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Researching Private International Law

This guide is intended as a starting point for the research of private international law. It is based on legal materials available in the DuFour Library in print format, through online subscriptions and on the Internet.

Treatises and Books

Journal Articles

In addition to the subject-specific journals listed above, there is excellent discussion to be found in a wide range of law reviews and journals. Relevant articles can be located in the full-text journal databases of Lexis and Westlaw, but searching legal periodical indexes can yield more accurate and inclusive results. We recommend these indexes in particular:

Indexes can be searched by author, title or keyword. For the most comprehensive results, try a subject search with some combination of the following subject terms:

  • conflict of laws--(name of country)
  • conflict of laws--(legal topic)
  • international commercial law

A useful bibliography of articles is compiled each year in the spring issue of the American Journal of Comparative Law. The most recent is S.C. Symeonides, "Private International Law Bibliography 2016: U.S. and Foreign Sources in English," 65 Am. J. Comp. L. ____ (2017).

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