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Spanish/English Legal, Diplomatic, Commercial Translation Resources

Spanish/English Legal, Diplomatic, Commercial Translation Resources


1.Lists, Links and General Resources

2.Institutions and Organizations

3.Texts: Press Releases


5.Contracts and American Legal Forms


7.  Bulletin Board, Newsgroups


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 1. Lists, Links and General Resources

Meta-Index for Legal Research Search databases for US judicial opinions, legislation, federal regulation and other legal sources.

Links to Internet Resources for Translators and Interpreters. Links to many sites in following categories: organizations, terminology, universities, chat groups.

Indiana University World Wide Web Virtual Library The Virtual Library is a collection of links to related websites maintained by institutions throughout the world, each administering a different subject.  Search the virtual library by organization type (i.e. U.S. Government Servers) or legal topic (i.e. Contracts).

Tufts University Legal Links Links to 100+ sites relating to International Law and Economics

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Home Page.  Access to press releases, information and documentation services.  Links to Legal Instruments.

World Trade Organization On-line documents, Publications, Legal Texts, Press Releases.

Red Iberoamericana de Información y Documentación Judicial

ProQuest Information and learning


LEGIS (Latin American source of legal information)


LEXBASE (Database to access the Colombian legal system)


Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración (Very good list of links with World Trade International Organizations)


UN Databases in Spanish


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2. Institutions and Organizations


The European Union The official server of the Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors and other bodies of the European Union.

Organización Naciones Unidas

Organización De Los Estados Americanos

Parlamento Latinoamericano

Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración

Ministerio de Justicia -Colombia

Senado De La República De Colombia 

Congreso De la  República de Bolivia

Congreso De La  República De Chile.

Congreso De La República de Ecuador

Senado De La República Argentina


Congreso De La República de Honduras


Asamblea Nacional De La República de Panamá


Congreso De La República De Perú


Ministerio De Comercio Exterior De Costa Rica


Senado De La República Dominicana


Senado De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos


Congreso De La República De Guatemala


Asamblea República De Nicaragua


Parlamento De Uruguay


Bases de Datos del Senado De España

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3. Texts: Press Releases      


Finance & Development Quarterly (English) The quarterly publication of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.  Free access to articles, reports and commercial texts.

International Finance Corporation: Press (English) Search database of press releases by year, region or industry.

International Finance Corporation: Publications (English) Contains longer publications of International Finance Corporation

Transition: The Newsletter of Emerging Economies (English/Russian) By the International Monetary Fund.  Each edition contains 20+ articles about economics in emerging and developing economies.

United Nations Press Releases Access Spanish and English press releases from the United Nations.

World Bank: Publications (English) Home Page for accessing World Bank Publications.

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International Finance Corporation Translations (French/Spanish/English) Access French, English, Spanish translations.

Int'l Chamber of Commerce: A few public documents (French/English)

UNESCO International bibliography of translations (French/English/Spanish) Search database of UN translations.

World Trade Organization Translation & Document Dissemination Division Access to WTO translations in French, Spanish and English, excellent source of parallel texts.

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4. Glossaries



The American Standard Law Dictionary Short definitions of standard legal terms in English.


CourtTV Glossary of Legal Terms



Glosario de Términos Financieros

Diccionarios de Comercio Exterior

English   to   Spanish   Business   Glossary

Financial Encyclopedia.  English and foreign terms/acronyms 3500+ terms, mostly English, but also contains many foreign terms and acronyms, from International Financial Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Management and Technology.

Cohispania. Glosario de Términos Financieros


Multilingual, Miscellaneous

EURODICAUTOM: "A Translator's best friend on the Web"  (Spanish/English) Allows you to select source and target languages and query database of terms in all subject areas.  Includes definitions, examples in context, abbreviations, etc.

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5.    Contracts and American Legal Forms

The Contracts Library

CORI - Contracting and Organizations Research Initiative (University of Missouri-Columbia) [Formerly maintained by the Center for Research on Contracts and the Structure of Enterprise at the University of Pittsburgh,]. You can access this searchable database for free. Registration required to access the database. Contains numerous contracts in the following areas: mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, franchising, entertainment, shipping, health care, etc.

The American Standard Legal Forms Contains Litigation and Transactional forms.

CataLaw: Business and Legal Forms (English) Scrool down and link to sites containing legal and business forms.

The 'Lectric Law Library's Forms Room Legal Forms in Business and Law, Real Estate, Employment Matters, Probate, etc.

Legal Documents Internet's largest collection of free legal forms

Links to Business and Legal Forms in English Link to hundreds of legal and business forms.  Note: Adobe Acrobat reader required for downloads in .pdf format

NYU Edgar Filing Retrieval Tool Search, view, download and print financial statements and forms filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by U.S. and foreign corporations.

Quo Jure Legal Form Archive The site includes examples of a number of documents classified by document type, subject matter and date.

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6.    Patents

Banco De Patentes Universidad Autónoma De México

Oficina Española De Patentes


Oficina Nacional De Patentes de Argentina


Banco De Patentes De Colombia


STO's Patent Search System Site This is the home page for Source Translation & Optimization's (STO) Internet Patent Search System, a way for people around the world to perform patent searches and access information on the patenting process.  Find patent titles by scrolling through the list and selecting the class and subclasses from general to specific (i.e., Machinery: Manufacturing: Wheelwright Machines), or enter the class/subclass codes as used in the Index to the U.S. Manual of Classifications (ex: 363-131).

IBM Patent Server Most comprehensive U.S. Patent site.  Allows you to access over 26 years of U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) patent descriptions.  Search by words (e.g. elevator, robot, twin-engine, John Smith, etc.), or scroll down to perform an alternative or boolean search.

United States Patent and Trademark Office’s free patent databases. These include both the US Patent Bibliographic Database (a freely searchable database of front page information from US patents issued from 1976-1997), and the AIDS Patent Database (a freely searchable database of the full text and images of AIDS related patents issued by the US, Japanese and European patent offices).

European Patent Office Internet Resources Scroll down list to view links classified by the following categories: Patent offices, Database hosts offering patent databases, Patents classification systems, Useful European connections, and similar sources.

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7.    Bulletin Board, Newsgroups


LANTRA: Translator and Interpreter Listserve This electronic mailing list for translators and interpreters allows you to ask questions about terms and receive quick answers from professional translators.  Expect to receive approximately 100+ e-mail messages daily. To subscribe, go to

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8.    Dictionaries

Legal English

Legal Bilingual

Legal Spanish

Commercial English

Commercial Bilingual

Commercial Spanish

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 Legal: English


*Black's Law Dictionary.  The Standard and Authoritative Reference for U.S. Legal Terms. Ref. Ref. KF156 .B53 1990

Dictionary of the Law.  Ref. KF156 .O69 1991

Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage.  Ref. KF156 .G367 1987

Encyclopedic Dictionary of International Law.  by Parry, Grant, Watts Longer definitions with chapter containing official documents such as Charter of the United Nations, Convention of Vienna and UN declarations.  Ref. JX1226 .P33 1986

Essential Dictionary of Real Estate Terminology.  Stacks HD 1365 .H45 1982

Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary of Real Estate. Includes "Portfolio of Forms" including sample mortgage agreements, deeds, leases, notes. Stacks HD 1365 .G79 1982

The International Law Dictionary.  Ref. JX1226 .B57 1987

Law Dictionary.  Barron's Educational Series. Ref. KF156 .G53 1984

Law Dictionary with Pronunciation.  Ref. KF156 .B3

Legal Thesaurus.  Ref. KF156 .B856

Merriam Webster's Dictionary of Law.  Merriam Webster, 1996.

The Plain-Language Law Dictionary.  Ref. KF156 .P58

Shepard's/McGraw Hill Tax Dictionary for Business. (1996)

Webster's New World Legal Word Finder.  Ref. KF319 .O27 1987

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 Legal Bilingual Dictionaries

**Cabanellas & Hoague. Butterworth's English-Spanish Dictionary. Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1999. (Latin American Spanish) Ref. # K52.S6 C33 1991 1. Located MAIN ref index table.

**Thomas L. West, III. Spanish-English Dictionary of Law and Business. Protea Publishing Company. 1999. Ref#. K52.S6 W4 1999.

 Alcaraz Varó, Campos Pardillos and Miguélez. El Inglés Jurídico Norteamericano. Editorial Ariel, 2001. (peninsular Spanish)

Alcaraz Varó & Hughes. El Español Jurídico. Ariel, 2003. (Peninsular Spanish)

Alcaraz Varó. Legal Translation Explained. Manchester, UK ; Northampton, MA : St. Jerome Pub., 2002. Ref # K213 .A418 2002

Becerra, Javier F. Diccionario de Terminología Jurídica Mexicana. México: Escuela Libre de Derecho, 1999.

Benmaman, Connolly and Loos. Bilingual Dictionary of Criminal Justice Terms (English/Spanish). New Cork: Gould Publications, 1991.Ref. # K52.S6 B45 1991

Dahl, Henry S. Dahl's law dictionary : Spanish-English/English-Spanish : an annotated legal dictionary, including authoritative definitions from codes, case law, statutes, and legal writing and legal opinions of attorneys general = Diccionario jurídico Dahl. Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein, 1999. Ref. # K52.S6 D33 1992. Available Ohio Link 1992 Edition.

Kaplan, Steven M. Wiley's English-Spanish, Spanish-English Legal  Dictionary. New York: Wiley law publications,1997. Ref. # K52.S6 K36 1997

Lacasa Navarro, Ramón. Diccionario de DerechoEconomía y Política : inglés-español, español-inglés = Dictionary of law, economy and politic [sic] : English-Spanish, Spanish-English / Ramón Lacasa Navarro, Isidro Díaz de Bustamante . Madrid : Editorial Revista de Derecho Privado : Editoriales de Derecho Reunidas, 1986. Ref# K52.S62 L32 1986

 Robb, Louis A. Diccionario de Términos Legales. French & European Publications Inc. 1990.

Romañach, Julio. Dictionary of Legal Terms : Spanish-English, English-Spanish = Diccionario de Términos Jurídicos : Español-Inglés, Inglés-Español. Baton Rouge, LA .Lawrence Pub. Co., 1992. Ref.# K52.S6R66 1992.

Spanish Law Dictionary : Spanish/English, English/Spanish = ; Diccionario de Términos Jurídicos ; Español-Inglés, Inglés-Español . [editorial team, P.H. Collin... [et al.] Teddington: Peter Collin, 1999. Ref.# K52.S6 S62 1999

Solís & Gasteazoro. West's Spanish-English/English-Spanish Law Dictionary. St. Paul, Minn.: West Pub. Co., 1992.

Castro Palés, Marisol. Diccionario de Términos Jurídicos: Español - Inglés, English - Spanish . Madrid : Espasa Calpe, 2002. Ref. # K52.S6 D52 2002.

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Legal Spanish

Arco Torres, Miguel Angel del. Diccionario de Términos Jurídicos. Granada, 1999.

Alcaraz Varó & Hughes. Diccionario de Términos Jurídicos. Ariel.

De Piña, Rafael. Diccionario de Derecho. Mexico: Editorial Porrúa, S.A.,  1983.

 Espasa, Calpe. Diccionario de Términos Jurídicos Español Inglés. Espasa Calpe Mexicana, S.A., 2003.

Ghersi, Carlos. Diccionario de Términos Jurídicos Más Usuales. La Ley: 2004.

Ossorio y Florit, Manuel. Diccionario de Ciencias Jurídicas, Políticas y Sociales / Manuel Osorio. Buenos Aires:  Heliasta, 2000. Ref. # K50 .O88 2000

Rivera García, Ignacio. Diccionario de Términos Jurídicos. Orford, N.H., E.U.A. : Equity Pub. Co., 1985. Ref # K54 .R58 1985. Available Ohio Links for library use only.

 López de Puga, Ana. Diccionario Jurídico Bursátil. Buenos Aires : Abeledo-Perrot, 2002. Ref. # HG4513 .L67 2002.

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Commercial English

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Accounting and Finance (English).  Ref. HF1001 .S525 1989

Reuters Glossary of International Economic & Financial Terms (English).  Ref. HB 61 .R48x 1989

Webster's NewWorld Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary of Real Estate (includes forms) Ref. HD1365 .G76 1987

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Bilingual Commercial

**Kaplan, Steven M. Wiley's English-Spanish, Spanish-English Business Dictionary: Diccionario De Negocios Ingles-Espanol, Espanol-Ingles Wiley.  Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporate, 1996. Ref. HB61 .K323 1996. Available Ohio Link.

Collin, et al., Dictionary of Business. (peninsular Spanish). Peter Collin Publishing, Ltd. 2001.

Dobbins, Tim. Business Companion. Spanish. Living Language. Book & CD, 2001.

Gorman, Michael &  Henson, María-Luisa. Manual of Business Spanish: A comprehensive Language Guide (language for business). Routledge, 1996. Ref. # HF1002 .G65 1997.Available Ohio Link.

Lopez, Sinda & Watt, Donald. The Oxford Business Spanish Dictionary: Spanish, English/English, Spanish. Oxford University Press, 2004. Ref. # 468.3421 Ox2 Available Ohio Link  edition.

 Alcaraz Varó & Hughes. Diccionario de Términos Económicos, Financieros y Comerciales : Inglés-Español, Spanish-English / Enrique Alcaraz Varó y Brian Hughes.  Barcelona: Ariel, 1997.  Ref. # HB61 .A47 1996x (Available Ohio Link 1996 edition)

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Comercial Spanish

Urrutia, Raola. Diccionario de Negocios. Limusa, 1995.

Muñoz, Hernández.  Diccionario De Comercio Internacional.  Lázaro 2002

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