Location of Materials
The Library of Congress classification for the law of Brazil is "KHD." This is found on the 3rd floor of the Law Library on stacks 349 and 350. To find Brazilian legal materials located elsewhere in the Law Library, use TALLONS, the Law Library's online catalog.
Impact of Brazilian Federalism
Like the U.S., Brazil is a federal republic. In addition to the national government, there are 26 states and a federal district. Moreover, the muncipalities -- these are not cities, but rather are administrative subdivisions of the states -- have significant lawmaking power, as well. Thus, there are essentially three levels of lawmaking authority in Brazil -- the national government, the states, and the municipalities. As in the U.S., this federal, or multi-level, structure complicates the process of legal research.
Why Brazilian Law?
Brazil is a significant jurisdiction. It is the fifth largest country in the world both in terms of population (over 200,000,000) and in terms of land area. It has the seventh largest economy in the world, and is a member of the BRICS group of rapidly developing countries with growing economies. Brazil has a highly developed legal culture and legal system. This guide is designed to provide a concise overview of how to do research on Brazilian law from the viewpoint of a legal researcher in the U.S. Therefore, the emphasis is on resources available for free electronically.
Texts on Brazilian Law in English
Below are seven recent books on Brazilian law in English in the Law Library's collection.