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Foreign Law Research: Introduction

Beginning Foreign Law Research

Foreign law is the domestic or internal 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