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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. Access: Harvard University ID and PIN required.

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.Access: Harvard University ID and PIN required. At the link, click the sign in link at top left, then select the JustisOne sign in link.

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international treaties and agreements ratified/signed by Bangladesh government; draft laws; select government policies; repealed laws; bills passed by the parliament; reports of law commission; legal forms; directory of law firms, organizations, ministries, etc.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. Access: please see HLSL Research Services.

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. Access: please see HLSL Research Services.

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. Access: single-user password controlled; please see HLSL Research Services for assistance.

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: controlled by HLS IP address and limited to the HLS 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: controlled by HLS IP address and limited to the HLS community; off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password.

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). Access: please see HLSL Research Services.

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. Access: Harvard University ID and PIN required.

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. Access: please see HLSL Research Services.

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. Access: 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.

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: controlled by HLS IP address and limited to the HLS community; off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password.

ICLR: The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales

ICLR is not-for-profit organization established in 1865 as the authorized publisher of the official series of The Law Reports for the Superior and Appellate Courts of England and Wales. Access: Harvard University ID and PIN required.

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. Access: Harvard University ID and PIN required.

JustisOne (UK)

JustisOne provides access to cases and legislation from England & Wales. The full text covers judgments handed down in the various divisions of the England and Wales High Court back to 1993, the England and Wales Court of Appeal back to 1951 and the United Kingdom Supreme Court / House of Lords back to 1852. The full text of every Act of Parliament passed and given royal assent, including repealed legislation, is available to view back to 1235, with Local Acts available back to 1797 and Private Acts back to 1539. All cases are subject classified and cross-linked to cited and citing cases and where possible linked to external sources of reported versions including ICLROnline, Westlaw, Lexis Nexis, Informa and more. Material from common law jurisdictions such as the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada is also included.

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.) Access: 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: controlled by HLS IP address and limited to the HLS community; off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password.

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. Access: Harvard University ID and PIN required.

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: controlled by HLS IP address and limited to the HLS 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. Access: please see HLSL Research Services.

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: controlled by HLS IP address and limited to the Harvard University community; off-campus access is controlled by Harvard University ID and PIN.

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. Access: please see HLSL Research Services.

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. Open access.

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.

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: controlled by HLS IP address and limited to the HLS community; off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password.

Lexis LIBRARY

Lexis Library is a legal research platform that provides access to UK law including cases; legislation and statutory instruments; Halsbury’s Laws of England, Annotations, Is It In Force?, and Statutes and SI Citators; banking, tax, and finance treatises; a selection of journals and other current awareness tools; forms; and appeal tracker and bill tracker tools. Also includes INSOL Europe: European Insolvency Regulation Case Register. Access: Harvard University ID and PIN required.

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. Access: controlled by HLS IP address and 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: Harvard Key.

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: controlled by IP address and limited to Harvard University community; off-campus access is controlled by Harvard University Account ID and PIN.

Pakistan Law Site

Pakistan Law Site includes statutes, rules and cases relating to Pakistan covering federal and provincial materials. Access: restricted to the HLS community; please see HLSL Research Services.

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. Access: Harvard University ID and PIN required.

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: HLS community only and requires that you register as an HLS affiliate first.

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: controlled by HLS IP address and limited to the HLS 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. Access: Harvard University ID and PIN required; off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password.

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: controlled by HLS IP address and limited to the HLS community; off-campus access is controlled by HLS Account username and password.

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. Access: Harvard University ID and PIN required.

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. Access: 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.