Finding Foreign Constitutions

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We have several resources available to our community for locating English language texts of foreign constitutions.

  • HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated contains the current constitution for each of over 190 countries, the constitutional histories of several countries including the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Italy, South Africa, and El Salvador, along with thousands of digitized books and articles related to constitutional law of other countries.
  • Oxford Constitutions of the World contains the full text of 190 countries’ constitutions in English translation. “Each document provides the user with an authoritative translation of the most current version of each country’s constitution as well as many of the amending documents, decrees, and proclamations.”
  • Wolters Kluwer’s International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Constitutional Law “presents a country-by-country survey of constitutional law throughout the world, and is also in the process of publishing, in one source, all of the constitutions of the world in English translations.”  This resource also contains over 40 national monographs, providing “detailed information of the country’s political system, historical background, sources of constitutional law, form of government … state form and subdivisions of the state, component states and decentralized authorities, citizenship (especially nationality and the legal position of aliens), and specific problems such as foreign relations, taxing and spending power, emergency laws, the power of the military, and the constitutional relation between Church and State.”
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