Transcending Boundaries: Enhancing International Collaboration in Legislative Research through a Unified Online Platform
About the Congreso Nacional of Chile. Written on March, 2022
Comparative law plays a vital role in understanding the legal frameworks of various jurisdictions, making the work of legislative researchers or comparativists integral to this process. However, the complexity and diversity of global legal systems present significant challenges, including language barriers, foreign legal technicalities, and the availability of relevant literature. In response to these challenges, the Library of Congress of Chile (BCN) has proposed an innovative solution.
The Library of Congress of Chile (BCN) and Its Role in Legislative Research
The BCN has been pivotal in providing access to comprehensive legal information within Chile. It offers an efficient legal database, "Ley Chile", which provides free access to all acts and regulations currently in force in Chile. In addition to this, the BCN hosts related databases, such as the legislative history of each act and a legislative information system from the Chilean Senate. While these resources are invaluable, the BCN acknowledges the difficulties in seeking legal information on the internet, particularly when dealing with different jurisdictions. As a solution, the BCN proposes a collaborative research online tool.