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General Resources and Guides

  • CODICES (Venice Commission)
    Summaries and full text of decisions made available to the Venice Commission, descriptions of participating courts, and constitutions, including the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
  • Country-by-Country Guides to Foreign Law Research (Yale Law School Library)
    Spreadsheet format by country with links to major sources for laws.
  • U.S. Commercial Services Offices (Department of Commerce)
    Current market snapshots, policy and law descriptions, and business practices worldwide. Continues the State Department's Country Commercial Guides series.
  • Electronic Embassy
    Information on each of the embassies in Washington, D.C.
  • Foreign and Comparative Law Research Guide (Georgetown University Law Library)
    Links to collections or databases of statutes or case law, by country. Includes Westlaw and Lexis.
  • Foreign Affairs Manual and Foreign Affairs Handbooks
    Electronic versions of both publications.
  • Foreign Law Translations (Institute for Transnational Law at the University of Texas at Austin)
    English translations of select primary law materials in French, German, Austrian, and Israeli.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States (State Department)
    Selected volumes of historical series containing declassified documents from all foreign affairs agencies compiled by the Office of the Historian.
  • Global and Comparative Law Resources
    This page summarizes and provides links to the Law Library of Congress' resources, including Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), described above; Global Legal Monitor (GLM), news and analysis by country and topic, available as an email or a searchable database; Guide to Law Online, links by country (included on the country pages); Global Legal Information Catalog (GLIC) which analyzes which countries are discussed in treatises when it's not obvious from the title.
  • Global Courts
    Links to Supreme Court decisions for 129 countries around the world.
  • Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
    Laws, regulations and other legal sources. The documents are contributed by each nation from the original official texts which are deposited with the Law Library of Congress. Some full text in English is available.
  • GlobaLex
    Dedicated to international and foreign law research, and published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law, GlobaLex provides extensive international, foreign, and comparative law research guides.
  • Guides to Foreign and International Legal Databases
    NYU School of Law's library compiles this directory of legal databases.  Search by topic, court, or jurisdiction.
  • International Constitutional Law Project (ICL)
    From the University of Wuerzberg, the International Constitutional Law (ICL) project provides English translations of constitutions and other textual material related to constitutional documents. It cross-references those documents for quick comparison of constitutional provisions.
  • ICC Legal Tools
    Large collection of criminal laws. Click "Go to Database," then "Yes, I accept," then browse "National Jurisdictions." Laws included will show up at the bottom of the page.
  • IMOLIN AMLID Anti-Money Laundering International Database
    Money laundering and related laws, browsable by country.
  • Law From Around the World
    The LII collection of world legal materials gathers the Internet-accessible sources of the constitutions, statutes, judicial opinions, and related legal material from around the globe. It also holds resources and document collections of International law.
  • NationMaster
    Select a category and sub-category to see statistical comparisons for countries around the world. The data is mined from the CIA World Factbook, World Bank, the United Nations, OECD, WTO, and other organizations.
    The International Labor Organization provides this continuously-updated database containing references to over 55,000 national laws on labour, social security, and related human rights, and over 300 laws in full text. Records and texts in NATLEX are in either English, French, or Spanish.
  • N-Lex
    National laws for EU member countries
  • OAS Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and Extradition
    Criminal codes and related laws (in various languages) for OAS countries.
  • OSCE Legislationline
    Links out to Constitution, Criminal codes, Official Gazette, Parliament, Courts, for OSCE countries.
  • Penal Codes
    Links to penal codes for selected foreign countries. Page is written in Spanish. Codes are in various languages.
  • Political Database of the Americas
    A joint venture between the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University and the Unit for the Promotion of Democracy at the Organization of American States, the Political Database of the Americas provides reference materials, primary documents, comparative studies and statistical data for countries in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Refugee Caselaw Site
    University of Michigan Law School provides this site that collects, indexes, and publishes selected recent court decisions that interpret the legal definition of a "refugee." It presently contains cases from the highest national courts of Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • A Selective List of Guides to Foreign Legal Research
    From the Columbia University Law Library.
  • UN 1540 Committee
    National laws related to arms control, and including many more general laws.
  • UNHCR Refworld
    Laws, reports, and some cases, by country, relating to human rights issues.
  • UNODC Legal Library Country Pages
    National laws related to drug crimes.
  • UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch Legislative Database Country Pages
    National laws related to terrorism.
  • WIPO Lex
    Searchable database of intellectual property laws by country for WIPO member countries.
  • World Factbook (CIA)
    Annually updated, this authoritative government publication contains country profiles, maps, detailed snapshots of a nation's geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation system, military, and involvement in transnational issues.
  • World Law Guides (Lexadin)
    Legislation page contains links, by country, to individual laws, in any language. At the end see, Law Sources.
  • World Legal Information Institute (LII)
    From the Legal Information Institute, this site has a worldwide focus covering databases for Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America, and the Pacific Islands. Resources are also viewable by topic, with links to legislation, case law, treaties, law reform, law journals, and more.
Updated December 5, 2017

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