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Finding Foreign Law

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About This Guide

This guide describes how to find the laws of foreign countries using resources at the University of Minnesota, on WestlawNext and Lexis Advance, and on the web. The emphasis is on codes and statutes rather than cases. The guide will also help you find secondary materials that describe other countries' laws. It includes links to websites and to other guides.  This is a  generic guide; if the Library has a more specific guide for the jurisdiction you want (FranceGermanyGreat BritainCanadaSweden, or the Netherlands), use that guide instead of this one.

Although the U of M has a large collection of foreign law, and the internet provides additional resources, it is sometimes impossible to find current foreign law on a topic, particularly in translation.  Very few foreign laws, and even fewer cases, are translated into English. 


The best guide to foreign legal citation is probably New York University's Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations, Reference Office K89 .G85 2009 . See also Table 2 of The Bluebook (19th ed., 2010).

Suzanne Thorpe

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Credits: This guide is based on a version created by Mary Rumsey.


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