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Researching foreign, international, and comparative law can be an intimidating proposition.  There is such a vast amount of material available.  In order to help provide a starting point for researching foreign, international, and comparative law, the Law Library of Congress has prepared a guide to reference sources, compilations, citations guides, periodicals (indexes and databases), dictionaries, web resources, free public web sites, subscription-based services, subject-specific web sites, and country overviews.

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Foreign Law Research Guides

For country specific research, the Law Library of Congress has prepared individual guides for a selection of countries.  Each country’s guide includes an introduction to the legal system, official sources of law, print resources, and web resources.


Foreign Law Bibliographies

Personal Status Laws in Arab Countries

This bibliography identifies personal status laws in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Syria, and Tunisia, as well as in territories governed by the Palestinian Authority.

Islamic Law: A Bibliography Of Recent Works

This bibliography covers English-language books and articles within books that discuss Islamic law.


Customary Law Research Guides

Customary Law in Africa

This research guide provides information and resources relating to customary law in Africa.

Customary Law in India

This research guide provides information and resources relating to customary law in India.

Māori Customary Law

This research guide provides information and resources relating to Māori customary law and its place in the New Zealand legal system.

Last Updated: 02/28/2014