Foreign and Comparative Law Research Guide
- Foreign law is the domestic law of a country other than the United States. Comparative law is the study of domestic law between or among individual countries. (Treaties and other international agreements fall under International Law).
- Know what type of legal system(s) pertains to your country (civil law, common law, mixed jurisdiction, etc). See, World Legal Systems or Legal Traditions of the World: Sustainable Diversity in Law (K559 .G545X 2010 - there are also 2007, 2004, and 2000 editions of this book available).
- There may not be published sources of law for a particular country.
- If there are, the sources may not be in English.
- If sources are available in English, Yale Law Library may not have them (but we probably do!).
- If they exist in our collection, they may not be current, or the translations may not be accurate.
- Yale’s F/I webpage – This is an evolving consolidation of F/I electronic resources, primary and secondary sources, subscription and open access.
- Several databases require a password; passwords can be found on your Inside home page under your Research Sites.
- F/I collection and people who can help you:
- The world (other than below) – Dan Wade (L1)
- Iberia & Latin America – Teresa Miguel (L3)
- General F/I reference – Ryan Harrington (L1)
- China, Japan, Korea – Evelyn Ma (L1)
- Russia, Poland, Slavic languages – Barbara (Basia) Olszowa (L1)
- European Union, UK, Ireland – John Nann (L3)
- Law Library of Congress classification system – help you know how our collection is organized. All Law is classified under the letter “K." For example,
- United States law - KF
- European Union law - KJE
- Kenyan law - KSK
- Inter-library Loan & Borrow Direct, EliExpress – when we don’t have what you need
We have over 200,000 foreign and international monographs.
- When you find a relevant book in MORRIS, if you want to find more like it, click on the Call No. (KKT246 .B46) to see what books are grouped with it (Virtual Shelf Browsing is available only in the classic MORRIS interface; not in Encore)
- Alternatively, click on the Subject Heading (Civil Law – Spain) to find other books that have been assigned this same label
Our foreign law collections for each country are not so large that you can’t just go into the stacks on the LES with the Call Number of the country you are researching (e.g. KKT for Spain) and browse the shelves. No country occupies more than a few rows, and most take up less than one.
Older monographs are held in the off-campus Library Shelving Facility (LSF) and can be requested from the catalogs.