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Starting Points for Foreign Law Research: Guides: Legal Systems & FL Research

This guide highlights foreign law sources available to Brooklyn Law School patrons. Developed by Victoria Szymczak and revised by Jean Davis.

Guides to Foreign Legal Systems

Below are a few examples of sources that discuss foreign legal systems/traditions.  Sources covering multiple jurisdictions (or legal families) appear first in the list below.

Guides to Foreign Legal Research

  • GlobaLex  - Link: Foreign Law Research yields 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.
  • Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Legal resources at Oxford University, Resources for Jurisdictions.  
  • Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Country by Country Guide to Foreign Law Research
  • Bloomberg Law > Browse [All Content]: Secondary Sources > Search Reference Materials > check: Getting the Deal Through (GTDT).  In keywords search box, add a country name.  GTDT 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 GTDT.   
  • Marci Hoffman, International Legal Research in a Nutshell (2021) - Chapter 3 highlights many sources for foreign and comparative law research.  Appendix B describes sources containing translations of national law.

Lists w/ Links to Foreign Laws/Gov't. Gazettes