Comparative Law

British Association of Comparative Law

 The British Association of Comparative Law (BACL) is an organisation dedicated to promoting “comparative legal research and teaching throughout the UK”. Its membership is open to staff of UK universities with areas of research and activities involving comparative law. Along with the Scottish Association of Comparative Law, BACL organises the national reports submitted to the International Congress of Comparative Law. BACL coordinates annual seminars and postgraduate workshops on comparative law. The site contains a blog that posts regular online publications on comparative law.

Researching Comparative Constitutional Law

Online guide to the legal resources of comparative constitutional law written by Julienne E. Grant who is Reference Librarian/Foreign & International Research Specialist at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Library. The guide was published in 2020 on the Globalex website and made freely available by the Hauser Global Law School Program at the New York University School of Law.

UN Women's Family Law Database

This database maps laws from around the world relating to women’s status in the family and society. Launched in July 2018, it is under development by the Global Women's Leadership Project (GWLP) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, in association with UN Women. In its first phase the database covers the laws of African, European and Latin American jurisdictions as well as Israel, India and Pakistan; work is continuing on Middle Eastern jurisdictions.


French-language website providing an introduction to about 150 of the world’s legal systems, together with an overview of many comparative law topics and introductions to selected. international organisations. LegiGlobe is an initiative of the Réseau Francophone de Diffusion du Droit (RF2D), supported by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. The website can be browsed by country, international organisation or comparative law topic. There is also a site index and a collection of useful links.

Juris Diversitas

Juris Diversitas is an association for the study of legal mixtures and movements. Its President is Sean Patrick Donlan from the University of Limerick in Ireland. The association has developed an interdisciplinary approach to comparative law, encompassing anthropology, geography, history, philosophy and sociology in relation to law. The website has a blog and gives information about the association’s publications, projects and events.

Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law

Open-access online journal published three times a year by the University of Cambridge. The Journal was first published in 2012; it covers international and comparative law and related domestic, regional, transnational and international legal regimes. An annual special issue is devoted to analysing the work of the UK Supreme Court in the previous judicial year. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer review process. The CJICL website provides all issues of the journal free of charge, in pdf format. The site also has a blog and gives details of the Journal’s annual conference

SOAS Library

Website of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Library at the University of London, providing information about collections, services and facilities. Has a link to the Library Catalogue; a list of databases; details of e-books and e-journals; and the SOAS Archive Catalogue. There is a Subject Guide for the law collection, which includes a page of information by country or region covering Africa, China, Europe, International Law, Japan and Korea, the Middle East and Central Asia, South Asia, South-East Asia and the UK.


Jurislingue is a multi-lingual legal glossary, still under development, provided by the Portuguese Attorney General’s Documentation and Comparative Law Office. It includes more than 1000 legal terms, the names of 157 institutions and the titles of 177 treaties. Seven languages are covered: Portuguese, French, English, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian. For each term, the equivalents are given in some or all of the other languages. Full definitions are also provided for many of the terms, but these are mainly in Portuguese.

Jurist: World Law

The World Law page of the Jurist website offers a set of guides to the legal systems of the world. Each country’s guide covers the Constitution, government and legislation, courts and judgments, human rights, the legal profession and law schools. Links to key websites for each country are also provided. Jurist is a legal education website provided by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Doing business: law library

Gateway to business laws and regulations from all over the world, compiled by the World Bank’s Doing Business project. Gives links to official sources as far as possible, and many of the texts are in English translation. Can be browsed by country or region. The areas of law covered are: banking, bankruptcy, civil codes, civil procedure, commercial and company law, constitutional law, employment law, land and building law, privacy, securities, tax and trade.