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Foreign & International Law: Foreign Law

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The Law Library of Congress produces reports on foreign, comparative, and international law in response to requests from Members of Congress, Congressional staff and committees, the federal courts, executive branch agencies, and others. There are over 1,000 legal reports available online. Browse reports by topic, region, year of publication, or simply browse all the reports.

Central Intelligence Agency


Bluebook (21st ed.) format for citations to foreign materials

For international materials see Rule 21 and Table 3

For help deciphering unfamiliar citations


Guides to Foreign Law Research

  • Country by Country Guide to Foreign Law Research
    • From Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library, this country-by-country guide will help get you started on your foreign law research by connecting you to the best research guides and databases for each country.
  • Foreign & International Law Research Guides (Georgetown Law Library)
  • GlobaLex
    • Foreign Law Research guides These country guides are especially helpful starting points when researching the domestic law of a country. GlobaLex is published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law. The guides and articles are written by scholars well known in their respective fields and are recommended as a legal resource by universities, library schools, and legal training courses.
  • JuriGlobe
    • Provides a simple resource for an overview of the applicable legal systems and the official languages which apply in various countries. From the University of Ottawa.
  • N-Lex
    • Official site of the European Union providing a single entry point to individual EU countries' national law databases.
  • Resources for Jurisdictions
    • From Oxford University's Bodleian Library, this guide provides country specific and regional legal research information, including English translations when available.
  • World Legal Information Institute

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