Foreign & International Law

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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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:

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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: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Law and Religion

Encyclopedia of Law and Religion Online logoThe D’Angelo Law Library has subscribed to the online version of the Encyclopedia of Law and Religion (Gerhard Robbers and W. Cole Durham eds., Leiden: Brill, [2015- ]). Unique in its breadth and global coverage, the Encyclopedia covers Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania, international organizations and special territories (e.g. Gibraltar, Greenland).  Each article provides social facts, historical background, the position of religion in the legal system, individual religious freedoms, active religious communities, including legal status and labor law, and religious assistance in public institutions, legal position of religious personnel and members of religious orders, matrimonial and familial laws, religious and criminal laws, and country-specific issues.

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.]

PLC Global now available via WestlawNext

Great news! Comparative corporate law research is now much easier. Law School users now have access to PLC Global content through the Practical Law platform on WestlawNext!

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To access the global materials, click on Practical Law on WestlawNext. At the bottom of the page on the right-hand side, click on the Global Content link. From this page you can access all of the PLC Global content – over 70 countries – arranged by these categories: Core Countries (U.S., UK, China); Europe (35, including France, Germany, and Italy); Asia Pacific (12, including Australia, Japan, South Korea); Africa, Middle East, and India (12, including Bahrain, Qatar, UAE); Latin American and the Caribbean (10, including Argentina, Brazil, Cayman Islands); and United States and Canada.

Practical Law focuses on transactional law and provides model documents (with legal drafting and negotiating tips), step-by-step checklists, timelines, handy overviews of transactional practice areas, and legal updates on the latest market developments. With PLC Global, we now have access to these tools and resources for many non-U.S. jurisdictions!

TRIAL: Latin Lawyer

The D’Angelo Law Library has arranged a trial to Latin Lawyer (trial access expires 18th December 2015).

Here’s info about Latin Lawyer:

Latin Lawyer 250 image“Latin Lawyer is the definitive business law resource for Latin America. Latin Lawyer’s independent team of journalists provides news and analysis of deals and cases, as well as legal and policy developments across the region. Alongside this, for over 10 years Latin Lawyer has compiled surveys, league tables, country profiles, interviews and roundtable discussions. Besides keeping readers up- to- date with a daily news email briefing, Latin Lawyer content is available online and through a magazine published 10 times a year…

…The Latin Lawyer editorial team provides intensive area research in the form of the Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s leading guide to business law firms. This guide provides an annual review of the legal marketplace across multiple Latin American jurisdictions, complete with analysis of the Latin American practices of international law firms…

…Latin Lawyer Reference provides answers to key legal and regulatory questions in Latin America on major practice areas. Leading practitioners and local counsel provide insight in over twenty practice areas, including Project Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Arbitration and Bank Financing. The interactive format allows for quick-and-easy comparisons across jurisdictions.”

TRIAL: American Immigration Lawyers Association’s AILALink

We have a month-long trial to AILALink: http://ailalink.aila.org/.  Access is via campus IP address (not available off-campus via the proxy server).

AILALink includes primary law materials (immigration statutes, regulations, court and administrative decisions, memos, cables, minutes), government manuals, forms, AILA periodicals, and books such as Kurzban’s Immigration Law SourcebookEssentials of Immigration Law, Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law, AILA’s Asylum Primer, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Practice Manual, Representing Clients in Immigration Court, and the Consular Practice Handbook.

Try it and let us know what you think!

 

 

TRIAL: ProQuest History Vault: International Relations and Military Conflicts (through November 3d)

The Library has arranged a campuswide trial of the International Relations and Military Conflicts modules of ProQuest’s History Vault which feature ” formerly confidential reports of U.S. diplomats and military officers from 1911-1975″.  The digitzed archival databases provide access to letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries, and other primary source materials.

The International Relations and Military Conflicts modules are as follows:

  • U.S. Military Intelligence Reports, 1911-1944
  • U.S. Diplomatic Post Records, 1914-1945
  • World War II: U.S. Documents on Planning, Operations, Intelligence, Axis War Crimes, and Refugees (including documents on martial law in Hawaii and Nuremberg trials against Nazi war criminals)
  • Office of Strategic Services (OSS)-State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, 1941-1961
  • Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files, Europe, and Latin America, 1960-1969
  • Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975

 

 

Investor-State Law Guide (trial continues through September 30)

Interested in investment treaty arbitration? Looking for NAFTA and ICSID Convention jurisprudence? Search the ISLG. 

The D’Angelo Law Library has arranged a month-long trial of the Investor-State LawGuide: http://www.investorstatelawguide.com (select “login” at the top right-hand corner of the homepage; this will automatically log you in via IP authentication. 

The Investor-State LawGuide has the following useful research components:  

  • Subject Navigator
    Navigate through an electronic directory of investment treaty law that lays out subjects in branches and sub-branches of ever increasing detail. 
  • Article Citator  
    Instantly see how specific legal instruments relevant to investment treaty law have been interpreted by investment treaty arbitral tribunals. 
  • Jurisprudence Citators 
    Instantly see how decisions and awards have been treated by subsequent investment treaty arbitral tribunals. 
  • Treaties & Rules  
    Browse the text of all legal instruments relevant to investment treaty law in both XML and PDF formats. 
  • Dispute Documents 
    View and filter all publicly available investment treaty decisions and awards.