About this Guide
The Harvard Law School Library has a strong collection of German law materials and this guide explains some of the different research strategies required for German legal research. The majority of sources will be in German. Small portions of the materials are translated into English.
The majority of the German materials are currently located on the first floor of the International Legal Studies Library (ILS). Harvard Law School classifies foreign law by the Moody system. All German materials are classified in the "GER" section. The system then arranges materials by form, subject, and author. For example, all legislation is in the 200s and all judicial materials are in the 500s. Using the Moody classification system can make legal research in foreign jurisdictions much easier. See the guide,Using the Moody System for Foreign Legal Research available at the Research a Topic page on the library's website, for more details. Also, please note that the Library collection is date split, with older materials being kept in storage. Items kept at the Harvard Depository can generally be recalled within one business day and be available for your use.