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Foreign, Comparative & International Legal Research Starting Places

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Updated Jan. 10, 2014.

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This page lists several of the most useful guides for beginning research dealing with foreign, comparative, or international legal research. These sites are among the best of such guides currently available. See also the Gallagher guides on specific FCIL topics.


American Society of International Law, Electronic Resource Guide
A collection of guides on topics such as the European Union, international criminal law, international environmental law, international human rights, international intellectual property law, and other subjects. Contains sources in the Electronic System for International Law.

Cornell Legal Information Institute, Law by Source: Global
Links to sources for constitutions, laws, court opinions, and related legal information around the world.

Harvard Law School Library, Foreign & International Law Resources: An Annotated Guide to Web Sites Around the World
Links to many authoritative websites.

Law Library of Congress, Guide to Law Online
Categories include “International and Multinational” and “Nations of the World.” Links to research guides and collections of links, as well as governmental resources.

LexisNexis Academic [UW Restricted]
Includes court opinions, laws, and regulations from several countries, including Australia, the European Union, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Not all types of content are available for every country.

Northwestern University Library, List of IGOs
A thorough list of intergovernmental organizations with links to their websites and sometimes specific sites for databases and publications.

Washburn University School of Law, International Resources
An extensive list by topic, with an optional index by region and country.

World Legal Information Institute
Court opinions, law reviews, treaties, and other legal content for 123 jurisdictions. Links to a 14 regional legal information institutes.

Yale's Lillian Goldman Law Library, Foreign & International Research
Provides a country-by-country guide links to online legal research guides, LexisNexis and Westlaw databases, and other sources.

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