AFRICA (Broad Entry)

See: JuriBurkina (Center for Legal Information in East Africa), SAFLII (The Southern African Legal Information Institute), Zambia (ZamLII).

Abyssinia Law
A legal resource portal providing open access to primary and secondary legal materials for Ethiopia, such as laws, court decisions, articles, contact guidance and news - with texts supplemented by online videos, a dicussion forum and user blog. The service gives free access to Federal consolidated laws of Ethiopia (with status information whether the law is amended, repealed or effective) and Regional Laws - with particular coverage for Oromiya region and Tigray region. A search facility links to documents in PDF format. The site also contains Federal Supreme Court of Cassation decisions (FSCCD) as PDF files and a growing collection of articles arranged by legal topic. Guidance information is given for the Law faculties of Mekelle University, Addis Ababa University and Jimma University.

African International Courts and Tribunals
This website provides a centralized source for scholars, practitioners and laypersons working in or on the Continent and a reference to the work of these courts and tribunals for others studying the global phenomenon.

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
Established by the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights which came into force on 21 October 1986 after its adoption in Nairobi (Kenya) in 1981 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).

DataCenta/Law in Ghana
Contains Statutes, Law Reports, legal journals, and updates to Acts of the 4th Republic, Business and Financial Laws of Ghana, Judgments of the Superior Courts, and Legislative Instruments. IP access.

Juricaf is a Francophone database for researching case law into 42 countries.Developped with the help of the International Organisation of la Francophonie, Juricaf has for objective to help Supreme Courts in Africa to publish their caselaw.

Fee-based database. The library's subscription allows access to the following publications: The Constitutional Library; English Reports 1220 – 1865 ; Juta’s Daily Law Reports ; S A Law Reports 1947 to date; Index & Ann. to the SA Law Reports ; Digest of S A Law; S A Statutes & Regulations ; S A Appellate Division; S A Environmental Legislation ; S A Criminal Law Reports ; S A Tax Library; Case Law of Zimbabwe ; Statutes of Zimbabwe; Tanzania Law Reports; Zambia Law Reports ; Namibian Law Reports; Laws of Jamaica. For password information please, contact the Reference Librarian. Login Instructions: Click Login. Submit user name and password. Click Subscriber Access. Wait for browsable menu to load in left frame, or choose a search screen [it should say search FORM] from the dropdown menu.
A fee-based database containing LawAfrica Law Reports. The website gathers cases from High Court of Kenya, the Kenyan Court of Appeal, the Industrial Court of Kenya, the Supreme Court of Uganda, the High Court of Uganda, the COMESA Court of Justice for East Africa from Lusaka which adjudicates on matters of a commercial court involving parties domiciled in countries that are members of the COMESA trading block, and the Court of Appeal from Tanzania (1975-). The library does not have a subscription. See the library's collection policy.

African Union (AU) former Organization of African Unity (OAU)

African Union Websites and Documents

Databases dedicated to the law of French-speaking African countries
The correct way to search is using "droit afrique noire francophone".

Algeria: LexAlgeria (Le Portail du droit Algérien)
Contains legislation, codes, jurisprudence, and la doctrine. Very selective. The database is under construction. Only in French.

An electronic journal in French and offering for free only the table of contents focused on African legal issues. One of its links brings to the Journal of African Law published by Oxford Press. Full-text articles comment on laws, and cases from African countries. The main portal to African information is Habari.

Association des cours constitutionnelles partageant l'usage du francais. The term "francophone" is not politically correct in some countries, so instead use the periphrases "sharing the use of French as language". ACCPUF contains information on constitutional law, such as Case law, Acts, Constitutions, Rules of Procedure, etc.

Lex Africana
A portal, built in the great French law library Cujas.

OHADA Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa
Contains related documents to the treaty, codes, and national jurisprudence in French.

Sub-Saharan Africa Government Information
The library collects documents from African governments and regional and non-governmental organizations. Collection strengths include development plans, censuses, central bank reports, and statistics. Although material is collected from all countries, particular strengths include Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia. Sub-Saharan African Governments Search Engine is a search engine for web sites from Sub-Saharan African governments. It is limited to government sites at the national level, and does not include sites from state governments, political parties, or non-governmental organizations. For best results, search using the official language(s) of the country you are interested in.

For "Francophonie" in general:

1) Look at the "Agence universitaire de la francophonie" where you find the Conference internationale des facultes de droit ayant en commun l'usage du francais (CIFDUF)

2) Organisation internationale de la Francophonie OIF

LexisNexis Quicklaw
Fee-based database. It contains court decisions from South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, with additional courts in preparation. The library does not have a subscription. See the library's collection policy.

Collections of domestic laws: For copyright laws, human rights issues, commercial laws, investment laws, labor laws, constitutional laws, etc of different African countries please, look under international organizations, gateways to agencies focusing on specific subjects such as the World Bank database, subject-oriented databases, and foreign-databases collections. Doing Business Law Library at the World Bank is the largest free online collection of foreign business laws and regulations (banking and credit laws, civil procedure codes, bankruptcy and collaterals laws, commercial and company laws, labor laws, constitutions, etc).

Algerian Law Guide by Dahmène Touchent
Botswana’s Legal System and Legal Research by Lubabalo Booi
Researching Cameroonian Law by Charles Manga Fombad
Researching Ghanaian Law by Victor Essien
An Overview of the Egyptian Legal System and Legal Research by Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab
Guide to Legal Research in Mali by Dahmène Touchent
Guide to the Morocco Legal System by Dahmène Touchent
Guide to Nigeria by Yemisi Dina, John Akintayo & Funke Ekundayo
Rwanda's Legal System and Legal Materials by Eunice Musiime
Overview of the Sudanese Legal System and Legal Research by Sharanjeet Parmar
Sierra Leone Legal System and Legal Research by Hanatu Kabbah
Researching South African Law by Amanda Barratt and Pamela Snyman
Guide to the Tunisian Legal System by Dahmène Touchent
Guide to Tanzanian Legal System and Legal Research by Bahame Tom Nyanduga and Christabel Manning
Uganda's Legal System and Legal Sector by Brenda Mahoro
The Law in Zimbabwe by Otto Saki and Tatenda Chiware

For more research guides on African jurisdictions see Globalex at