UPDATE: Comparative Criminal Procedure: A Select Bibliography


By Lyonette Louis-Jacques


Lyonette Louis-Jacques is Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago D'Angelo Law Library. Lyo received her B.A. degree and her J.D. from the University of Chicago, and her library science degree from the University of Michigan.  She was the Foreign and International Legal Reference Librarian at the University of Minnesota Law Library from 1986-1992 prior to her current position at the University of Chicago Law School. She teaches foreign, comparative, and international legal research and has written many articles on that topic in publications such as the Chicago Journal of International Law, Legal Reference Services Quarterly, and the International Journal of Legal Information. In particular, Lyo is the author of the “Law Lists” directory of law-related listservs, the Jumpstart guide to foreign, comparative, and international law (FCIL) research specialists, and the Comparative Criminal Procedure LibGuide. She is a “Legal Information” columnist for Slaw – Canada’s Online Legal Magazine. She is co-founder with Mila Rush the INT-LAW listserv for FCIL librarians and other legal information professionals. Lyo is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), and several other law and library-related organizations.


Published November/December 2016

(Previously updated in June/July 2013)

See the archive version


Table of Contents

1.      Introduction

2.     Primary Legal Materials

3.     Books

4.     Book Chapters & Journal Articles

5.     Journals

6.     Organizations and Research Institutes


1.      Introduction

This bibliography lists selected English-language resources on comparative criminal procedure.  It focuses on journal articles, book chapters, and treatises covering comparative criminal procedure generally, criminal procedure in multiple jurisdictions, and specialized research topics in comparative criminal procedure such as: arrest, pre-trial detention, interrogation, right to counsel, legal assistance for indigent defendants, discovery, plea bargaining, trial by jury, the privilege against self-incrimination, inquisitorial versus accusatorial systems, role of prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys, cross-examination, exclusionary rules, sentencing, death penalty, criminal appeals, and double jeopardy.  A few comparative international criminal procedure titles are included.


Relevant Library of Congress subject headings for searching U.S. library catalogs and union catalogs such as WorldCat include following. Note that general comparative or multi-jurisdictional works are listed under the main subject headings:



2.      Primary Legal Materials

Legislationline (Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR)).


Legislationline includes links to English translations of texts of legislation of European countries on the police, prisons, right to a fair trial, and the death penalty.  Under “Criminal Codes” in the OSCE/ODIHR Documentation Center are English versions of criminal procedure / penal procedure codes or acts for most of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikstan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. The dates of amendment vary. Some codes of criminal procedure are translated through their amendments as of 1988, some as of 2015.


Selected Country Criminal Procedural Codes in Translation

You can locate translations of foreign criminal procedure codes by searching in library catalogs, legal research guides and bibliographies (such as Foreign Law Guide and GlobaLex), specialized publications or sites containing translations, and websites of relevant government agencies such as ministries of justice.  Sometimes searches of full text journal or book databases will be useful in obtaining citations to criminal procedure codes in English translation.


For example:

·       China (via China Law Translate): 华人民共和国刑事诉讼法 = Criminal Procedure Law of the People’s Republic of China (2012).

·       China: Wei Luo, The Amended Criminal Procedure Law and the Criminal Court Rules of the People's Republic of China: with English Translation, Introduction, and Annotation (Buffalo, NY: W.S. Hein, 2000)(China Law Series; v.3); Jianfu Chen & Suiwa Ke, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law in the People’s Republic of China: Commentary and Legislation (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013).


·       Eritrea: Criminal Procedure Code of the State of Eritrea (Asmara: Ministry of Justice, 2015).

·       France (via Legifrance):  Code de procédure penale = Code of Criminal Procedure (2005).

·       Germany (via the Bundesministerium der Justiz/juris’ Gesetze im Internet):  Strafprozeßordnung (StPO) = The German Code of Criminal Procedure (2014).

·       Italy: The Italian Code of Criminal Procedure: Critical Essays and English Translation (Mitja Gialuz, Luca Lupária, Federica Scarpa eds., WoltersKluwer/CEDAM, 2014).

·       Japan (Keiji soshoho): The Code of Criminal Procedure and the Law for Enforcement of the Code of Criminal Procedure for Japan (Tokyo: Eibun-Horei-Sha, 2013) (EHS Law Bulletin Series; v.2 RA-RB).

·       Poland: The Code of criminal procedure = Kodeks postepowania karnego (Joanna Adamczyk, 4th ed., Warszawa: Wydawnictwo C.H. Beck, 2014) (bilingual Polish-English edition).

·       Russian Federation (via Legislationline): Criminal Procedure Code (2012).

·       Russia: William E. Butler, Russian Criminal Law and Procedure (London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Pub., 2011).

·       Somaliland: Criminal procedure code = Xeerka Habka Ciqaabta: English text & Somali version ([Hargeisa, Somaliland]: UNDP Rule of Law and Security Programme, 2014).

·       Turkey (Ceza Muhakemesi Kanunu): Turkish Criminal Procedure Code (Feridun Yenisey trans., 2d ed., Istanbul: Bahçesehir Universitesi Yayinlari, 2014).


SHERLOC (Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws on Crime, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Database of Legislation).


Foreign Law Guide (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, May 2012- ).


GlobaLex (founded and edited by Mirela Roznovschi 2005-2015; now edited by Lucie Olejnikova 2015- present, Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law) (free service).


WorldCat (OCLC; free web discovery service)


The American Series of Foreign Penal Codes (Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein).


Trials – Sources of criminal trials include:


3.     Books
















·       Cape, Ed, Hodgson, Jacqueline, Prakken, Ties, & Spronken, Taru eds.  Suspects in Europe:  Procedural Rights at the Investigative Stage of the Criminal Process in the European Union (Antwerpen: Intersentia, 2007) (Ius commune europaeum; 64). Covers Belgium, England and Wales, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland.


































































































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5.     Journals

6.     Organizations and Research Institutes