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Foreign Law Research for U.S. Attorneys

An introductory guide to finding the laws of foreign jurisdictions.

Deciphering Abbreviations

Oftentimes when researching foreign law, you will be faced with an unfamiliar abbreviation in a citation to a statute, case or other material.  The following sources can help you decipher these citations:

Dictionaries and Translation Tools

In general, you should not attempt serious research into a country's laws unless you speak that country's language. 

However, if you are just attempting to locate the text of a law on a website or if you speak the language but are struggling with unfamiliar legal terms there are several tools that may be helpful: