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Beck Online

Beck-Online is a subscription database of German legal materials maintained by the German publisher C.H. Beck.  Beck-Online provides access to statutory codes, judicial opinions, and secondary materials (including statutory commentaries, journals, and practice-oriented materials).  Its user interface, search functions, and materials are in German; however, English-language navigation instructions are provided in the HLSL German Law Research Guide:  http://guides.library.harvard.edu/GermanLaw. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Constitutions of the World (Oxford)

Oxford Constitutions of the World contains fully-translated English-language versions of all the world’s constitutions (both national and sub-national), accompanied by individual jurisdictional commentaries, and supplementary materials, including foundation documents, historical versions of constitutions and amending acts/laws.
Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password

Doctrinal

Doctrinal is an index to over 150 French law journals with coverage starting in 1993 for most journals (some begin earlier).    The database of official texts includes law from French and EU sources  as well as  jurisprudence from French and EU courts.   The interface and help screens are in French throughout.
Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password

EIU Country Reports

The Economist Intelligence Unit, the research and analysis division of the Economist Group,  provides country profiles and data. The information includes descriptions of the politics, economy, risk, regulation, and business environment, of a country. (Harvard University ID and PIN required)

Foreign Law Guide (Reynolds & Flores)

Foreign Law Guide (FLG) is a database offering relevant information on sources of foreign law, including complete bibliographic citations to legislation, the existence of English translations and selected references to secondary sources.  Harvard University ID and PIN required

GlobaLex

GlobaLex is an electronic legal publication dedicated to international and foreign law research. Published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law, the research guides highlight research and teaching resources for most every jurisdiction. (Open Access)

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals 

The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) provides citations to articles about foreign, comparative and international law from 1985 to the present. Materials indexed include articles from 450 journals, congressional reports, chapters in books, yearbooks, and book reviews. Materials in all languages are included. Greek, Cyrillic, and East Asian vernacular are Romanized and Arabic and Hebrew titles are translated into English or French. Articles about the legal systems of the U.S., the British Isles, and the British Commonwealth are not included. IFLP is also available in print (Print coverage begins in 1960.) (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Kodeks  

Kodeks law databases–a major source for Russian legislation–in Russian or English translation comprising thousands of documents going back to 1991. Includes legislative acts issued by approximately 200 executive, legislative and judicial bodies in Russia. Provides access to normative acts of the Russian Federation, international law (treaties), regional legislation of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Moscow and Leningrad Regions and many other entitites within the Federation. Has English component called: Kodeks Russian law database in English, with sections: Business law of Russia; News; and: The most important documents, including the Constitution of the Russian Federation, Codes of the Russian Federation, and the most important federal acts.  (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Legislationline

Legislationline, a free online legislative database, was created in 2002 to assist OSCE participating States in bringing their legislation into line with relevant international human-rights standards.  In addition to international norms constitutions, and legislative guidelines, member legislation is given in the following areas:  Administrative justice, citizenship, counter-terrorism, gender equality, freedom of assembly and association, access to information and data protection, hate crimes and freedom of religion just to name a few.    (Open Access)

World Constitutions Illustrated (HeinOnline)

HeinOnline World Constitutions Illustrated provides access to contemporary and historical documents and resources of interest to scholars researching the constitutional and political development of the nations of the world. World Constitutions Illustrated includes, for each nation represented, such resources as the current constitution in its original language format accompanied by at least one English translation; links to commentaries and other relevant sources including scholarly articles; direct links to specific chapters within classic constitutional books; a bibliography of select constitutional books; as well as links to online sources such as Portals to the World and official government websites. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Jutastat Online

Jutastat Online from Juta & Co. provides electronic access to South African Law Reports and Appellate Division Reports and statutes.   In addition, the case law and statutes of Zimbabwe are also available. Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password.

Manupatra 

Manupatra provides access to Indian case law including both the Supreme Court and the High Courts of the states and the decisions of Indian tribunals and commissions.    Both Central and State Bare Acts, Rules and Regulations are available along with legislative bills and drafts.   A number of e-books and articles are also available. When logging in, to gain access chick on “IP Users Click Here”, at the bottom of the blue Subscriber Log-In box. Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password.

Political Handbook of the World

Political Handbook of the World provides information on the major aspects of each country’s government and political party system, giving key facts .  In addition to the United Nations and its specialized agencies, the Handbook profiles a number of intergovernmental organizations, such as the African Union, OPEC, NATO, the WTO, regional banks, and the International Criminal Court.  (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

vLex Global 

vLex offers case law, legislation, and other legal materials for nearly 100 countries, with a particular focus on jurisdictions in Central America, South America, and Europe.  Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password.  There is also a limit of 10 simultaneous users.

Westlaw China (万律) 

A Chinese and English bilingual database on Chinese law. It provides comprehensive resources on laws, regulations, judicial decisions, case head notes, legal news, sample contracts, articles and so on. (Harvard University ID and PIN required. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password.)

World Factbook 

World Factbook has been produced by the United States Central Intelligence Agency since 1981.  For each of more than 250 jurisdictions, it provides information on the population, government, economy, and infrastructure.  Current and historical editions of this resource are available to researchers through the HLSL collection.  (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

World Law Guide (Lexadin)

Lexadin is a Netherlands based legal technology service. Its website provides many thousands of links to worldwide legal information resources in over 180 countries. Main section headings include Legislation, Law Firms, Courts & Cases, Indices (i.e. legal gateway and portal sites) and Law Journals, and the arrangement within most sections is alphabetical by country.  (Open Access)

World Legal Information Institute

The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) is a collection of online databases that provide access to primary and secondary legal materials, including case law, legislation, and law journal articles, from jurisdictions around the world.  This collection is available for free to anyone with internet access.  WorldLII is coordinated and maintained by the Australaisian Legal Information Institute (AustLII).  (Open Access)

CariLaw 

Carilaw brings together treaties, legislation and case law from the Commonwealth Caribbean.     Coverage varies between the different jurisdictions of the Caribbean but in general Privy Council, Court of Appeal and Supreme/High Court judgments are available.  Judgments from other courts are available for some jurisdictions.  (Covering the jurisdictions of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brit. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines,  Turks and Caicos Is., Trinidad and Tobago)   (Please see HLSL reference for access)

Chancery Law Chronicles (Bangladesh) 

Chancery Law Chronicles (Bangladesh)  includes judgments from the Supreme Court of Bangladesh; parent laws (acts, orders and ordinances); subordinate legislation (rules, regulations, by-laws, notifications); international treaties and agreements ratified/signed by Bangladesh government; draft laws; select government policies; repealed laws; bills passed by the parliament; reports of law commission; legal forms; directory of law firms, organizations, ministries, etc.  Laws are in alphabetical and chronological order or searchable by subject matter.  (Please see HLSL reference for access)

CIS Legislation (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Fed., Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine)

CIS Legislation, primarily in English and Russian, collects legislation from 11 Commonwealthb of Independent States: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine.  (Please see HLSL reference for access)

Eastlaws (Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (federal, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah), Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco) 

Eastlaws  (Shabakat qawānīn al-sharq) provides statutes, codes, judgments, treaties along with rulings from Islamic courts (in Arabic).  (Please see HLSL reference for access)

EriLaws (Eritrea)

Codes and major laws of Eritrea.  Begins with Proclamation No.1/1991 and is updated regularly.   Documents are retrieved in English and the text can be in Tigrinya and/or English.  (Please see HLSL reference for access)

IndiaStat

Indiastat.com provides secondary level socio-economic statistical information about India, its states, regions and sectors.  The data can be downloaded in MS-Word, MS-Excel, or HTML format. Access to the associated state level sites is also provided here. The site is frequently updated. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Hukuk Türk (Turkey)

The Hukuk Turk law portal offers regularly updated decisions from the Supreme Court (Yargıtay), State Council (Danıştay), Constitutional Court (Anayasa Mahkemesi) and European Court of Human Rights (Avrupa İnsan Hakları Mahkemesi); also includes all legislation, amended or new, simultaneously with the Official gazette (T.C. resmî gazete) on a daily basis; an index to legal literature covering 1930-2000, with current updates; a legal dictionary; samples of petitions and contracts; and draft laws.
(Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password)

JustCite (UK)

JustCite is a research tool for the law of the UK, Ireland, and 18 other common law jurisdictions as well as EU materials. JustCite can be used as a citation checker to check the status and treatment of cases and legislation (including secondary sources that discuss them), and also as an efficient research tool for finding leading cases and important legislation by topic. While it does not provide full text of the laws, JustCite provides seamless links to full text platforms available at Harvard.
Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password

LawAfrica (Law Reports of Uganda, Tanzania, S. Sudan, East Africa)

LawAfrica Law Reports (LLR) is a  database of reports from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It currently holds over 30,000 decisions. The decisions are from the highest courts in East Africa among them the Supreme Court of Uganda, The Court of Appeal of Uganda, the Court of Appeal of Tanzania and the Commercial Court in Tanzania, The Court of Appeal in Kenya and the Commercial Court in Kenya. Various decisions from the other high court levels are included. There is also a Digest for procedural and civil decisions.   The database is updated on a weekly basis.  (Please see HLSL reference for access).

Law Data (Yue dan fa xue zhi shi ku/月旦法學知識庫) (Taiwan)

This commercial legal database contains Taiwan laws and regulations from 1930 and Mainland China laws and regulations from 2000.  It includes judgments and judicial interpretations from the Supreme Court.  It has legal journals from Taiwan and Mainland China, as well as English-Chinese law dictionaries, e-books, textbooks and lectures, PhD. and Master’s degree dissertations, and a judicial exam question bank.  * It is in Chinese only.
(Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password)

 CLJ Law (Malaysia)

This English language database aims to contain the full-texts of all Malaysian cases and federal acts. New bills, acts, subsidiary acts and amending acts are listed as they become available. The database provides links to a number of freely accessible legal directories. These include the Malaysian legal professional email directory and the Malaysian Bar Council Directory.
(Single-user password controlled.  Please see HLSL reference for assistance)

LAWnB=lo aen bi (로앤비 ) Korea

LAWnB is a Korean legal database providing laws, regulation, case law, articles, forms, directories and specialize resources on administrative and business law.  All in Korean including interface.
Access is controlled by IP address and is limited to Harvard University community. Off-campus access is controlled by Harvard University Account username and password.

LawPavilion (Nigeria)

LawPavilion is a Nigerian database of statutes and judgments.   HLSL only subscribes to the case law module covering both Supreme Court and Appeals Court judgments.  See the HLSL Reference Librarians for access.

Legifrance

LegiFrance is a free French database that contains statutes and decrees (JO from 1947), all the official codes, and links to other official sites. A very limited amount of  the material is available in English translation as well as other languages.

Lexis China (律商网)

Lexis China is a Chinese/English bilingual database on Chinese law. It provides comprehensive resources on laws, regulations, judicial decisions, legal news, sample contracts, articles and so on. On the top right hand side of the page, you should see “EN” to click on, if you cannot read Chinese.
Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Me Account username and password.

Makrolog (Germany)

Makrolog Recht für Deutschland is a subscription database that provides access to current and historical federal and state gazettes as scanned PDF page images of the original documents.  Although the documents themselves are in German, certain aspects of the user interface (including the search and browse functions) have English-language labels, and the table of contents for each gazette issue includes English translations.  English-language navigation instructions are provided in the HLSL German Law Research Guide:  http://guides.library.harvard.edu/GermanLaw.
Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Me Account username and password.

Nevo (Israel)

Nevo : ha-maʼagar ha-mishpaṭi ha-Yiśreʼeli  database is a comprehensive online legal database, which includes the official text of Israeli court decisions. In addition to officially published judicial decisions from all courts, the database includes decisions that were not officially published, summaries and the history of cases from first instance to appeal, summaries of decisions, full text of treatises, and law journals. The database also includes up-to-date full text of primary and subsidiary legislation and the historical chronology of amendments. The text of some international treaties is also provided.
Access is controlled by IP address and is limited to Harvard University community. Off-campus access is controlled by Harvard University Account username and password.

Pakistan Law Site

Pakinstanlawsite.com Access restricted to Law School users. Requires username and password, available from Langdell Reference Desk.

Quicklaw (Canada)

LexisNexis QuickLaw is a subscription legal database from Canada.  It provides access to primary and secondary content, including case law, legislation, treatises, legal periodical articles, and more.  It also provides a citator service, QuickCITE Note Up.  Although its user interface and contents are primarily in English, it includes French-language materials as well.
Access is for Harvard Law School community only and requires that you register as an HLS affiliate first.  If you’ve already registered, you can access the database here.

Westlaw IE (Ireland) 

Westlaw Ireland provides extensive coverage of Irish legal sources including cases, legislation, statutory instruments, digests, and journals. Selected historical material is available for cases and statutes. Additional sources are provided for current awareness including newspapers, legislative alerts, EU material, and government publications.
Access is controlled by HLS IP address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password.