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German Legal Research Guide

This in-depth guide will help researchers navigate the German legal materials.


German abbreviations can be a challenge to decipher. The chart at the beginning of the guide lists some of the most common abbreviations. The sources below provide lists of abbreviations and the corresponding meaning. Next, use the library's catalog to see if the source is available in the library or consult with a reference librarian.

  • Foreign Law Translations
    The Institute for Transnational Law at the University of Texas maintains this relatively short list of frequently encountered German legal abbreviations.  For codes and statutes, English translations of the German names are provided.  For journals and other publications, information on how to cite the publication is provided.
  • JuraForum
    JuraForum, an online directory of German lawyers, maintains this free electronic listing of more than a thousand German legal abbreviations.  No English translations are provided.
  • Abkürzungsverzeichnis der Rechtssprache (8th edition) REF KK82.2 K57 2015
    The current edition of this comprehensive print resource is located in the Reference Collection on the second floor of Williams Library.  Prior editions are available on the 4th floor of the library.