Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Foreign Law Translations

Finding full, readable English translations of foreign case law and statues can be a challenge. One web site to keep in mind is Foreign Law Translations at the Institute for Transnational Law, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin. The selected legal materials in the fields of constitutional, administrative, contract and tort law  have been translated into English by legal specialists. The site is a valuable resource for French, German, Austrian and Israeli law. A disclaimer is quite clear in stating that the translations and documents "were prepared to assist students and teachers interested in foreign law. The collection makes no claim of being either complete or current, and should not be relied upon for the basis of a legal opinion or course of action without careful review of current applicable authority."  However, if a particular law, as passed, or the text of a court decision is what you need, you may find it here. Law students will also appreciate the French Legal Glossary and German Abbreviations, translating the names of foreign courts, legislatures, and legal terms.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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