International Team Project United Arab Emirates—Dubai: Research Checklist

Prepared for International Team Project UAE -- Dubai at Northwestern University School of Law, Spring 2011 Semester.

Materials in this checklist are primarily in English, unless otherwise noted.

For questions about this guide, contact Library Reference, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian (e-mail | (312) 503-8451) .

General Country Information

Middle Eastern Studies Web Sites

Governmental Web Sites

Laws and Legal System

Introductions/Research Guides/Links to Selected Laws:


  •  I,MON K 3157 .A2B58 1971 v.19  Includes The Provisional Constitution of the United Arab Emirates, 1971, and The United Arab Emirates Unofficial Government Translation of Constitutional Amendment No. (1) of 1996.

Case Law:

  • United Arab Emirates Court of Cassation Judgments, 1998-2003, by Richard Price and Essam Al Tamimi (Brill, 2001) 
    N,GUI KMV 18 .A4 2005
  • United Arab Emirates Court of Cassation Judgments,1989-1997, by Richard Price and Essam Al  Tamimi (Kluwer, 1998)
    N,GUI KMV 18 .A4 1998

Family Law:

Finding Books

Finding Articles

Hints: Many subject areas are relevant - not just law. | Use indexes to identify relevant articles. | " Advanced search" often easier than "basic search." | Find relevant citation, then click on " subject headings" or " descriptors" to find more. | " Find it at NU" button often leads to electronic full text. | NUcat " journal title" search leads to print and/or electronic full text.

Finding Dissertations

Finding Statistics

News: General, Legal, and Business

  • Note that both Lexis and Westlaw allow you to create and save a search, to be run on a periodic basis, such as daily or weekly. For links to tutorials, see the Research Alerts page of the library's web site. Many organizations make it possible to monitor news by means of an RSS/XML ("Really Simple Syndication") feed. For information of setting up RSS feeds, see the Research Alerts: RSS Feeds section of the library's web site.
  • LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community: News & Business tab > Country & Region (excluding U.S.) > Middle East & Africa > News
  • Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community:
International/worldwide materials > Middle East and North Africa >  Individual Country Materials >  United Arab Emirates > Business and News
NewsRoom with Reuters  tab > Middle East News  with Reuters (Database = RMIDNEWS)

Regional and International Organizations

Note: UAE is not necessarily a member of all the organizations listed below. However, these web sites provide information about the UAE.

Additional Resources for Special Topics

Business and Economic Development

Children/Family (see also Women's Issues)

Criminal Justice


  • ERIC Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community Citations to articles and reports on education.

Environment/Land Use/Natural Resources

  • ECOLEX. World Conservation Union (IUCN). A database of imformation on environmental law.
  • FAOLEX. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. A legislative database on food, agriculture, and renewable natural resources.


Human Rights


  • NATLEX. International Labour Organization (ILO). A database containing references to national laws on labour, social security, and related human rights, and some laws in full-text.

Politics and Government

  • International Political Science Abstracts Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community. Citations and abstracts to English and non-English language periodicals throughout the world. Covers political science, public law, international law, and international relations.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community. Citations with abstract from more than 1100 journals in political science and related disciplines. Coverage is international in scope.


Women's Issues (see also Children/Family)

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