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Foreign and Comparative Law: A Legal Research Guide

Guide to UW-Madison Law Library and electronic resources for research in foreign, comparative and private international law/conflict of laws.

Introduction

This is a guide to UW-Madison Law Library and electronic resources for research in foreign, comparative and private international law/conflict of laws. The term Foreign Law refers to any domestic law of any country other than the United States . Comparative Law refers to the study of the similarities and differences between the laws of two or more countries, or between different legal systems. Private International Law (or Conflict of Laws ) refers to situations in which the laws of two or more countries might apply to a given transaction or occurrence, and to the body of jurisprudence that seeks to reconcile conflicting laws or decide which law applies in a situation where there is conflict.

A Good Starting Point

An excellent place to begin researching law in a foreign jurisdiction is Foreign Law Guide. For each country there is a brief introduction to the legal system, a list of codifications, gazettes and other sources of law and a grouping of sources of law by subject. If there is an English translation available for a set of laws, this resource will lead you to it. 

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