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Accuracy Check Resources: Foreign and International Resources

A guide to assist Moritz law journal members with cite-checking article drafts.

Library Research Guides

Moritz Law Library has other Research Guides that may help you find foreign and international resources:

These guides may also be helpful:

Legal Abbreviations

The Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations is a useful database of legal citation abbreviations. Use it to understand an unfamiliar foreign or international legal citation so you can more easily find a publication in the library catalog or an online database.

Key Foreign Law Databases

Constitute
A freely available website where users can read, search, and compare nations' constitutions

EUR-Lex
The principle website for EU treaties, directives, regulations, decisions, court judgments, and other documents

Global-Regulation
A searchable database of regulations and laws from 51 countries, translating laws into English using machine translation

ICLR Online
A platform with law reports covering case law from superior and appellate courts in England and Wales. Other features include: case summaries,  access to legislation, and citator service

International Encyclopaedia of Laws (Kluwer Law Online)
This series features the law of nations and international organizations relating to major fields of law, including contracts, criminal law, cyber law, energy law, environmental law, IP, family law and succession, media law, medical law, migration law, and more. Moritz Law Library has access to selected titles in the series

JustisOne
A full-text, online legal library of UK case law from 1855 to the present and legislation from 1235 to present. This resource also contains updated materials for common law jurisdictions around the world, including the UK, Australia, and Canada 
 

Kluwer Arbitration
An online resource for international arbitration research including primary source materials and expert commentary. Available materials include: bilateral investment treaties, legislation for key jurisdictions, articles of conventions, rules of arbitral institutions, books, journals, and news

Kluwer IP Law
A database offering case law, legislation, news, and analysis relating to U.S., foreign, and international IP law including industrial law, patent law, copyright and trademark law, and intellectual property law across a range of jurisdictions

Oxford Constitutions of the World
English translations and background materials for over 400 countries and sub-national jurisdictions worldwide

UN Official Document System
The principle website for UN conventions, records, resolutions, reports, and other documents

vLex Global
An international library with content from over 130 countries. Includes legislation, case law, news, legal forms, books, and journals

Westlaw China
A searchable database with full-text access to laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China in English and Standard Mandarin

World Constitutions Illustrated
Resource containing the current constitution for every country, constitutional histories, texts on constitutional law, links to scholarly articles about constitutional development, and a bibliography of selected constitutional books. Searchable by country or resource

Key Resources for Treaties

Treaties generally:

  • HeinOnline [off-campus]
    The United Nations Law Collection contains the United Nations Treaty Series (U.N.T.S.) and the League of Nations Treaty Series (L.N.T.S.). Once in the United National Law Collection, see the option toward the top to enter a U.N.T.S. or L.N.T.S. citation
  • United Nations Treaty Collection
    This database on the UN site can be difficult to use. Consult with a reference librarian if you have questions

 

Treaties to which the U.S. is a party:

  • HeinOnline's U.S. Statutes at Large (for earlier years, use the Library of Congress' American Memory Project)
  • HeinOnline's U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library, which includes the following publications:
    • United States Treaties and Other International Agreements (U.S.T.)
    • TIAS Agreements
    • Senate Treaty Documents

 

See also the University of Minnesota Law Library's Frequently-Cited Treaties & Other International Instruments