One of the law library’s newest bilingual acquisitions is Standardvertragsmuster zum Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht: Deutsch-Englisch (German-English Standard Forms and Agreements in Company and Commercial Law), by Dr. Dieter Stummel. It is available in print in the law library under the call number KK2052.2 .S78 2015.
The 2015 5th edition includes many examples of documents that modern companies need to conduct their business under Germany’s corporate laws. These include registration applications, distribution and licensing agreements, corporate agreements and documents, sales and purchase agreements, real estate agreements, loan agreements, and employment agreements. It also includes a selection of sample arbitration clauses.
The book uses a dual-column format, with the German text in the left column and its corresponding English text directly next to it in the right column:
This helpful dual-column format can also be found in some online language sources. A great example of this is the Linguee online legal dictionary. This source, which is available for German and more than 20 other languages, is especially helpful if you are trying to understand a legal term in a particular context. When you search for a term, the results list includes excerpts from legal and other texts that include the term you entered. A translation is provided for each excerpt directly in the corresponding column position.
Check out the law library’s German Law Research Guide for more information about researching the German law.