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New Foreign Law Databases at Biddle

October 05, 2011

Biddle Law Library has recently acquired several electronic resources useful for those interested in foreign law research.

ILR.jpgIsrael Law Reports, the reporter for key Supreme Court of Israel decisions in English translation, is now available as part of HeinOnline. By selecting the Israel Law Reports library on HeinOnline, you can browse the published cases or conduct keyword searches on the contents to find cases on a particular topic. The Israel Law Review is also available as part of this library. If you prefer to see the cases in hard copy, Biddle also receives Israel Law Reports, formerly Selected Judgments of the Supreme Court of Israel, in print, as well as reporters for the Supreme Court and rabbinical courts in the original Hebrew.

Manupatra.jpgManupatra is the leading database of Indian law. It contains full-text cases from the Supreme Court of India and the state High Courts, as well as decisions of various specialized tribunals, commissions and boards.  In addition to the text of national and state legislation and regulations, Manupatra offers commentaries on selected key acts and a variety of other useful secondary sources. Material in Manupatra can be searched by subject or keyword, and cases include citator functionality. Because access to this database involves an extra step, please see the LOLA entry for Manupatra for instructions on how to start using it.

vLex.jpgWhile vLex is a globally-oriented database presenting primary and secondary legal resources for 134 countries and international organizations, it is particularly helpful for those researching the law of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. vLex provides the full text of constitutions, legislation and legal codes, plus law journals, newspapers, and treatises, all searchable in multiple languages. Please note that although vLex includes a translation feature, the translations produced are not official and are only intended to help researchers use the material within vLex.

For assistance accessing and using these and other Biddle foreign law databases, and with help planning and conducting research in foreign law, email Gabriela Femenia, Foreign and International Law Librarian, at, or stop by Tanenbaum 412.