Finding the Law of Latin America

Approaching Latin American legal research is similar to approaching legal research of any country, including the United States. 

  1. Know the country’s legal system, i.e. review a research guide
  2. Examine relevant and authoritative secondary sources, i.e. legal encyclopedias, law journal articles, and books (which will cite to primary sources)
  3. Locate primary sources:  constitution, legislation/laws/codes (with commentary), judicial opinions
This research guide focuses on electronic resources to help you find the law in Latin America and the Caribbean.  For researching the law of a particular country in Latin America, please see our Country-by-Country Guide to Foreign Law Research to help you get started.  Also, do not forget that we have current and extensive collections of many nations of the Americas on the Lower East Side.  
 
Please do not hesitate to contact Teresa in the Foreign & International Offices for assistance.