This guide lists essential print and online sources for researching foreign law. NOTE: First 4 tabs list important general sources that might not be repeated in the dropdown tabs.
Last Updated: Mar 2, 2017
The resources on this page may provide the texts, summaries or citations of laws on the subjects listed below. Check each source to see which countries it covers. Language may be vernacular or English. If English is not an official language of the country, do not assume that an English text is authentic or official. This list is intended as a starting place and is not comprehensive. Please note that inclusion of a link to a website or to other material in this list should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the accuracy or currency of the website or the material.
See also the sources listed in the next box and the pages for specific countries in this guide.
- Digest of Commercial Laws of the World
- Doing Business Law Library, World Bank Group
- EIU Country Intelligence
- Getting the Deal Through, Bloomberg Law
Search and Browse: Books and Treatises
- Foreign Law Translation, Texas Law, UT Austin
Selected translations of French, German, Austrian and Israeli legal materials in constitutional, administrative, contract, and tort law. The German and French cases include the Reichsgericht, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, the Bundesgerichtshof, the Conseil Constitutionnel, the Conseil d’Etat, and the Cour de Cassation.
- AREAER Online, Annual Report on Exchange Arrangements and Exchange Restrictions, IMF eLibrary
Series tab: Periodicals and Reports. Rules on ownership of real estate, overviews of import and export tax systems, rules on resident and non-resident accounts, overviews of license restrictions, regulations on capital and money markets, direct investment, commercial banks, credit institutions, and institutional investors.
- UPDATE: Foreign Law – Subject Law Collections on the Web, GlobaLex
Update by Jennifer Allison, original guide by Charlotte Bynum.
- Foreign Law Guide, Brill.com
Marci Hoffman, General Ed., University of California, Berkeley Law Library. Describes the general sources of law and cites to specific laws on various subjects such as taxation.
- GlobaLex: Comparative Law Research & Foreign Law Research
- IEL International Encyclopaedia of Laws & Other Manuals, Kluwer Law International
Over three dozen manuals on topics such as civil procedure, constitutional law, IP, and social security.
- Global Regulation, Global-Regulation, Inc.
Regulations, secondary legislation, technical standards.
- Multi-jurisdictional e-Resources, NYU Law Library
- WorldLII World Legal Information Institute: Subjects
- Comprehensive Index of Legal Reports, Law Library of Congress
Commentary and recommended resources on issues and events, including the law of various countries.
- Global Legal Monitor, Law Library of Congress
- Legislationline, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Contains English translations of international and national laws on a variety of human rights issues, as well as constitutions and criminals codes. Can filter by topic or country.
- In Custodia Legis Blog: Global Law, Law Librarians of Congress
- United Nations Legislative Series
Each volume surveys materials on a topic in international law, including national laws. Best for historical research.
- News, blogs, etc.
- International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law
- UPDATE: Basic Guide to Researching Foreign Law: Subject Collections
By Mary Rumsey.
- Globalization Moved My Cheese: Or, How Do I Find Foreign Law? AALL program
By Jean Wenger.
- UPDATE: Foreign Law: Subject Law Collections on the Web, GlobaLex
By Charlotte Bynum.