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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.  One of the most comprehensive websites on Latin America is LANIC (Latin American Network Information Center), which is maintained at the University of Texas at Austin.  A detailed description of this site is available below at right under "WWW Resources."

Digest of Latin American Jurisprudence on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Participation, Prior Consultation and Community Property

Published by the Due Process of Law Foundation in 2013, the Digest 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. 

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.

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SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network)

SSRN is an electronic repository for international social sciences scholarship that includes the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN).  Thousands of downloadable abstracts, working papers, and published papers are available without charge.  Users need to go through a free registration process in order to log in and download documents. 

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

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.

PowerPoint Presentations

The following are edited versions of PowerPoint presentations that were prepared for the LUC Law School course, "Comparative Law Seminar:  Legal Systems in the Americas."


There are numerous blogs that focus on international law, and several that focus on the law of specific Latin American countries.  Many of the latter are in Spanish.  The following links provide lists of international and foreign law blogs.