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French law: Books

Subjects: Law, Law - French Legal

La doctrine

The writing of French legal academics - called la doctrine - has a role in the development of French law.

Doctrine has 2 functions: to lay out clearly the existing law ("de lege lata") and then to propose reform ("de lege ferenda").

French national tools

Books on French law

Printed resources

French monographs in the LawBod have call marks starting France 510.  (Earlier, superseded editions are held in a separate secondary collection - indicated by (sec coll) at the end of their shelf mark.) Please ask a member of staff for directions.

The LawBod shelves surveys of law (works looking at how a legal problem/legal topic is dealt with by various jurisdictions/legal systems) and comparative studies in the area with the shelfmark General. They can be of particular use for the linguistically challenged (most are in English), and can be used as introductions to the topic.

Electronic resources

 Juris Classeur,  well-known Encyclopédie, is part of our subscription to Lexis®360 (Please note that the hard-copy of Juris Classeur's Encyclopédie is NOT current.)

Introductions to French law