Websites and Portals to Foreign Domestic Law

Constitutions and Legislation sites

Annual Review of Population Law (Harvard)

A database of summaries and excerpts of legislation, constitutions, court decisions, and other official government documents from every country in the world relating to population policies, reproductive rights and health, women's status and rights, children and adolescents, HIV/AIDS and related topics. Also contains files reproducing the laws from selected countries in the world dealing with these topics. The period covered by the database is 1974 through the present.

Constitution Finder

provide links to the texts of constitutions in English.

Constitution Society

Provide links to the texts of constitutions in English.

Ecolex

ECOLEX is operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP and is a comprehensive, global source of information on environmental law.

EU: N-Lex

A common gateway to national implementing measures which aims to help facilitate access to information on how directives have been transposed by 22 of the member states (Cyprus, Hungary and Latvia are not included).

FAOLex

One of the world's largest electronic collection of national laws and regulations on food, agriculture and renewable natural resources.

Foreign Trade Information System

Contains information on national trade-related legislation and more.

ICRC: International Implementation Database

Covers the implementation of International Humanitarian Law at national level.

Legislation Online (OSCE - ODIHR)

Covers a variety of topics: human trafficking, gender, elections, terrorism, citizenship, migration, freedom of information, freedom of assembly, etc.

Library of Congress Multinational Collections Database

The Multinational Collections Database lists items which reprint the laws and regulations of international jurisdictions on a particular legal topic, comparative in nature.

NatLex

Database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation maintained by the ILO's International Labour Standards Department. NATLEX contains over 65,000 records covering over 190 countries and over 160 territories and subdivisions, and all efforts are made to keep the database up-to-date.

Case-law Websites and Resources

Court decisions are rarely translated. The sites below may help you find some case-law from around the world. See also gateways sections below.

Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Bodies

From the Council of Europe, provides links to constitutional courts from around the world.

Global Courts

This website is a guide for researchers and legal practitioners seeking information on Supreme Court decisions from around the World. It will give you access to decisions in 129 countries, or a way of finding them.

University of Texas School of Law's Institute of Transnational Law: Foreign Law Translations

A database sponsored by the  with translations of about 1,000 decisions in the fields of constitutional, administrative, contract and tort law. The majority of cases are from France and Germany; there are some cases from Austria, Israel, and Italy as well.

Law Cite

AustLII's new LawCite citator, an international free access case citator. There are over two million cases for which LawCite holds citation records at present. This number is expected to increase very significantly as LawCite develops. It is an international citator, provides citation records for cases decided by courts in at least 50 countries (though with considerably varying coverage. It therefore also includes numerous citations of cases by courts in jurisdictions other than the one in which the case was decided. Lawcite does not include editorial judgments of whether a case was distinguished, reversed, etc by subsequent cases. It concentrates on demonstrating the patterns of case citation, and also provides parallel citations for cases.

Eagle-i Electronic Access to Global Legal Information (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)

High quality web resources for legal studies and research

A to Z Web Portals for Regions or Countries

The following is a list of resources covering foreign domestic laws, some site contain primary materials (i.e. legislation and case-law) which are sometimes translated other sites provide links to legal information for particular countries or regions - major sites are marked Recommended site

African Human Rights Case Law Analyser

A database of jurisprudence of the African Human Rights System. Free access to ALL decisions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACmHPR) in English and French.

Recommended siteAUSTLII

Australian Legal Information Institute

Recommended siteBAILLI

British and Irish Legal Information Institute (Including Northern Ireland and Eire)

University of Cambridge: Squire Law Library: Foreign Law

Links to major websites and portals plus an A-Z country list.

Recommended site CanLII: Canadian Legal Information Institute

Canada's main source of free access to primary legal material.

Recommended site Commonwealth Legal Information Institute

Legal information from Commonwealth countries.

Recommended site Cornell LII: Cornell Legal Information Institute

U.S. legal materials with some world-wide links.

Recommended site Cornell Legal Research Encyclopedia

The law librarians at the Cornell Law Library are creating this compilation of United States and International legal resources to enhance access to and awareness of these materials in their varied formats.

Recommended site Cylaw: Cyprus law

Free, independent and non-profit access to Cypriot Law.

Recommended site Droit.org

Free access to French Law from the l'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, as well as France this site covers the 55 states that are also members of L'OIF. In French only.

FindLaw: International Resources

A U.S. Legal portal - the link above connects to the portals information on countries other than the U.S.

Flare: Foreign Law Research

FLARE is a collaboration between the major libraries collecting law in the United Kingdom: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Bodleian Law Library, Squire Law Library, British Library, and School of Oriental and African Studies. It is working to improve the coverage and accessibility of foreign legal materials at the national level and to raise expertise in their use. It produces a number of legal research guides plus a Union List of holdings of European Legal Gazettes in major research libraries.

FLAG: Foreign Law Guide

A collaborative Internet gateway to the holdings of foreign, international and comparative law in UK universities and national libraries.

Foolkit

Provides information on both the State and Federal legal systems, sorted by Jurisdiction and topic. There is Legislation, Courts, Government Departments, legal institutions and the other resources that lawyers in Australia use.

French law - Germain's French Law Guide By Claire M. Germain, Published on August 15, 2001
French law guide (Cornell University Law Guide)

Also by Claire Germain

Recommended site German Law Archive

Includes German Statutes in English Translation, judgments, bibliographies etc.

Global Legal Monitor

An electronic publication of the Law Library of Congress, is intended for those who have an interest in legal developments from around the world.

Government Gazettes Online

Official gazettes by country, School of Information, University of Michigan.

Governments on the WWW

Comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the web: parliaments, ministries, offices, law courts, embassies etc.

Recommended site Harvard Law School: Foreign Law Metapages

Extensive list of foreign law portals and websites.

Heiros Gamos: Country Index

Comprehensive searchable legal portal for web resources, covers 142 individual jurisdictions.Intute: Individual Jurisdictions.

Heiros Gamos: Practice Areas

Covers over 70 primary practice areas which are further broken down into 130 additional areas. Each subject is then divided by international and then country by country.

Recommended siteHKLII: Hong Kong Legal Information Institute

Provides free access to primary legal materials from Hong Kong (and some publicly available secondary materials).

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies: Research Guides

Provides guides by jurisdiction including Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, UK, US and Public International law

Intute: Law: Individual Jurisdictions

A respected web portal that provides free access to high-quality internet resources of benefit to education and research.

Internet Legal Research Group: Law Resources by Nation

Another section of the Internet Legal Research Group's web portal.

Jurist: World Law

Jurist is a legal news and research site from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Recommended siteLatin Laws

The virtual legal library that compiles the most important legislation of Latin America in one single place, allowing direct access to legislation, free of charge to the user. In this Web Site you will find the principal laws, codes and decrees of 20 Latin American countries.

Law Reform Database

Current to June 15, 2005, indexes over 7000 law reform materials from common law jurisdictions around the world from the British Colombia Law Institute.

Law Library Of Congress: Multinational Reference

Contains sections with links: on constitution; executive; judicial, legislative; legal guides and general sources.

Legal Resource Centre (South Africa)

Contains judgements & case related documents plus other resources.

Recommended siteGuide to Law Online (Formerly Nations of the World)

An alphabetical list of legal links for countries provided by the US Library of Congress.

New York University Law Library

Foreign law collections by jurisdictions.

Nigerian Legal Information

The NLII provides free Internet access to Nigerian legal materials.

Recommended siteNZLII: New Zealand Legal Information Institute

Free access to legal information in New Zealand

Recommended sitePacLII: Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute

Provided by the University of the South Pacific.

Recommended siteSAFLII: South African Legal Information Institute

Free access to legal information in South Africa.

WashLaw Web

Washburn University foreign and international law web.

Recommended site WorldLII: World Legal Information Institute

Free, independent and non-profit global legal research facility. Over 270 databases from 48 jurisdictions in 20 countries are included containing case-law, legislation, treaties, law reform reports, law journals, etc.

Recommended site Zamlii

Zambi Legal Information Institute.

Gateways by Subject (covering legislation, codes, cases and other aspects of legal information)

Foreign Law: Subject Collections on the Web by Charlotte Bynum

A guide providing links to various legal subject collections on the web.

Doing Business

The Doing Business Law Library is a free online collection of business laws and regulations. The site links to official government sources wherever possible. Translations are not official unless indicated otherwise.

Francophone Constitutional Law

Constitutional law in the Francophone countries is well served by the website hosted by ACCPUF, the Association of Constitutional Courts Sharing Usage of the French Language. They cover the constitutional law of over 40 states. Exclusively in French, the site features news, constitutions, legislation, court decisions, and articles on the constitutional systems of the various countries. Access is by keyword searching, subject searching, or by country.

Annual Review of Population Law (Harvard)

A database of summaries and excerpts of legislation, constitutions, court decisions, and other official government documents from every country in the world relating to population policies, reproductive rights and health, women's status and rights, children and adolescents, HIV/AIDS and related topics. Also contains files reproducing the laws from selected countries in the world dealing with these topics. The period covered by the database is 1974 through the present.

Ecolex

ECOLEX is operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP and is a comprehensive, global source of information on environmental law.

FAOLex

One of the world's largest electronic collection of national laws and regulations on food, agriculture and renewable natural resources.

Foreign Trade Information System

Contains information on national trade-related legislation and more.

ICRC: International Implementation Database

Covers the implementation of International Humanitarian Law at national level.

Legislation Online (OSCE - ODIHR)

Covers a variety of topics: human trafficking, gender, elections, terrorism, citizenship, migration, freedom of information, freedom of assembly, etc.

NatLex

Database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation maintained by the ILO's International Labour Standards Department. NATLEX contains over 65,000 records covering over 190 countries and over 160 territories and subdivisions, and all efforts are made to keep the database up-to-date.

WHO International Digest of Health Legislation

The International Digest of Health Legislation contains a selection of national and international health legislation. Texts of legislation are summarized in English or mentioned by their title. Where possible, links are provided to other websites that contain full texts of the legislation in question. You can query the database by: selecting a country; selecting a subject; selecting a volume; selecting an issue; looking for a specific keyword.



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