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One of my courses, "Constituting Modern Spain, 1808-1982," is a comparative study of the creation of countries on the basis of written constitutions. This page is maintained to help my students find resources which they can use for their class projects. This page is prepared and maintained by J. B. Owens of Idaho State University. If you have trouble with a link, please contact me at or by selecting this button: Mail Now. Please include your name and e-mail address in the body of your message. Thank you for your help.

Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. Information about the Society itself and extensive lists of research resources. Maintained by A. Katie Harris with generous support from Central Missouri State University and the University of Kansas.

NAACP Online
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Constitutions of Countries: World
A major archive of historic and currently-valid constitutional documents. Among the interesting documents available here are the constitution of the Iroquois Nations, the Articles of Confederation of 1781, the Mexican Constitution of 1836, the constitution of the Confederate States of America, and many of the recent Eastern European ones.

The International Constitutional Law (ICL) information site of the University of Hamburg, Germany. Many feel that this is one of the best sites for foreign constitutions.

Constitution Finder
A useful aid for just what its title suggests. Provided by Prof. John Paul Jones of the University of Richmond.

Internet Law Library
The U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library includes a quite comprehensive collection of worldwide legal materials. This material is also available from the Australasian Legal Information Institute and the Illinois Institute of Technology Information Center.

Latin American Constitutions
This Latin American Constitutions site is part of the Political Database of the Americas of Georgetown University's Center for Latin American Studies and The Organization of American States.

Las Constituciones de México
Materials made available by the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas of the UNAM.

Investigaciones Derecho Constitucional
Materials relating to the drafting of Peru's Constitution of 1993, a rich collection of earlier Peruvian constitutions and related documents from 1812 to 1979, and three collections of foreign constitutions.

South African Constitutional Assembly
A wonderful collection of documents associated with the drafting of the South African Constitution of 1996, including the final version itself.

The Department of State Foreign Affairs Network. Important historical documents, reference sources, and serials like the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. You can go directly to the DOSFAN Primary Archive.

Richmond Journal of Law and Technology
Published on-line by the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law.

World History of Democracy
A useful collection of resources provided by Steven Muhlberger, Nipissing University.

Amnesty International
A world-wide information network about human rights issues.

People for the American Way
The home page of an organization dedicated to maintaining the civic values of the United States.

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J. B. Owens
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Revised: 16 August 1999