Introduction to Foreign Legal Research

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Introduction to Foreign Legal Research Techniques

This research guide will help you begin researching foreign law using both resources available at Vanderbilt University, and resources available for free online. We recommend that you first use research guides to learn about the foreign legal system at issue and its sources of official legal documents. Then, use secondary sources to gain a better understanding of substantive law in that jurisdiction, and to locate citations to relevant primary sources. Some foreign legal documents will not not be available in English.