FLAG Foreign Law Guide

The FLAG Foreign Law Guide of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, is a searchable database which consists of a “collaborative Internet gateway to the holdings of foreign, international and comparative law in UK universities and national libraries.”

Use of the search mechanism is a bit quirky and the database essentially finds internet library links in the UK to the subjects requested.

The FLAG 2002 Press Release wrote about FLAG as follows:

“FLAG (standing for Foreign Law Guide) is an Internet gateway to statute, case law and treaty collections held in nearly 60 UK libraries. It includes details of the active and historic collections in over 50 universities including Oxford, Cambridge, London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff. It also features the vast collections of foreign and international law held by the British Library, the Advocates’ Library (part of the National Library of Scotland) and the National Library of Wales. Of special interest is the inclusion of details of the law collections of research institutes covering Slavonic, East European, Russian and Arab affairs.

Within seconds, it is now possible to trace which libraries in the UK hold collections of legislation, case law or treaties for any one of over 200 countries (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland excluded). The database also includes locations for the working documents, proceedings, decisions and resolutions of over 60 international organisations, such as the World Trade Organisation and the Council of Europe (the European Union is excluded). It helps users identify the strongest collections of international and comparative law on a range of over 40 topics, including arbitration, intellectual property and environmental law.”

2 Responses to “FLAG Foreign Law Guide”

  1. Kristy Says:

    GREAT resource, thanks for posting this!Kristy

  2. Andis Kaulins Says:

    Glad to oblige. Perhaps the most satisfying postings are those which are “useful” to others, not those which are “right” or “wrong” about some specific topic, which they seldom are.

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