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Comparative Law: Case Law

CanLII offers free public access to Canadian case law and legislative materials. Every province and territory is represented.

The Supreme Court of Canada Decisions (Lexum)
This collection contains Supreme Court of Canada judgments dating back to 1875 and judgments in leave applications since 2006.

Federal Court of Appeal Decisions
View Federal Court of Appeal decisions dating back to 1988. The decisions are available in both official languages.

BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute)
Provides the most comprehensive set of British and Irish primary legal materials freely available online. There are over 50 case law databases, covering both courts and major tribunals.

This database contains case law from the English Reports from the period 1220 - 1873.

Access American case law from every judicial branch in the country. This includes the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Court division and various state-level courts.

FindLaw provides access to American case, legislation and various state-level resources.

Legal Information Institute (Cornell University)
Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII) provides access to U.S. case law from every judicial level in the country.

Google Scholar
When using Google Scholar, choose “case law”, select court(s), and search by citation, case name, or keyword.


AfricanLII (African Legal Information Institute)

SafLII (Southern African Legal Information Institute)


AsianLII (Asian Legal Information Institute)

HKLII (Hong Kong Legal Information Institute)

LII of India (Legal Information Institute of India)


Free resource that contains the official case-law reports of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Free resource that provides access to EU case law, treaties, legislation, international agreements, and other public documents dating back to 1951. (Institution Français d'Information Juridique)

Italian Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques

Juristiches Internetprojeckt Saarbrücken (German)


AustLII (Australasian Legal Information Institute)

BarNet Jade - Free resource for finding recent Australian case law.

NZLII (New Zealand Legal Information Institute)

PacLII (Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute)

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