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 (10th ed.) is "[t]he 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 numbering in the tens of thousands—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 around 1,000 volumes (& 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: