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Researching Chilean Law: Web Resources


There are numerous free websites that can assist in locating Chilean primary law, as well as secondary information on Chilean legal topics.  Links to available English translations of Chilean law are listed below at right.

The Chilean Judiciary

The following websites are available in Spanish only.

Digests of Latin American Jurisprudence

The Due Process of Law Foundation has published four digests on Latin American national case jurisprudence:

The 2013 Digest on Indigenous People's Rights compiles and analyzes high court decisions related to indigenous rights in nine Latin American countries. The countries covered are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru. In Spanish only. 

The 2015 Digest on the Rights of Victims is available in English.  Two digest volumes on International Crimes (2010 and 2013) are also available in English. 

SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network)

SSRN is an electronic repository for international social sciences scholarship that includes the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN).  Thousands of downloadable abstracts, working papers, and published papers are available without charge.  Users need to go through a free registration process in order to create an account.


The following versions of the 1980 Chilean constitution are available on the WWW.  Note that the subscription database "World Constitutions Illustrated" in HeinOnline, contains an English translation of the constitution as codified by Supreme Decree No. 100 of September 17, 2005, as amended to Law no. 21,011 of May 2, 2017.

Legislation and Regulations (Spanish)

For a description of the various types of laws and regulations, see the article, "Essentials of the Chilean Legal System" (2010), posted on GlobaLex.  Texts of bills, laws, and regulations, are easily searchable on the Library of the Chilean National Congress' website (see below). Many subject-specific laws and regulations are also posted on the related government department or ministry's website.

Legislation and Regulations (English)

Some Chilean government and NGO/IGO websites post English translations of Chilean legal materials.  Note that the translations may not be official, or reflect the most current versions.

WWW Resources

Subject Guide

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Loyola University School of Law Library
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PowerPoint Presentations

Posted above is a PowerPoint presentation that was prepared for the LUC Law School course, "Comparative Law Seminar:  Legal Systems in the Americas."

Print Research Guide

Prepared in the summer of 2009, updated in February 2012, this 23-page guide offers instructions and tips on how to research foreign, comparative, and international law at the LUC Law Library.  The annotated guide lists print reference sources, subscription databases, free websites, and current awareness sources that may be useful when approaching foreign, comparative and international law questions.

NatLaw World Database

The National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, which is affiliated with the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, maintains the NatLaw World Database. This database contains laws, regulations, case law, and secondary source materials related to trade and investment for countries in the Americas. Most of the materials are in Spanish, although many English translations are available.  Access to the majority of the database's content is by subscription, although some free materials are available.

NatLaw World Database