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This country-by-country guide will help get you started on your foreign law research by connecting you to the best research guides and databases for each country. 

Notes about the guide:

  • The Call Numbers within parentheses indicates where the print materials for that country are located on the Lower East Side (LES) of the Yale Law Library.
  • The Regional Map link goes to a map of the larger geographical region.
  • LoC Country Studies provide social, political, legal and economic information
  • The FLG is the outstanding and comprehensive Foreign Law Guide which will give you the historical, political and legal framework for each country plus the past and current sources of legal information, including where to find legislation, codes and case decisions, print and online. This is a Yale subscription database.
  • HLS refers to Harvard Law School's list of online guides to doing legal research in foreign jurisdictions.
  • WorldLII is a directory of legal information available on the Internet.
  • The Online Guides section includes the most substantial guide available from a library or research site.
  • The World Law Guide is a good resource for current legislation.
  • The Gazettes section features a link to the country's national gazette.
  • Finally, the Other Databases section lists other valuable subscription or open-access databases or websites for that country.

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Harvard Law School Guide:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Lexis (Legislation & International Arbitration)

Latin Laws – Biblioteca Legal Latinoamericana 

Portal de Abogados 

INFOJUS (in Spanish and full text: national and provincial laws and decrees; national and provincial jurisprudence; doctrine; dictates of the Solicitor of the Treasury; information about Argentina and Mercosur; and regulations of the AFIP) 

Información Legislativa y Documental

LC Translation of National Legislation into English

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Harvard Law School Guide:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

LawCite (Australian Legal Case Citator) English Case Reports 1220-1873 Lexis (Case Law, Journals, International Arbitration) WestLaw (Case Law, Reports, Acts & Legislation, Unreported Judgments, Administration, Regulation & Compliance, Codes of Practice & Standards, Agreements & Treaties, Journals) Foolkit (find federal and state acts, regulations, and rules) Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents

Commentaries on the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia

Historical Introduction to the Annotated Constitution of the Australian Commonwealth

Museum of Australian Democracy (Documenting Democracy: Commonwealth Documents)

Australian Federation (Full-Text Database)

Australian Treaties Library

Australian Law Reform Commission Reports

Law Research Service (Open Access Law Resources)

Legify

Comlaw

Lawlex: What is Legislation?

Australian Parliament House

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

Azerbaijan (newspaper owned by the Parliament where the laws are published)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Legislation (comprehensive legal database for Azerbaijan; in Russian)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Journal officiel de la republique populalaire du Benin (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

Bhutan Government Gazette (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Official Gazette of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

OHR (Laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina, English)

Zakoni (Legislation Database, Bosnian)

Sud (Courts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Journal officiel de la République unie du Cameroun (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

LLRX; LLRX (refugee); LLRX (sources); Duke; GlobaLex; LOC

Other Database(s):

Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research

Judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada

Federal Court Reports

Federal Court of Appeals

QuickLaw;

Lexis (Treaties & International Agreements, Case Law, Legislation & Regulations, Journals, Directories, Commentaries & Treatises, International Arbitration)

Westlaw (Case Law, Digest, Abridgment, Journals & Periodicals)

 Juricaf

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legal Information Institute:

WorldLII;
AsianLII;
AsianLII(Hong Kong);
AsianLII(Macau);
AsianLII(Taiwan); CommonLII (Hong Kong)

Online Guides:

Northwestern; Yale; LLRX; GlobaLex; GlobaLex (Hong Kong); LOC; LOC (Taiwan); LOC (Hong Kong); LOC (Macau);

Other Database(s):

ChinaLawInfo/LawInfoChina (Yale network only)

China Lawyer Court Cases Database (Yale network only)

Chinese Local Gazetteers Database (collection of 25,000+ volumes published after 1949)

Westlaw China (Yale network only)

Macau Penal Code(partial English translation)

LexisNexis China Law Database (authoritative collection of Chinese laws, regulations, tax information, judicial decisions, and other legal documents, collected from government sources, and translated by LexisNexis China Online (COL) in Beijing)

Lexis (Case Law, Legislation & Regulations, Journals, Commentaries & Treatises, International Arbitration - includes Hong Kong)

Westlaw (International Arbitration, Patents & Trademarks, Hong Kong: Cases, Digests, Commentary, Legislation)

LC Translation of National Legislation into English

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

Journal officiel de la Republique Federale Islamique des Comores (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

Cook Islands Gazette (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

GlobaLex (South Pacific); LOC

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Journal officiel de la Republique de Cote d’Ivoire (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Lexis (WTO’s Trade Policy Review (TPR) 1995, Duns Market Identifiers - Cote d’Ivoire)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Lexis (Balkans Business Digest, Croatian Arbitration Yearbook, HINA, Occasional Paper Series - Institute of Public Finance, Review of Arbitration in Central and Eastern Europe)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Czech Law Database (Czech)

Legislativa (a law database maintained by the Ministry of the Interior; in Czech)

European Case Law Database (Czech)

Westlaw (Patents & Trademarks)

Juricaf

N-Lex

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide: