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    International Chamber of Commerce *** 77 Foreign Governments (official sites) ***
    Organization of African Unity *** Latin Americas * * Embassies and Consulates Armenia *** Asian Development Bank *** The Australasian Legal Information Institute *** AU Court's Official site *** Aussie Law Australian Teaching *** ALLII Sino Search Engine *** Australian Environmental Law Resources *** Environment Australia Online *** Canadian Legal Resources *** Canadian Internet Law Resource Page (CILRP) *** Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information *** Chinese Law Net (Sorted by Thread) *** International Chinese Legal Research Center *** Laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China governing foreign-related matters *** Supreme Court of Estonia
    French electronic phonebook on the Web *** FIND OUT HERE
    aide AustLII Inferencing Development Environment
    International Development Law Institute
    LINKS TO JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONS WITH THE FUNCTION OF CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW (CourtNet) *** International Business Law Journal * * Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law * * German Case Law * * Internet Resources for Germany * * Juristische Informationen im Internet*** German Privacy *** German-Czech Declaration on Mutual Relations and their Future Development * * Guernsey (in the Channel Islands) * * ECILA-IT Italian Labour Law * * WebIran® * * Ireland - Courts' Charter for Northern Ireland - The House of Lords * * Irish Law * * Israeli Law * * TechnoLAWgy.com - EITAN, PEARL, LATZER & COHEN-ZEDEK * * A Guide to Japanese Law *** Japan's Supreme Court *** Internet based Japanese Law * * Korean Legal Research Resources * * Lithuanian Law *** Malaysian Law*** University of Leiden, the Netherlands *** Norwegian [Unofficial translations of Nowegian laws] *** New Zealand *** Nau mai ki te kete o te wanänga *** POLSKA Ignorantia iuris nocet * * Puerto Rico*** RAVE*** Singapore*** Ukraine parliament and in Russia*** Russia on the Net *** Swiss Embassy (London)*** Republic of South Africa 1993*** University of Sydney Law Library Pathfinder: Asia Pacific Law

    This is a brief note (by Lyonette Louis-Jacques llou@midway.uchicago.edu ) with some hints on how to find U.S. treaties, statutes, cases, rules and regulations, documents, books and articles from outside the U.S., particularly if you don't have access to the LEXIS and WESTLAW legal databases or the costs of using them are prohibitive.

    [To read the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference presentation (in Indianapolis, Indiana June 8, 1998) on "Fundamentals of Treaty Research", click here.
    and here is a Guide To European Legal Databases]

    The first thing to do is to be aware of some research guides available on the Internet:

    http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/~llou/mpoctalk.html (General Legal Research)
    http://www.lcp.com/The-Legal-List/TLL-home.html (Legal List/Research/Net)
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/glin/us.html (Library of Congress Guide to U.S. Law)
    http://www.virtualchase.com/legalresearcher/ (Internet/Legal Researcher)
    http://www.legalethics.com/pa/ (Practicing Attorney's Home Page)
    http://www.llrx.com/sources.html (Finding Law-Related Resources)
    http://www.internetlawyer.com/start.htm (Annotated Legal Research Links)
    http://www.uwe.ac.uk/facults/ess/htm/docs/lawres.htm (UK annotated guide)

    These guides will give you a good head start and links to resources, especially when it comes to finding the primary sources of U.S. law. And for background information about the sources of U.S. law, you can also check out Mark Eckenwiler's Legal Research FAQ at http://www.faqs.org/faqs/law/research/ or Nolo Press' guide at http://www.nolo.com/ChunkLR/LR.index.html

    Secondly, you can search major law-related web sites such as FindLaw at http://www.findlaw.com/, FedLaw at http://www.legal.gsa.gov/, Cornell at http://www.law.cornell.edu/, American Law Sources Online at http://www.lawsource.com/also/, Internet Legal Resource Guide at http://www.ilrg.com/, Washburn at http://lawlib.wuacc.edu/, and Indiana's World Wide Web Virtual Library for Law at http://www.law.indiana.edu/law/v-lib/lawindex.html for needed resources. Or try general search indexes and catalogs such as Altavista at http://www.altavista.digital.com/ or Yahoo at http://www.yahoo.com/

    Thirdly, if you are looking for references to journal articles, you can try CARL UnCover's free 17,000-journal table of contents search service at http://uncweb.carl.org/ For bibliographic information about books, you can try online library catalogs such as the U.S. Library of Congress at http://lcweb.loc.gov/catalog/, Georgetown University Law Library at http://www.ll.georgetown.edu:80/lib/gulliver.html, Harvard University at telnet://hollis.harvard.edu/ and Hytelnet's USA WebCats (web-based library catalogs) at http://library.usask.ca/hywebcat/states/USA.html Or try online bookstores such as Law Stuff USA at http://www.laworder.com/, Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/, etc. Or searching publishers' web sites directly at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/LibInfo/Law/directory.html#publish

    Finally, if the above searches fail, you can try asking for help on the U.S.-based LAW-LIB list on listproc@ucdavis.edu (for law librarians - has over 2500 subscribers, mostly U.S. law librarians), on the NET-LAWYERS list on listserv@peach.ease.lsfot.com (for lawyers and others with questions about legal resources on the Internet - also U.S. based, with over 2,000 subscribers, mostly from the U.S.), or on the, also U.S.-based, LAWSRC-L list on listserv@listserv.cornell.edu (for exchange of information about legal resources on the Internet). Or consider fee-based document delivery (for photocopies of publications) or U.S. legal research services.


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