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Foreign Law Basics: Home

Introduces resources researchers can use to find the law of foreign jurisdictions. Emphasizes electronic databases.


Welcome to Foreign Law Basics. In this research guide you will find links to databases that contain the constitutions, statutes, and case law of many countries. You will also find sources that list foreign statutes and codes by country and subject, index articles about foreign law, and provide additional research assistance. The purpose of the guide is to provide helpful links whether you are just checking the correctness of a citation, searching for a statute or case by citation, or searching more generally for information and commentary about the law of a given foreign jurisdiction.

Sources you locate with the links listed here may be in English or the vernacular language of the jurisdiction in question. Be aware that if you plan to research the law of a non-English-language jurisdiction, you will need to be able to read the language of that jurisdiction.

Please also keep in mind that this guide introduces just the basics. For more detailed information, please see guides on individual foreign jurisdictions, which provide information about both electronic and print sources for major jurisdictions represented in the IU Maurer School of Law Library.

Separate Research Guides are under construction for:

South Africa

Great Britain

Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland