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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.

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

Lesotho Government Gazette (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Liberia Official 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 Journal (Al-Jarida Al-Rasmiya)  (not available online); Majallat al-Mahkama al-Ulya (Supreme Court Decisions)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Liechtensteinisches Landesgesetzblatt (The actual gazette is not available online, but all laws can be found at the Lilex database)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

LLRX;GlobaLex (Microstates)
LOC

Other Database(s):

Liechstenstein Government Portal (Liechstensteain Case Law Database, in German)

Westlaw (Patents & Trademarks)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Vedomosti (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Lithuania Case Law Database (Lithuanian)

Lithuanian Parliament – Legislation Database Search Engine (English)

Westlaw (Patents & Trademarks)

N-Lex

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

Boletim Oficial (in Portuguese and Chinese)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

GlobaLex (China -- for after 2010); LOC (see Portugal for any information before 2010)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Gazetim-panjakan' ny Repoblika Demokratika Malagasy = Journal officiel de la Republique democratique de Madagascar (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Malawi Government Gazette (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Government Gazette (primary and subsidiary legislation)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

GlobaLex; GlobaLex (Researching Islamic Law in Malaysia); GlobaLex (Introduction to the Malaysian Legal System and sources of law); LOC

Other Database(s):

Lexis (Case Law, Legislation, Commentaries & Treatises, International Arbitration) Law Database of Malaysia Chief Registrar’s Office Federal Court of Malaysia Official Website

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

The Marshall Islands Gazette (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

 Gazette du gouvernement  (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

GlobaLex (African Law); LOC

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Diario Oficial (gazette / laws)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

LLRX (websites); LLRX (civil code); LLRX (guide); GlobaLex; LOC

AALL FCIL-SIS Mexico Law and Legal Research Guide

Other Database(s):

Legislación  Mexicana, 1687 - 1902 (laws)

Suprema Corte de Justicia (jurisprudence)

Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas (IIJ UNAM) (constitution in English and Spanish, laws, scholarship)

Legislación y Jurisprudencia (IIJ UNAM) (laws and cases)

Biblioteca Jurídicas Virtual (IIJ UNAM) (law reviews)

Ediciones Andrade (Yale does not subscribe)

Justia Mexico

Lexis (Legislacion, Jurisprudencia (Case Law), Doctrina y Referencia (Law Journals & Reference), Archivos (Archives), International Arbitration)

Westlaw (Legislation & Regulations, Journals, Law Reviews & Periodicals)

Latin Laws – Biblioteca Legal Latinoamericana

LC Translation of National Legislation into English

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

MoldLex in Romanian; also in Russian

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

LLRX;GlobaLex (Microstates)
LOC

Other Database(s):

Westlaw (Patents & Trademarks)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Official Gazette of Mongolia (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Official Gazette of the Republic of Montenegro (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

GlobaLex (Microstates and Small Jurisdictions of Europe); LOC

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Pyihtaungsu Hsoshelit Thamata Myanma Naingngantaw Pyantan (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Government Gazette of the Republic of Namibia (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

Nauru 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:

Gazettes:

Nepal Gazette (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Northwestern; LLRX; GlobaLex; LOC; LOC Maori

Other Database(s):

Lexis (New Zealand Law Review, Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, Case Law, Commentaries & Treatises, International Arbitration)

Westlaw (Law Reviews, Bar Journals & Legal Periodicals)

Legal Maori Project

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Latin Laws -- Biblioteca Legal Latinoamericana

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Journal Officiel de la Republique du Niger - not available online

Legal Information Institute:

WorldLII; JuriNiger;

Droit Afrique

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Niue Gazette (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

GlobaLex (South Pacific Law); LOC

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Lovdata  comprehensive Norwegian legal database; selected translations in English

Translated Norwegian Legislation

Westlaw (Patents & Trademarks)

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Al-Jaridah al-Rasmiyah (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Gazettes:

Palau Gazette (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Latin Laws -- Biblioteca Legal Latinoamericana

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

Papua New Guinea Official Gazette (not available online)

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide:

Library of Congress Country Study:

CIA Factbook:

Foreign Law Guide:

Gazettes:

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:

Monitor Polski - not available online

Harvard Law School Guide:

Legal Information Institute:

Online Guides:

Other Database(s):

Dziennik Ustaw (portal of Polish laws; in Polish)

LEX (Polish Legal Server; in Polish)

Westlaw (Patents & Trademarks)

N-Lex

Regional Map:

WorldLaw Guide: