Researching Israeli Law

The law library recently subscribed to HeinOnline’s Israel Law Reports Library (Pepperdine Wavenet user credentials required for access). This library is a wonderful resource for students who want to find Israeli case law and legal secondary sources for their research projects, but who do not read Hebrew.

HeinOnline’s Israel Law Reports Library

This library has two components: the Israel Law Reports (1946-2006) and the Israel Law Review (1996-2010).

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Researching Comparative Constitutional Law: HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated Library

HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated Library features comparative constitutional materials from around the world. This library compiles these materials in a way that is easy to browse, highly searchable, and extensively cross-referenced.

This library includes actual constitutional texts. It also contains historical and current secondary sources that discuss the constitutional development for every country in its collection.

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Comparative Law Research with Martindale-Hubbell Law Digests

When starting a comparative law research project, one helpful research tool is the Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest, which is available to Pepperdine law students through the LexisNexis legal database. This resource provides short, basic explanations of laws and legal principles from many jurisdictions around the world.

The digest is organized by geographical region, as follows:

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Middle East/Africa
  • North America
  • South America

An “International” digest of laws from over 80 countries is also available.

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Happy Swiss National Day!

It’s August 1 – Happy Swiss National Day!

The roots of Switzerland’s confederation go all the way back to the year 1291, although the federal state of Switzerland that we currently know was not founded until 1848.

Switzerland is a constitutional parliamentary democracy, comprised of a confederation of 26 “cantons,” or states. The federal government has three branches: legislative (Federal Assembly or Parliament), executive (Federal Council), and judicial (Federal Tribunals). Each canton also has its own government.

Switzerland is generally divided into language-based regions. It has four official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansch.

Switzerland, famous throughout the world for its neutrality, is actually a member of several international organizations, including the United Nations and the Council of Europe. It also maintains a close partnership, in trading and other matters, with the European Union through a series of bilateral agreements.

Are you interested in learning more about Switzerland and the Swiss legal system? Here are some resources to get you started!

Legal Research Guides

English-Language Swiss Federal Government Resources

If you are a Pepperdine law student, and you need help researching Swiss law, contact the law library’s Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian, Jennifer Allison (who speaks and reads German).