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.

To access the Martindale Hubbell Law Digest in LexisNexis:

  1. On LexisNexis’s main search screen, click Find Laws by Country or Region in the bottom of the right hand column.
  2. Click the Foreign Laws & Legal Sources link.
  3. Click International Law Digests.

Assume that you would like to review the arbitration laws in Europe. To do so:

  1. Click the link to the European Law Digest.
  2. In the search box, type “arbitration” and click Search.

The search results list includes all entries in this digest that discuss arbitration, organized alphabetically by country. Entries will often cite relevant statutes and case law. Review each entry to gain a basic understanding of the scope of the law and ideas for further research.

For more information about comparative law research, contact the law library’s Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian, Jennifer Allison.

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