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Four years after the launch of Oxford Constitutions of the World and two years since US Constitutional Law brought forth the leading state-by-state analytical resource for US state and federal constitutional law, we are excited to introduce a most suitable complement and application of the vast trove of primary constitutional texts and analytical commentary of this product family: the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law.

Overseen by the editors at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law will provide a high level of analytic coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context. The encyclopedia articles  modeled on those in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law  address a focused range of topics that seek to provide the best coverage of the essence, character, development, and history of constitutional law from a global perspective. The articles will define and cover the basis and foundations of state formation and constitutional law, as well as analyzing and explaining underlying legal concepts such as:

  • human rights;
  • constitutional formation;
  • scope of state protections;
  • the defining structures of governmental makeup;
  • types of legal structures and interactions within a constitutional law system; and
  • legal constitutional concepts that make up constitutional law. 

In addition, articles provide insight and detail into key cases that have contributed to or defined constitutional law concepts on a global scale such as Brown v Board of Education (United States), the Mizrahi Bank Case (Israel), the Minerva Mills Case (India), and Marbury v Madison (United States). They also discuss key instruments in constitutional law history such as the Magna Carta and the Charter of Medina, among others.

The service provides browsing and searching of all of the material within the resource based on keywords and subjects. MPECCoL content is also connected to the Oxford Law Citator—a state-of-the-art navigation tool which provides direct links to related materials within MPECCoL, other online law resources from OUP, and important references available elsewhere.

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law will provide any constitutional law scholar, academic, or researcher interested in researching the development of constitutional law across and with a global comparative understanding.

Tony Lim
Editor, Law
Oxford University Press