Researching Domestic Law from Other Countries

*Denotes Law Users only, password required.  Campus users can use Quicklaw in the Law Library by visiting our Reference desk.

Individual Jurisdictions

Australia and New Zealand Legal Research

UK Legal Research

United States Legal Research
 

Multiple Jurisdictions

 

Historical primary sources and manuscripts for foreign domestic law.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals via HeinOnline. Here is a list of journals on Hein Online that can be linked via IFLP.

Worldwide Sources for Law

 

Foreign Law Research Guides (Library of Congress)

 

United States

Federal Law

US Constitution.  Also available through the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University, on WestlawNext Canada*, and Quicklaw *.  Historical materials are also available on LLMC.

US Code  (Statutes codified).  It is also available through the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University. Note that the US Code is also available in an annotated format on WestlawNext Canada*, and Quicklaw *.

US Public Laws  (Statutes as enacted). Note that US Public Laws are also available on WestlawNext Canada* and Quicklaw *.  The historical U.S. Statutes at Large Vols. 1-122 (1789-2008) is available on Hein Online.

Legislative Materials.  Historical legislative materials are available on LLMC.

US Code of Federal Regulations  (Regulations codified). Note a current consolidation of federal and state regulations is also available on WestlawNext Canada* and Quicklaw *.

US Federal Register  (Regulations as registered).

State Law

State Constitutions, Public Laws and Codes are also generally available through the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University, on WestlawNext Canada*, on Hein Online and Quicklaw *.  Historical materials are also available on LLMC.

Judicial Decisions

WestlawNext Canada*  Visit the International tab and choose Westlaw International - Directory to locate content.

Quicklaw *  Use the Source Directory to locate sources.

 
Historical judicial decisions are available on LLMC and on Google Scholar.

LexisNexis Legal (US Interface)  Visit the Reference Desk to access this database.

*PACER  (Public Access to Electronic Records) from the United States Federal Courts. 

"Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator via the Internet. PACER is provided by the federal Judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service."

To obtain information from this system, please speak to a Reference Librarian.

Journal Articles

Quicklaw*  Visit the Source Directory to locate content.

WestlawNext Canada*  Visit the International tab and choose Westlaw International - Directory to locate content.  The best U.S. collection is Journals and Law Reviews - JLR.

Hein Online  This source contains many U.S. law journals, and is good for historical content.

Legaltrac   This is a great source for lawyer's magazines.  The Subject browse is also helpful.

LexisNexis   Please note the Law Library has a subscription to LexisNexis LEGAL.  Please visit the Reference Desk to access this database.

Also check Leddy Library's electronic periodical collection.

Meta Search of Open Access Law Journals

Books

Making of Modern Law (US Legal Treatises, 1800 - 1926)
Full-text, early British & U.S. legal treatises on a large variety of subject areas, as published from 1800 through 1926.

Legal Classics.  Available via Hein Online, Legal Classics includes more than 2,000 works from some of the greatest legal minds in history including Joseph Story, Jeremy Bentham, William Blackstone, William Holdsworth, Henry Maine, Federick William Maitland, Frederick Pollock, Benjamin E. Cardozo, and many more! In addition to many “classics” this collection also includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world.

Note there are a few U.S. legal textbooks available in the Law Library.

Harvard's book collection

Books Worldwide

Law users, place an Interlibrary Loans Request

Reference Materials

Black's Law Dictionary is available on WestlawNext Canada*. Visit the International tab and choose Westlaw International - Directory to locate content.

Corpus Juris Secundum (US Law Dictionary) is available on WestlawNext Canada*.  Visit the International tab and choose Westlaw International - Directory to locate content.

American Jurisprudence (US Law Encyclopedia) is available on WestlawNext Canada*.  Visit the International tab and choose Westlaw International - Directory to locate content.

Cornell's user community also offers a free legal dictionary and encyclopedia online.

Guide to Researching US Federal Law

and

Guide to Researching US State Law

(Law Library of Congress)

Harvard's Research Guides

A Guide to Fee-Based U. S. Legal Research Databases

A Guide to the U.S. Federal Legal System

 

United Kingdom

Session Laws

http://legislation.gov.uk 

UK Legislation (from JUSTIS)

All Acts of Parliament (1235 to present) - covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from medieval times to the present day as enacted, including repealed legislation.

UK Statutory Instruments - The only complete electronic archive of secondary legislation from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from the 17th century to the present day.

UK Local Acts (1797 to present)- All as-enacted, full-text local legislation from 1797 to date, incorporating a growing collection of private and personal legislation.

Note there is a full collection of UK statutes in the Law Library.

Select historical laws are available on LLMC.

Consolidated Law

http://legislation.gov.uk

Bailii

Quicklaw*  Visit the Source Directory to locate content.

WestlawNext Canada* Visit the International tab and choose Westlaw International - Directory to locate content.

Judicial Decisions

Bailii

Quicklaw*  Visit the Source Directory to locate content.

English Reports, Full Reprint (fulltext) These are pre-1865 English law reports, sometimes called "Nominate Reports".  Also available on Hein Online.

English Reports Full Reprint  1220- 1867.

Note there is a full collection of English Reports, Full Reprint as well as the Law Reports  in the Law Library.

Select historical judicial decisions are available on LLMC.

For more information about sources for UK Judicial Decisions click here.

More information about citing UK cases, including the neutral citation standard adopted by the UK courts (which includes paragraph numbering as a suitable pinpoint citation) is here.

Note Up UK Cases:

JustCite  JustCite is an online legal research platform for UK content that helps you find leading authorities and establish the current status of the law.

In the Quicklaw Source Directory, enter "Case Overview" in the "Find a Source" search box.
- search by case name or case citation under "Show document segments".

In WestlawNext Canada*.  Choose International Tab.  Choose Westlaw International.  In the Directory, under "International/ Worldwide Materials" choose UK. Choose the folder for cases.  Locate the case.  Choose "Related Information" tab on the left menu, and chen choose "Citing References."

Journal Articles

WestlawNext * has a nice collection of UK journal articles.  Visit the International tab and choose Westlaw International - Directory to locate content.  Legal Resource Index (LRI).

Hein Online may also be useful.

Also check Leddy Library's electronic periodical collection.

Books

Note there are a few U.K. and Commonwealth legal textbooks available in the Law Library.

British Legal Treatises (1800 to 1926)
Full-text, early British legal treatises (or textbooks) on a large variety of subject areas, as published from 1800 through 1926, as well as U.S. legal treatises for the same period. This electronic service is called "Making of Modern Law" by the publisher, Gale.

Select historical UK Legal Manuscripts are available on LLMC.

Guide to Commonwealth Law Commissions

Harvard's book collection

Books Worldwide

Law users, place an Interlibrary Loans Request by sending an email to lawill@uwindsor.ca

Reference Materials

Oxford Law Dictionary

Halsbury's Laws of England (encyclopedia of laws) is available in the Law Library.

 

Legal Research Guide: United Kingdom (Law Library of Congress)

Historical Sources for UK Case Law

VIDEO TOUR of JUSTCITE.

Getting Started with JustCite.

Australia and New Zealand

Legislation

AustLII  Australian Legal Information Institute

Historical Session Laws - HeinOnline

NZLII  New Zealand Legal Information Institute

Note there is a full collection of Australian statutes in the Law Library.

Older Law Reports and Statutes for Australia, its States, and New Zealand are available on LLMC Digital

Judicial Decisions

Austlii

Quicklaw*

WestlawNext Canada Visit the International tab and choose Westlaw International - Directory to locate content.

Select historical judicial decisions are available on LLMC Digital

Journal Articles

AGIS Plus

Hein Online has some Australian and New Zealand fulltext legal periodicals.

Also check Leddy Library's electronic periodical collection.

Last Updated August 20, 2015. ADemers.