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Researching the rule of law requires the ability to find foreign law from a variety of jurisdictions. You can search POLAR by keyword or subject for foreign legal materials. For example, to find books on French law, you can search using the keywords “law and France” or by the subject “Law—France.”
Some sources to help you get started include:
A tool designed to help compare constitutions from around the world side-by-side. You can view constitutions in whole, or search for relevant sections from different constitutions and compare the results.
Online database from the University of Richmond that offers links to online versions of constitutions, amendments, and other provisions of nations around the world.
Foreign Law Guide
Online version of the Foreign Law Guide by Reynolds and Flores (see Print Sources).
A wide variety of research guides on the laws of individual countries, as well as guides on international and comparative law. Available through the NYU School of Law.
Government Gazettes Online
Provides links and descriptions of official gazettes for countries worldwide. Also includes a bibliography.
Guide to Law Online: Nations of the World
Provides links to primary and secondary foreign resources, including constitutions, executive, judicial, and legislative materials, legal guides, and general sources; organized by country. Available through the Law Library of Congress.
JuriGlobe--World Legal Systems
Research group formed by professors from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa, which focuses on the development of a multilingual information data bank containing general information relating to the different legal systems in the world.
WashLaw Foreign and International Web
Provides links to primary foreign and international legal resources, organized by subject, author, and country. Available through the Washburn University School of Law.
World Constitutions Illustrated
Contemporary and historical constitutions for the countries of the world in original language and English versions, as well as books, periodicals, and related resources. Available through HeinOnline.
World Legal Information Institute (World LII)
A collaborative project to provide free, independent, and non-profit-access to worldwide law. This database can be searched by keyword, subject, and country or region.