated by Alison Sherwin, A Selective List of Guides to Foreign Legal Research
- Gallagher Law Library, East Asian Law Department, Chinese Legal Research, Japanese Legal Research, Korean Legal Research, Taiwan Legal Research
- Marci Hoffman & Mary Rumsey, International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook (2012)
- J. Paul Lomio, Henrik Spang-Hanssen & George D. Wilson, Legal Research Methods in a Modern World: A Coursebook (2011) and corresponding website with updates.