Foreign Law

The Law Library maintains a focused foreign law collection.  Because of the proliferation and increasing cost of worldwide legal materials, we must emphasize certain countries in our collecting.  In addition, the Internet has made available more primary sources from countries around the world.  We rely heavily on the collection development efforts of our cooperative partners in the Northeast Foreign Law Librarians Cooperative Group (NEFLLCG), as well as the foreign legal materials in the University Library. For the larger jurisdictions of Europe and Latin America, the Law Library has historically collected a wide range of legal treatises. Legal history, constitutional law, civil rights, and environmental law receive a special emphasis in the collection, but many other subjects are collected, including civil law and procedure, criminal law and procedure, commercial law, administrative law, and other areas of public and private law. We emphasize the languages of English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian in our collecting, and for many jurisdictions no materials are collected in the vernacular. Gifts to the Law Library, however, afford a diversity of languages in the collection.  We depend upon the Sterling Memorial Library to acquire legal materials in difficult vernacular languages such as Arabic or Japanese.