Foreign, Comparative & International Law (FCIL) Resources

American Society of International Law (ASIL)
The nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization dedicated to international law founded in 1906 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1950. ASIL holds Category II Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies. ASIL is headquartered in Washington, DC. ASIL’s Electronic Research Guides provide excllent introductions to various public  internmational law topics.

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Search here for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States. Also includes a wide selection of major foreign language law publications from over 295 jurisdictions.

American Society of International Law (ASIL) database of electronic of international treaties and conventions, websites and other research tools.

Foreign Law Guide [SLS Database]

Current source of codes, compilations of legislation, official gazettes, and case reporters from jurisdictions around the world.

Research guides to international law topics and specific countries.

HeinOnline [SU Database]
Numerous foreign, international, and comparative law libraries are available in HeinOnline, including among others: English Reports (1120-1867); Foreign & International Law Resources Database; Foreign Relations of the U.S.; Hague Academy Collected Courses, Harvard Research in International Law; Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals; Israel Law Reports; Kluwer Law International Journal Library; Treaties and Agreements Library; United Nations Law Collection; and World Constitutions Illustrated.

Investor State Law Guide [SLS Database]  A leading resource for dispute setlement materials involving international investment treaty law, including bilateral investment treaties.

Research resources and tools relating to the different legal systems in the world.

Justis International Law Reports and United Kingdom (UK) Statutes and Statutory Instruments [SLS Database]
The UK Statutes product contains the full text of all Acts of Parliament in England, Wales and Scotland as enacted, from 1235 to the present day. The associated International Law Reports product contains cases in English from national and international courts from 1919 to present. Inquire at the Reference Desk ( for access information.

Kluwer Arbitration [SLS Database]  Comprehensive database of international commerical arbitration mateials, including treatises, journals, arbitral awards, legislation, and current awareness.

LLRX – International Legal Research
Free, international legal research resources and tools.

LLRX – Comparative/Foreign Law
Free, comparative and foreign legal research resources and tools.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (MPECCoL) [SU Database]
Coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context. The encyclopedia articles cover the basis and foundations of state formation and constitutional law, as well as analyzing and explaining underlying legal concepts such as human rights, constitutional formation, scope of state protections, the defining structures of governmental makeup, types of legal structures and interactions within a constitutional law system, and legal constitutional concepts that make up constitutional law. In addition, articles provide insight and detail into key cases that have contributed to or defined constitutional law concepts on a global scale such as Brown v Board of Education (United States), the Mizrahi Bank Case (Israel), the Minerva Mills Case (India), and Marbury v Madison (United States), and discuss key instruments in constitutional law history such as the Magna Carta and the Charter of Medina, among others. The database also includes access to the Oxford Law Citator, which is useful for advanced legal research and enables easy access to key materials.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) [SU Database]
Excellent starting place for research on international law topics. The MPEPIL online edition—edited under the direction of Professor Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany—is a comprehensive analytical resource covering the whole of public international law. MPEPIL includes material from the hard-copy Encyclopedia of Public International Law published between 1991 and 2001, plus online-only articles authored since 2001. Approximately 1,700 article topics have been selected and authored by expert legal scholars.

Newsbank/Readex Databases [SU Databases]

  • “AccessUN (1945-2011)” indexes UN documents including “Official Records, masthead documents, draft resolutions, meeting records, UN Sales Publications, and UN Treaty Series citations.” Also includes certain full-text UN documents.
  • “Foreign Broadcast Information Service Electronic Index (1975-1996)” indexes “FBIS Daily Reports issued by the U.S. Government covering political, economic, scientific, and cultural issues and events throughout the world.” (LawInfoChina)
English- and Chinese-language resources on Chinese law created and maintained by ChinalawinfoCo., Ltd., and the Legal Information Center of Beijing University. It includes full-text databases for laws, regulations, cases, and legal news.

SCC Online [SLS Database]  SCC Online provides full-text of statutes, regulations, and case law from India. Selected judgments from other South Asian countries are also included inthe database.

World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)
Access to case law and legislation from hundreds of countries.

TradeLawGuide [SLS Databse]
TradeLawGuide provides comprehensive access to WTO law, including agreements, rules of interpretation, and jurisprudence. Features include a citator, a subject navigator, full text searching, and jurisprudence pending.