Introduction

 

 

  • 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 underInternational 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). 
  • Caveats:
      • There may not be published sources of law for a particular country.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 yourResearch Sites
  • WorldCat - to find books in non-Yale libraries around the world (Yale subscription; must be connected to Yale network to access) (See also WorldCat’s open-access version)