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The Swiss Institute of Comparative Law offers an experienced team of specialists, comprised of attorneys and law librarians from all over the world.

It provides legal advice and assistance in all areas of:

* National Legal Systems,
* International private and public law,
* Law of the European Union.

Its staff is available to answer specific legal questions from individuals, private clients, attorneys, notaries, courts, and governmental agencies and personnel. We provide both legal opinions and comparative legal studies.

The library:

* holds over 300,000 titles in approximately 60 languages (legislative materials, court decisions, treaties, leading commentaries, treatises, and law reviews). The catalogue is available on-line,
* a reference service is available to provide research advice and assistance,
* the library also offers a European Documentation Centre.

The Institute offers training and research opportunities for young jurists and lawyers through the van Calker Scholarship Program, as well as visitors from Switzerlandand abroad.


Circumstances decreed that Jean Monnet, the Father of the United Europe, should preserve the archives of the experiences which led him to lay the foundations of this construction. In giving his archives in 1978 to the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe which he had himself created, he laid on it the task of creating a testimonial to the conflicts, the reconciliation and union of Europeans. His hope was that future generations would transmit, each to the next, the accumulated benefit of this experience.


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