Accessing Case Law from Foreign Courts ... in English!

 Locating translations for foreign legal materials, particularly for decisions from foreign courts, can be a challenge. Even if available, they are often not authoritative, outdated, and expensive.

The law library subscribe to a database, Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC), that to some extent, addresses this problem.

ILDC contains decisions from domestic courts around the world, including more than 65 jurisdictions in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, United States, Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, dating back as far as the early nineteenth century.

The topics covered involve significant issues in public international law, including international business law, family law, privileges and immunities, treaty law, environmental law, criminal law, foreign investment, human rights, and more.

Each case includes a summary of facts, relevant legal issues, the holding, the full text of the decision, expert analysis, and links to cited cases and other documents.

For cases that are not published in English, the full text of the decision in the original language is included, with translation of key passages into English.

ILDC decisions can be browsed by subject, party name, date, and jurisdiction, or searched by keyword. If you need any help on constructing a search in this database, contact Sunil Rao, Foreign and International Law Librarian.

Submitted by Sunil Rao, on November 2, 2016

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