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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:

Al-Jaridah alrasmiyah-Jumhuriat Misr al-Arabiyah (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

Gazette of Eritrean Laws (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Negarit Gazeta (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

WashLaw (Washburn University School of Law -- Guide to Ethiopia's Law); Abyssinia Law

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

Republic of Fiji Islands Government Gazette (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

GlobaLex (South Pacific Law); LOC

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

FINLEX (Finnish Law Data Bank comprised of six databases; in English)

Westlaw (Patents & Trademarks)

N-Lex

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legifrance (public service portal featuring access to the laws in French with links to codes in English; translations to French legal texts in English

Italian

Arabic

German

Spanish

Chinese

list of French legal texts or websites translated by institutional bodies into 30 foreign languages); Journal Officiel

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

LLRX (Germain); LLRX; GlobaLex (resources); GlobaLex; LOC

Other Database(s):

UTexas (translated cases)

JurisClasseur (French-language legal information: legislation, regulations and case law; great volume of secondary legal sources and expert analysis; Yale network)

Lexis (Recherches en Francais, English Language Searches, International Arbitration, Mealey Publications, Treatise)

Westlaw (International Arbitration, Regulations, Patents & Trademarks)

Juricaf

LC Translation of National Legislation into English

N-Lex

Essentiels du droit: Gallica (Primary and Secondary sources of French law)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Journal Officiel de la République du Gabonaise (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Bundesgesetzblatt (free; read only pdfs),

Bundesgesetzblatt (various federal and state government gazettes)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Juris (laws and cases - Yale network only)

UTexas (translated cases)

German Civil & Criminal Codes in English (official)

German Law Archive (English translations of various codes, laws, and court decisions)

Centre for German Legal Information (freely accessible database of electronic materials on German law)

Germany Case Law Database (German)

Beck Online (German-language database containing German laws, court decisions, and full-text German law reviews published by Beck and selected Nomos journals)

Parlamentsspiegel (German legislative history research)

Jusmeum (comprehensive guide on decisions from lower and special courts)

LC Translation of National Legislation into English

N-Lex

BVerfGE

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

El Guatemalteco (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Latin Laws -- Biblioteca Legal Latinoamericana

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

Boletin oficial de la Guinea Ecuatorial (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Boletim Oficial da República da Guiné-Bissau (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

The Official Gazette of Guyana (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Latin Laws -- Biblioteca Legal Latinoamericana

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Le Moniteur, Journal Oficiel de la République d'Haiti (not avilable online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Slaw (Canada's online legal magazine with column dedicated to "Starting Points on Researching Haitian Law")

Juricaf

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Lexis (Case Law, International Arbitration)

SCC Online

Advocate Khoj(Acts and Rules passed by the Indian Parliament, full text of Supreme Court Judgments (1950 onwards), Legal Forms, Sample Agreements and Glossary)

India Code

Indian Judicial Pronouncements:

Judgment Information System

Indian Kanoon

Indian Courts

Legislation:

Indian Code

PRS Legislative Search

Parliament of India Debates

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Lembaran Negara Republik Indonesia; Berita Negara Republik Indonesia (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Lexis (International Arbitration)

Westlaw (Environmental, Health & Safety Regulations)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Al Waqa’i Al-Iraqiya (Official) - presently 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:

Other Database(s):

Constitutional Court of Italy - judgments and other information, also in English

Normeinrete (portal for access to all published Italian legislation)

Giurisprudenza di Merito On-Line

Lexis (ItaliaOggi, ItaliaOggi7, Legislation & Regulations, International Arbitration)

Westlaw (Environmental, Health & Safety Regulations, Patents & Trademarks)

N-Lex

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Ofitsial’naya gazeta (published in Russian and Kazakh, not available online)

Harvard Law School Guide:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Kazakhstan’s Legislation Online (Russian)

Parliament of Kazakhstan – Legislation Database in Russian selected documents in English

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Harvard Law School Guide:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Hybrid Courts (information on the establishment of Regulation 64 Panels)

Kosovo Law Centre (legal think-tank devoted to the cultivation of professional legal skills)

Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo (includes full text of reports and decisions)

OSCE Mission in Kosovo (information on the establishment of independent legal bodies, other humanitarian and legal projects, key documents, factsheets and reports)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Vedomosti Verkhovnogo Sovieta Respubliki Kyrgyzstan (not available online, in Russian and Kyrgyz)

Harvard Law School Guide:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Parliament of Kyrgyzstan -- Legislation database (Russian)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide: