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Human Rights Law Research Guide

This guide will lead researchers through primary materials and introduce important secondary sources. While general human rights sources are covered in the guide, special attention is paid to resources that specifically address international women's human

Foreign Law

The Wolff Library collects for the following jurisdictions: Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. However, we also have selected publications and translated laws from many other countries. For more information on researching foreign law, see our Foreign and Comparative Law Research Guide. See below for a list of top resources to help you get started.


  • Constitutions of the Countries of the World (Georgetown only)
    Contains English translations of constitutions from over 190 countries and introductory notes that review recent amendments and provide historical and political information. This is the electronic equivalent of the print version, which is available in the Wolff Library at INTL K3157.A2 B54. Constitutions of the Countries of the world.
  • Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories Online (Georgetown only)
    This database features English translations of the constitutions of territories and dependencies and relevant federal constitutional provisions that define the relationship between the state and dependencies and territories. Also included is commentary that describes the interaction of the federal constitution with that of the dependency or territory.

Multi-Jurisdictional Resources

  • Foreign Law Guide (Georgetown only)
    The number one resource for foreign law research, this database provides the researcher with relevant information on sources of foreign law, including complete bibliographic citations to legislation, the existence of English translations whenever possible, and selected references to secondary sources in English. It is arranged by country and includes an introduction to the legal system of that country as well as the availability of codes, session laws, and court reports. Each chapter contains a section arranged by subject that outlines the major laws for a given subject and provides references to English translations, when available.
  • International Law in Domestic Courts (Georgetown only)
    This is a case reporting service including important public international law issues being decided in national courts. Legal experts in over 60 countries identify the most significant cases and analyze the decisions in those cases. Full text judgments are included, as are authoritative English translations of key passages.
  • Legislationline (OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights)
    Legislationline is another source for national legislation on human rights related topics, including gender, human trafficking, freedom of assembly, migration and citizenship. Coverage is limited to OSCE member states. Many--but not all--of the laws are translated into English.
  • World Legal Information Institute (WorldLii)
    This collaborative legal research facility offers links to government web sites, case law databases, and other useful sites. We suggest accessing the information by country using "All Countries" from the main page, then select the specific country of interest. Legislation and case coverage varies by jurisdiction.