Roy L. Sturgeon
Tulane University Law School
332 Weinmann Hall
6329 Freret St.
New Orleans, LA 70118-6231
Tel: +1 504.865.5953
Fax: +1 504.865.5917
Free, Reliable Websites
In addition to the Law Library's subscription databases, comparative law information can be found on free, reliable (i.e., reasonably accurate & current) websites. Among the best are:
What is Comparative Law?
Comparative law as defined by Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed.) is "the scholarly study of the similarities & differences between the legal systems of different jurisdictions, such as between civil law & common law countries." Put another way, it is a method of analytical study that relies mainly on foreign & international law as sources (& inspiration). Its aims vary, depending on the researcher.
For help in learning comparative law essentials, read:
Over many decades, the Law Library has built a substantial collection of print resources—many not available online—that can be used for comparative law study. The bulk are shelved on the 5th & 6th floors. These include caselaw, statutes/codes, journals, & treatises. And a lot are in the vernacular. Also, a special Comparative Law Collection with approximately 750 volumes (and growing!) in multiple languages is located across from the Wisdom Room on the 6th floor. Additional print resources are shelved on the 3d floor in New Books, Reserve, Reference, & the Maritime Collection; 4th floor in Special/Rare Collections & Microforms; & 5th floor in Government Documents.
For more details, search the Law Library's online catalog & see boxes below.
Tulane Law's major commitment to furthering the study of comparative law is shown partly by its publishing of 3 periodicals: