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Call Number Ranges

The library holds print foreign legal materials for various countries, generally on Level 4 in the call number ranges: K - KVX. Consult the library Discovery Service/catalog (see box below) to determine the call number range for the individual country you are interested in, or consult a law librarian for assistance.


Search Library Catalog for Books and Articles

Discovery Service @ UM Carey Law


Google Books


Legal Research Guides or Sites

Free Internet Sources:

There are numerous foreign law research guides available on the Web; some general, and some specific to the law of a particular country. You can find these by running a Google search for the name of the country and "legal research guide".  

A number of general guides are listed below:

TMLL Guide to Foreign & International Law Research (UM Law)

Country by Country Guide to Legal Research (Yale) 

A Selective List of Guides to Foreign Legal Research (Columbia)

Foreign and Comparative Law Research Guide (Georgetown)

Basic Guide to Researching Foreign Law (NYU)

Foreign Law: Subject Guide Collections on the Web (NYU)

Guide to Researching Foreign Law on the Internet (Harvard)

Foreign Law Research Guide (BU)

Subscription Resources:

CALI Lesson (UM Law only)  Introduction to Foreign Legal Research
If you have not used CALI previously, set up your account by following the instructions on the TMLL site.


Legal Treatises

You can search for a recent treatise on the laws of a particular country, or a specific topic in that country. Use the UM Carey Law Discovery Service (see left sidebar) or the traditional library catalog.  Search by Keyword or title using the name of the country you are interested in and additional subject terms if desired. For further information, see also the "Searching the Catalog" LibGuide.  

Foreign Law Guide (UM Law only)
Contains substantial background information on foreign legal systems.


Legal Periodicals

Periodical articles can be useful sources for foreign legal materials. They may contain background information as well as the text of primary legal materials.

In addition to searching the legal periodical databases on Lexis and Westlaw, you may find it useful to search non-legal periodical databases. For more detailed guidance see   "Finding Articles in Legal Journals and Law Reviews" on the TMLL site.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) (UM Law only)
A subject index to selected international and comparative law periodicals and collections of essays. This is an index and not a full-text resource; if you find citations to relevant articles, you must record the citations and look for the journals in our electonic journals list or our library catalog. 


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