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LAW 690B - Human Rights Advocacy (Prof. Ludsin, Spring 2023)

Law of Other Countries Related to Human Rights

Foreign Law Guide (subscription database): Entries by jurisdiction include legal history and descriptions of the country’s government and legal institutions, as well as sources for legal research. Find statutes listed by subject with citations, sometimes with links or with English translation sources. Subject headings include Citizenship, Emigration, Immigration & Nationality; Constitution & Politics; Crime & Punishment; Family; Indigenous Peoples; and Labor.

Bluebook Rules 20 and 21 and T2 are on citations to foreign and international law. The T2 tables on foreign jurisdictions are available free on the Electronic Bluebook. Entries for each country include links to internet sources for official legal publications.

Law Library of Congress Guide to Law Online: The guide for each country is arranged by branches of government and includes links to legislatures, gazettes, codes, courts, and ministries, as well as to legal research guides and background information sources for each country. (New site, so the country list is still in progress.)

vLex: Primary resources, including Official Gazettes and jurisprudence, for countries in Latin America and Europe. Includes secondary sources such as law journals and newspapers for some countries. Includes a machine translation feature. Set up an individual account, and go to All Jurisdictions to find the global resources.

Legislationline (OSCE - Office for Security and Co-operation in Europe): International norms and standards on human rights. Constitutions, criminal codes, and legislation by country on human rights topics and legislative process. Includes international standards (UN, Council of Europe, EU, OSCE, ODIHR) on human rights.

UN Office on Drugs and Crime: UNODC conventions and reports on corruption, criminal justice, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and organized crime. See the SHERLOC database for caselaw, legislation, and bibliographies related to organized crime. 

NATLEX: International Labour Organization Database of labor, employment, social security, and human rights laws

 FAOLEX (UN Food and Agriculture Organization): Laws and regulations on food and agriculture, including laws on environmental protection, water use, land use, and waste management.

Land Portal: Open access resources on land use and property rights, including datasets, reports and journals, and legislation. Search or find by country, issue, or source.

WIPO Lex: National laws and treaties on intellectual property, with related information.  Includes laws on traditional knowledge and cultural expression.

International Family Law Practice: Treatise on Westlaw

EIU Portal: Economist Intelligence Unit. Country reports and data on political and economic status and forecasts.

Comparative National Constitutions

Hein Online's World Constitutions Illustrated (subscription database): Current and previous constitutions, in official languages and English translations. The World Constitutions Library includes constitutional histories and commentaries in treatises, law review articles (in the Hein Online Law Journals Library), and country studies.

Oxford Constitutions of the World: Translated current and historical national constitutions, with introductory notes and bibliographies.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law: Articles on topics in constitutional law, with country comparisons, bibliographies, and case citations.

Constitute Constitutions Project: A free resource for making world constitutions available, comparable, and searchable.  Constitutions are available in English translation. Articles of constitutions are tagged by topic so they can be browsed or searched.  Topics include amendment procedure, election rules, civil and political rights, and enforcement.

CODICES:  Database of Constitutional caselaw of the Venice Commission and the Council of Europe. Includes constitutions, laws, and court decisions. There’s an alphabetical index and a search function.

PILPG (Public Interest Law & Policy Group): Toolkits and Handbooks, including the Post-Conflict Constitution Drafter's Handbook.

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