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Researching Latin American Law: Web Resources


There are numerous free websites that can assist in locating Latin American primary law, as well as secondary information on Latin American legal topics. 

Digests of Latin American Jurisprudence

The Due Process of Law Foundation has published four digests on Latin American national case jurisprudence:

The 2013 Digest on Indigenous People's Rights compiles and analyzes high court decisions related to indigenous rights in nine Latin American countries. The countries covered are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru. In Spanish only. 

The 2015 Digest on the Rights of Victims is available in English.  Two digest volumes on International Crimes (2010 and 2013) are also available in English. 

Inter-American Courts

The Court of Justice of the Andean Community (Tribunal de Justicia de la Comunidad Andina), seated in Quito, Ecuador, does not currently have a working website.

Primary Law

WWW Resources

Subject Guide

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Julienne Grant
Loyola University School of Law Library
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Blogs & Current Awareness

There are numerous blogs that focus on international law, and several that focus on Latin American law generally, and others on the law of specific Latin American countries.  Many of these are in Spanish.  There are also sites that focus on Latin American current events and politics and regularly update their content. 

NatLaw World Database

The National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, which is affiliated with the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, maintains the NatLaw World Database. This database contains laws, regulations, case law, and secondary source materials related to trade and investment for countries in the Americas. Most of the materials are in Spanish, although many English translations are available.  Access to the majority of the database's content is by subscription, although some free materials are available.


Print Research Guide

Prepared in the summer of 2009, updated in February 2012, this 23-page guide offers instructions and tips on how to research foreign, comparative, and international law at the LUC Law Library.  The annotated guide lists print reference sources, subscription databases, free websites, and current awareness sources that may be useful when approaching foreign, comparative and international law questions.