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Foreign, Comparative & International Legal Research: A Quick Guide   Tags: comparative, foreign, international, treaties  

Resources and tips for engaging in foreign, comparative and international legal research.
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Purpose of this Guide

The purpose of this Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal (FCIL) Research Guide is to assist the novice starting their research.  The focus is on resources available at the Hofstra University Libraries, LexisNexis, Westlaw and freely available through the Internet. 

There is information on each page of this guide so click on the Main Tab as well as the Sub-Tabs.

This guide is by no means comprehensive and there are similar research guides on the web.

Tip:  Search the internet for a legal research guide on a subject or on a specific country.  Examples:  "legal research guide international arbitration" or "legal research guide Mexico". 

 

Reference Works

When you don't even know what questions to ask:

Accidental Tourist on the New Frontier - Jeanne Rehberg (Editor); Radu D. Popa (Editor)
Call Number: K85 .A27 1998
ISBN: 0837710758
Publication Date: 1998-01-01
Designed as a basic guide to foreign, comparative and international law research for the non-specialist.
Chapters cover search strategies, LC classification scheme for foreign, comparative and international law, bibliography of sources and some electronic resource descriptions.

Germain's Transnational Law Research - Claire M. Germain
Call Number: K85 .G47 Reserve
ISBN: 1571050302
Publication Date: 1991-01-01
Among lawyers and students faced with questions involving more than one national legal system, Germain's is the most widely-used legal research guide. Designed for attorneys and other legal and business researchers, this incomparable volume covers all questions pertaining to international and foreign law, with a focus on U.S.-EU relations; saves countless hours of research; gives quick access to information; offers clear guidance on which questions to ask, where to start, and how to proceed; explains how to analyze a transnational law problem, warns of obstacles and presents viable strategies and solutions.

International and Foreign Legal Research - Marci Hoffman; Mary Rumsey
Call Number: ebook & print at K85 .H64 2008
ISBN: 9789047440376
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
This book is designed for classes in foreign and international legal research. Following a general section on basic concepts, topics covered in the book range from treaty research to chapters on particular subjects of international law. Coverage also includes chapters on researching foreign and comparative law as well as major international organizations, including the UN and the EU. Serves as a tool for quick look-ups when a researcher requires direction on a topic or information on a source.

Legal Research Methods in A Modern World: A Coursebook - J. Paul Lomio; Henrik Spang-Hanssen; George Wilson
Call Number: k85 .L66 2011
ISBN: 8757424675
Publication Date: 2011-02-01
Especially useful for the discussions of the similarities and differences between common law and civil law.

Legal Traditions of the World - H. Patrick Glenn
Call Number: K559 .G545 2010
ISBN: 0199580804
Publication Date: 2010-07-29
National laws are placed in the broader context of major legal traditions, those of chthonic (or indigenous) law, talmudic law, civil law, islamic law, common law, hindu law and confucian law. Each tradition is examined in terms of its institutions and substantive law, its founding concepts and methods, its attitude towards the concept of change and its teaching on relations with other traditions and peoples. Legal traditions are explained in terms of multivalent and non-conflictual forms of logic and thought.

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