Researching the Law of Sweden
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The University of Minnesota Law Library has historically had a very impressive collection of Swedish legal materials. Since 1983, when the Law School initiated an annual exchange of faculty and students with Uppsala University, special efforts have been made to collect current Swedish legal materials. The Law Library collects primary sources and many scholarly legal commentaries published in Sweden. Although most publications are in Swedish, the Law Library purchases translations whenever possible. Swedish legal materials are mainly shelved under the Library of Congress class KKV on the 4th floor of the library. The following guide provides a brief overview of the major types of materials that are available. For further information or assistance in using the materials, please contact the reference staff.
SOUs are also available at Wilson Library (J406.R15) along with other official parliamentary publications (Riksdagstryck) (J406.H24). Recent parliamentary materials are available on the Internet at http://www.riksdagen.se/templates/R_SubStartPage____5029.aspx . Wilson Library also has bibliographies and other tools for finding Swedish legislative information (e.g., Riksdagens Årsbok and Sveriges Statliga Publikationer, Bibliografi). Consult MNCAT Discovery under author or title for holdings and exact locations.
The Law Library receives Swedish laws as they are enacted. These laws are published in chronological order in Svensk Författningssamling, (KKV12.S88x). Recent enactments are available on the Internet on Lagrummet (http://www.lagrummet.se/rattsinformation/forfattningar/), Regeringskansliet (http://188.8.131.52/), and Rixlex (http://www.riksdagen.se/webbnav/index.aspx?nid=3910). Reports on new legislation, found in Nytt Juridiskt Arkiv II, are available in Foreign Serials (FOR-S) on the fourth floor.
The laws in force are consolidated in Sveriges Rikes Lag (KKV12.S9) and Sveriges Lagar (KKV12.S92). Another publication of consolidated laws in force, Svensk Lagsamling, is available on the Internet at Rättsnätet.
The Law Library has translations of the following laws:
A listing of English translations for other laws is available on the Internet (http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/3288).
The Law Library receives reports of the following courts:
Leading decisions of the Supreme Court are available on the Internet (http://www.hogstadomstolen.se/prejudikat.htm).
The Law Library has treaties between Sweden and other nations, Sveriges Internationella Överenskommelser (JX8061991x) on the third floor. They are also available in Svensk Författningssamling (KKV12.S88x) on the fourth floor. Recent treaties are available on the Internet (http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/3305).
The Law Library subscribes to major Swedish legal periodicals, including Svensk Jurist Tidning. These are located in Foreign Serials (FOR-S) and generally are shelved under title. Consult MNCAT Discovery under the title of the periodical or subject matter for holdings.
Consult MNCAT Discovery under author, title or subject (e.g., taxation--law and legislation--sweden) to find particular works and their locations.
(Research guides, dictionaries, descriptions/overviews of the Swedish legal system)
The Law Library has various guides to research, indexes, dictionaries, and descriptions of Swedish law.