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Brief research guide to key resources on the law of Germany. German legal research.

Tips for Finding English Language Translations

The following resources are helpful for finding English language materials covering German law:

Selected Treatises

Listed below are some of the most frequently used sources as well as relevant MNCAT subject searches.  These subject searches will retrieve both English and German language materials.  Please note that no translation, even those from the German government, is as authoritative as the original source.​

Administrative Law

Mahendra P. Singh, German Administrative Law in Common Law Perspective KK5580.S56 2001. 
s = Administrative law Germany

Administrative Law of the European Union, Its Member States and the United States: A Comparative Analysis (René Seerden ed., 2007). K3400 .A77 2007

Antitrust Law

German Antitrust Law (KK6456.M84 1999) 
Commercial Laws of Europe (KJC2041.3C66x)  
Business Transactions in Germany (KK 2086 .B87 1983)
Convergence of Competition Laws and Policies in the European Community: Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands (2001). KJC6456 .D73 2001 
s = Antitrust law Germany 
s = Antitrust law Europe 
s = Competition law Germany

Business and Commercial Law

Doing Business in Europe (KJE959.B87D63 1997-) 
Business Transactions in Germany (KK2086.B87 1983-)

Martin Schulz & Oliver Wasmeier, The Law of Business Organizations : A Concise Overview of German Corporate Law (2012) KK2432 .S375x 2012\

s = Commercial law Germany 
s = Commercial law Europe

Intellectual Property

German Industrial Property, Copyright and Antitrust Laws (KK2636.A25 1996) 

Horowitz on World Trademark Law > Germany
International Copyright Law and Practice(K1420.5 .I58x 1988) 

s = Copyright Germany 
s = Industrial property Germany 
s = Copyright, international 
s = Intellectual property (international law) 
s = patents (international law) 
s = intellectual property (international law)

Labor Law

Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the Federal Republic of Germany  (4th rev. ed., 2008). KK2860.W46x 2008 
International Encyclopaedia for Labour Law (K1705.I57) 
s = Labor laws and legislation Germany 
s = Labor laws and legislation, international


Tax Laws of the World (KK 7104.5 1973x) 
German Tax & Business Law Guide (KK7105.6.G47) 
European Taxation (KJC 7101.3 .E87x). 
s = Taxation Europe 
s = Taxation law and legislation Germany

Periodical Articles

Periodicals are a valuable source of information on German law and the legal system. There are many law reviews and international journals available in English that cover German law. Most of these journals are indexed in the major periodical indexes: 

To find articles in foreign legal periodicals use these indexes:

Research Guides

The following research guides provide guidance on German legal research as well as more information about the German legal system.  


The following legal dictionaries are helpful for finding definitions and English translations of German legal terms.

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