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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.

Research Guides: Individual Country Research & General Guides

This research guide covers general resources for foreign and comparative law research. The Georgetown Law Library also maintains legal research guides for the following foreign jurisdictions: CanadaFranceGermanyMexicoSouth Africa, and the United Kingdom.

There are many other jurisdiction-specific guides to foreign legal research available online.  Finding one may be the next step in your research process. Use the resources listed below to help you locate online legal research guides for the jurisdiction(s) that interest you.

  • A Selective List of Guides to Foreign Legal Research (Columbia Law Library)
    This bibliography of guides and publications on legal research covers dozens of countries and regions and includes both electronic and print resources.
  • GlobaLex Foreign Law Research
    This free resource, maintained by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU, includes English language guides to legal research for more than 150 jurisdictions.  Each guide is written by a librarian or practitioner who is familiar with the legal system.  Content varies, but usually includes background information about the legal system, print sources for primary law, and links to online sources (where available).
  • Foreign & International Law Gateways (Harvard Law School)
    Provides links to to foreign and international law content by subject, by country, and by region.

Here are three additional research guides on foreign and comparative law generally: