LexisNexis vs. Westlaw: How Many Countries Can You Search?

Which countries can be searched on global legal research platforms? According to our research, Westlaw (as of 2017) has legislation search for 14 countries (counting the EU as a country) and LexisNexis has 12 countries.

Westlaw (Thomson Reuters) and LexisNexis (RELX Group) are the two largest legal research companies in the world. Wolters Kluwer is a close third place, and in some jurisdictions is the main legal research company (they’re about 50/50 EU and North America). All of these companies offer a bewildering list of databases and sources, and none of them bundle multiple country search into one search engine. On one webpage, Westlaw claims that they make available 28,000 different databases worldwide.

According to our research, these are the countries for which LexisNexis has primary legal research search (i.e. national laws in a searchable format):

US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland, India, UK, EU, South Africa, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Japan.

Westlaw (Thomson Reuters) offers the following countries:

Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, EU, USA, Philippines, Qatar, Iraq, UAE, Hong Kong, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

LexisNexis Sources: http://www.lexisnexis.ca/en/support/resources/KM_LNQLFullServiceInt.pdf, https://www.lexisnexis.com/fr/droit/, http://www.lexisnexis.co.za/, http://www.lexisnexis.com.hk/en-hk/product-line/legal.page, http://www.lexisnexis.jp/ja-jp/Products/lexis-asone.page, http://www.lexisnexis.co.in/en-in/products/lexis-india.page, http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/en-nz/home.page. One Lexis page, http://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/products/global-law-news-business-resources.page, notes that there are nine countries in total but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Westlaw Sources: http://westlawinternational.com/our-solutions/, http://www.westlaw.ie/, http://westlawgulf.com/inside-west-gulf/legislation/, http://www.laleyonline.com.ar/, http://www.laleyonline.com.py/, http://www.laleyonline.com.uy/, http://www.thomsonreuters.co.nz/westlawnz, http://www.westlawasia.com/philippines.

A caveat to the above infographic: there may be countries that either one of these companies offers legislation search for that they either don’t advertise or is very difficult to discover. They essentially operate as independent businesses in many countries and have other subscription services that are sub-licensed, so there may be other flags missing from the infographic above. If you discover a missing country please let us know so we can update this blog post.

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