The Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL), at SOAS, University of London, promotes the study and understanding of Islamic law and modern Middle East legal systems. The site includes reading lists for the study of Islamic law and a list of publications which have resulted from CIMEL’s conferences and lecture series. Some documents are reproduced on the site. Also accessible here is information and materials relating to the ‘Honour Crimes’ Project (2000-2005), which was jointly co-ordinated by CIMEL and INTERIGHTS.
Constitute is a research tool designed to facilitate research into and comparison of the world’s constitutions. Coverage includes most independent states. Content may be searched by topic as well as by country.
The Global section of the Cornell Legal Information Institute site provides links to internet sources of constitutions, legislation, case law and related legal material from around the world, which can be searched by country or by region. It also lists resources and document collections of international law.
Doing Business is a project of the World Bank Group concerned with business regulations and their enforcement. This section of the Doing Business site is described as comprising “the largest free online collection of business laws and regulations”. Content is searchable by economy (including regional and income groupings as well as individual countries) and by type of law. Search results link to the full text of documents which are from official government sources wherever possible.
Eagle-i is a portal, developed by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, linking to worldwide legal information sources on the Web. Coverage includes UK, European, foreign, comparative and international law. The database can be searched, with options available to filter the search by country, resource type, or organisation.
The Global Insolvency Law Database (GILD) is the World Bank’s legal portal for insolvency and creditor/debtor rights matters. It provides links to bankruptcy, insolvency and commercial laws from around the world, which can be searched by country.
GlobaLex provides online guides to international, foreign and comparative law research. The site’s four sections are International Law Research (guides to over 25 topics), Comparative Law Research, Foreign Law Research (guides to over 100 countries), and Tools for Building Foreign, Comparative and International Law Collections. The guides include commentary, bibliographies and links to online resources, and are written by subject librarians and faculty staff from universities and other institutions from around the globe. The site is produced by the Hauser Global Law School Program (HGLSP) at the New York University School of Law.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is an international organisation of parliaments of sovereign states which acts to promote parliamentary democracy. The site has information on IPU’s structure, purpose and activities. It includes the PARLINE database, which contains information on the structure and working methods of national parliaments worldwide. Entries give details of the parliamentary chamber, the electoral system, and results from the most recent elections.
The International Compliance Association (ICA) is a non-profit making professional organisation which promotes best compliance and anti-money laundering practice in the financial services sector. Much of the information on the site is for ICA members only, but freely accessible sections include extensive links to national and supranational regulatory and enforcement bodies worldwide.
This is a section of the Guide to Law Online, a collection of annotated internet links on the web site of the Law Library of Congress. It comprises an alphabetical list of countries with links to relevant sites set out under the following headings: Constitution, Executive, Judicial, Legislative, Legal Guides and General Sources.
LawCite is an automatically generated international legal case and journal article citator which is being developed at AustLII with the collaboration of other members of the Free Access to Law Movement. Over 18,000 law report and journal series are currently indexed, and the database includes over five million cases and law journal articles from around the world. Emphasis is on common law countries but this is gradually being extended to include civil law jurisdictions. Decisions are searchable by citation, parties, court, jurisdiction and date, and search results include a link to the full text of the case where available, together with details of legislation cited, cases and articles cited, and cases and articles referring to the case.
LLRX describes itself as an independent web journal which provides articles, research guides and other resources relating to legal practice, research and law firm management. Material can be browsed by subject, date and author via the ‘Archives’ menu option. The “International Legal Research” subcategory has articles and guides on international law topics and on researching the law in various countries and regions of the world.
The site has links to the web sites of political parties, organisations, governments and media from around the world. Coverage includes international and regional organisations as well as individual countries.
WashLaw is a site providing links to law-related materials on the internet. It is maintained by staff members of the Washburn University School of Law Library, Topeka, Kansas. In this International Resources section the links are arranged alphabetically by geographic location and by subject. Within each geographic region there is a list of individual countries with annotated links (where available) to sources of information on their laws, constitutions, courts, legislative bodies, law firms and on legal research.
Five legal systems – civil law, common law, customary law, Muslim law and mixed systems – are briefly described, and the world’s “political entities” (mostly countries) are listed and classified according to the system under which they operate. The site is created by JuriGlobe, a research group formed by professors from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa.
WorldLII – the World Legal Information Institute – is a research facility providing free access to the law of over 120 jurisdictions, developed collaboratively by a number of Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) and coordinated by AustLII. It has two main components: Databases and Catalog. Databases cover case law, legislation, treaties, law reform reports, law journals and other materials from Asia, Australia, Canada, the Commonwealth, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Southern Africa, the Philippines, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States, all accessible via a single search facility. Searches can also be done by continent, region or country. The “Catalog” section of the site provides links to over 15,000 law related web sites worldwide and is structured under categories such as countries, regions, subjects, courts and case law, legislation, parliaments, publishers, law libraries, research etc. There is also an advanced search facility which permits searching within the text of many documents.