Foreign & International Law

New database trial: Oxford International Organizations (OXIO)

We have received trial access to the following database:

Oxford International Organizations (OXIO)

This resource has been created with “the aim of providing practitioners, scholars, legal advisers, policy-makers, and observers of international relations with the most precise, holistic and up-to-date picture of the acts of international organizations possible, and with an increased understanding of the contribution of these organizations.” OXIO is available via the Oxford Public International Law platform.

Access this resource via the Database Trials page.

This trial is available through July 31, 2018.

Please direct your feedback to Lyonette Louis-Jacques.

New features for Constitute, the free online resource for comparing constitutions, now LIVE

Constitute 4.0 is here! New features added to Constitute of particular interest are draft and historical constitutions. Constitute has draft texts for Iceland (2011), Lybia (2016), the Syrian Arab Republic (2017), and Yemen (2015). The collection of historical constitutions, while small presently (there are 10 historical texts), will surely grow as old constitutions are superseded by new ones. Learn more about the changes on Constitute’s What’s New page and in Zachary Elkins’ Medium post, “Introducing Constitute 4.0: Democratic Deepening” (Nov. 28, 2017).

Snippet of Arabic Constitute

Constitute’s tagline is “The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare”. It has English and Arabic versions, and a Spanish Constitute is coming soon. As of today, English Constitute has the texts of 192 constitutions in force in English and English translation. Arabic Constitute has 54 constitutions. Constitute was developed by the Comparative Constitutions Project (“Informing Constitutional Design”). Law School Professor Tom Ginsburg is one of the directors of the CCP along with Zachary Elkins and James Melton.

Constitute is great for comparative constitutional law research. Check it out!

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!

New online resource: Global-Regulation

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“Search 1,530,460 laws from 78 countries, in English. Find, compare and analyse more than 750,000 translated foreign laws.”

The Library is now subscribed to: Global-Regulation. This e-resource contains English translations of laws from many jurisdictions, and especially Canada, Australia, and European countries. You can do one Global Law 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 a scope of coverage map.

Note that Global-Regulation translations are not “human-vetted,” so use with care:

“Our service is entirely run by computer algorithms…There may be inaccuracies in information due to our algorithmic extraction of information. Always consult the official source when making use of legal information.”

Global-Regulation, Inc. is partnered with Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. The vision of the Canada-based corporation with 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.”

Check it out!

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!

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!

Non-law databases for law students

Legal research is becoming more and more interdisciplinary, including “Law and…”, human rights, international relations, and other law-related topics in other disciplines. Therefore, when you begin your research, you will find yourself seeking non-law databases more often than not.  If you are new to interdisciplinary research at the University, check out D’Angelo Law Library’s Finding Non-Law Journal Articles guide. These include some of the non-law databases more frequently used here at Law.

For journal articles and books from disciplines other than law, start with Articles Plus, which contains articles drawn from hundreds of databases and over 40,000 journals.

While Articles Plus seems all encompassing, it does not include ProQuest databases such as Dissertation Abstracts, ProQuest Newsstand, ABI INFORM, Early English Books Online, and Legislative Insight. Nor Factiva. So make sure to also check these if the information for which you are looking might be located in these other databases.

Articles Plus, because it covers so many disciplines, can generate overbroad search results. Therefore, for research in a particular subject, you should search databases specific to that subject.  This Research Starting Points guide provides an A to Z list of key databases arranged by subject (from African Studies to Women’s Studies). You can also locate useful databases by using topical research guides listed in our Non-Law Subjects (Subject Guides) page. You can also use Database Finder to locate Library databases in a particular subject. You can search by database title or browse by subject.

Another way to access general, non-law databases via Database Finder is to click on the “Articles, Journals & Databases” tab on the D’Angelo Law Library home page, then click on the Databases radio button to search for a database by name, platform, subject, or keyword in its description.

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