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This chapter gives important background information on legal translations, and describes strategies for locating them. For Americans researching foreign law, one of the most common tasks is to look for English translations of foreign legal materials. The most useful and reliable translation is an official translation that provides the original text next to the translation. Researchers sometimes use online translators to get a better sense of the content of a document. When searching for English translations, the first thing to keep in mind is that the translation might not exist. Most foreign-language statutes do not get translated into English. Whenever one relies on translated legal materials, they should indicate the source of the translation, whether it's your own translation, that of a friend or colleague who knows the language, or a translation from a commercial or official source.

Keywords: english translations; foreign law; foreign legal materials; online translators



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