Comparative Law Networks
Online comparative law resources primarily focus on the law or legal systems of two or more countries or of a geographical area. Various sites also include resources on private international law. Below are some useful institutional networks for scholars interested in learning about the professional ‘practice’ of comparative law in various settings, including academia, private legal practice, diplomacy, policy-making, etc. Citation is not meant to suggest affiliation or endorsement, but rather is intended to provide a jumping off point for research.
COMPARATIVE LAW RESEARCH MATERIALS
- Australian Law,
Offers a broad selection of Australian law sources, such as statutes, cases, lawyers, and legal education
- Consitution Finder
Historical and current texts of world constitutions
- Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute
Gathering together world legal materials
- Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) — Virtuelle Rechtsvergleicher
Search for comparative law, European law, private international law, and specific country law sites, by topic.
Searchable glossary of legal terms in all of the languages of the European Union
- Institute of Advanced Legal Studies — Electronic Law Library
Providing information about United Kingdom law and legal databases
- German Law Archive
Offering extensive German law materials by topic
- Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library Information Resources
Providing primary and secondary legal materials organized by country and subject
- Japanese Law by Makoto Ibusuki
Focusing on primary and secondary law on the internet
- Law Library of Congress Guide to Law Online
Offering information on the majority of the world’s national legal systems, primary legal materials organized by country, and a division for comparative and international law
- Law Library Resource Xchange of International and Foreign Law
Providing extensive guides to international and foreign law
- Lyo’s Comparative Law
Organized by general guides, topic, and institutes and organizations.
- Réseau Européen Droit & Société / European Network on Law & Society
RED&S provides extensive information on and links to French and European law, especially from a social and cultural perspective.
- Supreme Court of Canada
Cases since 1983 searchable by words
- U.S. Department of State
Private International Law Database
- Universität Bern — International Constitutional Law Constitutions of the world translated into English and searchable by word.
- World Legal Information Institute Catalog and Websearch
Including more than 270 legal databases, as well as links to over 15,000 law related websites
INTERNATIONAL LEGAL RESOURCES FOR COMPARATIVISTS
- American Society of International Law (ASIL), EISIL project.
The ASIL aims to ensure, through EISIL–the Electronic Information System for International Law, that web searchers can easily locate the highest quality primary materials, authoritative web sites, and helpful research guides to international law on the Internet.
- Guide to Electronic Resources — Includes legal materials from the United Nations and on subjects such as human rights, international environmental law, and treaties.
- Private International Law — Includes sites about and legal materials from UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT, CISG, and international commercial arbitration.
Legal materials of the institutions of the European Union.
- Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
Includes the Heidelberg Institute’s electronic resources.
- United Nations
- European National Judicial Networks in Civil and Commercial Matters
Information about national legal professions, courts, and judicial processes.
- Find Law
Organized by country.
- Find United States Law
Search for all elements of the United States federal and state legal systems: statutes, cases, lawyers, legal education, legal forms and news, and consumer resources.
- U.S. Library of Congress — Country Studies
- Lyo’s Foreign Law
Primary and secondary law. Sites organized by country, topic, library catalog, and book publisher.
COMPARATIVE/FOREIGN LAW BLOGS & NETWORKS
- American Council of Learned Societies
- Comparative Law Prof Blog (blog)
- European Society of International Law – Interest Group in International Legal Theory, IGILT
- I-CONnect (blog)
- Institute for Global Law and Policy, IGLP
- Juris Diversitas (blog)
- Jurist UK (blog)
COMPARATIVE LAW JOURNALS (ONLINE)
Below are several comparative law journals and article archives that have varying levels of non-paywall access:
- Asian Journal of Comparative Law
Published by the Cambridge University Press (CUP), the Journal is the leading forum for research and discussion of the law and legal systems of Asia. The AsJCL is an initiative of the Asian Law Institute (ASLI), an association established by thirteen leading law schools in Asia and with a rapidly expanding membership base across Asia and in other regions around the world.
- Electronic Journal of Comparative Law
The EJCL is sponsored by the law faculties of Maastricht, Tilburg, and Utrecht. The editor in chief is Sjef van Erp.
- German Law Journal
This journal is the first and only on-line, English-language report on developments in German and European jurisprudence. Russell A. Miller and Peer C. Zumbansen are the co-editors in chief.
- Global Jurist
This journal is published by The Berkeley Electronic Press (Bepress) and edited by Professors Ugo Mattei, Pier Giuseppe Monateri, and Alberto Monti.
- Social Science Research Network (SSRN) eLibrary: Comparative Law
This archive consists of working papers, forthcoming articles, and recently published articles related to comparative law. The editor is Francesco Parisi. For European law the editors are John Bell and Paul Stephan III.
- The Journal of Comparative Law (W.E. Butler, Michael Palmer, eds.).
COMPARATIVE LAW INSTITUTES
- The British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Located in London, this institute sponsors conferences and publishes books as well as the International & Comparative Law Quarterly.
- Cardozo Institute and Electronic Law Bulletin
Located at the University of Trento, this institute sponsors the first European scholarly electronic law journal.
- Institut suisse de droit comparé
Located in Lausanne, this institute has one of the world’s most extensive collections of comparative and foreign law published since 1982. Fellowships available.
- Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht
Located in Heidelberg, this institute is a comprehensive European law and public comparative, foreign, and international law counterpart to the Hamburg MPI (below). Fellowships available.
- Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Patent-, Urheber- und Wettbewerbsrecht
Located in Munich, this institute specializes in foreign, comparative, and international patent, copyright, and competition law. Fellowships available.
- Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht
Located in Hamburg, this institute has a large comparative law research staff with a full-spectrum open stack library in comparative and private foreign and international law. Publishes the Rabels Zeitschrift. Fellowships available.
- Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Sozialrecht
Located in Munich, this institute specializes in foreign, comparative, and international social law. Fellowships available.
- Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht
Located in Freiburg, this institute specializes in comparative, foreign, and international criminal law and procedure as well as criminology. Fellowships available.
- Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte
Located in Frankfurt (Main), this institute specializes in European legal history. Fellowships available.
- The Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law
Located at Columbia University School of Law in New York City, this is the oldest comparative law institute in the United States.