We digitise African legal information for public use.

Our Legislation Commons contains African legislation under a Creative Commons license.

We build open source software that makes managing a legislation database simple.

Legislation Commons

High-quality, up-to-date African legislation in HTML, PDF and Akoma Ntoso XML. Creative commons licensed.
Principal Acts
Amendments & Commencements
16 July 2021
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27 July 2021
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Principal Acts
Amendments & Commencements
30 September 2020
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A special collection of COVID-19 regulations for African countries.
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Lesotho National Legislation
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Malawi National Legislation
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Nigeria National Legislation
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South Africa Provincial Legislation
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Zimbabwe National Legislation
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The largest digital collection of free African Gazettes.

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Open By-laws South Africa

Making South Africa's municipal by-laws easy to find, read and share.

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Indigo Platform

An open source legislation database and consolidation platform.

Latest publications

AKN4Africa Recommendation
26 Jul 2021
Recommendations for using Akoma Ntoso with African legal materials.

Latest articles

Country codes in FRBR URIs
27 Jul 2021 by Edith V

It’s straightforward, until it isn’t!

From the Ashes: An African Preservation Imperative
7 Jul 2021 by Mariya Badeva-Bright and Greg Kempe

The devastating loss of thousands of African gazettes to fire is an urgent call to preserve the documents that underpin African legal systems and governance structures.

Uganda National Legislation Collection
30 Jun 2021 by Mariya Badeva-Bright

Laws.Africa partnered with the Uganda Judiciary's ULII to digitise and update the Laws of Uganda. The result is a selection of 98 Acts and 8 Statutory Instruments that are now up-to-date and available, for free, at www.ulii.org.

Using Akoma Ntoso with African legal materials
18 Jun 2021 by Edith V

Announcing AKN4Africa, our recommendations for applying Akoma Ntoso to African legal materials.

Use Laws.Africa content to power your business and research

Use machine-friendly legislation and metadata to build apps and services that make it easier for users to find, work with and understand African legislation.

The Laws.Africa legislation commons is available as structured, machine-friendly Akoma Ntoso XML through the Laws.Africa Content API.

Laws.Africa Content API

Faster, cheaper legislation consolidation

The Indigo Platform is an open source cloud platform that significantly reduces the time and cost of maintaining and consolidating legislation.

Indigo simplifies online and print publishing, record keeping and research by treating legislation as data.

Learn about the Indigo Platform