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Comparative Law: Comparative Law

A guide designed for MU Law students to introduce some of the Law Library resources on Comparative Law.

The basics.

Black's Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014) defines comparative law as "The scholarly study of the similarities and differences between the legal systems of different jurisdictions, such as between civil-law and common-law countries."  In other words, particular rules or aspects of the law or legal system of various jurisdictions are compared and contrasted

Foreign law is the national (also referred to as domestic or internal) law of any country other than the United States and usually refers to constitutions, legislation, and cases. Foreign law has no effect outside the foreign jurisdiction, but it may regulate foreign entities within state boundaries. 

International law is the law of international organizations, such as the United Nations, and the laws between nations, such as those established by treaty.


Organizations and Institutes

Print Resources

For additional resources search the Merlin or Mobius catalogs.  One approach is to limit to the MU Law Library and search by the subject comparative law.

Electronic Books: The MU Law Library also subscribes to e-books. These books are for MU Law students and require pawprint login.

Foreign Law Portals

Foreign Law Research Guides