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Primary Sources - Introduction
Increasingly, countries are making statues and cases available to the public via the Internet. There are several strategies for finding relevant primary materials in translation:
- Start with a legal research guide about that country for an overview of the organization of law in that country, links to online sources of foreign domestic law, and citations to print sources of foreign domestic law for that country.
- Go directly to the government website(s) for that country and search for relevant materials.
- Use online sources of cases, statutes and regulations such as countries included in WorldLII.
- Follow up on references to statutes, cases and regulations that you will find in secondary sources which discuss the laws of a particular country.
Foreign Domestic Law - Research Guides
Legal Research Guides should provide an overview of the organization of law in that country, links to online sources of foreign domestic law, and citations to print sources of foreign domestic law for that country.
GlobaLex is a website from NYU that is dedicated to international law, comparative law, and foreign law research. The Foreign Law Research part of the GlobaLex website has numerous online guides for use in researching foreign domestic law.
Guide to Law Online
The Library of Congress Guide to Law Online lists links to research guides and sources of statutes, cases, regulations for various foreign countries.
Foreign Domestic Law - Online Sources
Lexis.com and WestlawNext have limited availablity of foreign domestic legal materials. Some government and non-profit organizations are making foreign domestic law freely available online. The best approach is often to use a combination of resources. For example, if you were researching Australian law, you could search Australian cases on Lexis.com or WestlawNext, but you would have to use another source, such as AustLII (The Australasian Legal Institute) to find relevant statutes.
Legislationonline was created by the OSCE (Organizaion for Security and Co-Operation in Europe) "as a drafting tool for lawmakers." It contains select portions of statutes relating to human rights issues including the right to a fair trial and the death penalty.
Click on the Criminal Codes link to find a list of criminal law and criminal procedure codes available online.
Westlaw has legislation and cases for the EU, and Hong Kong. Westlaw has legislation and cases (selected) for both the Republic of Korea and the UK. Westlaw has some additional foreign domestic law in translation which is focused on business law.
Lexis has legislation and select case law for the UK. Lexis.com has selected foreign domestic law in translation which is focused on business law, often including advertising, taxes and estates, and corporate immigration.
Foreign Criminal Law in Translation at Pace Law Library
The American Series of Foreign Penal Codes are English language translations of foreign criminal codes and crimainal procedure codes. In the library catalog you can view a complete list of all of the publications in this series.
Here is a partial list of our holdings: