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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)

The Global Legal Information Network is a cooperative, not-for-profit federation of governments and international organizations that contribute official full-text documents to an online database. The documents, available in PDF, comprise four categories of information: statutory information, judicial decisions, legislative records, and legal writings. Most of the documents can be accessed by the public for free, though some are restricted to GLIN members. The "About GLIN" tab in the upper right hand corner of the database will link to a listing of the database's contents - this outlines what types of materials are available from each participating member, the date ranges of that content, and whether or not public access is permitted.

The database has several basic and advanced search options, and includes a subject term index that you can use to narrow your search results. Each document contains a detailed item record with information in English, but the document itself may not be available in English, unless English is one of the official languages of that particular country.

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