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ONU Law Review Resources: Finding Primary Law

Primary Law

Primary Law



Foreign & International Primary Law

Citing Primary Law


Rule 10 of the Bluebook governs the citation of U.S. cases. See Rule 10.1 for more details on other basic citation forms.

Below, a U.S. Supreme Court decision.


Rule 11 of the Bluebook governs citation of legislative materials. Typically, U.S. legislative material citations should include the title, if relevant, the abbreviated name of the house, the number of Congress, the number assigned to the material, and the year of publication. State legislative material generally follows the same format, though exceptions exist. Below are some examples of citations for various legislative materials.



Foreign & International Sources


Rule 20 of the Bluebook governs the citation of foreign domestic sources.  Table T2 is the primary source for citing foreign materials, and lists jurisdiction-specific citation examples. If a source is not included in Table T2, you should follow that country's rules for citing the source, as modified by the Bluebook's general rules. Use a parenthetical the jurisdiction issuing the source, unless the jurisdiction is clear somewhere else in the citation.


Rule 21 of the Bluebook governs the citation of international sources like treaties, international law cases, UN materials, and more.


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