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POGAR funded the development of number of databases related to good governance and assisted other countries develop theirs. The currently available databases are:

  • Arab Banking Laws: legislation concerned with banking in the Arab countries (Arabic)
  • Arab Parliamentary Database: legal texts of Arab legislative bodies (Arabic)
  • Arab Financial Oversight Database: texts of Arab financial regulation and control (Arabic)
  • Egypt Legal Database: legislation and court judgments (Arabic)
  • Arab Associations Laws Database: legislation and related conventions (Arabic)
  • Arab Criminal Encyclopedia: legislation, verdicts, references, bilateral and international agreements (Arabic)
  • Iraq Legal Database: version 2 (Arabic)

The user may browse and search any of these databases.

Other Databases:


Algeria - Legislative Texts [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - the United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region (UNDP-POGAR).
 
Algeria - LEXALGERIA - Algeria's Law Portal [French].
An Algerian legal portal.
 
Algeria - Legal Portal [Arabic][French].
 
Bahrain - Legislative Texts - Bahrain [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - the United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region (UNDP-POGAR).
 
Bahrain - Banking Laws [Arabic].
From the Arab Banking Laws Database - The Union of Arab Banks and the United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab in Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Djibouti - Legislative Texts - Djibouti [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Egypt - Egypt Legal Database: Legislation and Court Judgments [Arabic].
 
Egypt - Tashreaat - Egypt's Judicial Portal [Arabic].
Egypt's portal for legal information and analysis and a free access to a legal newsletter for subscribers.
 
Egypt - Legislative Texts - Egypt [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and others from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Egypt - Laws of Investment and Free Zones, 1952 - present [Arabic].
This document presents a summary of the evolution of the Egyptian Laws of Investment and Free Zones since 1952 - present.
 
Egypt - Laws of Capital Market, 1883 - present [Arabic].
This document presents a summary of the evolution of the Egyptian Capital Market Laws since 1883 - present.
 
Egypt - Financial Oversight Laws [Arabic].
This document presents a summary of the evolution of the Arab legal texts in relation with the Egyptian Financial Oversight Laws since 1942 - present.
 
Egypt - Legislative Texts since 1882 - present - Egypt [Arabic].
This document presents a summary of the evolution of the legal texts in relation with the Egyptian parliamentary laws since 1882 - present.
 
Iraq - A Legal Database [Arabic].
The Iraqi Legal Database was developed by the United Nations Development Programme, through the Programme on Governance in the Arab Region, and with the support of both UNDP-Iraq and the Iraqi High Judicial Council. The Database gathers all the legal laws, regulations, orders, etc. that has been published in the Iraqi Official Gazette since it was first launched in the 1920s. The project to complete the Iraqi Legal Database entered its third and final stage in September 2008.
 
Iraq - Banking Laws [Arabic].
From the Arab Banking Laws Database - The Union of Arab Banks and the United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab in Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Iraq - Legislative Texts [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Jordan - Banking Laws [Arabic].
From the Arab Banking Laws Database - The Union of Arab Banks and the United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab in Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Jordan - Legislative Texts - Jordan [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Jordan - Jordanian Legislation [Arabic].
Complete texts of any Jordanian legislation.
 
Jordan - Jordan's Legal Documents [Arabic].
 
Kuwait - Banking Laws [Arabic].
From the Arab Banking Laws Database - The Union of Arab Banks and the United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab in Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Kuwait - Legislative Texts - Kuwait [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Lebanon - Banking Laws [Arabic].
From the Arab Banking Laws Database - The Union of Arab Banks and the United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab in Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Lebanon - Legislative Texts - Lebanon [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Lebanon - Lebanese Laws [English].
The website provides access to a precise and reliable English translation of the main Lebanese laws for the benefit of the general public.
 
Lebanon - Lebanon - Development Assistance Database  [English].
 
Libya - Banking Laws [Arabic].
From the Arab Banking Laws Database - The Union of Arab Banks and the United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab in Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Libya - Legislative Texts - Libya [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Mauritania - Legislative Texts [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Morocco - Banking Laws [Arabic].
From the Arab Banking Laws Database - The Union of Arab Banks and the United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab in Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Morocco - Legislative Texts - Morocco [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Oman - Banking Laws [Arabic].
From the Arab Banking Laws Database - The Union of Arab Banks and the United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab in Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Oman - Legislative Texts - Oman [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Occupied Palestinian Territories - Banking Laws [Arabic].
From the Arab Banking Laws Database - The Union of Arab Banks and the United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab in Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Occupied Palestinian Territories - Legislative Texts [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Occupied Palestinian Territories - Legislative Council - Legal Database - Palestine [Arabic].
The web site provides access to the laws enacted by the Legislative Council and to others that are pending or under various stages of discussions and reading all listed by law number, the sponsoring entity and the date of the general discussion.
 
Occupied Palestinian Territories - Legislative Council - Sessions Database - Palestine [Arabic].
The web site aims to provide access to the full text of the PLC's sessions files and laws enacted.
 
Occupied Palestinian Territories - Palestinian Legal and Judicial System "Al-muqtafi" [Arabic].
The set of Palestinian laws and legislation since the Ottoman Era, the British Mandate, the Jordanian rule of the West Bank, the Egyptian Administration in Gaza, the Israeli Military Occupation, up to the rise of the Palestinian Authority. (A computerized data base).
 
Qatar - Legislative Texts - Qatar [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Saudi Arabia - Legislative Texts [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Somalia - Legislative Texts [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Sudan - Legislative Texts [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Syria - Legislative Texts [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Tunisia - Legislative Texts [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Tunisia - Legal Database since 1960 [Arabic].
 
Tunisia - House of Representatives - Legal Database [Arabic].
Tunisian laws issued since 1960. The database provides access through keywords and free text search to the title, number and text of the laws and their publication dates.
 
Tunisia - Jurisite Tunisie [French].
Jurisite Tunisie is a private Tunisian web portal specialized in Tunisian law.
 
United Arab Emirates - Legislative Texts [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Yemen - Legislative Texts [Arabic].
The constitution, bylaws, elections laws, and other texts from the Arab Parliamentary Database - The United Nations Development Programme - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region UNDP-POGAR.
 
Arab Countries - Arab Associations Laws Database: legislation and related conventions [Arabic].
 
Arab Countries - Middle East NGOs Gateway Project [English][Arabic].
MENGOS is an internet gateway containing information about non-governmental organizations, funding agencies, events, projects, success stories of individuals as well as organizations, and other topics relevant to non-governmental organizations across the Middle East.
 
Arab Countries - Arab Legal Databases [English][Arabic].
Developed by the United Nations Development Programme on Governance in the Arab Region (UNDP-POGAR).
 
Arab Countries - Arab Law Info: Online Legal Directory [English][Arabic].
This Arab legal database provides a number of directories of Arab lawyers, law firms, experts, legal articles, cases and codes, and other legal services and news.
 
Arab Countries - Arab Lawyers Guide [Arabic].
 
Arab Countries - Arab Banking Laws Database [Arabic].
Arab Banking Laws of the Arab countries, in Arabic only. This is a joint project of the Union of Arab Banks and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Regional Bureau for Arab States - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region (POGAR).
 
Arab Countries - List of Arab Parliaments [English][Arabic][French].
From the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union membership page that provides access to the list of Arab parliaments, the names of speakers of parliaments, and web site link and email when available.
 
Arab Countries - Arab Parliamentary Database [Arabic].
A joint project of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (ARAB-IPU) and the Regional Programme on Governance in the Arab Region (UNDP-POGAR). The database comprises constitutions, parliamentary bylaws and rules of procedures, electoral laws, and laws organizing constitutional courts or councils of the 22 Arab countries. The database base provides access to the documents including a comparative access using analytical glossary terms.
 
GCC - Legal Information Network of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries [Arabic].
The Legal Information Network of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries is a specialized legal database which contains all types of laws related to the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) as well as external weblinks to legal portals such as ministries of justice. The laws include: Constitutions, Family Laws, Evidence Laws, Trade Laws, Criminal Procedures Laws, Maritime Trade Laws, Air Laws, Personal Status laws, Rent Laws, Civil Codes, Penal Codes, Codes of Civil and Commercial Procedures, etc. The database also includes conventions and treaties signed by the respective Gulf Arab countries.
 
International - Enhancing Women’s Participation in Electoral Processes in Post Conflict Countries [English].
This annotated bibliography, prepared by United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, includes selected resource materials, books-guidelines, training materials academic articles and case studies on enhancing the participation of women in electoral processes with a focus on post-conflict countries.
 
International - Skilled Labour Migration from Developing Countries [English].
This paper forms part of a series of studies conducted by the International Labour Office (ILO) under the Department For International Development (DFID)-sponsored project on “Skilled Labour Migration (the brain drain) from Developing Countries: Analysis of Impact and Policy Issues”. This bibliography reflects the research questions sets by the DFID, in relation to the wider DFID/ILO project.
 
International - Migrant Labour - an Annotated Bibliography [English].
This annotated bibliography offers a handy reference to the growing body of literature on international labour migration. It focuses on recent publications dealing with the relationship between migration and globalization, the growth of trade and investments, the impact of various instruments of migration policy, the processes of recruitment, the impact on sending and receiving countries, and return migration.
 
International - Nathanson Center for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption [English].
A Bibliography of Corruption compiled by the Nathanson Centre - Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada. This part of the bibliography contains references to literature that examines the activities associated with money laundering, corruption, and others.
 
International - RePEc (Research Papers in Economics - Database [English].
RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of over 100 volunteers in 30 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in economics. RePEc is a decentralized database of working papers, journal articles and software components. All RePEc material is freely available.
 
International - Social Science Research Network - e.Library database [English].
SSRN is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. The SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts of thousands of scholarly working papers, and forthcoming papers and a database of an Electronic Paper Collection of full text documents in Adobe Acrobat.
 
International - ELDIS - Gateway to Development Information [English].
ELDIS is a comprehensive guide to development information. ELDIS provides access to a variety of information sources, including online documents, organization's web sites, databases, library catalogues, bibliographies, and research project information. Eldis is hosted by the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex.
 
International - Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics [English].
From the Constitution Society website, which provides access to key references classic books, documents and other works on constitutional government that are basic to constitutional government such as the Code of Hammurabi, the Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli and many others.
 
International - Constitutions Treaties and Declarations [English].
Links to full texts of foreign constitutions, treaties, and declarations worldwide from Richard Kimber's website of Political Science Resources via Keele University, UK.
 
International - Venice Commission - CODICES Database [English].
A publication of the European Commission for Democracy through Law also known as Venice Commission. CODICES reports regularly on the case-law of constitutional courts, courts of equivalent jurisdiction in Europe and America and of the European Court of Human Rights as well as the Court of Justice of the European Communities. The CODICES is published three times a year, each issue reporting the most important case-law since 1993 together with that covering the most recent four months period.
 
International - Inter - Parliamentary Union - PARLIT Database [English][French].
PARLIT (a derivative of Parliaments and Literature) is a database of bibliographic references on the role, structure and working methods of national parliaments, and on electoral systems, constitutional law, history and political science.
 
International - Inter - Parliamentary Union - PARLINE Database [English][French].
The PARLINE database (a derivative of Parliaments on-Line) is developed on the basis of official information provided by national Parliaments. PARLINE provides general information on each of the Parliament's chambers, description of the electoral system, results of the most recent elections, information on the presidency of each Chamber and information on the mandate and status of members of Parliament.
 
International - Women in Politics Database [English][French].
This Inter - Parliamentary Union database contains bibliographic citations of books and articles dealing with the theme of women's participation in decision-making and politics.
 
International - Legislatures Around the World [English].
A web link from the US - CSPAN.ORG that provides alphabetical access to the web sites of national parliaments online with a reference to those with televised or broadcasted coverage.
 
International - Global Banking Law Database [English].
GBLD is a joint project of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which consists of a collection of commercial banking, central bank, and deposit insurance laws of jurisdictions that are representative of the regions of the world as well as international financial centers. The laws are available in English in both MS Word and PDF. The data provides access to banking laws of a number of Arab countries, and others.
 
International - United States - Library of Congress - Legislative Indexing Vocabulary [English].
LIV is a thesaurus of over 5,000 authorized terms for subject searching in the THOMAS Bill Summary & Status files and the Library of Congress Information System (LOCIS) Federal Legislation files.
 
International - National Parliaments from the Inter-Parliamentary Union [English].
The IPU web link provides alphabetical access to the web sites of parliaments online.
 
International - Online Sourcebook on Decentralization and Local Government [English][French].
The web site was developed through the content contributions of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and the World Bank (WB). The site provides access to readings and country references on decentralization and local government in English and French.
 
International - MUNISOURCE Database [English].
Provides collection of links to municipal government related information mostly from the US and Canada.
 
International - Judicial Independence Bibliography [English].
The bibliography provides reference and abstracts to publications on the role of judges, the judicial selection and retention, criticism of judges and judicial stripping and other political measures, with focus on the US.
 
International - Legislationline [English].
Legislationline is a database published and maintained by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Its purpose is to assist lawmakers in OSCE participating states by providing them with sample domestic legislation and international standards on selected human dimension issues.
 
International - Global Database of Quotas for Women [English].
Global Database of Quotas for Women is a joint project of International IDEA and Stockholm University. This website provides information on the various types of quotas existing today, detailing the percentages and targets in countries where they are applicable.
 
International - International Rule of Law Directory [English].
The Law Directory is a compilation of Internet resources and organizations with focus on rule of law.
 
International - Governance World Watch [English].
This page contains a list of articles on Public Policies and Globalization, Governance Systems and Institutions, Civil Service and Ethics in Public Sector, E-Government and Management Trends, Public Finance Management and Private Sector Development. This list is compiled and edited by the Knowledge Management Branch of Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) / United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
 
International - Political Science Resources [English].
This website provides a database of political science resources, including a substantial list of weblinks to political party websites around the world, as well as electoral systems and election resources.
 
International - Women's and Gender Studies Database [English].
From the Gender Inn, a searchable database of records pertaining to feminist theory, feminist literary criticism and gender studies focusing on English and American literature, from the University of Cologne, English Department, Germany.
 
International - APC Global Women's Networking Database [English][French].
A database of women's networking contacts and resources to facilitate women's networking and collaboration. The database is the result of the September 1996 survey the APC Women's Program to identify women's electronic networking needs and opportunities.
 
International - Global Legal Information Network [English].
GLIN is a project of the Law Library of Congress, which maintains and provides a database of laws, regulations, and other complementary legal sources. The documents included in the GLIN database are contributed by the governments of the member nations from the original official texts which are deposited, by agreement of the members.
 
International - Human Rights Data Bank [English].
The Human Rights Databank contains a comprehensive listing of human rights materials derived from independent, grassroots NGOs around the globe. It provides researchers with thousands of records on funding sources, publications, jobs, events and organizations related to human rights.
 
International - Global List of Women's Organizations [English].
This website provides a wide list of women’s organizations from all over the world, searchable by country.
 
International - Bayefsky Portal for the United Nations Human Rights Treaties [English].
Bayefsky.com was designed for the purpose of enhancing the implementation of the human rights legal standards of the United Nations. It encompasses a range of data concerning the application of the UN human rights treaty system by its monitoring treaty bodies since their inauguration in the 1970's.
 
International - International Labor Organization's Textual and Legal Information Database [English].
This is the International Labor Organization’s Textual and Legal Information Online Database, which provides ILO labour standards, national laws on labour, social security and related human rights, and laws pertaining to migrant workers.
 
International - International Labor Organization's Online Library and Information Services [English].
This is the web portal for the International Labor Organization's (ILO) Library and Information Services, which provides access to a variety of ILO databases.
 
International - International Labor Organization's Library [English][French].
This is the web portal for the International Labor Organization's Library (Labordoc), which contains references to a wide range of print and electronic publications, including journal articles, from countries around the world, on all aspects of work and sustainable livelihoods, and the work-related aspects of economic and social development and human rights.
 
International - International Labor Organization's Database of International Labor Standards [English][French].
The International Labor Organization's (ILO) Database of International Labor Standards (ILOLEX) is a trilingual database containing ILO Conventions and Recommendations, ratification information, comments of the Committee of Experts and the Committee on Freedom of Association, representations, complaints, interpretations, General Surveys, and numerous related documents.
 
International - International Labor Organization's Database of National Labor [English][French].
The International Labor Organization's Database of National Labor (NATLEX) provides abstracts of legislation and relevant citation information.
 
International - International Labor Organization's International Labor Migration Statistics Database [English].
This is the web portal for the International Labor Organization's International Labor Migration Statistics Database.
 
International - List of Ratifications of International Labour Conventions [English].
This page provides a list of ratifications of International Labour Conventions.
 
UN Agencies - United Nations International Labour Organization – NATLEX Database [English][French].
A Bibliographic database of national laws on labor, social security and related human rights searchable by country.
 
UN Agencies - United Nations International Labour Organization - ILOLEX Database [English][French].
A database containing ILO Conventions and Recommendations, ratification information, comments of the Committee of Experts and the Committee on Freedom of Association, representations, complaints, interpretations, General Surveys, and related documents. ILOLEX records are in either English, French, or Spanish.
 
UN Agencies - Observatory Portal: Monitoring the Development of the Information Society towards Knowledge Societies  [English].
This is the Observatory Portal for monitoring the Development of the Information Society towards Knowledge Societies. It offers a series of publication and a list of Arab states resources by type and by category. 
 
UN Agencies - United Nations Public Administration and Finance Network - Statistical Databases [English].
A UNPAN service that provides data information or link references to public sectors indicators, either derived from UN publications or other international sources.
 
UN Agencies - United Nations Human Settlements Programme - Global Urban Observatory Databases [English].
The Global Urban Observatory databases has: the Global Urban Indicators (2001), the UNCHS-CitiBase, the Human Settlements Statistics and the City Profiles: 2001 Databases. UN HABITAT.