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Free Legal Research Resources - Foreign & International

A range of online sources for anyone interested in researching the law in jurisdictions outside the U.S.

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This guide contains selected free online legal research resources for jurisdictions outside the United States. Many lawyers have access to paid databases. Yet, combining paid and free resources, can help them to avoid potentially expensive searches. For researchers without access to paid databases, the following resources may be essential. For information on Free and Low Cost legal research materials in the United States see:

General Resources

Finding Foreign Law

There are many useful resources providing access to foreign legal materials at no cost. Materials instructing researchers on how to search the law in foreign jurisdictions are also available.

Law Across Many Jurisdictions

The following resources compile information about how to find the law in many jurisdictions. These significant resources are often helpful to researchers in a range of geographical areas.

African Legal Materials

African Legal Materials

Not all African nations provide online access to their legal materials. However, an increasing number provide these materials either on government websites or from non-governmental organizations. Remember that these copies of the laws are not always official. You should always confirm the accuracy of any information in an official source.

Asian Legal Materials

Asian Legal Materials

Increasingly, Asian countries are posting legal materials on government run websites, sometimes even translated versions. Websites providing free online access to legal materials for the region, are also increasingly common. Remember that these copies of the laws are not always official. You should always confirm the accuracy of any information in an official source.

Australasian Legal Materials

Australasian Legal Materials

These resources offer access to the laws of the sovereign nations in Australasia. Remember that these copies of the laws are not always official. You should always confirm the accuracy of any information in an official source.

European Legal Materials

European Legal Materials

Many European countries make their legal materials available for free online, sometimes even in translation. Remember that these copies of the laws are not always official. You should always confirm the accuracy of any information in an official source.

North American Legal Materials

North American Legal Materials

Legal materials for the countries of North America are frequently available online, in multiple languages. Remember that these copies of the laws are not always official. You should always confirm the accuracy of any information in an official source.

South American Legal Materials

South American Legal Materials

Remember that these copies of the laws are not always official. You should always confirm the accuracy of any information in an official source.

International Legal Materials

International Law

International law is the law governing relationships between nations.  There are several sources of free legal materials related to international law, many of which are listed under the general resources above.

If you are doing legal research, you will likely want to use a citator, which is a tool designed to help you to find instances where a legal document has been cited or otherwise discussed.

International Law Treaties

The resources below provide free access to a range of international treaties.

Historical Legal Materials

Historical Law Library

Many sites also offer access to historical foreign laws from various periods. Included below is a small selection of available resources.

Data Sources

Data Sources

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