The Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. occasionally publishes reports that compare the laws on a given theme in a number of countries.
Earlier this month, the Library published Bioethics Legislation in Selected Countries:
“This report examines the field of bioethics from an international and regional legal perspective. It focuses on major international law documents such as the United Nations Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights and UNESCO declarations on human cloning and the human genome. Coverage of regional legal instruments includes the Council of Europe Convention on HumanRights and Biomedicine (the Oviedo Convention) and its Protocols on cloning, transplantation, and research with human beings. Work on surrogacy issues by the Hague Conference on Private International Law is also discussed, as are some African regional legal instruments on biosafety.”
The individual countries covered are the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, China, Israel, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Brazil and Russia.
Earlier comparative law reports from the Law Library of Congress include:
- Campaign Finance
- Children’s Rights
- Constitutional Provisions on Women’s Equality
- Education of Non-Native Language Speaking Children
- Foreign Aid Regulation
- Habeas Corpus Rights
- Online Privacy Law
- Repatriation of Historic Human Remains (return of indigenous remains and cultural items)
- Sex Selection & Abortion