You may want to make a copy of this info below and tape it into your appropriate schedules to help you in your understanding of the two schedules. If you are like me, the village idiot, you'll need to read this a couple of times through and then hope it sinks in.
The KZ schedule is a definitive classification schedule for public international law with its traditional subjects: Theory/philosophy, objects and subjects (including Intergovernmental organizations), peace and peace enforcement (including disarmament), and law of war. Its only subclasses, so far, are KZA (Law of the Sea) and KZD (Space Law).
Class K (Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence), in contrast to KZ, is the definitive classification schedule for comparisons of national laws. Further, it's also for the supraregional law on all aspects, branches, and subjects of the law that have been so far identified in the LC Classification as under the jurisdiction of individual states but brought to the level of uniform law by treaty. Therefore, branches of the law and subjects included in Class K are Commercial and Economic law, Environmental law (with its subdivisions for natural resources and anti-pollution laws), and Constitutional law (with its subdivision Human and Civil rights). Only in the area of Environmental law and Economic law have parallel arrangements been provided in the schedules K, KZ and KZA (as described in the "JZ/KZ Historic Notes...") because of large international regimes that include different divisions of the law. The "Human rights" question is currently being investigated by several institutions cooperating with LC. We will keep you posted on further developments.
Ah, yes. You're wondering about "supraregional" — (there may be a difference in use of the terminology supranational vs. supraregional; we'll keep you posted on this one; they can be seen in some literature as being synonymous). Anyway, the term supranational is law binding upon members of a regional organization (like the European Union) at issuance of the law(s), the same way as national law is binding at the promulgation date. And always, always, remember that parallel arrangements in the schedules are for the benefit of libraries that do not wish to reclass back and forth as furniture moves in the international legal living room. In the case of international regimes, the scenario is worse -- they do not respect classification delimitations, but they are logical, as the High-seas regime proves.
For law catalogers using LCC-- Brian Striman received a news tip from Jolande Goldberg in midNovember. The new edition of K Subclass K Law (General) is at the printer and will be distributed soon as: Class K (Law in General. Comparative and Uniform Law. Jurisprudence), 2nd rev. ed. Dr. Goldberg is also working with a group to set up some cataloging examples for UN docs (JZ5010 range), which will be very helpful for the rest of us in the law cataloging community.
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Are you reclassifying your dead JX collection? Are you having some trouble converting it to JZ, KZ and K (Int'l Comparative Law and International Uniform Law)? There will be 90-minute program in DC on this topic (Marie Whited and Kate Pecarovich will be the main speakers). Now, this is where you come in: we need your real-live examples, problems you encountered with your reclass, and questions you have with the new JZ/KZ schedules. Please email Brian Striman (program coordinator) with your examples — he may ask you to fax or mail him a copy of the title page and the classification problem(s) you had with a particular example. Jean Pajerek and Susan Chinoransky will be advisers and helping with examples; also, thanks to Barbara Szalkowski for already helping with comments. This program will dig into the schedules; in fact, we need people who will be attending to bring their J, K, and KZ schedules. We will be flipping pages from hefty handout materials for 90 minutes and discussing classification numbers ‘til the cows come home. Too bad we're not having the program at Hollywood and Bo-vine. Brian's email is email@example.com (the digit after my last name is the number one).