On Monday, September 23, 2013, the Comparative Constitutions Project (directed by Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago Law School), Zachary Elkins, and James Melton) launched Constitute, a website that enables you to read and search 160 constitutions, and compare them across nearly 350 topics. Constitute currently includes constitutions in force, but will eventually contain the text of all constitutions written since 1789. The Constitute Project was developed with the support of Google Ideas, The National Science Foundation, the Indigo Trust, IC² Institute, the Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, the University of Chicago, and the Constitution Unit at University College London (check its blog announcement for more information). Free access to foreign constitutions will facilitate comparative constitutional law research worldwide.
Constitute in the News
- Google Launches ‘Constitute’ Site for Exploring World’s Constitutions (Mashable)
- Google launches ‘Constitute,’ a new tool for designing governments (The Verge)
- A Constitutional Primer from Google (TIME)
- A Website with the World’s Constitutions (Slaw.ca)
- This site lets you explore nearly every single constitution in the world (The Monkey Cage, Washington Post)
- Government Professor Launches Google Constitutions Website at U.N. General Assembly (Zachary Elkins, University of Texas at Austin)
- Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, ’13, on New Comparative Constitutions Project/Google Endeavor (Law School/ForeignPolicy.com)
- Last Look: Google’s constitution database (Fareed Zakaria GPS/CNN, video)
Check out Constitute and see how it compares with World Constitutions Illustrated and Oxford Constitutions of the World (OCW is newly created from the merger of the Constitutions of the Countries of the World, Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories, and Constitutions of the United States: National and State online resources).