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French law: Journals & articles

Subjects: Law, Law - French Legal

French citation style

Common French style for citing law journals follows this basic structure:

  • Abbreviated title
  • year of publication followed by comma
  • If applicable, indication of section or part (eg act, alerte, éditorial, chron., comm., dossier, entretien, étude, form, prat., repère)
  • Finally, either article number or page number (If the number refers to the latter,  it is usually indicated by "p.").

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French law journals

Printed resources

The principal collection of French law journals in LawBod have shelf marks beginning France 300. They are then shelved according to the first word in their title.
There are other French law journals in other sections of the LawBod, for example Revue de science criminelle et de droit pénal comparée is at Crim 300 R220 - so it always worth doing a title search in SOLO!

Electronic resources

Members of OU will find that Juris Classeur gives full text access to journals from the LexisNexis stable, including La Semaine Juridique (from 1995 onwards).

Finding articles on French law

The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) is an index to law journals (in all languages) dealing with all non common law jurisdictions.

The Law Bod's subscription to Lexis360 includes full text journals from the major JurisClasseur/LexisNexis publishing house.

Note.To check whether articles about French law written in journals published in UK/US/Australia etc you will also need to use the Index to Legal Periodicals.