The constitutions of 160 countries are now available to read, search, and compare online, thanks to a new initiative unveiled Monday by Google Ideas in conjunction with the Comparative Constitutions Project.
Constitute enables site users to access the full digitized English texts of these constitutions, organized by country name and date, or search and compare the provisions of different constitutions according to specific topics. The site currently supports searches of 350 topics, ranging from executive powers to freedom of religion to the right to bear arms.
According to the Google Blog, the Constitute project aspires to become a useful tool for better constitutional design, by giving those drafting new constitutions a chance to explore the content of the constitutions of other countries.
Click here for the video announcing the project.
By Salma Waheedi, Juris Doctor Candidate (2014), Northwestern University School of Law