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Summer Associate Training with The New York Law Institute: Foreign and International Law

Research guide and tips for summer associates. Built thanks to the help of community guides: Seton Hall's Transactional Law Research LibGuide and Summer Legal Research Tips - Illinois College of Law Library.

International, Foreign and Comparative Law defined

Though they are often lumped together, foreign law, international law and comparative law are all broad topics in their own right. 

Foreign law involves the domestic laws of a foreign jurisdiction.  International law has to do with the laws that regulate conduct between sovereign nations.  Comparative law is the study of the differences between laws of various jurisdictions.

It is important to bear in mind that there may be a great many useful resources that will not be available in English.

See the first link for a guide to international law and the second for a guide to foreign law.

International Law Resources in Print

The New York Law Institute contains materials on several international, foreign and comparative law topics. Student should search the library catalog to find materials that may be helpful for their research.