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With the writing component of your seminar in mind, we have compiled a listing of useful resources for the topic of Comparative Bill of Rights.  If you have any questions, please request a student consult with a librarian using the form linked on the left hand side of this guide.


Secondary Sources

Find background information, constitutional history, analysis, and citations to get started on and expand your research.

Treatises: Books on comparative law and the law of other countries.  Try subject searches in discoverE such as “civil rights” and “freedom of speech” and the country you’re searching, as well as searches for comparative constitutional law.  There are many titles on foreign, comparative, and international law in the ebook databases such as Cambridge Online and Oxford Online

Law review articles: Find law review articles on foreign and comparative law on Westlaw, Lexis, and in law journals on Hein.  Also try Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals on Hein, which indexes law reviews from other countries by country and subject headings (civil rights, constitutional law), in English, and provides links the text in Hein or discoverE for other electronic and print holdings.  Search political science and other non-law journals in JSTOR.

News and current awareness: Global Legal Monitor has legal news by country and topic (including Constitution) in English, with some links to documents.  You can also find constitutional law developments in Jurist World Legal News and searching in legal blogs using the Justia Blawg Search


Constitutions of Other Countries

Constitutions of countries other than the United States, including historical versions and translations, and secondary source interpretations.

Constitute Project: A free resource for comparing constitutional provisions. Find articles or provisions in world constitutions by topic, including civil and political rights, and use the side-by-side view to compare, or download translated documents.

Hein World Constitutions: Find current and historical constitutions and related laws, with selected journal articles on constitutional law available on Hein, and a bibliography of other materials. 

Oxford Constitutions of the World: Current and historical constitutions, with introductory notes of history and background, and a bibliography of selected books and law review articles.

Foreign Law Guide: Articles by country with legal history, legal systems, and legal publications. Citations to statutes and other legal resources by country and subject, including Constitution and Discrimination.

Legislation Online: OSCE database with European legislation, constitutional provisions, and ECHR cases on human rights and civil rights topics.


Legal Systems and Rule of Law

Your research on the constitutions of other countries might include background on the systems of law and government in those countries, and discussion of the rule of law in those countries to determine if constitutional rights are protected.

Europa World: Online version of the Europa World Yearbook, with political and economic developments, including a Constitution and Government heading.

World Justice Project: Country profiles on adherence to the rule of law, scored on topics including Fundamental Rights and Criminal Justice.


Human Rights and Civil Rights Sources

Human rights sources include discussion of political and civil rights.  Reports by the United Nations and other bodies (including the U.S. State Department) examine norms of human rights and whether these are protected in countries of the world.

State Department Country Reports on Human Rights: Build a comparative report with sections of the reports on civil rights for multiple countries.

OHCHR Universal Human Rights Index: Country-specific human rights information from the United Nations human rights treaty bodies. Use the Advanced Search to filter your search by particular rights.

Centre for Civil and Political Rights: State Reports and documents of the UN Human Rights Committee, with database of decisions that can be searched by country, article of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, and keyword.

Hurisearch: Human rights search engine.  Searches the websites of human rights organizations for papers and articles from IGOs, NGOs, national human rights institutions, and academic institutions.

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