Welcome. This work is designed for the practitioner, scholar, and researcher and provides essential information on primary and secondary sources of foreign law—what it is, where to find it, and how to use it. It contains information on more than 170 jurisdictions from major nations to crown colonies, semi-independent states and supra-national regional organizations. The work is comprehensive in content and global in scope and contains exhaustive links within the work and to many URLs on the world level.
One of the very significant features is an ongoing reference to over 300 works that are indexed frequently and designated “Materials Indexed.” These are single or multi-volume publications that provide either full-text legislation, respectable summaries of laws or translations, as well as works that can be relied on for useful detailed monographic treatments of laws on specific subjects. Lastly, and not least (especially for the Internet user), Foreign Law Guide cites to hundreds of URLs containing reprints or translations of legislation (some of which are accessible only on a use-fee basis). All of this, in effect, represents a powerful means to keep abreast of relevant secondary sources and transcriptions of the text, either reprinted or translated, of a huge range of foreign laws.
The initial goal of Foreign Law Guide was to provide sources of English translations of full text legislation. Although that remains a primary goal, the editors have expanded their efforts to include translations in other languages, typically those considered on an international level to be “accessible languages,” such as French, German, Spanish, Italian, etc. The user may notice that we have stretched the definition of “accessible” beyond the standard Western European languages, but only in unusual circumstances. When dealing with some of the states formerly in the Soviet Union, we are willing to include Russian as a possibly useful translation in preference to Mongolian, Kazakh, Turkmen, etc. For other states in South, Southeast Asia, Africa, etc., our alternatives remain the usual standard Western European languages.
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Alphabetical List of Countries and Jurisdictions
Afghanistan, Africa, Albania, Algeria, Andean Community, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Barbuda (see Antigua and Barbuda), Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma (see Myanmar), Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Channel Islands (see names of individual islands, e.g., Jersey), Chile, China, People's Republic of, China, Republic of (see Taiwan, Republic of China), Colombia, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, EEC (see European Union), Egypt, El Salvador, England (see United Kingdom), Estonia, Ethiopia, European Union, Falkland Islands, Federal Republic of Germany (see Germany), Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain (see United Kingdom), Greece, Grenada, Grenadines (see St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Holland (see Netherlands), Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Republic of (South Korea), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malagasy Republic (see Madagascar), Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nevis (see St. Christopher and Nevis), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Ireland (see United Kingdom), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, People's Republic of China (see China, People's Republic of), Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Scotland (see United Kingdom), Sénégal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Somali (Democratic Republic), South Africa (Republic), Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Christopher-Nevis (St. Kitts), St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan (Republic of China), Tanzania, Thailand, Tobago (see Trinidad and Tobago), Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zaïre (see Congo (Kinshasa), Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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