Chapter 7, Foreign and Comparative Law
All freely available websites are available below. Updated and new sources as well as new content follow the footnotes below, organized by section of the Coursebook.
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FN #2, World Legal Systems
FN #4, Margaret Greville, Introduction to New Zealand Law & Sources of Legal Information (Globalex)
FN #5, Stéphane Cottin and Jérôme Rabenou, Researching French Law (Globalex)
FN #7, Government Gazettes Online
FN #8, Edilenice Passos, Doing Legal Research in Brazil (Globalex)
FN #9, An Annotated Guide to Web Sites Around the World (Harvard Law Library)
FN #10, A Selective List of Guides to Foreign Legal Research (Columbia Law Library)
FN #11, LLRX, Comparative and Foreign Law
FN #12, Legal Research Guide for China , Taiwan , Korea and Japan (University of Washington Law Library)
FN #13, Globalex
FN #14, Multinational Collections Database (Library of Congress) has been renamed Global Legal Information Catalog. The Jurisdiction box is now a drop-down box, allowing you to select one or more countries (or other jurisdictions, such as the EU or the Council of Europe) on the list.
FN #15, NYU's Collection of Foreign Databases by Jurisdiction
FN #16, Sources of International and Foreign Law in English
FN #19, The Constitution Finder
FN #20, International Constitutional Law
FN #21, National Constitutions
FN #22, Constitutions of the Americas
FN #23, Rise of Modern Constitutionalism
FN #29, American Law Sources Online
FN #30, Annual Review of Population Law (site is not available)
FN #31, CODICES, Laws on the Courts (Council of Europe, Venice Commission)
FN #32, Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (WIPO) is now called WIPOLex
FN #33, Criminal Law Resources on the Internet (Buffalo Criminal Law Center) has not been updated since 2002, but many of the links are still useful.
FN #34, Election Law Resource (Ace Project)
FN #35, Foreign Trade Information Center (OAS)
FN #36, FAOLEX (FAO)
FN #37, Global E-Commerce Law (Baker & McKenzie), this site is no longer available
FN #38, International Constitutional Law
FN #39, International Digest of Health Legislation (WHO)
FN #40, Latin American Government Documents Project is no longer updated and the links are not useful.
FN #41, Legislationonline.org (OSCE)
FN #42, NATLEX (ILO)
FN #43, UNHCR Legal Information, replaced by Refworld
FN #44, UNODC Legal Library
FN #45, World Trade Organization (WTO)
FN #46, An Annotated Guide to Web Sites Around the World (Harvard Law Library)
FN #47, WorldLII
FN #49, Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations (2006)
FN #50, Law Reports Searchable by Abbreviation or Title
FN #51, Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
FN #52, American Law Sources Online
FN #53, CODICES, Constitutional Case Law from Europe (Council of Europe , Venice Commission)
FN #54, Legal Information Institute, Law by Source: Global (Cornell)
FN #55, Judicial Institutions of the Americas (Georgetown), site no longer has case law
FN #56, Global Courts: Supreme Court Decisions from Around the World, has not been updated since 2007; some of the links are still useful
FN #57, Institute of Global Law, replaced by Insitute of Transnational Law
FN #58, Links to Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Bodies
FN #59, NYU's Collection of Foreign Databases by Jurisdiction
FN #60, World Law Guide (Courts/Cases)
FN #61, Dominican Republic Supreme Court (Global Courts)
FN #62, Institute for Transnational Law
FN #63, CODICES (Council of Europe)
FN #64, WorldLII: Courts and Case-Law
FN #65, Zambian Supreme Court
FN #67, Australian Guide to Legal Citation
FN #68, Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations (2006)
FN #72, Electronic Journal of Comparative Law
References to page numbers in parentheses refer to pages in the Coursebook.
Section I. Introduction
New edition of H. Patrick Glenn, Legal Traditions of the World (2010). (See p. 133.)
Section II.A. Locating Primary Law: Where to Start
Szladits’ Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law ceased publication in 1998. (See page 137.)
Several “doing business” guides are available on LexisNexis; Westlaw has one for China. (See p. 137.)
Section II.B. Locating Primary Law: Introductory Works on Specific Countries
John Bell et al., Principles of French Law (2d ed. 2008).
Alexander Biryukov & Inna Shyrokova, The Law and Legal System of Ukraine (2005).
William Burnham et al., Law and Legal System of the Russian Federation (2009).
Nigel G. Foster & Satish Sule, German Legal System & Laws (4th ed., 2010).
Introduction to the Law of South Africa (C.G. van der Merwe & Jacques E. du Plessis eds., 2004).
Adefi M. Olong,The Nigerian Legal System: An Introduction (2007).
George Wille, Wille’s Principles of South African Law (9th ed. 2010).
(See pages 137-38.)
Section II.C. Locating Primary Law: Constitutions
East European Constitutional Review ceased publication in 2003. (See page 141.)
A new subscription database is now available from HeinOnline, World Constitutions Illustrated. This collection contains current national constitutions in the original language and in English translation. Also has constitutional histories of selected countries including Brazil, Colombia, France and the United Kingdom, as well as full-text periodicals and books. (See page 140.)
Section II.D. Locating Primary Law: Legislation
The Law Library of Congress’s Multinational Collections Database has been renamed Global Legal Information Catalog. (See page 142.)
Martindale-Hubbell’s International Law Digest is no longer published on paper, but only on LexisNexis and on the website (you must register). (See page 141.)
Tax Laws of the World and Commercial Laws of the World have become part of RIA Checkpoint and are available only from that database. (See page 141.)
Section II.E. Locating Primary Law: LexisNexis and Westlaw
Caution: LexisNexis and Westlaw keep some of their foreign law databases available even though they are no longer updated. Make sure you check the coverage of the database by clicking on the small “i” next to the database name. (See pages 143-44.)
Westlaw no longer offers any Mexican law materials in English, and no longer offers any Argentine law. (See page 144.)
Section II.F.1. Locating Primary Law: English-Language Sources, Topical Collections
Commercial Laws of the World and Tax laws of the World, formerly available as a looseleaf multi-volume treatises, are now available only from Thomson Reuters Checkpoint, by subscription. (See page 144.)
Doing Business (World Bank). (See page 144).
Global Encyclopaedia of Data Protection Regulation is no longer published. (See page 144.)
The World Arbitration Reporter ceased publication in 2007. (See page 144.)
The World Arbitration Reporter: International Encyclopaedia of Arbitration Law and Practice. (See page 144.)
Section II.F.2. Locating Primary Law: English Language Sources, Country or Regional Collections
New URL for China Laws for Foreign Business.
Russia & the Republics: Legal Materials (2d series, 2006- ). (See page 145.)
Section II.F.3. Locating Primary Law: English-Language Sources, Selected Web Sites
Centre for German Legal Information (CGerLI) - the gateway to German law in English.
Section III. Case Law
To find foreign case law on LexisNexis, use the link for “Find Laws by Country or Region.” (See page 147.)
Donald Raistrick & David Edmond Neuberger, Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations (3d ed. 2008). (See page 147.)
Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations (2d ed. 2009). This guide is no longer freely available online. (See page 148.)
The Institute of Global Law’s collection of translated cases has moved to the Institute for Transnational Law — Foreign Law Translations. Italian cases are no longer available. (See page 149.)
International Law Reports is now available online from Justis, by subscription. (See page 149.)
International Environmental Law Reports ceased publication in 2007. (See page 149.)
Selected Judgments of the Supreme Court of Israel has been continued by Israel Law Reports (1992-). Also available on Heinonline. (See page 150.)
Section V. Citing to Foreign Law
New edition of Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations (2nd ed. 2009). This guide is no longer available on the Web. (See page 151.)
New edition of Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (7th ed. 2010). (See page 151.)
Section VII.A. Comparative Law Sources: General Works
Mary Ann Glendon, et al, Comparative Legal Traditions in a Nutshell (2d ed. 2008). (See page 152.)
Mixed Legal Systems at New Frontiers (Esin Örücü ed., 2010).
New edition of H. Patrick Glenn, Legal Traditions of the World (2010). (See p. 152.)
Recent examples of articles on comparative law: Janet Halley & Kerry Rittich, Critical Directions in Comparative Family Law: Genealogies and Contemporary Studies of Family Law Exceptionalism, 58 Am. J. Comp. L. 753 (2010); Rizgar Mohammed Kadir, The Scope and the Nature of Computer Crimes Statutes - A Critical Comparative Study, 11 German L.J. 609 (2010).
Section VII. Comparative Law Sources: Selected Comparative Law Journals
Transnational Legal Theory (2010-).
European Journal of Legal Studies (2007-).
The Journal of Comparative Law (2006-).