World Constitutions Illustrated

World Constitutions Illustrated is a collection of constitutions, related commentary and bibliographies. It is a module of the HeinOnline database. 


On-site access through the IALS account is available at IALS, in the other libraries in the Senate House group (formerly ULRLS) and in University of London law departments.

Remote access is available to IALS and SAS staff, fellows and students, University of London law staff and students (including LLM students) and academic members of Senate House Library, via a current IALS Library card, SAScard or Senate House Libraries/ULRLS card.  Remote access via Athens/Shibboleth is arranged by each University of London law department and EISA for their registered law staff and students


World Constitutions Illustrated (WCI) has the current constitution or constitutional legislation for every country, in the vernacular and in English.  It also includes scholarly commentary, historical constitutions, bibliographic references and internet links.


To search the whole WCI module (all countries), use the search options on the left-hand side of the WCI home page.

To restrict your search to one country, select that country from the drop-down menu in the centre of the screen. Wait for the screen to refresh, then click on "Search Documents on this Country".


Browse by country using the drop-down menu, then click on the document titles and/or plus symbols (+) to access the required materials.

It is also possible to browse by type of resource, for example "Books, Periodicals and Other Related Works".

Printing, emailing and downloading

Once you have the document you need, click on the printer icon which appears above it; you can then choose either to print, download, or email (to email the document, select the appropriate option from the File menu).


Help with searching is available via two links on the left-hand side: "Searching in HeinOnline" and "View Advanced Search Syntax".