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AMERICAN FOREIGN LAW ASSOCIATION
OF FOREIGN LAW SERIES
Library Committee .Report
LIBRARY COMMITTEE INTERIM REPORT
June 9, 1926
As the Association has no library and as it is improbable
that it will acquire any appreciable collection of legal literature
in the near future, your committee has decided that its efforts for
the, present can best be directed toward the undertaking of a census
of the foreign legal literature available in the law libraries,
public and semi-public, of the United States, beginning with those
located in New York City and extending perhaps to those in Wash-
ington and Boston.
Further, we would like to encourage and if possible secure
cooperation among the various law libraries in order (a) to avoid
expensive duplication of rarely used books; (b) to have the libra-
ries specialize in individual countries so that somewhere in the
United States there will bq an absolutely complete and up-to-date
collection of the live law of each country; and (c) that this mater-
ial may be made available by an interchange of facilities.
Also we would encourage the publication of bibliographies
supplemented or annotated with indications in what libraries the
individual books may be found.
In addition, a suggestion has been made that monetary
contributions be solicited to a fund for the purpose of installing
down-town in New York City (perhaps at the Law Institute) a small
collection of up-to-date codes and indices. However, no action
thereon has been taken and no policy formulated to date.
As a first step in its work, your Committee has sought and
obtained the cooperation of several attorneys arid others experienced
in the laws of foreign countries in the preparation of bibliographic,
While we desire to make these as complete as possible, we first are
endeavoring to cover especially the "live" law, that is, including
those works going to make up a lawyer's "working" library.
Admirable bibliographical work has been done by the
Library of Congress in the past under the direction of Dr. E. M. Bor-
chard, now of the Yale Law School, covering Argentina, Brazil, Chile,
Germany and Spain. On account of the accuracy and completeness of
these bibliographies, or "Guides", as they are called, it will be
necessary in the case of the particular countries only to list works
published since the appearance of the "Guides". In our work, we
expect to follow in a general way the same order of arrangement of
topics, though of course our bibliographies will of necessity be
much less elaborate and not as exhaustive or complete.
Upon the approval by the General Council of the individ-
ual bibliographies, we expect to circularize the loading libraries
in the three cities mentioned in an effort to ascertain the report
what, if any, of the books are available and where.
While the work of your Committee has just begun, we are
able to report that bibliographies for the following countries are
are now prepared:
Denmark (with the Farces and Greenland)
Norway (with Spitzbergen)
West Indies and Central America:
Copies of those are attached and we take this opportunity
to acknowledge gratefully the assistance of the gentlemen whose names
are mentioned thereon as the compilers.
Our suggestion is that these be circularized first among
the members of the Association for criticism and comment as we trust
that they will be interested in this work and in particular we feel
positive that valuable constructive suggestions, including additions
to the lists, will be forthcoming. Following such critical revision
the lists can be sent to the libraries with the request that such
works as are found there be checked, etc. With the resulting mater-
ial, we hope the Committee may be able to offer a report of some use
not only to the Association but to other members of the Bar as well.
Additional bibliographies will be submitted from time to
time as they are prepared, together with further progress reports of
Thomas W. Palmer, Jr., Chairman
L. C. Bergh
Phanor J. Eder
C. B. Fernald
G. Evans Hubbard
J. H. Mottolla
T. K. Schriuck
(Including Dutch East Indies)
:-SCHUURMAN & JORDENS : Nederlandsche Staatswetten,
(Complete set, kept up to date)
-FRUIN: Nederlandsche Wetbooken, Principal Codes & Laws
The codes of Criminal Law, Civil Procedure,
Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Notary
Law are all to be found in FRUIN.
ASSER: Burgerlijk Recht, 5 volumes
*LAND: 8 "
OPZOOMER: 8 f
*DIEPHUIS: 13 1885-1890
VEEGENS OPPENHEIM 3 1923 ed.
Including Bankruptcy and Negotiable Instruments
MOLENGRAAFF: Handelsrecht 2 volumes
SCHURMANN: 1 volume
*KIST: 6 volumes 1877-1914
*NOYON: Strafrecht 3 volumes 1904-1905 f
*VAN HAMEL 1907
*-'BONEVAL FAURE: Burgelijk Procesrecht 6 volumes 1893-1901 .
VAN ROSSETM: 2 fl.
*SIMONS: Strafvordering, 1 volume 1901
HAARMAN & VAN DER BURGHT
i-BUYS: De grondwet 3 volumes 1883-1888
KRANENBURG 1" 2 "
NOORDZIEK & VOORDUIN: Totstandkomen van de grondwet
Law Reports and Periodicals
*REPERTORIUM VAN DE NEDERLANDSCHE JURISPRUDENTIE EN
RECHTSLITERATUUR. 1878-1924 published 1925
*WEEKBLAD VAN HET RECHT: published three times week
reports of important decisions of all courts
RECHTSGELEERD MAGAZIJN: monthly
WEEKBLAD VOOR PRIVAATRECHT NOTARISAMBT EN REGISTRATIE
THEMIS: opinions on law
*MAGAZIJN VOOR HANDELSRECHT: 18
TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR HET STRAFRECHT:
fl. 20.- yr.
89-1915 24 vol.
H 0 L L A N D (Continued)
VAN EYSINGA: Dutch treaties since 1813 pub. 1916
'BORMAN & VISSER: Repertoire des traites ot dos
ments inturnationaux du vingt
cone. los pays Bas 1921
BOUSCHOLTE: Noderlandsche Belastingwetten
DUTCH EAST INDIES
Nederlandsche Indisch Wotboek
Ned.-Ond. Rechtspragk en Literatuur
Constitutional and administrative law
Pub. 1914 8 vol.
Compiled by Peter van don Toorn
17 East 42nd Street,
Now York City.
* Volumes in Bar Association Library, New York City.
S W I T ZE R L A N D
Tuor, P. Das neue Recht. Zurich 1912
Schneider & Fisk, Das schwoizorische Obligationenrecht Zurich 1913.
Kommentar Zum schweizerischen Zivilgosotzbuch. By various authors.
Schultess & Co., Zurich 1915.
Petitpierre, M., La reconnaissance et execution des
jugements civils etrangers on Suisse.
Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Zivilgesetzbuch.
2nd ed. Stampfli & Co., Berne, 1919
Volume I Introduction Personenrecht
II- Familienrecht (in two parts)
IV Sachenrecht (in three parts)
V Anwondungs u. Einfuhrungs Bestimmungen
(The foregoing commentary is published with the collabora-
tion of several well-known authors).
Lois'usuelles.*de la Confederation Suisse. Payot & Cie. Lausanne
*. (published annually; includes the most important
auxiliary codes as well as the Civil Code)
Ross-el & Mentha Manuel du Droit Civil Suisse. 3 Vols.
Payot & Co., Lausanne.
Manuel du Droit Federal des Obligations, Payot & Co.,Lausanne 1920.
Williams sI., The Swiss Civil Code. English version with vocabulary
and notes, London 1925.
Zeitchrift fue schweizerisches Recht. Basel; New Series 1882 to date.
(Index published in 1911 for the first 30 volumes)
Arr ts du Tribunal Federal Suisse (Official reports of the Swiss
Federal Supreme Court)
Commercial Laws of Switzerland, by A. J. Wolfe. Supplemented and
.. revised by Shick and Eder. Washington, 1917, Gov-
ernment Printing Office.
(In the foregoing pamphlet is a bibliography of books
onhSwias law to be found in the Library of Congress.)
Ja'egerm C.., Das. Bundesgeset betr. Schuldbotreibung abd Konkurs.
3 vols. 1912
Besides the above books reference must be made to Statutes
and Official Reports of the separate Cantons of Switzerland in
matters still reserved to the Cantons.
A short sketch of Swiss Constitutional Law may be found in
Affolter, A. Die individuellen Rochtenach der bundesgericht-lichen
Praxis. Nachtrag zu den Grundzugen des Schweizerischen
staatsrecht Zurich, Orell Fussli. 1911.
Compiled by Arthur K. Kuhn
120 Broadway, New York. T.
Codigo Civil (Government Publication 1901)
Codigo de Procedimiento Civil (Government Publication 1901)
Codigo de Comercio (Government Publication 1901)
Codigo de Procedimiento Criminal (Government Publication- 1908)
Codigo Penal (Government Publication 1907)
Coleccion de Leyes, from the year 1844 to 1899 both inclusive
(15 volumes, Government Publication)
Gaceta Official Numbers 1324 to 3712, from 1900 to 1925 inclusive
Indice General de las Layes, Decretos y Resoluciones; from 1844 to
November 29, 1916 inclusive (Rafael M. Perez 1922)
Coleccion de Ordenes Ejecutivas del Gobierno Militar from November
29, 1916 to Decembed 31, 1921 (Five volumes)
Coleccion de Leyes, Decretos y Resoluciones del Gobierno Provision-
al, from January 1 to July 8, 1924.
The last two collections referred to are merely cited
for the purpose of convenience, as all of the laws, etc., contained
therein are embodied in the "Gacetas Oficiales".
The Dominican Codes are almost identical, article for
article, with the French codes. Consequently, the annotated codes
and other work.i of French legal authorities are an essential part
of a Dominican law library.
Compiled by Guy H. Lippitt
67 Wall Street,
New York, N. Y.
HA I T I
Code Civil (Louis Borno 1892)
Code de Commerce (A. Poujol 1910)
Code de Procedure Civile Annote (Aug. C. Heraux 1924)
Code d'Instruction Criminelle et Code Penal (Leon Nau 1914)
Dictionnaire de Legislation Administrative Haitiene (Hannibal
Recueil des Lois et Actes, from the year 1804 to 1844 inclusive
Recueil des Lois et Actes, from year 1879 to 1886 inclusive
Recueil des Lois et Actes, from year 1887 to 1904 inclusive
Annuaire de Legislation Haitienne, from the year 1904 to 1922
'inclusive (Etienne Mathon)
Le Moniteur from January 1, 1923 to date. (Le Moniteur is the
official organ of the Haitian government and contains laws,
decrees, resolutions, etc.)
All of the above books are out of print except Mathon's
Annuaire, the "Code de Procedure Civile", the "Dictionnaire" and
."Le Moniteur". A new annotated Civil Code is under preparation
by Maitre Abel N. Leger and will probably be published within the
next six months.
As the Haitian codes are substantially the same as the
French codes, the works of legal authorities and commentators of
Prance are a necessary adjunct to a Haitian law library.
Compiled by Guy H. Lippitt,
67 Wall Street,
New York, N. Y,
Constitucion de 1906-7, Published by the Government. Quito. 4th.
Codigo Civil. Published by the Government, New York, 1889.
Codigo de Enjuiciamientos en Materia Civil. Published by the
Government. Quito, 1907.
Codigo de Comercio, Published by the Government. Quito, 1906
Codigo Penal, Published by the Government, Quito, 1906.
Codigo de Enjuiciamientos en Materia Criminal. Published by the
Government, Quito, 1906.
Codigo de Mineria, Published by the Government. Quito, 1907
Codigo de Policia, Published by the Government, Quito, 1913.
Codigo Militar, Published by the Government, Quito, 1900.
Codigo de Hacienda Publica. Published by the Government, Quito,1909
Coleccion de Leyes y Decretos-Anuarios, Published by the Government
Gaceta Judicial. Published by the Government. Quito.
Comentarios al Codigo Civil by Luis Felipe 3orja. Published by,
Felipe Borja. 1906, 1907, or 1908.
(I believe that the author finished the work
but that only six volumes all of them on ti1
First Book of the Civil Code have been pub
Comentarios al Codigo Civil by Carlos Casares, about 1890.
Codigo de Enjuiciamientos Civiles by J. M. Borja, about 1894
Isaac Alzamora, Jr.,
32 Broadway, New York, N. Y.
P E R U
Constitution de 1920, Published by the Government, Lima, 1920.
Codigo Civil, Published by M. A. de la Lama, 5th edition, by
P. C. Goitizolo, Lima, 1920.
Codigo de Procedimientos Civiles, Published by Francisco J. Egui-
guren, Lima, 1914.
Codigo Penal, Published by J. J. Calle, Lima, 1914.
Codigo de Procedimientos Criminales, Published by H. H. Cornejo,
Codigo de Comercio, Published by M. A. de la Lama, Lima, 1st vol.
1902, 2nd vol. 1905
Codigo de Mineria, Published by Direccion de Minas y Petroleo.
Codigo de Aguas, Published by the Government, Lima, 1902.
Codigo de Aduanas, Published by the Government, 1920
Coleccion de Layes y Decretos-Anuarios. Now published by the
Government, Dr. Ricardo Aranda's collection is a
good one covering the period during which publica-
tion was not made by the Government, Lima.
Anales Judiciales, Published by. the Government, Lima.
Revista del Foro, Published by the Colegio de Abogados, Lima,
El Peruano, Published by the Government, Lima.
Comentario al Codigo Civil by A. Gustavo Cornejo. Published by
A. Gustavo Cornejo, Lima, 1921
Legislacion Agricola by G. A. Vivanco, Published by G. A. Vivanco,
Program Detallado de Derecho Constitucional by M. V. Villaran,
Published by M. V. Villaran, Lima, 1920.
Diccionario de Legislacion Peruana by G. Leguia y Martinez. Lima.
1st vol. 1914; the other columes at subsequent dates.
Les Impuestos en el Peru by Fernando Tola, Published by Fernando
Tola, Lima, 1914, Supplement, 1915.
Reglamento de Comercio y Aduanas by Rodriguez. Published by
Rodriguez, Lima, 1893.
Coleccion de Legislacion de Minas by the Jefe de la Seccion de Minas
of the Ministerio de Fomento. Published by the
Direccion de Minas y Petroleo. Lima. 1924.
(The Codigo de Mineria listed above is included in
Compiled by Isaac Alzamore ,Jr
New York, N. Y.
Actos de Comercio, Nestor Luis Perez 1-2 (one volume).
Codigo Civil, by Nicomedes Zuloaga, published 1899.
Codigo Civil, 1922, Oficial.
Codigo Civil de 1916 y sus difidencies con et de por Alijandro
Pietro, Hijo, 1916.
Codigo Civil Venezolano, Dominici, Volumes I to IV inclusive,
Codigo de Comercio, Arismendi.
Codigo de Comercio, Venezuela, 1919, Edicion Oficial
Comentarios al Codigo de Comercio Venezolano, Dr. Anibal Dominici.
Comentarios al Codigo de Procedimiento Civil Venezolano, Dr.
Arminio Boras, Vols. 1 to VI inclusive.
Constitucion de Los Estados Unidos de Venezuela, 1925.
Correcta Aplicacion de la Ley de Estampillas, Dr. G. Manrique
Corte Federal y de Casacion Memorias. 1876 to date. These
decisions of the Court of Cassation appear in annual
memories to Congress.
Derecho y La Ingenieria, El, Arismendi Jimenez.
Derecho Internacional Publico, Dr. D. Simon Planas Suarez,
Vols. I and II.
Derecho Internacional por Eduardo Calcano, 1897
Derecho Politico, Sanojo
Diccionario de Legislacion, J. Escriche. Published in Spain 1838;
Estudios sobre el Codigo de Procedimiento Civil, Feo.
Exposition del Codigo de Procedimiento Civil, Sanojo
Extranjeros en Venezuela, Los, Dr. D. Simon Planas Suarez,
2nd edition, 1917.
Gacetas Oficiales, Collection of.
Historia Constitucional de Venezuela Gil Fortoul, Vols. I and II
Historia de Venezuela, published 1581, reprint 1913, Edicion
Official Fray de Aguado.
Institucione's de derecho civil venoZolieno por L. ca:..;o,
4 volumes, 18731
Jurisprudencia y Critica de la Doctrina de la Casacion Venezolana
1876-1923, published Caracas 1925.
Ley de Impuesto de Papel Sellado Nacional, Edicion Oficial, 1923
Ley del Registro Publico, Oficial, 1925.
Leyes y Decretos de Venezuela. 1830 to date. Price to 1830, and
after the independence of Venezuela from Spain, the laws
of greater Colombia governed in Venezuela, Colombia, and
Ecuador. In 1830 Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador sep-
arated into three counties. (Vols. I to 47, 1924).
Memorias of the various departments of the Government, published
Poder Municipal, M. Henrion de Pansey, translated to Spanish from
the French by Dr. Elias Acosta, 1850.
Procedimiento Civil, Sanojo.
Repertoris Alfabetico del Codigo Civil por Benito Hurtado,
3 Volumes, 1890.
Resumen de la Geografia de Venezuela, Agustin Codazzi.
Revicta de Derecho y Legislacion, Collection of
Teatro de la Legislacion, por Castillo, three volumes.
Compiled by Frank Feuille
120 Broadway, New York, N.Y.
J A PA N
1 The Official Reports of the Court of Cassation in both its
Criminal Department and its Civil Department. In each of
these Departments for every year since about 1899 a small
volume of reports has been Issued.
2 The Official Reports of the Court of Administrative Legisla-
tion. Of these Reports there is about the same number as of
the Reports in each Department of the Court of Cassation.
3 A Digest of the principles enunciated in the decisions of the
Court of Cassation. There is one volume for the Criminal
Department and another for the Civil Department, each coating
4 A Compilation of all the Statutes and Governmental Ordinances
of Japan. Of these there are two volumes and the cost of the
two books is about $355.00
5 The Text of the six Main Statute Laws or Codes of Japan, to wit
Civil, Commercial, Criminal, Administrative, Civil Procedure
and Criminal Procedure. These are all printed in one volume
and cost about $1.00. Of these six Codos, the Civil and
Criminal Codes have been translated into English.
6 A Compilation by the Tokyo Imperial University containing the
Commentaries of the Professors of Law on the Civil and Commer-
cial Codes and upon the decisions of the Courts construing
these codes. There are about fifteen of these volumes and
they cost about $80.
7 The Law Journal published weekly by Mr. M. Takagi which gives
the current decisions of the Courts and articles written by
lawyers in Japan.
8 Law Review published monthly by the Tokyo Imperial University.
This costs $3.00 per year.
Because of the brief history of modern lega development
in Japan, the opinions of Professors of the Imperial Universities
of Japan are given great weight and have much influence with the
Judges in the decision of cases, and as a result most Japanese
lawyers naturally supply themselves with these Commentaries as
issued by the Professors from time to time. I accordingly enumer-
ate here the best known of these Commentaries, extracts from which
appear in the Compilation referred to in Number 6 (supra) but the
entire volumes are not quoted therein.
1 Commentaries on the Civil Code by Dr. H. Hatoyama
Dr. G. Suehiro
Dr. S. Hozumi
2 Commentaries on the Commercial Code by Dr. N. Matsunami
" Corporation Law by Dr. J. Matsumoto
J A P A N (Continued.)
4 Commentaries on Criminal Law by Dr. E. Makino
Dr. N. Motoji
5 Commentaries on Bankruptcy Law by Dr. M. Kato
6 Commentaries on Private International Law by Dr. S. Yamada
7 Commentaries on Civil Procedure by Dr. M. Niida
8 Commentaries on Criminal Procedure by Dr. R. Hayashi
I note your inquiry for a list of libraries, both public
and private, which may have some or all of these books, and I am
sorry to be unable to inform you what libraries in this country
contain these books. I shall be surprised to learn that any con-
siderable number of the books which I have named can be found in
any library in this country.
Of the books which I have named above, those which appear
in numbers 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 respectively, deserve a place in the
reference Library of the American Foreign Law Association and
these books can all be procured through Shimizu Shoten, at Imagawa-
oji, Kanda, Tokyo, at a cost, according to my best estimate, of
about $200 for all of them. Of course there would be a contin-
uing and further cost if the books and journals wore kept up to dat;.
Compiled by Tetsuzo Kojima
C/o Tison & Melick
15 William Street,
New York, N. Y.