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Comparative Constitutional Law

Foreign Court Decisions

Keep in mind that in many countries, court decisions are not considered primary law and there may not be an official publication for decisions. For many countries, only the country's highest court will issue its decisions. In these cases, periodical literature may be the best and only source for decisions. The strategies and sources below can help you get started.

1. Search Novanet using keyword searching such as “court and decisions and Canada” or by browsing subject headings such as “Constitutional law –[country] – Cases” or “Law reports, digests, etc. – [country]."

2. Check the sections on "Court Reports" in T. Reynolds & A. Flores, Foreign Law: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World (Littleton, Colo.: F.B. Rothman, 1989- ) [K 20 .A1 R46]. These sections will tell you whether the country issues official reports or if you must look in other sources, such as periodicals.

3. LexisNexis Quicklaw and WestlawNext Canada contain summaries or full-text case law from selected countries. Consult their directories for more information.