LAW Foreign Legislation
Foreign law is the domestic, national or internal law of a country or jurisdiction.This guide is intended to help researchers locate the legislation of foreign jurisdictions. The tabs found above will open pages that have links to some relevant key sources. Legal databases may be restricted to University of Calgary users or to Faculty of Law users.It does not include international law and treaties. If that is your topic, there is an International Law guide you may wish to use in your research. Legislative materials on paper are located on the 1st floor of the law library.
Generally, the steps are the same as for Canadian legal research:
- Start with secondary sources which include encyclopedias, books and journal articles. They provide an overview of the law and background information and give references (citations) to relevant legislation.
- Use the library search box on library page to locate books. Search under "subject" with terms "law" and the country's name.
- Continue with primary materials including legislation, regulations and cases.
- Ensure the law is current.
Availability of Foreign Materials
- Many countries put their statutes on the Internet free of charge. Some governments may provide websites with bills, statutes and regulations.
- The amount available will depend on the country.
- Not everything is on the Internet.
- Not everything is written in English. Translations may not be official.
Conducting Foreign Legal Research
Look at research guides for a specific country to determine what information is available. The Foreign Law Guide is a database that describes legal systems and references sources of law. It may also provide information about English translations. Look for a LII (Legal Information Institute) website, or something similar, for that particular country. the most general is WorldLII.
How to find Country Information
Information about countries and regions may be found in a number of resources. The How to Find Country Information guide will provide an overview of the resources that are available at the University of Calgary Library. The guide provides tips on how to use the various Discovery Tools available as well a selection of websites.
Secondary Sources for Foreign Law
The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals is available on HeinOnline. If a journal is there, it may be available in full text in another library database.
LegalTrac indexes U.S., U.K., and Australian legal periodicals, from 1980 to present.
Foreign Law Research Guides
Links to Internet sources useful for background information on legal systems of various countries:
Bilingual/Multilingual Law Dictionaries
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