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Foreign & International Law

This subject guide provides selected resources on foreign law and international law.

Foreign Law

Foreign law is law that applies inside another state. For more on this concept read the Foreign Law entry from Black's Law Dictionary and Chapter 3 in the nutshell on International Legal Research.

In print the library has a fairly good collection of Mexico's codes in Spanish as well as statutes and case reporters from the UK. However, not all of these are still updated.

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Research Guides

Foreign & International Law Resources

eResources on Foreign & International Law

Below is a list of every electronic resource on the list of selected research databases that is tagged as having to do with foreign & International law.

Foreign Law eResources

  • Biblioteca Juridica Virtual
  • CanLII
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    • Search forms available for selected non-English languages
    • Can search foreign words in English query form
    • Coverage of worldwide publications available for free on the Internet
  • Gulf-Law
  • LegiFrance
  • SciELO
    • Mostly articles in Spanish, but some in English or Portuguese
    • Includes some social science articles in full text.

Bloomberg Law, Lexis, & Westlaw


This guide was created in February 2021 from the "International, Foreign & Comparative Legal Research" guide that had been created by Bobbi Weaver in September 2010. The older guide is no longer updated, but it remains available at the above link for its wider scope and its inclusion of resources available at other libraries in San Diego.

This guide was last updated by Bobbi Weaver and Robert O'Leary in February 2021.