Individual Jurisdictions

Foreign law: subject law collections on the web

Online guide to foreign law collections on the Web written by Charlotte Bynum who is assistant director and reference librarian focusing on foreign and international law at the Tulane Law Library. The guide is published on the GlobaLex website and made freely available by the Hauser Global Law School Program at the New York University School of Law. The guide recommends selected collections of national laws arranged by subject and provides links and a short introduction to each resource.


GlobaLex is a large collection of legal research guides covering foreign and international law, published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at the New York University School of Law. It is aimed at legal academics, practitioners and librarians. The guides are organised under the following headings: International Law Research; Comparative Law Research; Foreign Law Research; and Tools for Building Foreign, Comparative and International Law Collections. They provide commentary and background information as well as links to key web resources.

Social Security Programs Throughout the World

A four volume series covering social security systems in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and the Americas produced by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and made freely available on the SSA Website. This reference work provides summaries of social security systems in individual countries which can be viewed in HTML or PDF. The entire report can be downloaded in PDF. Broad headings include old age, disability and survivors, sickness and maternity, work injury, unemployment and family allowances.

IP Menu

IP Menu is an internet directory to intellectual property resources produced by IP Organisers, an Australian company providing intellectual property research and support to legal firms. The directory provides a structured catalogue with annotated links to selected websites. Both free and subscription sites are linked to. Resources are arranged by country, subject and by resource type. Subjects covered include patents, trademarks, design resources, plant rights, copyright and domain names.


The i-Centre database, on the website of the European Commission's Directorate General for Trade, contains documents relating to trade policy. These include press releases, speeches and articles, legislation, policy and issue papers, statistics and submissions to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Each of these document types can be searched individually by keyword, date, language, sector and country. It is also possible to search across all documents using the same parameters. The interface is in English and French and the documents in the database are in numerous European languages

World Legal Information Institute Catalog: Western Europe

This website is part of the World Legal Information Institute's Catalog of websites. Under each country there are standard headings for courts and case law, government,legislation, lawyers etc. In addition there are more detailed subject headings (Banking and Finance law or Intellectual Property, for example) which vary from country to country. It is also possible to search for terms across the whole Western European section. Suggestions for new links can be submitted by email. The site is in English, with Babel Fish Translation available.

Government Gazettes Online

Global guide to government gazettes, official publications which typically contain legislation, government notices and other documents. The site is provided by the University of Michigan. For each country, it gives the title of the gazette, a description of the contents, the date range available on the web and the frequency of publication, with a link to the gazette's website.

Island Law

The Island Law website is produced by Dan MacMeekin a US attorney based in Washington DC and focuses on the laws of island jurisdictions in particular Micronesia and the Pacific islands. There is an alphabetical list of islands which provides basic information and links to important legal documents. The site includes links to international agreements of particular importance to islands and to documents dealing with relations between dependent islands and their mother country.

Minority Rights Information System

Website of the Minority Rights Information System (MIRIS), hosted by the European Academy of Bolzano (EURAC), a research institute established in Italy in 1992. The database provides information on the implementation of minority rights in the member states of the Council of Europe and includes national legislation and case-law, international treaties and agreements of the UN, Council of Europe and the OSCE, case studies and specific documents on minority groups. Texts are made available in English and the official language of the state concerned.

Religion and Law - international document database

The Religion and Law international document database is maintained by the Brigham Young University International Center for Law and Religion Studies in Utah. This free database contains laws, treatises, articles and case law affecting the freedom of religion in countries around the world. The database has materials from various international organisations including the European Court of Human Rights, the United Nations, the International Court of Justice and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.