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 includes 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, offering 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.

IATE — 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.

Europa — 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 — 
This journal is published by The Berkeley Electronic Press (Bepress) and edited by Professors Alexander Loke (editor in chief), Michael Hor, Tang Hang Wu, and Tey Tsun Hang, all from the National University of Singapore. The Journal is the initiative of the Asian Law Institute, an association of 13 leading law schools in Asia.

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.