- Foreign Law Definitions
- Reynolds & Flores
- Country-Specific Pathfinders & Guides
- Basic Sources
- Country-Specific Sources
- Periodical Sources
- Case Law
- Citation Manuals
This guide is intended to assist researchers who have little or no experience in researching the law of foreign jurisdictions. The guide offers a brief introduction to foreign law and relevant key sources.
It does not contain a comprehensive list of sources, nor does it offer sophisticated techniques for the advanced researcher of foreign law.
Foreign Law: Definitions
Foreign law may generally be defined as the law of jurisdictions outside the United States. Comparative law, on the other hand, is a study of the similarities and differences in two or more legal systems. Major legal systems in the world include common law, civil law and religious law. No modern legal system is a “pure” representation of any type of system; all jurisdictions today represent mixed systems, to some extent. For more information see
Rene, David, Major Legal Systems in the World: An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Law (3rd ed. 1985)
Glenn, H. Patrick, Legal Traditions of the World: Sustainable Diversity in Law (4th ed. 2010)
A clickable multilingual map of legal systems at http://www.juriglobe.ca/
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