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Foreign law is the law of another country.
If you would like to get the fulltext of a foreign law, court opinion, etc.....
A good first step is to find a complete citation to the law or opinion (henceforth, "law").
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(For more tips, see How to Find Cases in English Translation, Revisited and From the Reference Desk: “But I Want it in English!”. For background, see "Foreign law in translation: problems and sources" in Introduction to Foreign Legal Systems, chapter 14, pp. 267-326, via HeinOnline.)
World Constitutions Illustrated via HeinOnline. Best Bet
Includes "the current constitution for every country in its original language format and an English translation, as well as substantial constitutional histories for countries such as Australia, Brazil, China, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and many more."
Constitutions of the World (online and print)
Bowdoin Main Ref K3157.E5 M33 1995
a summary of some of the important provisions in the constitutions.
Nations of the World (Guide to Law Online), Law Library of Congress.
developed by the authors of the Comparative Constitutions Project at the University of Texas at Austin
International Constitutional Law (ICL), Universität Bern Institut für Öffentliches Recht - "English translations of and other textual material related to constitutional documents. It cross-references those documents for quick comparison of constitutional provisions."
WIPO Lex, World Intellectual Property Organization - "national laws and treaties on intellectual property (IP) of WIPO, WTO and UN Members", including their constitutions
ConstitutionNet, joint initiative of International IDEA and Interpeace
United Nations Public Administration Network - Search on: [NAME OF COUNTRY] constitution then choose the Documents tab
Constitutions / Constituciones Políticas, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Center for Latin American Studies - constitutions of Western Hemisphere countries
Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project, University of Oklahoma Law Center and the National Indian Law Library
Modern Legal Systems Cyclopedia, via HeinOnline. Best Bet
A "compilation of the various legal systems of the world". Over 100 jurisdictions.
Browse all volumes, geographically arranged.
Alternatively, start with the Country Index to find the volume and section devoted to the country of interest, then browse as just above.
The I·CONnect-Clough Center 2017 Global Review of Constitutional Law, Richard Albert, David Landau, Pietro Faraguna, Šimon Drugda. Over 50 jurisdictions.
Dictionary of Chinese law and government : Chinese-English
Main Ref KQK34 .B5
Chinese law, University of Washington, Gallagher Law Library
Chinese law, past and present; a bibliography of enactments and commentaries in English text, 1966, Main Libr KQK34 .L55
Japanese law, University of Washington, Gallagher Law Library
Korean law, University of Washington, Gallagher Law Library
Legal Reports (Publications of the Law Library of Congress), Library of Congress. "This collection features research reports and other publications on a wide range of legal topics prepared by the Law Library of Congress in response to requests or recurring interest from Congress and other federal government entities on issues concerning foreign, comparative, and international law (FCIL)." Examples: "Types of incarceration and forced labor in the People's Republic of China", "Japan & South Korea : disposal of narcotics".
Nations of the World (Guide to Law Online), Law Library of Congress. Best Bet
World Legal Information Institute. Best Bet
Foreign Law, Boston University School of Law.
A Selective List of Guides to Foreign Legal Research, Columbia University, Arthur W. Diamond Law Library. (Note: this site was under construction as of July 2022.)
National Law Material, Legal Information Institute (LII), Cornell University Law School. "The LII collection of world legal materials gathers, country by country, continent by continent, the Internet-accessible sources of the constitutions, statutes, judicial opinions, and related legal material from around the globe (excluding the U.S. material held in the LII's other collections). It also holds resources and document collections of International law."
Foreign and Comparative Law Research Guide, Georgetown University Law Library.
Foreign and International Law Gateways, Harvard Law School Library.
GlobaLex, Hauser Global Law School Program, New York University School of Law.
Foreign Law by Jurisdiction, New York University School of Law.
The bluebook : a uniform system of citation
Main Ref Desk KF245 .B58 20th 2015
The section on "Foreign Jurisdictions" (T2) includes internet sources for each country treated.
The ABC of EU law, European Commission
A Guide to Researching EU Law, Law Library of Congress
Sources and scope of European Union law, European Parliament
Legislative powers, European Parliament
Handbook on the ordinary legislative procedure: a guide to how the European Parliament co-legislates, European Parliament, "covers all the key steps inside Parliament and includes updated guidance on inter-institutional legislative negotiations and Parliament's Rules of Procedure"
How to find Council documents, European Council
Foreign Law – Subject Law Collections on the Web, Hauser Global Law School Program, New York University School of Law.
Law Library of Congress Reports, via HeinOnline or Law Library of Congress. The Law Library of Congress "produces reports on foreign, comparative, and international law in response to requests from Members of Congress, Congressional staff and committees, the federal courts, executive branch agencies, and others. Selected reports are provided for the public for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. The information provided reflects research undertaken as of the date of writing, which has not been updated unless specifically noted."