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As one of its major responsibilities, the Legal Office maintains several comprehensive legislative databases: FAOLEX, FISHLEX, WATERLEX, WATER TREATIES, and has most recently been instrumental in developing PORTLEX, a database on port state measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. FAOLEX is the world’s largest electronic collection of national laws and regulations, as well as international treaties on food, agriculture and renewable natural resources. These databases are tools of great value to governments, practitioners, non- governmental organizations and scholars. Combined, they are one of the largest available information resources on environmental law globally.


FAOLEX is a comprehensive and up-to-date computerized legislative database, one of the world's largest electronic collections of national laws and regulations on food, agriculture and renewable natural resources. Users of FAOLEX have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each text, as well as to the full text of most legislation contained in the database…more

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