Welcome to the Insurance Law Research Guide!
This guide discusses Insurance Law resources available in the Law Library. The emphasis is on primary law and secondary sources. These resources serve as a starting point in your research. For online access to InsuranceLaw electronic resources please consult with a Reference Librarian.This guide is updated periodically to reflect new titles or resources brought into the library's Insurance Law collection.
Introduction to Insurance Law
For a useful introduction to the subject, see the Cornell Legal Information Institute’s overview of Insurance Law at http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/insurance. This web page offers a brief overview of the topic together with links to core primary and secondary law sources. Links also include access to current Federal and New York insurance decisions.
In addition, a useful summary of the activities of the Insurance industry can be found in Couch on Insurance 3rd Ed., Chap. 1, § 1:2. Modern Insurance Industry:
“For most purposes, the activities of the insurance industry can be divided as follows: (1) ‘consumer’ insurance activity that takes place between a private insurer and the entity which is purchasing protection from some risk; (2) ‘reinsurance’ and similar activity which takes place ‘behind the scenes,’ and essentially involves two insuring entities in an attempt to spread or allocate risks that have been taken on in the consumer insurance field; and (3) regulation of either of the preceding types of insurance by some governmental authority.”
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