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Off-Campus Access

Most of the Law Library's electronic resources, including online journals, article databases, and e-books, are available from links on the library website. If you are off-campus, click here for instructions on accessing this material.


Combined Courts

Some countries do not have an official reporter of court decisions, and court decisions may not be considered primary authority there.  The Foreign Law Guide (UM Law only) can be consulted to determine whether the country has an official reporter (choose your county, then select “Court Reports” under “Primary Sources”).  Further, English translations can be difficult to find. Legal periodicals can also be consulted for reports of recent cases (see the "Secondary Sources" tab in this guide.)

The sources below can be consulted to look for foreign cases.

Free Internet Resources:

Global Courts provides access to, or instructoins for locating, Supreme Court decisions from 129 countries. In some countries there is direct access to decisions in the native language free of charge. In others,an account or a password is needed. Coverage includes the Supreme Courts of the Australian Territories, the Canadian Provincial Court of Appeals, the Court of Justice of the European Communities and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the United Kingdom.

Final Appeal Courts  - from the World Legal Information Institute.

Constitutional Courts

Institute for Transnational Law
"...a resource for French, German, Austrian and Israeli legal materials in the fields of constitutional, administrative, contract and tort law." Contains legislation and cases in English translation.

Subscription Resources:

Lexis/Lexis Advance and Westlaw/Westlaw Next (UM Law only) provide cases from a number of countries. Most foreign materials have not yet migrated to Lexis Advance; you may need to access from Lexis Advance (use the red Research tab near the upper left of the screen) to access these materials.

For information on sources by individual country or by topic, see the "Country/Topical Resources" tab in this Guide.



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