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Beginning Foreign Law Research
"Foreign law" is the domestic law of a country (other than your own).
When researching the laws of another country, you will use many of the same skills you use for U.S. legal research; however, there are some additional processes you might need to implement as well as additional resources you might need to consult. You will frequently need to use at least some of the following procedures:
- Obtain background information about the country.
- Evaluate the structure of the country's legal system (i.e. determine the type of legal system and sources of law for the country in question).
- Consult secondary sources of law from/about that country.
- Consult primary sources of law for that country.
Foreign and International Law Reference Works
Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law This link opens in a new window
The Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law is a comprehensive, analytical resource containing peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of international law. This definitive reference work contains both the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and the Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law.
Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
This database allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law.