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Free & Low Cost Legal Research

Resources for free or low cost legal research, providing a great way to get started with research if you don't have access to paid databases or if you want to get an overview of a topic before using potentially expensive searches.

Research Guides

Consulting a research guide is a great first step when starting any international or foreign law research project.


When searching for the full text of a treaty, status information, preparatory works or other related treaty documents, search for the body or organization that promulgated the treaty.  For example, the Council of Europe is a source of information for the European Convention on Human Rights and other Council of Europe treaties.

Foreign Law

For additional guidance on researching the law of a foreign jurisdiction, see the foreign law research guides in the Research Guides section of this guide.  For example, Introduction to Researching Foreign Law by GlobaLex.