The D’Angelo Law Library’s Foreign and International Law Librarian, Lyonette Louis-Jacques is the co-author of a new book, International Law Legal Research. Part of Carolina Academic Press’ International Legal Research Series, the book is “designed to be accessible for the beginner as well as useful for those with more experience.” With over 25 years experience as a law librarian, Ms. Louis-Jacques contributes her expertise to the extensive listings of bibliographic and other resources at the end of each chapter. The book already is receiving rave reviews in the academic community.
The D’Angelo Law Library’s trial of the Investment Arbitration Reporter (IAReporter) ends in a couple of weeks on December 31st. Try it out now and let us know if you think it will be useful for your international commercial arbitration research. We welcome your feedback!
Recent IAReporter news headlines with overview and analysis by Luke Eric Peterson:
The IAReporter enables you to browse its content in the following categories/themes:
Institution (ICSID, UNCITRAL, SCC (Stockholm), ICC, NAFTA, CAFTA, etc.)
Country (India, Argentina, Venezuela, C.I.S. (Russia, Ukraine, etc.)
Topic (Payment of Awards, Annulment and Court Review, Damages Determinations, Arbitrator Challenges, Treaty Negotiations, Energy Disputes, Mining Disputes, Telecoms Disputes, Amicus Curiae Interventions, Environmental Disputes, Human Rights)
A Karl Llewellyn favorite beer
Rejoice, wine and beer lovers! On this day, December 5, in 1933, Congress ended the nation’s dry spell. Senate Joint Resolution 211 proposing a 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to repeal the 18th Amendment, was enacted, thus setting a nation of drinkers free from Prohibition. And making the Law School Wine Mess possible!
Selected Resources on Beer and Wine Law
- Richard Mendelson, Wine in America: Law and Policy (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business/Aspen Publishers, 2011)
- P.L. 95-458 (H.R. 1337), 92 Stat. 1255 (1978) (via HeinOnline)(tax exemption for home produced wine and beer)
- Beer and the Law: A Legal History of Beer, Brewing, and Government Regulation from the German Purity Law to the Microbrew Movement (Mark Podvia & James Emmerson, Portland, Oregon: American Association of Law Libraries, 2008)(CD)
- Memorandum of Law Concerning the Constitutionality of Laws Restricting the Sale of Convenience Containers for Beer and Soft Drinks (Chadwell, Keck, Kayser & Ruggles, 1971)(Philip B. Kurland, Of Counsel).
- Something’s Brewing: The Art, Science & Technology of Beer Brewing: Bibliography (John Crerar Library, 2007)
- Free to Booze: The 75th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition (Cato Institute, December 5, 2008)(video). Speakers include Michael Lerner, author of Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City and Glen Whitman, author of Strange Brew: Alcohol and Government Monopoly. Covers the history of Prohibition.
- “U.S. Alcohol Prohibition, 1920-1933 [PDF],” in Jim Leitzel, Regulating Vice: Misguided Prohibitions and Realistic Controls 106-115 (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
- Homebrewing Rights (American Homebrewers Association)(U.S state laws)
- Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Homebrewing Laws Worldwide (Slaw.ca, November 20, 2013)
On October 24, 2013, the Global Health and Human Rights Database (hereinafter GHHRD) was officially launched at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium . The GHHRD is produced by the Lawyers Collective, “a leading public interest law NGO in India focusing on strategic litigation and advocacy in HIV/AIDS and women’s rights, with offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore”, and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law. Brian Citro, International Human Rights Clinic Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, was a GHHRD project manager. You can watch the informative webcast here and here.
Here is an excerpt from the press release:
“The [Global Health and Human Rights] Database is a fully searchable online database of more than 1000 judgments, constitutions and international instruments on the intersection between health and human rights.
The Database is the first attempt to comprehensively make available health and human rights law from both common and civil law jurisdictions, and features case law and other legal documents from more than 80 countries and in 25 languages. It also provides 500 plain-language summaries and 200 original translations of case law previously unavailable in English. The Database has been created in collaboration with more than 100 partners from civil society, academia, and legal practice worldwide.”
The Library now subscribes to Mango Languages Online . Try it out now to see if it’s useful for you!
If you are participating in the Law School’s International Immersion Program, doing an international human rights internship, or working in the IHR Clinic or the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, or writing a research paper on a foreign law topic, you might find the Mango language tool handy.
On Monday, September 23, 2013, the Comparative Constitutions Project (directed by Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago Law School), Zachary Elkins, and James Melton) launched Constitute, a website that enables you to read and search 160 constitutions, and compare them across nearly 350 topics. Constitute currently includes constitutions in force, but will eventually contain the text of all constitutions written since 1789. The Constitute Project was developed with the support of Google Ideas, The National Science Foundation, the Indigo Trust, IC² Institute, the Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, the University of Chicago, and the Constitution Unit at University College London (check its blog announcement for more information). Free access to foreign constitutions will facilitate comparative constitutional law research worldwide.
Constitute in the News
Check out Constitute and see how it compares with World Constitutions Illustrated and Oxford Constitutions of the World (OCW is newly created from the merger of the Constitutions of the Countries of the World, Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories, and Constitutions of the United States: National and State online resources).
You now have access to online book-length commentary on the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, ICSID, CEDAW, WTO Agreements, TRIPs, the 1951 Refugees Convention, the Convention Against Torture, and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court via the D’Angelo Law Library’s newest database subscription - Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law.
The OSAIL contains “full-text online editions of market-leading reference works and treatises published by Oxford University Press. Books such as Oppenheim, our Oxford Handbooks in international law, and the Oxford Commentaries on International Law are made available online for the first time, fully searchable and linked by the Oxford Law Citator.” Rosalyn Higgins’ Problems and Process: International Law and How We Use It as well as Satow’s Diplomatic Practice (6th ed.) are also in OSAIL.
Researchers campus wide can now access the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History online via the D’Angelo Law Library. Here’s a description of the print version (xxK50.O94 2009):
The Encyclopedia is a six-volume illustrated (B&W photos) interdisciplinary reference work with about 1000 articles on these and many other history of law topics. The Encyclopedia specifically covers eight areas of scholarly research interest: ancient Greek law; ancient Roman law; Chinese law; English common law; Islamic law; medieval and post-medieval Roman law; South Asian, African, and Latin American law; and United States law. And, within each area, these major categories of law–contracts, torts, civil procedure, criminal law, administrative law, and constitutional law. Contributors included internationally-renowned legal historians such as Law School Professor Richard H. Helmholz who authored the articles on: Compurgation; Ecclesiastical Law in English Common Law; and Marriage: English Common Law.
Each Encyclopedia article includes cross-references to related articles and a bibliography of additional readings. The Encyclopedia has a Topical Outline of Contents (arranged by the eight areas listed above), a Directory of Contributors, an Index of Legal Cases, and an extensive 260-page subject index.
World News Connection (National Technical Information Service, Department of Commerce) is a “foreign news service from the U.S. government” which includes translations or English-language news sources from selected jurisdictions. For instance, it doesn’t cover Jamaican newspapers or Germany’s FAZ. Full text coverage is mostly from 2003 to present. World News Connection is a useful database for international/area studies, international human rights and immigration law research. NTIS’ WNC contains “full text and summaries of newspaper articles, Websites, conference proceedings, television and radio broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports”. It is an e-continuation of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) daily reports, which sometimes included English translations of foreign laws.
The University of Chicago Library has trial access to the WNC through April 20, 2013. Access details are below:
Chicago’s IPs have just been authenticated for World News Connection at http://dlib.eastview.com.
Note that World News Connection is also available via Westlaw Classic as the WRLDNWSC database (covers December 2003 to date).
Newspapers from these particular regions are available via World News Connection:
March 8 is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, here are some key resources on women and the law worldwide:
- Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC)(database of the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) and Women in International Law Program (WILP) of the American University Washington College of Law; international criminal tribunal cases on sexual and gender-based violence)
- Gender Law Library (World Bank; legislation on women’s economic status in 183 economies; constitutional provisions, statutes, decrees and regulations, treaties on gender equality, family and inheritance law, labor law, and restrictions on women in countries worldwide; including WBL (women, business and the law) indicators)
- Family and Child Law (“the Network”; Organization of American States (OAS) Department of International Law; scroll down to “Access by Country” for links to Latin American countries information and laws)
- Women’s Legal History (WLH)(Stanford University; includes biographies of women lawyers)
- Women’s Human Rights Resources Database (University of Toronto Bora Laskin Law Library; a DIANA project)
- Progress of the World’s Women, 2011-2012: In Pursuit of Justice (UN Women; includes under “Legal Frameworks”, statistics of laws concerning violence against women, age of marriage, women’s rights to property ownership and inheritance, domestic violence; also includes data on rape cases, women in the domestic justice system, reservations to CEDAW, prosecutions for sexual violence in international courts, reparations, barriers to women’s access to health care, maternal mortality, and gender equality)
- OECDiLibrary (search for “gender” to find gender equality tables, the Atlas of Gender and Development, the Gender, Institutions and Development Database (GI-DB) which has social institutions statistics on family law, civil liberties, and ownership rights of women around the world; see also the Social Institutions & Gender Index (SIGI))