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History of the United States’ Constitutional Law Timeline


Reaching back to the documents that influenced the original drafting of the Constitution of the United States, such as the Magna Carta and the 1689 English Bill of Rights, we have created an interactive map that traces the development of constitutional law in America through to the present day, including the original adoption of each of the nation’s state constitutions, landmark legal rulings, and key historical events.


Explore some of the major developments in the history of America’s constitutional law and read more by clicking through to freed-up chapters and legal documents from across Oxford Reference, Oxford Constitutional Law, Very Short Introductions, blog pieces, journal articles, and more.

Browse the timeline here >>

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August 7, 2017

July 2017 Update

4 new constitutional documents covering 1 subnational jurisdiction & 1 new monograph

July 7, 2017

June 2017 Update

9 new constitutional documents covering 3 countries, 5 new indigenous polities, and 3 US states updated/added to OCW as well as 2 monographs.

June 30, 2017

Timeline of the United States’ Constitutional Law

Oxford University Press presents a timeline detailing the history of the United States’ constitutional law.

May 2, 2017

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

Your launchpad for global constitutional research. Now available on Oxford Constitutional Law.