ICSID Databases

This part of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) website provides access to a range of databases maintained by the ICSID. There is a database of member states which gives details of signatories to the ICSID Convention, a searchable database of cases administered by ICSID and a directory of arbitrators and conciliators appointed to the ICSID Panels. There is a database listing bilateral investment treaties searchable by signatory states, treaty and year of signature. The treaty text isn’t given.

UrbanLex: the Urban Law Database

UrbanLex is a database providing free access to legislation and policy documents relating to the urban environment. It is compiled by UN- Habitat the United Nations’ human settlement programme. The database can be searched by keyword or browsed by region (currently including the United States, Asia, Africa and Oceania) and includes full text laws, decisions and policy documents governing the management and development of the urban environment. Most of the content is given in the original language along with a digest in English.

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.

Global Brand Database

The Global Brand Database is an online resource made freely available by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is intended to be the first step in researching whether a trade mark already exists. The database includes trademarks, appellations of origin, armorial bearings, flags and other state emblems protected in various countries around the world. The names, abbreviations and emblems of intergovernmental organisations are also included.


Free database of constitutions from around the world, provided by the Comparative Constitutions Project, which is based at the University of Texas at Austin. At the time of writing, the database contained the constitution that was in force in September 2013 for almost every independent state. Constitutional documents for countries that do not have a single written constitution are not yet available, but will be added, as will historical verisons of constitutions. The Constitute database can be browsed by topic or country, or searched by key word.

Statistics Lithuania

The Lithuanian Department of Statistics (Statistics Lithuania) is a public authority coordinating official statistics in the country that participates in developing and implementing public policy in the field of organisation and methodology of statistics assigned to the Minister of Finance. All reports and publications of the department are available to browse on their website in both Lithuanian and English, including census information, price indices, GDP and much more. Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle: marques, brevets, sociétés, dessins, modèles

Inpi is a French public body with responsibility for industrial and intellectual property. It helps to formulate public policy on intellectual property in France, and it registers and grants patents, trademarks, models and designs. One of its aims is to publish information on industrial property in France. The databases provided on this website include trademarks, patents, designs, models and many decisions of the French courts dealing with intellectual property. The BOPI, Bulletins Officiels de la Propriété Industrielle, are also available.

Current Legal Information

Current Legal Information (CLI) is a subscription website produced by legal publisher Sweet and Maxwell. The database provides access to Current Law Cases (digests of all reported cases back to 1947), Case Citators which give a judicial history of all the cases and Legislation Citators providing comprehensive guidance to changes in legislation. There is also the Legal Journals Index which indexes journal articles from 1986 onwards. This page links to product information about CLI on the Sweet and Maxwell website.