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Finding Foreign and International Sources

This guide is intended to assist researchers with finding foreign and international sources.

Source Pulling Process for Foreign Legal Materials

This section provides guidance for finding legal materials from other countries.

Step 1: Identify the jurisdiction of the source. What country is the document from? Abbreviations for countries and regions are set out in Bluebook Table 10.3. 

Step 2: Using Bluebook Table 2, identify the document type. Is it a case, statute, section of the constitution, etc.? Look up the country in Bluebook Table 2. (As of the 21st edition of the Bluebook, Table 2 no longer appears in print, but is available for free on the Bluebook's website.) Decipher any abbreviations using one of the research tools mentioned under the Abbreviations section of this guide. 

Step 3: Visit the Foreign Law Guide (SUNet ID login required) and look up the country. For each country, the guide contains links and information about primary and secondary sources and will note where English translations are available. 

Step 4: Check for the name of the publication (such as the title of the law reports) in SearchWorks to see if our library has a copy available electronically or in hard copy format. Stop by the reference desk or email us at reference@law.stanford.edu if you get stuck. We will help you find the source or let you know if submitting an interlibrary loan request is necessary! 

Foreign Law Guide

The Foreign Law Guide is the best place to start when you encounter a citation to a source from a foreign country. The guide is organized by country and subject and assists you with finding materials both in the original language as well as English translations, which you may wish to try to find so you can confirm whether an author's assertions are supported by the source. Please note that it is not always possible to find English translations, and translations may not be current. 

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Additional Foreign Law Research Guides

Foreign Law Databases

Please see the Additional Resources section of this guide for a more comprehensive list of all databases pertaining to foreign, comparative, and international law subscribed to by Stanford Law School or Stanford University Libraries as well as useful, free web resources. 

Historical Foreign Law Databases