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Foreign Law Research

FLARE is a collaboration between the major libraries collecting law in the United Kingdom: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (Chair), Bodleian Law Library, Squire Law Library, British Library, and School of Oriental and African Studies. It is working to improve the coverage and accessibility of foreign legal materials at the national level and to raise expertise in their use.

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The work by FLARE is currently focused on improving national coverage of the law of the transition states of central and Eastern Europe and building a distributed national collection of official gazettes.

Origins of Flare Group - FLAG project

Current projects include:

Agree collection development policies that will improve coverage of European and central European law as a national resource

The National Archives Globe

Produce a series of Research Guides to the law of foreign jurisdictions

Towards the Palais de Justice

Hold training courses on the law of the transition states



Publish a Union List of holdings of European Legal Gazettes in major research libraries

Europe - The National Archives Globe


Sconul Focus article: Formation of a distributed national collection of foreign official gazettes

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Help legal researchers find foreign law

Flags from London 2012

FLAG Foreign Law Guide

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The FLARE Group has also given firm support and warm encouragement to the development of the
Flare Index to Treaties.

FLARE Group Members:
University of Oxford logo
Bodleian Law Library
British Library logo
British Library
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies logo
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of Cambridge logo
Squire Law Library

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