How To Find World Laws

The majority of legal research is conducted within a single jurisdiction. But in an increasingly global world there’s sometimes a need for legal research that crosses borders. How can searches be conducted across several countries or even the world?

Global-Regulation’s search engine is one answer. It can be used to search for the majority of the digitally published laws (translated into English) for almost 50 countries worldwide. The search engine allows for comparison across jurisdictions and filtering by country/date.

Alternative to Global-Regulation include:

  • Searching each national legislation portal
  • Using products from LexisNexis and WestLaw that┬áhave cross-jurisdiction databases
  • For some regions, like southern Africa (SAFLII) and Micronesia (PacLII), there are free legal services that aggregate the laws.