Getting Started with Foreign Legal Research

Searching for legislation or case law from a foreign country? Foreign Law Guide (BrillOnline Reference Works) is perhaps one of the most important first steps. It provides essential information for identifying, locating, and using primary and secondary sources of foreign law, especially when you don’t have a citation and need background information in order to know where to look for a law.

Foreign Law Guide currently covers over 190 countries and the European Union. Information for each country is edited by one or more law librarians and/or legal experts, and includes an introduction to the legal system, followed by a list of codifications, gazettes, court reporters, and other legal publications, as well as a grouping of sources of law by subject.

The database also includes hundreds of links to relevant online sources, and where available, references to English-language translations, which are otherwise difficult to come by.

For assistance with using Foreign Law Guide, contact Sunil Rao, Foreign and International Law Librarian, at

Submitted by Sunil Rao, on April 14, 2016

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