Constitutions of the World
Search and explore 197 national constitutions (those in draft and in force) and compare how they protect or restrict freedom of religion, thought, and conscience.
Visit Constitute (ConstituteProject.org)* to explore all the national constitutions of the world. See links to the right.
“New constitutions are written every year. The people who write these important documents need to read and analyze texts from other places. Available in both English, Spanish, and Arabic, this linked site, Constitute (ConstituteProject.org) is an online environment to read, search, and compare the world’s constitutions. It offers access to the world’s constitutions so that users can systematically compare them across a broad set of topics — using an inviting, clean interface.
The site contains the full text, indexed with CCP data, for nearly every active national constitution in the world. Using CCP data, all of the constitutions have been tagged by subject area, allowing users to discover relevant constitutional provisions on particular subjects, no matter how they are worded. In addition to browsing the 300+ topics tagged by CCP, users can also execute their own searches, sort their results by region or time period, and pin content for further analysis.”
How to Use Constitute?
“Constitute allows you to interact with the world’s constitutions in a few different ways.
- Quickly find relevant passages. The Comparative Constitutions Project has tagged passages of each constitution with a topic — e.g., “right to privacy” or “equality regardless of gender” — so you can quickly find relevant excerpts on a particular subject, no matter how they are worded. You can browse the 300+ topics in the menu on the left of the page, or see suggested topics while typing in the search bar (which also lets you perform free-text queries). Tutorial Video: Searching
- Filter searches. Want to view results for a specific region or time period, or explore draft or historical texts? You can limit your search by specific parameters using the “Filters” option in the tab next to “Topics”. Tutorial Video: Filtering
- Read excerpts in List or Compare view. You can view searched excerpts within the default “List View”, or you can view two texts (or just their excerpts) side-by-side in “Compare View,” still with the same search functionality. Tutorial Video: Comparing
- Pin for further analysis. Pin excerpts, comparisons, or searches by clicking the “pin” button next to each expanded passage, the pin button at the top of the search results page, or the pin button on the right side of the comparison page. You can then view and download your pinned content by clicking on the “Pinned” icon in the menu on the left of the page. Pinned items can be exported to Google Docs, rendered in PDF, or downloaded in .csv. Tutorial Video: Pinning
* Constitute was launched in 2013 and developed by the authors of the Comparative Constitutions Project at the University of Texas at Austin. It was seeded with a grant from Google Ideas (now Jigsaw), with additional financial support from the Indigo Trust and IC2. Arabic Constitute was developed in partnership with International IDEA, which provided significant intellectual and material support. Constitute en Español was developed in partnership with the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, which provided translation services and intellectual guidance. Semantic data structures were created by the Miranker Lab at the University of Texas using Capsenta’s Ultrawrap. Site architecture, engineering, and design are provided by Psycle Interactive. ”
Source: quoted from constituteproject.org