Author Archives: Lyonette Louis-Jacques

About Lyonette Louis-Jacques

Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law, D'Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago Law School

New online resource: The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

Max Planck Encyclopedia logoUniversity of Chicago researchers now have access to a new global research tool licensed by the Library – the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law. Oxford University Press launched the Encyclopedia on April 27, 2017 with 70 articles, and will have over 570 articles when completed. The Encyclopedia includes articles on children’s rights, the right to education, the right to privacy, supreme/constitutional courts of Argentina, Colombia, France, Israel, Japan, and Mexico, and much, much more. It complements the primary constitutional texts, source materials, and expert commentary in the Oxford Constitutions of the World and Oxford U.S. Constitutional Law databases – also available on the Oxford Constitutional Law platform.

Here is an excerpt from the OUP launch announcement:

“Overseen by the editors at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law will provide a high level of analytic coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context. The encyclopedia articles—modeled on those in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law—address a focused range of topics that seek to provide the best coverage of the essence, character, development, and history of constitutional law from a global perspective. The articles will define and cover the basis and foundations of state formation and constitutional law, as well as analyzing and explaining underlying legal concepts such as:

  • human rights;
  • constitutional formation;
  • scope of state protections;
  • the defining structures of governmental makeup;
  • types of legal structures and interactions within a constitutional law system; and
  • legal constitutional concepts that make up constitutional law.

In addition, articles provide insight and detail into key cases that have contributed to or defined constitutional law concepts on a global scale such as Brown v Board of Education (United States), the Mizrahi Bank Case (Israel), the Minerva Mills Case (India), and Marbury v Madison (United States), and discuss key instruments in constitutional law history such as the Magna Carta and the Charter of Medina, among others. The service provides browsing and searching of all of the material within the resource based on keywords and subjects….”

Check it out!

New online resource: Nevo

The Library recently subscribed to Nevo, a database of Israeli law. It includes primary law (legislation, bills, regulations, case-law) and secondary law sources (articles, books). Access is campuswide. Searching is in Hebrew, but users can use their favorite translation tool (for example, Google Chrome or Google Translate) to navigate the database if needed. Try it out, and let us know what you think!

Trial: Nomos eLibrary

“Willkommen in der Wissenschaft”!Nomos eLibrary logo

The Library has a trial of the Nomos eLibrary platform through the end of January 2017. This online resource contains “5137 monographs, 1986 anthologies, 1536 journals, 50 handbooks, 136 textbooks”.

It is a portal to e-books in the fields of Law, Politics, Economics, Media & Communication Studies, History, Sociology, Education Research, Cultural Science, EU Studies, Health Science, Philosophy, and Religion.

Nomos eLibrary has an English and German interface and content in both languages. Check it out and let us know what you think.

The law-related journal titles included in the Nomos eLibrary are:

New online resource: Global Arbitration Review (GAR)

The Library recently subscribed to Global Arbitration Review. GAR is a Law Business Research e-resource launched in 2006. It describes itself as “the leading resource on international arbitration news and community intelligence.” GAR features include, besides the Review (GAR: The International Journal of Commercial and Treaty Arbitration), daily news briefings, email alerts (@GARalerts on Twitter), annual reports, and surveys.

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The Global Arbitration Review database has additional content such as: magazine issues in print, digital, and mobile formats; in-depth features on international arbitration around the world; the GAR 100 guide to specialist international arbitration firms worldwide; the Guide to Regional Arbitration; practitioner know-how and insights on commercial arbitration, construction arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, litigation, and maritime & offshore arbitration; and three annual reviews: The Arbitration Review of the Americas, The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review, and The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review.

New database trial: Global-Regulation

The Library has arranged a trial through December 15 of Global-Regulation. This e-resource has 1,514,182 laws (including 751,543 laws machine-translated into English) for 71 countries. You can do one global search or search individual country’s laws via the Global-Regulation Law Database Coverage Details page. The page also lists the total number of laws for each country or jurisdiction (including the European Union) and has the scope of coverage map below. You can tell quickly that Global-Regulation is strong for Canada, Australia, and many European countries.

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From their About page, Global-Regulation, Inc. is partnered with Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. They say this about their English translations: “Our service is entirely run by computer algorithms. Translations are not human-vetted. There may be inaccuracies in information due to our algorithmic extraction of information. Always consult the official source when making use of legal information.”

The vision of the Canada-based corporation providing Global-Regulation is: “To make all of the world’s laws accessible to users in a way that’s as easy as a Google search.” Let us know if they’re on the right track!

Scary movies in the Law Library DVD collection

Celebrate Halloween by checking out the horror movies in the Law Library’s DVD collection and the Library Halloween LibGuide’s “Frightening Films & TV“. We have in the Reserve Room and at Regenstein DVDs such as the following:

theringCandymanBlair Witch Project

 

One-month trial to ASEANLEX business law database

The Library has arranged a trial for ASEANLEX. The trial access starts October 17, lasts for a month, and covers the translated legislation currently available on the database for Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia. Note that, while Thailand and Lao PDR are also listed, there is not yet content for the jurisdictions in ASEANLEX. You can search or browse by jurisdiction name, practice area, or title or number of law/regulation.

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ASEANLEX

New translated laws and regulations are added regularly to the database each month. Legislation selected for translation affects international business and investment in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. Per the ASEAN User Guide: “Laws and regulations added may be either from earlier years, or amending legislation, or new legislation. English translations of relevant draft legislation may also be included if the original Bahasa Indonesian, Myanmar, or Khmer text is obtainable.”

Try ASEANLEX and let us know what you think!

The United Nations’ redesigned treaty and documents web pages

Over the summer, the United Nations launched several webpage redesigns.  The main UN and UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library pages have changed, so check them out.

In addition, the UN Treaties Database page was redesigned so that the Status of Treaties (formerly Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General/MTDSG) is now under the Depositary tab. Note that there is no longer a “search for treaties by popular name” functionality. The United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS) and League of Nations Treaty Series (LNTS) are now under the Registration & Publication tab.

odsbannerAnother major change is that there’s now an Enterprise Search page for the Official Document System (ODS) of the UN powered by UNITE with a Google-like search box. If you click on “Open Advanced Search” on the right-hand side of the search box, you will have additional search options.

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Enterprise Search (Official Document System of the United Nations)

The ODS has PDF UN official documents back to 1993, and increasingly more and more pre-1993 documents are being digitized and added.  The ODS provides access to all UN resolutions. Note that Enterprise ODS also includes League of Nations (LON) documents (to the left of the search box, under the drop-down menu that says “All ODS”, is an option to search League of Nations documents).

Finally, the blue, “classic,” and Enhanced interfaces of the Official Documents System (ODS) of the UN have morphed into this page:

Image of the new UN ODS page

Official Document System of the United Nations (new interface)

Looking for foreign laws? Start with the vLex Global database

The Library subscribes to vLex Global, a database that covers legal sources in 13 languages for 132 countries. In particular, it has codes, statutes, and other legislation, case-law/jurisprudence, books, articles, and news sources for these jurisdictions:

  1. Argentina
  2. Belgium
  3. Brazil
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. Colombia
  7. France
  8. India
  9. Italy
  10. Mexico
  11. Peru
  12. Portugal
  13. Spain
  14. United Kingdom
  15. United States
  16. Venezuela

In an assessment from several years ago, there was the most content in vLex Global for these countries in the following order from most strong: Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Portugal, Italy, the UK, Belgium, France, and the U.S. vLex also covers primary law sources for the European Union, the Andean Community, and Mercosur.

vLex is browsable by country, type of source, and searchable by keyword. The Advanced Search has a “translate search terms” option such that the user can enter a search in English and retrieve foreign language search results. Documents retrieved can be auto-translated into Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Galician, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Note that vLex Global has a 1 simultaneous user limit, so if you are not able to access it because it is in use, please try again later.

New online resource: Investment Arbitration Reporter

The D’Angelo Law Library now has a subscription to the Investment Arbitration Reporter. The IAReporter is a news and analysis service covering legal developments and policy trends in investment treaty arbitration. It also provides access to selected source documents such as pleadings, decisions, and arbitral awards. The IAReporter site has profiles of arbitrators active in the field of investor-state arbitration. You can sign up for email alerts. The IAReporter is one of the best ways to get the latest news and documents for your research.

You can browse investment arbitration news headlines by date/in chrono order or by theme: Countries/Regions (Argentina, Central/Eastern Europe, CIS & Ukraine, India, Intra-European Union, Venezuela); Forums/Processes (ICC, ICSID, SCC, UNCITRAL, Ad-Hoc); Hot Topics (e.g. Amicus Curiae Interventions, Environmental Disputes, Human Rights and Investment Law, Land Reform Disputes); Industries (Energy, Mining, Telecoms, Transportation); Major Treaties (CAFTA, Energy Charter Treaty, NAFTA).

[Note that you also have access to the Investor-State Law Guide  (ISLG) via the Law Library subscription. Click on the “Login” button on the upper right-hand corner to start your research.]