Constitutions of the world - finding up to date full-text constitutional documents
The sites and databases listed below are all open access. The databases listed may not include the current version of a country's constitution. If it is important that you refer to the current version, ensure you access constitutions from the individual countries' official government legislation websites. Also note that English translations will rarely be official.
Constitutions of the World - Commentary
The databases listed in this box may not include the current version of a country's constitution. If it is important that you refer to the current version, ensure you access constitutions from the individual countries' official government legislation websites. Also note that English translations will rarely be official.
Comparing & Building Constitution
Books on Global & Comparative Constitutional Law
Comparative & Global Constitutional Law Journals, Articles and Reports
The Global Review of Constitutional Law began in 2017 with the publication of the 2016 volume. It is an annual publication published by I-CONnect and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. The Global Review assembles detailed but relatively brief reports on constitutional developments and cases during the past calendar year. The reports are authored by academic and/or judicial experts, and are often co-authored by judges and scholars. The Global Review is available on open access on SSRN. Individual global and comparative constitutional law journal titles held by the Library (UniMelb staff & student access) include the following:
Democratic Decay Resource (DEM-DEC) platform
Democratic Decay Resource (DEM-DEC) is a global resource containing a range of materials related to the incremental deterioration of democratic rule worldwide ('democratic decay'). The site includes a very useful bibliography of published research on democratic decay. The bibliography is updated regularly based on new additions and suggestions from users of the site.
Yale Law School Global Constitutionalism Seminar Publications
The annual Global Constitutionalism Seminar is a forum where some of the world’s foremost jurists discuss the most important legal issues of the day with leading academic lawyers. The Seminar brings together a small group of Supreme Court and Constitutional Court judges from around the world and Yale Law School faculty members. More on the Seminars.
Publications from the Seminars are available in full text on open access:
Melbourne Law School Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies
The Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne (CCCS) undertakes and promotes research on the constitutional law and government of Australia and of other countries and provides a focal point for scholars and practitioners interested in these areas. The Centre seeks to focus greater attention on Australian constitutional law and government and of other countries whose systems are most relevant to Australia. This is reflected in the Centre's current objectives which it pursues through its many activities.