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International and Foreign Cyberspace Law Research Guide

This guide covers resources on cyberspace law where issues encompass the Internet, cybercrime, privacy and ecommerce. Cyberspace law can incorporate aspects of comparative, international and foreign law

National Laws Governing Electronic Commerce

The resources described below will help you identify and/or retrieve national laws pertaining to e-commerce and related topics.

  • Getting the Deal Through (GTDT)
    This multi-jurisdictional resource offers in-depth, practitioner-written summaries of national laws that govern digital business, cloud computing, domain names, and related topics using a standardized a question and answer format.  Begin by selecting a practice area from the menu. Then select a jurisdiction to generate a report or select multiple jurisdictions to compare.  Jurisdictional coverage varies by practice area.
  • International Encyclopaedia of Laws -- Cyber Law Online
    This resource offers detailed, book-length summaries of national laws pertaining to information technology in 38 jurisdictions worldwide.  Each jurisdiction-specific treatise follows a standard outline, making it easy to compare laws across jurisdictions.  Topics covered in each outline include protection of intellectual property (Part II), information and computer technology contracts (Part III), and electronic transactions (Part IV), among others.  Citations to primary laws are included.  All content is available for download in PDF format.
  • The Foreign Law Guide
    Use this subscription database to identify primary law sources for jurisdictions outside the U.S.  From the homepage, scroll down and click on the tab labeled "Laws by Subject."  Select "Cybercrime, Data Protection, Information & Internet" from alphabetical list of subjects.  Then select the desired jurisdiction and scroll down for laws related to e-commerce.  In some cases, you will find a direct link to an electronic version of a law.  In other cases, only a citation to a print source is provided.  Ask a librarian for assistance in locating print sources.
  • Global-Regulation 
    This user-friendly subscription database allows you to search by keyword in English for national laws and regulations from 110 jurisdictions worldwide.  After running a search, use the country filters on the left to narrow by jurisdiction or click on the "Advanced Mode" link, displayed above the search results, to enter additional search terms linked by Boolean operators.  For non-English-speaking jurisdictions, machine-generated English translations are provided, along with a link to the law or regulation in its original language.