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Introduction to Foreign and International Legal Research


This guide provides a starting overview of researching foreign and international law materials at the U.C. Davis Mabie Law Library. Foreign law refers to the laws and legal systems of other countries. International law refers broadly to the legal relationships and obligations between nations and citizens of the world.

The guide is organized into the following main sections:

  • Abbreviations and Citations: Need help deciphering a citation, or getting started with constructing a citation? Start here.
  • Dictionaries and Encyclopedias: Find definitions of foreign language terms or introductory overviews of international law concepts.
  • Foreign Legal Materials: Locate legal materials from countries outside of the United States.
  • International Legal Materials: Locate selected legal materials from multinational and international organizations such as the European Union and United Nations, as well as treaties and case law from international courts and tribunals.

Books on Foreign and International Legal Research

In addition to this guide, the following resources may be helpful. Titles are available in print in the Mabie Law Library or online through our subscription resources (UCD ID and password required).