Legal Research Resources

Academic Resources  | Online Legal Research Resources

General Resources

Legal documents in breaking news

Legal documents in breaking news

Journal of Private International Law
International and comparative law sources

Global Legal Information Network
Through the US Library of Congress

World Legal Information Institute
Legal materials from English-language jurisdictions around the world

Legal Research at Princeton: U.S. Law: Legal Research at Princeton
From the Princeton University Library

Avalon Project Yale Law School
Collection of significant, original legal documents

Researching Constitutional Law on the Internet
From the University of Chicago Law Library

Guide to Law Online
Through the Library of Congress

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U.S. Law

US Legal Databases
From the Princeton University Library

US Supreme Court
Official website

The US Supreme Court
Through the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School

Supreme Court Briefs
Through the American Bar Association Division of Public Education

Oyez Project
Audio of Supreme Court oral arguments

US Federal Court Opinions
Through the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School

US Code
Through the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School

US Federal Judiciary
Official website

State legal materials
Through the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School (click on a state to access constitutions, statutes, decisions and other legal materials)


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Comparative Law

Foreign, comparative and international legal databases
From the Princeton University Library

Global legal resources
Through the Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School

NYU Law School Guides to Foreign Law
Includes many guides for specific countries

Le droit francais (In French)
(Law Portal for France)

French site (some English) with French legal materials

International Constitutional Law
Many of the world's constitutions in relatively up-to-date English translations

Constitution Finder
This database offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents.

Comparative Law Database
Maintained by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

African International Courts and Tribunals
Developed by the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT).

Australasian Legal Information Institute
A joint facility of UTS and UNSW Faculties of Law

Judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada
Maintained by the University of Montreal Faculty of Law

Constitutional Court of South Africa
Official website with search engine to find case law.

Constitutional Court of the Federal Republic of Germany
Official site, mostly in German with some English.

German Legal Materials
Through the University of Texas Law School

German Law Journal
Review of developments in German, European and international jurisprudence (in English)

Dutch case law:
In Dutch, with some English.

Dutch legislation:
In Dutch, with some English.

Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation
Official site in Russian, with some English.

Russian Constitutional Court decisions
Translations of decisions from 1994-2003 into English.

Guide to Russian Legal Research
Global Lex from NYU Law School

Constitutional Court of Hungary
Official site in Hungarian with some English

European Constitutional Law Network
Constitutions of EU member states in multiple languages

Conseil Constitutionnel
Official website, in French

Supreme Court of India
Official website, in English

Constituent Assembly Debates
1946-1950 Debates creating the Constitution of India

Supreme Court of Pakistan
Official site, in English

African Law On-Line
Compiled by Jane Williams, NYU Law School

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Transnational Law

American Society of International Law
Electronic Information System for International Law

International Committee of the Red Cross
International Humanitarian Law Materials

ICRC Treaty Database
From the promoter and guardian of international humanitarian law

Global Lex
International Law Resources (NYU Law School)

Guide to the UN
Compiled by Silke Sahl, Columbia Law School

UN-based legal research
Compiled by NYU Law School.

International Court of Justice
Official site, in English and French.

International Criminal Court
Official site, in English and French.

United Nations Treaty Collection
Official treaty repository of the United Nations.

European Court of Human Rights
Official site, in English and French with search engine for decisions

European Law online
Through Eur-Lex, at the official website of the European Union

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Official site, in English

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Official site in English, French and Kinyarwanda.

International Crisis Group
Reports on international crisis situations.

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Human Rights — Organizations and Legal Resources

Liberty (UK)
UK-based organization promoting civil liberties

Human Rights Watch
Defending human rights worldwide.

Human Rights First
Formerly the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Official UN site

Amnesty International
Working to protect human rights worldwide

American Civil Liberties Union
American-based organization promoting civil liberties

Derechos Human Rights
International organization promoting human rights

Center for Constitutional Rights
Organization devoted to defending and advancing the rights contained in the US Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UK-based international center for the protection of human rights

Human Rights Internet
Based in Ottawa, launched in the US, dedicated to exchange of information about human rights.

Global Rights
International human rights organization that partners with local organizations.

University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
Collection of human rights materials

Women's Human Rights Resources Program
Collects, organizes and disseminates information about women?s human rights.

Human Rights Tools
Providing human rights professionals with easy access to the best online resources.

International Commission of Jurists
The ICJ provides legal expertise at both the international and national levels to ensure that developments in international law adhere to human rights principles and that international standards are implemented at the national level.

Project to Enforce the Geneva Conventions
Site with information about the history and enforcement of the Geneva Conventions

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Terrorism and the Law

A Research Guide to Cases and Materials on Terrorism
Compiled by Andrew Grossman, May 2006

FBI Counter-terrorism webpage
Official site.

US Department of Homeland Security
Official site.

United States Institute for Peace
Weblinks on Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Electronic Privacy Information Center
*Domestic Surveillance
*Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
*Attorney General's Guidelines

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
Comprehensive, independent and non-partisan information about US Federal spending, staffing and enforcement
*TRAC reports on terrorism

Resources on terrorism and the law
Pace Law School

The 9/11 Sourcebook
National Security Archive, George Washington University,

America's War on Terrorism
University of Michigan Library links

The Aftermath of 9/11
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, compiled by Wm. Arkin

* terrorism law and policy
* legal news on terrorism

* legal news on terrorism
* terrorism cases
* documents on terrorism
* US laws related to terrorism

US interrogation policy
Washington Post article that summarizes and links to Bush administration documents about interrogation policies

World Trade Center Attack
Official Documents through Columbia Law School

9/11 Commission
Official website (frozen by National Archives on 20 Sept. 2004)

United Nations Security Council
Counter-Terrorism Committee

Hutton Inquiry
Official website

Maher Arar Commission of Inquiry
Official website

Briefs in Rasul v. Bush
2004 Supreme Court case on Guantanamo detainees

Briefs in Padilla v. Rumsfeld
2004 Supreme Court case on domestic enemy combatants

Briefs in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld
2004 Supreme Court case on domestic enemy combatants

Briefs in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
2006 Supreme Court case on Guantanamo detainees

Terrorism and the Law
Official documents from the UK Home Office.

InterAmerican Commission Report on Terrorism and Human Rights
Official site

Resources on Military Commissions
National Institute for Military Justice

Guantanano detainee records
List of names with clickable links to available court records

Center for Homeland Security, University of Maryland
*Cases related to terrorism
*Homeland security documents, reports and bills

Criminal Case against Zacharias Moussaoui
Trial documents and exhibits

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Documents compiled by the Federation of American Scientists

Council of Europe Anti-Terrorism Policy

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