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.
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Published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law, GlobaLex is
an electronic publication dedicated to international and foreign
research. New and updated research guides published by GlobaLex include: New research guides:
Nuclear Law Research Guide By Linda Tashbook
Updated research guides:
The Crisis in Darfur: Researching the Legal Issues by Amy Burchfield
An Introduction to Sources for Treaty Research By Mark Engsberg and Mary Beth Chappell
To Access Globalex:
Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
Then, click on the "International Law" or "Foreign/Comparative Law" link
If you are looking for archival and legal history material, try the LLMC Digital database. This database offers an extensive archival collection from state, federal, foreign and international jurisdictions and more. The collection includes cases, statutes, reports, historical treatises, dictionaries and others. Some titles included are Congressional Record, Annals of Congress, New York Case Digests, etc. Some of the material dates back to the 15th century but there is some recent material as well. Click here to learn more or to search this database.
(a.k.a. - legal stuff I have to say on advice of counsel)
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