Comparative Legal History

Religious Conceptions of Law

General / Comparative

Religious Legal Systems: A Brief Guide to Research and Its Role in Comparative Law (Marylin Johnson Raisch, NYU)

Hindu Law (Dharmaśāstra) / Law in South Asia

Hindu Law (Dharmaśāstra)
Bibliography of Hindu Law (Don Davis)
Dharmashastra(Alois Payer [in German])
Law in South Asia
South Asian Legal History Resources (Mitra Sharafi)
Constitution of India
Constituent Assembly
Constituent Assembly Debates (1946-50)
Parliament of India
India Code (Acts of Parliament since 1836)
Judgments of the Courts
Legislative Bodies in India

Buddhist Law

Pali Buddhist Monastic Code [Vinaya] (Access to Insight)
Vinaya Texts Translated from the Pali, Pt. I | Pt. II | Pt. III by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg (
Discipline and Conventions of Theravada Buddhist Renunciate Communities: A Guide for the Western Sangha (a summary of the code)
Sparks’ Code of Burmese Law (Henry M Lütter, 1887)
Publications of Andrew Huxley (SOAS, Law)
Asian Human Rights Commission statement on improper defrocking of a Cambodian monk

Islamic Law (Shari’ah)

Islamic Law – Internet Medieval Sourcebook (Paul Halsall, Fordham University)
Compendium of Muslim Texts (University of Southern California), including:
Islamic Law
Sunnah and Hadith
Sources of Islamic Law – Wikipedia
Islamic Banking – Wikipedia

Jewish Law

An Interactive Page of Talmud
Jewish Law: Examining Halacha, Jewish Issues and Secular Law
The Soncino Babylonian Talmud (translated into English)
Jewish Law – Medieval Sourcebook and Project Genesis (Paul Halsall, Fordham University)

Canon Law

Code of Canon Law (Vatican)
“Canon Law” in the Catholic Encyclopedia (Edward Peters, lay canon lawyer and seminarian)
Canon Law in the Anglican Communion
On the Trial of Jeanne d’Arc:
The Trial of Jeanne d’Arc – Internet Medieval Sourcebook (Paul Halsall, Fordham University)
Joan of Arc: Primary Sources Series (Historical Academy for Joan of Arc Studies)
Joan of Arc Archive, with Bibliography
Joan of Arc Trial Transcripts (

Legal Conceptions of Religion

Databases of Decisions and Codes

AltLaw (beta): A free, full-text searchable database of Supreme Court and Federal Appellate case reports and the U. S. Code
LII – Legal Information Institute (Cornell Law School): Similar, and also free.
LexisNexis: not free (WLU affiliates can log in on the University account via the Leyburn Library page or Law Library research page)
WestLaw: not free (WLU Law School affiliates can log in on the University account via the Law Library research page)

‘Exploring Constitutional Conflicts’ pages (Doug Linder, UMKC):
Introduction to the Establishment Clause
Free Exercise of Religion
Prayer in the Public Schools
Financial Aid to Religious Schools
Theocracy Issues: Looking for Secular Purposes
Religious Symbols in Public Places
Student-Initiated Religious Speech
Laws Burdening Religiously-Motivated Conduct

Native American Indian Law

David Selden, and Monica Martens (2007), “Basic Indian Law Research Tips” [updated]: Part 1  |  Part 2
Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute | American Indian Law
Tribal Court Clearinghouse
National Conference of State Legislatures | State–Tribal Institute

History of Law

Ancient and Medieval Law

Medieval Legal History – Internet Medieval Sourcebook (Paul Halsall, Fordham University)
Ancient Laws (

Modern Europe

Guide d’Histoire du Droit (Luke Au Yeung, doctoral student, University of Paris I)
Histoire du Droit (, Jacques Foviaux)
Histoire du Droit – Wikipedia (focused on French law)