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Law - Comparative Law: Online Library Support

Online library support for comparative law study and research


Comparative law is the study of differences and similarities between the law of different countries.

 

Print Books in Lasok Law Library

Want to browse the print book collection on comparative law? 

See the KB section in the Law Library

Recommended Research Guides

Online support guides from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, highlighting the key sources of law and secondary materials for each country.

This online guide highlights some of the key texts and journals you can use to support your comparative law research. Guidance is also provided on using Library Search and the online databases to find relevant books, articles, and full text legal sources from various jurisdictions. 

View the full Law Subject Guide for guidance on other legal materials

Finding resources using Library Search

Library Search

Search for textbooks, ebooks, journals, articles + more. Library Search LibGuide available for guidance.

 

Library search is a good starting point for your research. You can use it to discover book and journal article content related to comparative law topics.  

For a broad overview of material related to comparative law, you can run this search for comparative law.

However, you will want to focus your search on particular topics and/or jurisdictions. Below are some suggested searches that you will help you target selective comparative law materials. 

1. Search for comparative law and a topic / area of law

 
e.g. comparative law contract 
e.g. comparative law intellectual property‚Äč

2. Search for comparative law and a jurisdiction


e.g. comparative law greece
e.g. comparative law france

3. Search for comparative law and a combination of topic and jurisdiction


e.g.  comparative law contract greece 
e.g. comparative law intellectual property australia

Using Online Resources for Comparative Law Research

You will be familiar with using the online legal databases for research on your other law modules.

Key databases such as Lexis and Westlaw  both have large collections of US materials and a varying degree of material from other jurisdictions around the world.   

You need to access the international materials from separate areas of Lexis & Westlaw - they are not discoverable from the entry search screens which are UK focused.

Guidance material on finding and using this international content is available on the adjacent tabs.

Other resources that are also useful for comparative law research are also highlighted

If you need additional support, just get in touch with the Library Liaison Team

You will be familiar with using Lexis from your UK legal research.

International content is also available. The type and amount of materials differs hugely across the varying jurisdictions.

Use the Lexis International Sources Guide to help you discover what is available and how to search for it.

You will be familiar with using Westlawfrom your UK legal research.

International Materials are also available on Westlaw - select Sources and the International Materials for access.  Use Westlaw's support and guidance materials to help you find the international materials you need.

The extent of coverage differs vastly between the different jurisdictions.

Westlaw International Materials - Support Material

The World legal Information Institute provides free, independent and non-profit access to worldwide law, through collaboration with the various national and regional legal institutes. You can use it to explore the legal materials that are freely available for particular countries around the world. Find out more about WorldLII.

Choose a Country from the menu to discover the available sources 

The entry for Greece is shown below.  You can search or browse the categories to find full text content.

 

JSTOR is a valuable research resource for secondary resources.  You can use it to search and find the full text of published books and journal articles. Use the How to Search JSTOR LibGuide for an introduction to the service, or take a look at JSTOR's Vimeo channel for instructional videos.

JSTOR is a vast resource and may return thousands of results for a basic search, as shown below.

You can add additional search terms and apply search limits to manage your search results.  The Publication Date range is a good way of limiting our results to up to date content.

Use the French Law LibGuide for guidance on finding French Law resources.

 

Use the GermanLaw LibGuide for guidance on finding German Law resources.

 

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