World Constitutions Illustrated
World Constitutions Illustrated

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IALS staff, fellows & students
SAS staff, fellows & students (other than IALS)
Uni of London law staff & postgraduate students

World Constitutions Illustrated is available as part of the IALS subscription to HeinOnline. It includes the constitution of every country in the world and collects together related commentary and bibliographies. 


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Available onsite to all IALS Library academic members. Offsite access is available to IALS staff, fellows and students, SAS staff, fellows and students (other than IALS), University of London law staff and postgraduate students, IALS Library academic members.

World Constitutions Illustrated includes the current constitution or constitutional legislation for every country in the world. Constitutions are provided in the vernacular and most include an English translation. It also includes scholarly commentary, historical constitutions, bibliographic references and links to external resources.

Browse countries either by selecting a country from the drop down list or selecting a country from the A-Z list on the homepage of the collection. 

It is also possible to browse by type of resource, for example books, periodicals, hearings or scholarly articles. 

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The Advanced Search page allows you to search using additional fields. There is an option to choose Document type (constitutional documents, constitutional books, constitutional periodicals, constitutional hearings). It is possible to search across all countries, or just one country. 

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