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Resources for researching the law in foreign jurisdictions


Foreign law treatises (comprehensive study of the law of a particular country) are in the Law library on Level 3 at call numbers starting with R.

Comparative law compares legal systems. Browse the Law Library shelves on level 3 at P70

Contact the Law Library

The Law Library is located at 15 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton campus (pdf 207kb). Entry is on Level 1.

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Legal Information Institutes

Foreign law - or comparative law, deals with the law of different countries.

For translations of the laws of individual countries, see the Global Regulation database.

Find freely available case law, legislation, law reform and secondary sources.

The free access to law movement is a grouping of the following organisations:


Westlaw US & International (Thomson Reuters Westlaw)
Access to US and international cases and legislation, journals and treatises

Lexis Advance 
Primary and secondary sources from the US, Canada, UK and other jurisdictions worldwide.

Foreign Law Guide 
A comprehensive source for essential information on foreign law from nearly 200 jurisdictions.

Access translations of 1,55 million laws from 78 countries.

Getting the Deal Through
Provides comprehensive overviews of legal information (in such areas as corporate, financial, competition & regulatory, IP, energy, dispute resolution & arbitration law) in 70 practice areas in over 150 jurisdictions, written by local experts. Allows easy jurisdiction comparison.

Index to Common Law Festschriften
Over 270 common law Festschriften indexed, over 4,500 chapter entries, plus more than a thousand entries of English language contributions to predominantly foreign language, non-common law Festschriften.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
references to journal articles from non western jurisdictions. 

International Comparative Legal Guides (ICLG)
Find and compare the law in 45 practice areas for 140 jurisdictions.

N-Lex - a common gateway to national law
Links to legislative websites from Europa.

Parker School of Foreign & Comparative Law Publications (Hein Online)
This collection includes more than 50 publications from the prestigious Parker School of Foreign & Comparative Law at Columbia Law School. View publications such as the 22-volume set, A Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law. Book and Articles in English by Charles Szladits, along with An Introduction to the Legal System of the United States by E. Allan Farnsworth, among various others. 

World Constitutions Illustrated : contemporary & historical documents & resources (Hein Online)

Country information on the Internet

Research Guides and Websites