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International Family Law

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Transnational and Comparative Family Law: Harmonization and Implementation

This guide points researchers to significant electronic and print sources in transnational and comparative family law. The purpose of this guide is to indicate how these international conventions are implemented in selected jurisdictions with some indication of how to locate substantive national law under these same international regimes. An excellent resource on this topic is the Encyclopedia of Private International Law (Jürgen Basedow, et al., eds), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017. It includes article/entries on the topics dealt with most often in international family law: adoption, child abduction, divorce, marriage, and trusts.


Global Legal Monitor (Law Library of Congress): The Global Legal Monitor has both jurisdictional and topical headings to browse.  Articles on legal developments are in English and include citations and links to primary documents.

Foreign Law – Subject Law Collections on the Web - Resources listed in this guide are freely available online, with the exception of those specifically indicated as subscription databases.

Global Legal Information Catalog (Library of Congress): The Library’s Congress’ catalog of publications on legal topics covering the laws of multiple jurisdictions.   Browse or search by topic or jurisdiction to find titles of works on comparative law by subject, then use discoverE or Worldcat (for interlibrary loan) to find the print titles.

Global Health and Human Rights Database: Judgments of national courts and international bodies on health and human rights topics, and national constitutions with provisions on health and human rights.  Find by country, topic, or international or regional body.