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Foreign & International Legal Research

This guide includes information on researching specific countries' laws (Morocco, Spain) as well as researching international laws, including international human rights.

Research Guides and Encyclopedias

GlobaLex: Olga Cabrero with Update by Vanessa Casado-Pérez, UPDATE: Guide to Legal Research in Spain (May/June 2014) (research guide).

Foreign Law Guide: Spain : Legal System (Marci Hoffman ed.).  Note: You must log on to CU VPN first before clicking on this link from off campus.

Law Library of Congress: Guide to Law Online – Nations of the World: Spain.

NYU Law Library, Foreign Law by Jurisdiction: Spain.

Legal System and Bar Association Assessments

World Justice Project Rule of Law Index®.  The 2021 edition measures rule of law adherence in 139 countries and jurisdictions worldwide (including Spain) across eight factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.

The World Bank.  Agnes Said & Georgia Harley, Comparative Analysis of Bar Associations and Law Societies in Select European Jurisdictions (2017).  This report focuses on select aspects and powers of bar associations, namely: the bar and the legal profession; what are the conditions for entrance to the bar; the decision-making bodies of the bar, their competences, and relation; administrative capacities of the bar and services they are providing; inter-bar relations in countries where there are several bar associations; the fee structure for lawyers and fees in general; fees for legal aid and mandatory defense and their structure; complaints mechanisms against lawyers who are members of the bar; disciplinary procedure and measures against lawyers; and external supervisory power over the bar. The countries selected for the comparative analysis are: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England and Wales, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Serbia, and Spain.

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