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Foreign and Comparative Law

Databases, websites and other resources relevant for researching foreign and comparative law.

Primary sources

  • CommonLII: Commonwealth Legal Information Institute. Legislation and case law from Commonwealth countries and common law jurisdictions.
  • Foreign Law Guide Information on sources of foreign law, including complete bibliographic citations to legislation, the existence of English translations and selected references to secondary sources for more than 190 jurisdictions.
  • Foreign Law Translations English translations of French, German, Austrian and Israeli legal materials in the fields of constitutional, administrative, contract and tort law.
  • Global-Regulation Contains index of more than 1.3 million laws and regulations (linking to the official full-text source) from many countries and data sources.
  • LegiGlobe. Un projet du Réseau Francophone de Diffusion du Droit.
  • Lexis Advance Quicklaw - (use VPN for off-campus access). Lexis Advance Quicklaw is a legal database that offers comprehensive coverage of Canadian, international, and foreign materials (US, UK, France, Australia and New Zealand).
  • Vlex Global Cases, statutes, and other legal materials in 13 languages for 134 countries (especially strong for Spanish-speaking countries).
  • WestlawNext Canada - Westlaw Next Canada is a legal database that provides extensive coverage of US and Canadian, and some international and foreign materials (UK, Australia). Westlaw Canada offers access to Canadian, US, and UK case law, the Canadian Abridgment Case Digests, the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (C.E.D.), Index to Canadian Legal Literature, select Legal Pleadings, and more.
  • World Law Guide Legislation and caselaw from around the world. Last updated in 2010.
  • WorldLII: World Legal Information Institute Legislation and caselaw from around the world.

Secondary sources

  • Cambridge Core Multidisciplinary e-books published Cambridge UP from 2013 onward. Law collection with particular strength in international law, human rights and transitional justice, transnational and comparative law, jurisprudence, and legal history.
  • Foreign & International Law Resources Database (via HeinOnline) Publications of the American Society of International Law and prominent Yearbooks from around the world, including the Hague Permanent Court of International Justice series.
  • Foreign Law Guide Information on sources of foreign law, including complete bibliographic citations to legislation, the existence of English translations and selected references to secondary sources for more than 190 jurisdictions.
  • Global Legal Monitor. An online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from official national legal publications and reliable press sources.
  • International Comparative Legal Guides Current and practical comparative legal information on a range of practice areas.
  • International encyclopedia of comparative law Detailed description of the legal systems of more than 140 countries, including thoroughly documented comparative analyses of the main issues in civil and commercial law and related areas covering the whole world (via BrillOnline Reference Works)
  • LegiGlobe. Un projet du Réseau Francophone de Diffusion du Droit.
  • Lexis Advance Quicklaw - (use VPN for off-campus access). Lexis Advance Quicklaw is a legal database that offers comprehensive coverage of Canadian, international, and foreign materials (US, UK, France, Australia and New Zealand).
  • Oxford Handbooks Authoritative and up-to-date surveys of original research in a particular subject area. Includes many comparative texts.
  • Vlex Global Cases, statutes, and other legal materials in 13 languages for 134 countries (especially strong for Spanish-speaking countries).

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