Foreign Law Research
Foreign law is the law governing non-US States. It differs from international law as it deals with domestic laws of a non US nation, where as international law is the law between nations. The laws of Mexico, Japan etc are all considered as foreign law. Though there are many reliable online sources that aids to conduct a foreign law research, most of them are not easily accessible and do not provide complete information.
HOW TO GO ABOUT FOREIGN LAW RESEARCH
Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World is one of the best online guides for primary sources of foreign law and provides secondary sources as well. It sketches out the legal system of countries across the world. LLRX is another source that comprises topical research guides on cultural property, human rights, immigration law, Islamic law, parliamentary procedure, refugees, terrorism and so on in Algeria to Yugoslavia. LexisNexis consists of laws from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China & Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom. Westlaw provide mainly laws from Mexico and Europe. World Legal Information Institute supply cases, laws, and treaties from more than 50 jurisdictions including the World Trade Organization. The Global Legal Information Network by the Law Library of Congress, provides summary of a wide range of foreign laws. Globalex and Findlaw provides with link to regional resources and US Embassies. Apart from these sources many universities like New York University Law Library also maintain useful database.
The sources like Ecolex, Faolex, Natlex etc collect the laws of various countries on specific topics. ECOLEX is an opening to environmental law with treaties and national legislation. FAOLEX lists out and provides summary of treaties, laws, and regulations taken from official gazettes of member nations and cover topics of biodiversity, environment, fisheries, forest, and wildlife. Natlex is the International Labour Organization's site that gathers national labor, social security, and human rights laws. The World Intellectual Property Organization's Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA) piles up intellectual property and industrial design laws. International Environment Reporter, International Environmental Law and Regulation, International Digest of Health Legislation are also other such sources.