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Advanced Legal Research Foreign, International & Comparative Law Guide

This guide will give students in the Advance Legal Research class a quick introduction to International, Foreign, and Transnational Law.

World Legal Systems

Legal systems differ from country to country and many operate very differently from the United States' legal system. Categories of legal systems include: 

  1. Common Law (Example: United States)
  2. Civil Law (Example: Germany)
  3. Religious Law (Example: Saudi Arabia)
  4. Customary Law (Example: Andorra)

A country may operate hybrid systems as well (Example: China).


Foreign Law Resources

Foreign law is the domestic law of non-U.S. countries. Below are some selected resources for finding foreign law.

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