www.rechtslinks.be is a portal with legal websites for Belgian lawyers with a search function. It has a national part (left side of the screen) and an international part (right side of the screen). The left side can be considered a list of the most legal Belgian sites, useful for people searching for Belgian law on the Internet. But since the classification is in Dutch, this translation of the basic themes might help: But real Belgian laws are just as strange as urban myths. Many Belgian laws on foreigners are bizarre because they are archaic, no matter how understandable or important they may be for legislators at the time. With centuries of rulers adding laws that still exist today, some of the Belgian laws seem surprisingly bizarre. A complete and up-to-date list of reference documents on Belgian law is available on the portal of the library of the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven: Rechtgenoot. There are several introductions in English to Belgian law, including the most recent by M. KRUITHOF & W. DE BONDT (Eds.), Introduction to Belgian law, Kluwer Law International, 2017 (2nd ed.). Although Belgium has historically had a strict stance on all drugs, Belgium relaxed its laws on personal possession of cannabis in 2003. Now it is legal in Belgium to possess up to 3g of cannabis. Recent comments suggest stricter guidelines, but will likely primarily affect smoking in public, while possession is still technically legal.
Belgian laws are codified. Most of them are based on the civil laws of the Napoleonic Code, adapted to the spirit of modern times and customs of the country, and adopted from French.  They have been adapted in accordance with Belgian law. Large databases among codes have more than thousands of laws. There are five main codes, namely the Civil Code, the Commercial Code, the Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Judicial Code.  In addition to the five main codes, a variety of special codes related to military goods, patents, railways, shipping, etc. In Belgium, there is jurisdiction over the interpretation of the law, but no case law can prevail against an article of the Code.  A judgment is never cited before the Belgian court to oblige the Court to declare that such a judgment is to be considered as the law of the country, but may simply be cited as a basis for the interpretation or explanation of a law.   To this day, Belgium continues to carry out the codification.
 Informative lists: Informative lists of open access legal journals or digitized legal journals (archives) in Belgium can be found in the very powerful portal developed by the library of the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven (framework “Open Access tijdschriften” for Open Access journals and “Tijdschriften – journals” for archives). The rest of the legal journals come from a variety of small legal publishers and all kinds of (scholarly) organizations and societies. Some of them have their own website, the content of which is more or less freely available. A short list: today`s Belgian tricolour in black, yellow and red contradicts the Belgian constitution. The constitution states that “the Belgian nation adopts red, yellow and black for its colours”. The colors of Belgium are based on the coat of arms of the Duchy of Brabant: a golden lion with a red tongue and claws on a black background. Belgium became independent in 1830 after Napoleon`s defeat at Waterloo and the southern Netherlands.  The Belgian Constitution was officially promulgated by the first Belgian Parliament through the Belgian Constitutional Law.  However, after 20 years of French occupation, the Belgian legal order was exclusively in French.
Most of the sources were from the Constitution of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, and most of the sources were copied from French texts. Belgium`s new constitution was not significantly inadequate with Belgium`s original sources. [clarification needed] Thus, some Belgian jurists have asserted that “the Constitution of 1831 cannot be considered as the product of a `Belgian` legal tradition”.  Nevertheless, Belgium continuously produces and organises the legal system. Belgian constitutional law of 1830 represents above all the fundamental rights of the population.  Belgian constitutional laws can only be amended by first dissolving the existing Parliament and Senate and electing new members of both chambers. Amendments must be approved by two-thirds of the members of Parliament and Senate present.  Before diving into foreign Belgian laws, Belgium can be informed of many progressive laws that have been introduced over the years: Some abolished laws that were in circulation until recently are: Belgian law contains a list of objects that a judicial officer cannot seize. While it`s a handy list, it includes obsolete items like livestock and feed for a month. It remains to be seen whether this law would protect chickens and pork tenderloins in your freezer.
Whether you`re visiting or living in Belgium, it`s important to know the local Belgian laws so you don`t end up in jail or get fined if you unknowingly break them – no matter how bizarre a Belgian law sounds. But these are just Belgian legal myths that exist only in the minds of “gullible experts” and, worryingly, on media websites, writes legal expert Jogchum Vrielink on Fans of Flanders, explaining that many “bizarre” or “strange” Belgian laws have little basis in reality or are an extreme exaggeration or taken out of context. Belgium`s reputation for its strange laws has grown thanks to media websites around the world. You can read about the strange Belgian laws that make it legal to throw Brussels sprouts at tourists throughout the country, but illegally to imply that someone is Swedish. Or that you definitely shouldn`t wear a red hat on Antwerp`s main shopping street (from Meir), nor should women be taller than five feet and six inches. Another category of strange Belgian laws revolves around outdated gender roles. Many of these discriminatory laws and regulations have been amended or repealed, but the Belgian Commercial Code (Article 10) allows (only) married women to “sell goods from their husband`s business” without being subject to the obligations of the traders themselves. Belgium is a federal state composed of communities and regions. These, in turn, form the basis of the law within the framework of the powers conferred on them by the Constitution and by certain special laws. Cyclists can ride in both directions on some one-way streets if indicated by a traffic sign, even if vehicular traffic is only a one-way street. Many of Belgium`s strange laws revolve around the pursuit of cutting-edge technology.
One of these 1939 laws concerns the army, which stipulates that “beasts of burden (horses, oxen, dogs, etc.)” can be confiscated for all vehicles used by the army. Although, maybe it wouldn`t be helpful if a drone runs out of fuel. Belgian laws restricting gambling mean the bans apply to commercial competitions, sweepstakes, lotteries and even private poker games. These games require a license from Kansspelcommissie or no one earns a financial profit. A law of 1851 gave the Belgian National Lottery a monopoly on all lottery and scratch card games. www.belgium.be is the general federal portal that contains government information and links to many other official websites, government agencies and regional institutions. Since spring 2007, the renewed case law database Juridat JureJuridat had expressed the intention to publish further reports of the lower courts from now on, but this has not yielded any results. It is important to highlight some of the “hodgepodge laws” (mainly the potpourri laws of 19 October 2015 and 4 May 2016), which are part of the computerization of the judicial system and the courts. On 15 December 2020, JureJuridat was closed in front of the Federal Public Service Justice.
The case law contained therein is still available and a new search engine has been made available: JUPORTAL. This database also contains cases (“case law”) reported by lower courts, but not a very good selection, with the exception of social law cases. There is only a summary of the case, without reference to a journal in which it could have been published (no indexing). Although most of the old laws are barely enforced, Belgian lawmakers have made some efforts in recent years to track down and repeal obsolete laws. Strange laws also stem from nothing more than the mistakes made by previous legislators. A common source of these errors comes from the different languages of the country. One such example is an oath that interpreters in some asylum procedures must legally read, a jumble of archaic terms and erroneous translations of the French version. The Dutch version states: `Ik zweer getrouwelijk de gezegden te vertolken welke aan personen die verschillende talen spreken, moeten overgezegd worden`, which a cowardly attempt at translation could, at best, result in something like: `I swear faithfully to imitate sayings [sic] which must be said to be exaggerated for people who speak several languages [sic]`.
Undoubtedly, a punishment for the interpreters. In accordance with Article 160 of the Constitution, the Council of State(3) regulates all conflicts between implementing acts (orders and regulations) and legal acts.