N-Lex – Gateway to national law

Another post on the subject of national law. I just had to share this with you. N-Lex is a fairly well hidden cousin of the familiar EUR-Lex database that many of us probably use several times a day/week.


For 23 European countries (just hover over the list in the left-hand column), it gives you a description of each national database (“About…“) and then a direct link to go there (“Go to…“). For some countries the legislation is even in more than one language. Great to have all those links in one place!

You might also like to see my other post today about the EuroVoc thesaurus.

UK legislation 1267-present, online

To add to recent posts on access to national legislation, here is the UK: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/. Do click to enlarge the picture on the right – a beautiful depiction of Common Law (in my opinion) from the Law Library of Congress archives.

Most types of primary legislation (e.g. Acts, Measures, N.I. Orders in Council) are held in ‘revised’ form:

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Translation of national legislation

In connection with a recent Law Library of Congress event which I hope to report on more fully soon, the Library has released an excellent new publication in PDF form, Translation of National Legislation into English (click on the title to download). This guide, prepared by the staff of the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Center, is a reference tool for locating translated materials from thirteen nations: Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, and the Russian Federation; international organizations; and international courts and tribunals .

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