Centre for Empirical Legal Studies
Website of the Centre for Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) in the Faculty of Laws at University College London. The Centre aims to build empirical and interdisciplinary research capacity in the field of law in the United Kingdom, furthering the concept of Law in the Real World and offering programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The site provides information about the research projects, staff publications, events and courses offered by CELS.
Constitution of Cameroon
Constitution Finder is a global directory of constitutions on the web, provided by the School of Law at the University of Richmond in the United States. This link is to the full text of the English language version of the Constitution of Cameroon (Law No. 96-06 of 18 January 1996 to amend the Constitution of 2 June 1972).
Empirical Legal Research and Statistics
An online legal research guide created by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library. The guide identifies sources relating to empirical legal research, including information on how to locate a range of statistics from government and court websites, both in the USA and internationally.
Empirical Legal Research Network
Web pages describing the aims and work of the Empirical Legal Research Network at the University of Edinburgh School of Law.
The site gives a listing members and potential mentors and brief details of events and current research topics. Activities focus on
four inter-related areas: Institutional Orders; Communities and the Built Environment; Families and Relationships; Persons (health and well-being).
Empirical Legal Studies
A law blog focusing on topics related to empirical legal studies. The blog features posts and comment on current topics, conferences and workshops, and database services relevant for empirical legal studies and research. A monthly archive of discussions is available. The blog has been created and developed as a collaborative project by Vermont Law School, Cornell Law School, John Marshall Law School in the USA.
A comprehensive online research guide describing resources useful for empirical legal research including information on data sets and statistical packages, compiled by Alissa Black-Doward at Fordham University Law Library. The guide identifies relevant online and print resources including collections of statistics, empirical legal research centres, websites, books, journals and articles.
Website monitoring the protection of fundamental rights in Europe, provided by the University of Bologna’s Interdepartmental centre for research in European Communities Law (CIRDCE), the Lelio and Lisli Basso Foundation and European Magistrates for Democracy and Freedoms (MEDEL). The site makes available a collection of journal articles, studies and other commentary, under ‘Comments’. EU legislation, EU and national cases, recommendations by international organisations (such as the ILO and Council of Europe) and decisions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia are also available. There is a newsletter and a link to a blog. The commentary, legislation, cases and other documents may be browsed by subject and article number of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, via the ‘Keywords’ page. The site is in English, French and Italian, but documents such as court decisions are only available in the original language.
Georgetown Law Dataverse
A repository for digital datasets created by Georgetown Law Library and Georgetown University Law Center, and designed to support empirical research with a facility to use, cite, and repurpose archived data. The Law Dataverse is part of a wider network of of social science research data provided by the Institute for Quantitive Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University, USA.
Information Exchange Network for Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and Extradition
This section of the Organization of American States' website makes available a collection of the OAS member states' criminal laws, criminal procedure laws, extradition laws and constitutions. It also has bilateral and multilateral treaties relating to mutual assistance and extradition. A quadrilingual dictionary of legal terms is provided, covering English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. The website is available in either of these four languages, but many of the laws and treaties that it provides are only available in language of the country of origin.
Law and Legal Systems in Madagascar: A Political Siege
Online guide to the legal system of Madagascar, the independent African state in the Indian ocean, compiled by political analyst Kevashinee Pillay and admitted attorney Aviva Zimbris. The guide was published in 2013 on the Globalex website and made freely available by the Hauser Global Law School Program at the New York University School of Law. The authors give the historical background and an outline of the political systems and governance, including a consideration of issues relating to the implementation of the Malagasy constitution. The guide describes the laws and legal principles of Madagascar with reference to the primary codes, secondary sources and national websites and other Internet sources.
Law and the multiverse
Law and the multiverse: superheroes, supervillains and the law is a blog founded by US licensed attorneys James Daily and Ryan Davidson. The main focus is on the hypothetical legal implications and issues arising from storylines and scenarios involving US superhero comic book and graphic novel characters. Discussions highlight fictional legal issues in fantasy settings with reference to applicable real law, offering entertaining case examples and sample legal questions for further scholarly and professional consideration, including mock trials. An archive of posts from November 2010 and RSS feed of new posts are available. The Blog has been included in the American Bar Association (ABA) listing of top 100 Blawgs.
Lawtel Human Rights
Subscription database for UK human rights lawyers. Provides UK human rights legislation, European Court of Human Rights cases, treaties and commentary.
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe: Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights is part of the intergovernmental Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). It observes elections, monitors democracy and seeks to foster human rights, tolerance and the rule of law. The Office’s website describes its work, provides press releases and makes available its recommendations, reports, and other publications. On the Resources page there is a Documents Library, an email news service and a multimedia library. The same page links to a set of OSCE databases: POLIS (Policing OnLine Information System); OSCE GenderBase, a database of female experts in police and security; TANDIS (information about tolerance and non-discrimination); Legislationline, a collection of international laws; Associationline, a database of key principles and international standards regarding freedom of association; and the ODIHR Election Experts Database and Short-Term Observers Database.
The website of the National Assembly of Cameroon provides information on its organisation, history and a step-by-step guide to the legislative procedure. Links to the National Assembly’s governing legislation and Cameroon’s Constitution (in PDF format) are provided in French. Links to draft legislation and adopted legislation are given, but this is not fully up-to-date. All information is provided in French.
Qatar Law Forum
Qatar Law Forum is an international conference hosted in Doha under the patronage of the Emir of Qatar. It aims to discuss the Rule of Law and related issues of international law and has been convened twice, in 2009 and 2012. The forum’s English website provides links to news articles relating to the forum and also provides documents on the discussions including newsletters, the text of some of the speeches and a discussion paper on the role of ethics in finance. The site also features YouTube clips of the conference and photographs.
Reprieve is a London-based charity providing legal representation and assistance for prisoners facing the death penalty and prisoners held beyond the rule of law, for example at Guantanamo Bay; it also investigates and campaigns on issues such as drone attacks and extraordinary rendition. The organisation was founded by human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith. The ‘Our Work’ page of its website provides reports, responses to consultations and other publications, together with information and documentation relating to Reprieve investigations and particular prisoners’ cases. The site also provides news and a blog.
Society for Empirical Legal Studies
Official website of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS), an international association of scholars interested in empirical legal studies, highlighting recent articles and publishing information on events, news and conferences in the field of empirical legal studies and research . The site includes information about the Society's official journal, The Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (JELS) and the annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) organised by the Society. Resources presented on the site include PDFs of presentations from past conferences. The site is hotsed by Cornell University Law School.
Statistics and Empirical Legal Studies Research Guide
An online guide from Georgetown Law Library identifying online and print resources relating to the form, process and function of Empirical Legal Studies. The guide highlights statistical resources (US, foreign and international) and websites.