Using compilations and general resources on foreign law
The best approach to foreign and comparative law research might be to find sources on the legal topic or subject area rather than starting with the particular country you’re researching. Many comparative law databases and websites are arranged by legal subject. There are publications and databases that collect the laws of other countries on particular subjects. These may include summaries of the law of that country in English, citations to primary law, excerpts or full-text of statutes, or links to statutes and codes of other countries. There are also numerous books and treatises in the law library and the main campus library on the law of other countries in particular areas of the law, and these will also include citations and excerpts.
Compilations on Multiple Topics
Foreign Law Guide (subscription database): The Foreign Law Guide has entries for most countries of the world, with descriptions of their legal systems and history and references to primary sources, topical sources, and English translations. The Subject Headings for each country cite statutes and publications on subject areas of the law.
Global Legal Monitor (Law Library of Congress): The Global Legal Monitor has both jurisdictional and topical headings to browse. Articles on legal developments are in English and include citations and links to primary documents.
Global Legal Information Catalog (Library of Congress): The Library’s Congress’ catalog of publications on legal topics covering the laws of multiple jurisdictions. Browse or search by subject and jurisdictions to find titles of works on comparative law by subject, then use discoverE or Worldcat (for interlibrary loan) to find the print titles.
Global-Regulation: Searchable portal database of regulations in the US and foreign jurisdictions, including the European Union. Searches index terms and links to regulations on government sites, sometimes with an English translation. Search by topic, then filter by jurisdictions.
Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law (K48 .O96 2006): Part III is on sources of comparative law in subject areas including contract, sales, tort, and family law.