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Foreign and Comparative Law Research

A basic guide to resources available in the Dufour Law Library, along with those publicy available on the Internet.


To locate books in the library on the topic of comparative law, use the advanced search option in the library catalog and search with the subject term "comparative law."  For books on the laws of a foreign country, try a keyword search with the country name and topic of law. For example, "France" and "criminal law." These are a few recommended titles for both comparative law and foreign law research:

Journals and Periodicals

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:

Article indexes can be searched by author, title or keyword. For the most comprehensive results, try a subject search combining the area of law with the country you are researching:

  • contracts--Germany
  • domestic relations--Japan
  • torts--Canada
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