Collection Development Policies and Other Basic Tools for Building A Foreign and International Law Collection

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The impact of globalization on the practice of law, legal education and legal research has been examined, discussed and debated for more than a decade among legal educators and law librarians. It is now accepted among information professionals that providing at least some access to relevant foreign and international law materials is important, if not critical, in academic, firm and other libraries. Numerous articles, research guides and foreign and international law portals and websites have been created and maintained by law librarians with expertise in researching the laws of foreign jurisdictions and/or international law. These tools have helped to make foreign and international legal materials and research methods available to researchers, librarians, lawyers and law students who are unfamiliar with foreign and international law resources and research techniques.