legal systems

Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Austria

Official website of the Austrian Supreme Court of Justice, the highest appeal court dealing with civil and criminal matters. The site gives information on the role and functions of the court along with a list of presidents. There is a link to the Rechtsinformationssystem database where court decisions can be viewed in German. The site can be viewed in German or via an English interface.

Judicial Power and High Courts in Latin America

Online article providing an introduction to judicial power and the court systems in Latin America written by Gloria Orrego Hoyos who is Professor of Law and Legal Research at the Universidad de San Andrés and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. The guide was published in 2021 on the Globalex website and made freely available by the Hauser Global Law School Program at the New York University School of Law. The author provides an overview to judicial power in the region, the constitutional courts and the court system in each country along with links to relevant resources.

Judiciary of Seychelles

Official website of the Judiciary of the Seychelles, covering a range of different courts, including the Supreme Court, the Appeal Court and the Constitutional Court, as well as employment and family law. The site provides information about the structure and organisation of the court system in the Seychelles and about the individual courts.

Government of the Republic of Nauru

Official site of the Government of Nauru. The Government section provides background information about the structure of the various departments and ministries. The Parliament section covers bills, acts, Hansard and the role of parliamentary committees. It also hosts a searchable database (Ronlaw – Republic of Nauru Law) containing legislation, bills, judgments and gazettes, from 1850 to the current year.

Maori Legal Archive

The Maori Legal Archive is a collection of digitised documents made freely available by the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. The aim of the collection is to provide an insight into the interaction between the Māori people and the colonial legal system of nineteenth century New Zealand. The documents, which date back to the nineteenth century, are grouped by category and include Māori-language translations of Acts and Bills, speeches of Māori members of Parliament, land deeds, petitions and evidence submitted by Māori to various commissions of inquiry and tribunals.

Council of Europe: Evaluation of Judicial Systems (CEPEJ-STAT)

CEPEJ-STAT is a database developed by the Council of Europe’s European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). It allows users to find and compare data on the efficiency, quality and effectiveness of the judicial systems of Council of Europe member states. Ir includes information on the budgets of the judicial systems in individual member states, gender equality and use of information technology in the courts. The database is updated every two years. The CEPEJ-STAT website also provides supporting documentation on the methodology and data collection.

Council of Europe European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) is the body established by the Council of Europe to improve the quality and efficiency of European judicial systems and strengthen court users’ confidence in them. The CEPEJ develops tools to support member states in their reform of court organisations and implement European justice standards. The site gives information on the work of the CEPEJ including the CEPEJ-STAT database which has comparison data for the judicial systems of the Council of Europe's member states.

Researching the Law of the Spanish Autonomous Communities

Online guide to the law of Spain’s autonomous communities, by Julienne E. Grant, Reference Librarian/Foreign & International Research Specialist at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Library. The guide was published in 2019 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 gives historical background information to Spain’s autonomous communities and lists key texts and electronic guides to aid research on this topic.

São Tomé and Príncipe: Legal System and Research

Online guide to the law of São Tomé and Príncipe, an island in the Gulf of Guinea, written by Kevashinee Pillay, a South Africa-based attorney, and Nélia Daniel Dias, a law lecturer in Angola. The guide was published in 2018 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 a profile of São Tomé and Príncipe and an introduction to the island’s legal system, which is based on customary law and the civil law tradition.

A Comparative Analysis of Restorative Justice Practices in Africa

This online guide looks at restorative justice as practised in six African countries: South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and Rwanda. The guide was written by Julena Jumbe Gabagambi who is Assistant Lecturer in Law at the University of Iringa in Tanzania and was published in 2018 on the Globalex website and made freely available by the Hauser Global Law School Program at the New York University School of Law. There is background information on restorative justice in Africa and its treatment in the legal literature.

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