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Approaching Foreign and Comparative Legal Research

A beginners guide for approaching legal research in a new jurisdiction

Central Intelligence Agency, Reference Map, October 2016, The World Factbook.

Welcome to the Foreign and Comparative Legal Research Guide

Approaching legal research in a jurisdiction that is new to you can be a daunting prospect. Legal systems can vary from country to country. Understanding the legal system in a country helps make locating relevant resources easier.

This guide is designed to help you approach legal research in a new jurisdiction by outlining the following:

  • how to determine a country's legal system
  • where you can access primary sources of legal material such as legislation, codes, case law, etc
  • how to locate relevant secondary sources
  • point you to resources useful for comparative research
  • other resources to assist in foreign legal research