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Foreign and Comparative Law Research Guide

Foreign law is the national (also referred to as domestic or internal) law of any country other than the United States and research methods will vary depending on the country you are researching. This guide provides starting points.

Citing to Foreign Law

Consult The Bluebook KF245 .U5 2015, Rule 20 and Table 2, for assistance with citing to foreign law. Rule 20 provides the general guidelines and Table 2 lists the sources for individual jurisdictions. Unfortunately, not all jurisdictions are listed in Table 2, so follow the general guidelines noted in Rule 20. To locate legal abbreviations, consult Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations at Intl Ref K85.R3 2008Noble's Revised International Guide to the Law Reports Intl Ref K38 .N63 1998, or other sources of abbreviations mentioned below.