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Brazilian Law Research Guide  

A concise guide to researching the law of Brazil, including the constitution, legislation, judicial decisions, and secondary sources.
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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.

The Brazilian Civil Code in English, 2d ed. - Leslie Rose, translator
Call Number: KHD 404.32002 A52 2012
Publication Date: 2012

Commercial and Economic Law in Brazil - Luis Rodolfo Cruz e Cruz
Call Number: KHD 1059 C74 2012
Publication Date: 2012

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Introduction to Brazilian Law - Fabiano Deffenti & Welber Barral, editors
Call Number: KHD 327 I585 2011
Publication Date: 2011

Private International Law in Brazil - Jacob Dolinger
Call Number: KHD 346 D65 2012
Publication Date: 2012

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