Legal Website of the Month Archive
FLOYD J. MATTICE : TOKYO WAR CRIMES TRIAL SCRAPBOOK
A digitized archival collection of personal and professional papers documenting Floyd Mattice’s time in Japan as the defense attorney for two of the accused Japanese war criminals. It is believed that the collection has been compiled by the secretary of Floyd Mattice. It eventually became the property of Mattice’s granddaughter Linda M. Prall of Bloomington, Indiana. Ms. Prall presented the scrapbook to the Jerome Hall Law Library in July, 2015. Included collections are official orders; memorandums; newspaper clippings; photographs; souvenirs; maps; telegraphs; typed manuscripts; a three page handwritten Japanese character manuscript; and handwritten personal letters to Mattice.
LawCite is a free citation service for case law, giving reported and unreported citations and provides links to cases available in full on the world’s Legal Information Institutes. LawCite is useful in the context of a particular legal decision or law journal article. It will help you to locate and find a copy of a decision by citation, party names, jurisdiction, court, year or any combination of these. The system includes a relatively complete set of parallel citations and allows for things like alternative spelling of party names. It will also help you to see how a decision has been subsequently treated. The current emphasis is on common law countries, but this is being gradually extended to include civil law jurisdictions.
COMMONWEALTH LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE
The main purpose of CommonLII is to provide a comparative law facility by which the laws of all common law countries can be searched and compared. In relation to case law, CommonLII assists in making the ideal of an international common law a reality, by providing the case law collection with the broadest geographical scope, and the only free access international citator (LawCite). As to legislation, CommonLII makes it easier to compare legislative developments in the same subject-areas across Commonwealth countries, and can assist in the process of law reform, as well as increasing the transparency of each country’s legal system. CommonLII also makes it easier to find commentaries on the law from Commonwealth and common law countries, including law reform reports and some law journals.
THE FEDERAL RESERVE ARCHIVAL SYSTEM FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (FRASER)
The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) started in 2004 as a data preservation and accessibility project of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. FRASER’s mission is to safeguard and provide easy access to economic history—particularly the history of the Federal Reserve System. FRASER consists of an open archive of economic statistical publications and data within an automated system to retrieve both images and data. There are two kinds of documents on FRASER: 1) data publications from U.S. government agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, and others more specialized, like the Board of Governor’s Statistical Releases; and, 2) historical publications such as archival material from economic policymakers, and special collections: source materials from Allan Meltzer’s A History of the Federal Reserve.
HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMBER FOR BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
The Human Rights Chamber is a judicial body established under Annex 6 to the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Dayton Peace Agreement) The Chamber has the order to consider alleged or apparent violations of human rights as provided in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Particular priority is given to allegations of especially severe or systematic violations, as well as those founded on alleged discrimination on prohibited grounds. The Chamber is composed of 14 members. Four members were appointed by the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and two by the Republika Srpska . The remaining eight members are internationals and were appointed by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The members appointed are all distinguished lawyers and bring to the Chamber a wide variety of experience in different backgrounds including the judiciary, the academic sphere, private legal practice, administration and politics, and international, criminal and human rights law.
WYTHEPEDIA : THE GEORGE WYTHE ENCYCLOPEDIA
George Wythe is preeminent in the list of Virginia’s revolutionary founding fathers, and his life and careers as a teacher and judge gave him the opportunity to have a profound impact on the history of the Commonwealth and the United States. George Wythe is a signatory of the Declaration of Independence and the first law professor in America, and chancery court judge. Wythe was born in Elizabeth City County, Virginia and spent the majority of his life in the Commonwealth, only traveling outside it to attend the Second Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
Official website of the Court of Justice of the European Union and its constituent courts. The site provides access to information about the Court of Justice, the General Court (formerly the Court of First Instance of the European Communities), and the Civil Service Tribunal. It includes the full text of judgments, orders, opinions and notices, and allows searching of cases from the courts. The specific mission of CJEU is to ensure that the law is observed in the interpretation and application of the Treaties of the European Union by 1) reviewing the legality of actions taken by the EU’s institutions; 2) enforcing compliance by member states with their obligations under the Treaties, and 3) interpreting European Union law.
LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE
The LII is known internationally as a leading “law-not-com” provider of public legal information and offers all opinions of the United States Supreme Court handed down since 1992, together with over 600 earlier decisions selected for their historic importance, over a decade of opinions of the New York Court of Appeals, and the full United States Code. The LII also publishes important secondary sources: libraries in two important areas (legal ethics and social security) and a series of “topical” pages that serve as concise explanatory guides and Internet resource listings for roughly 100 areas of law. The LII of world legal materials gathers the Internet-accessible sources of the constitutions, statutes, judicial opinions, and it also holds resources and document collections of International law. Search engines and ranking systems identify the LII as the most linked-to web resource in the field of law.
FLARE INDEX TO TREATIES
The FLARE Index to Treaties (FIT) was launched in March 2009 on the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies web server. The Index has established itself as a valuable finding tool for the international lawyer. It is a fully searchable database indexing and listing over 2,000 of the most significant multilateral treaties concluded from 1353 onwards and a number of significant bilateral treaties signed between1353 and 1815. The Index was based on two groups of material:
- Just over 1,000 or so entries relating to significant multilateral treaties concluded between 1856 and 1994 contained in the print publication: Multilateral Treaties: index and current status,compiled and annotated within the University of Nottingham Treaty Center by M.J. Bowman and D.J. Harris (London: Butterworths, 1984, tenth supplement, 1994) – hereafter referred to as Bowman & Harris.
- About 500 treaties either concluded after the final edition of Bowman & Harris was published or which were only footnoted in the publication.
INDIGENOUS LAW PORTAL
Our highly regarded colleague, Dr. Jolande E. Goldberg, and her cohorts at the Library of Congress have successfully mapped constitutions,legal materials, and legislative documents of American Indians as well as Native Hawaiians on the Indigenous Law Portal website. This rich portal website provides a wide array of descriptions of indigenous peoples of the Americas and connects their cultures, history, and lives to the indigenous law classification. The portal would also serve as an extensive study-aid for tribal studies of Americans. We owe Dr. Jolande E.Goldberg, staff at the Library of Congress, and related constituencies a debt of gratitude for their hard work and collaboration to make this great portal website available.
UNITED STATES COURTS
Provides access to the federal rules and forms in effect, information on the rulemaking process, including proposed and pending rules amendments, and historical and archival records. The annual report of the Director addresses the workload of all federal courts, the federal probation and pretrial services system. Federal court management statistics give profiles for regional courts of appeals and district courts. In the video series, Pathways to the Bench, individual judges talk about the personal, character-building challenges in their lives that prepared them to serve on the bench. Each judge has a motivational message for others.
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
“The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government.” –from the Web site.
HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN : WORKING FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER EQUAL RIGHTS
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and commits to making HRC’s vision a reality. HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. The Campaign promotes public education and welfare for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and strives to end discrimination against LGBT people and to install fairness and equality for all.
INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (WEBSITE)
The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (“OAS”) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere. It is composed of seven independent members who serve in a personal capacity. The website offers information about the Commission and its activities. Provides free online access to its annual report, reports on the situation of human rights in individual countries, and other special reports.
DEATH PENALTY WORLDWIDE
Death Penalty Worldwide aims to bridge critical gaps in research and advocacy around the death penalty. The database on this Website provides information on the laws and practices related to the application of the death penalty for every country in the world that retains capital punishment and is designed to meet the needs of judges, policymakers, scholars, lawyers, journalists, and human rights advocates for comprehensive information of the death penalty. Also, it engages in targeted advocacy focusing on protecting the rights of those who come into conflict with the law, including juveniles, women, and individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illnesses. Death Penalty Worldwide (DPW) was founded in April 2011 by Professor Sandra Babcock, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Cornell University Law School, in partnership with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty..
Supplement to the book entitled “The Wrong Carlos.” This website provides extensive primary sources and videotaped witness interviews for the murder of a convenience store clerk named Wanda Vargas Lo´pez. It uncovers the controversial death penalty justice in Texas and is the case of Carlos DeLuna, who was executed in 1989.
The Library of Congress U.S. Copyright Office is an office of public record for copyright registration and deposit of copyright materials. Copyright.gov is an official free public access website of the Library of Congress U.S. Copyright Office to provide thorough copyright information and its law. This website also includes the complete text of the Copyright Office’s Circulars, Brochures, and Factsheets.
NATIONAL DRUG COURT RESOURCE CENTER
The National Drug Court Resource Center is a virtual library of publications, factsheets, information on other drug courts, and sample forms. NDCRC includes information for both state and tribal drug court programs, as well as other restorative justice courts. NDCRC is hosted by the National Drug Court Institute, a professional services branch of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
NATIONAL INVENTORY OF THE COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES OF CONVICTION
Persons convicted of crime are subject to a wide variety of legal and regulatory sanctions and restrictions in addition to the sentence imposed by the court. These so-called “collateral consequences” of conviction have been promulgated with little coordination in disparate sections of state and federal codes, which makes it difficult for anyone to identify all of the penalties and disabilities that are triggered by conviction of a particular offense. Through the National Inventory, each jurisdiction’s collateral consequences will be made accessible to the public through a website that can be searched and sorted by categories and keywords.”–from the Web site.
INDIAN AFFAIRS, LAWS AND TREATIES
Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, is an historically significant, seven volume compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. The volumes cover U.S. Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, III-VII). The work was first published in 1903-04 by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Enhanced by the editors’ use of margin notations and a comprehensive index, the information contained in Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties is in high demand by Native peoples, researchers, journalists, attorneys, legislators, teachers and others of both Native and non-Native origins.
THE INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT
Searchable database which provides free public access to Inter-American Court decisions by case name, country, and topic. Included are a detailed case summary, case facts, procedural history, merits, and states compliance with the Inter-American Court’s judgment. The project produced by the editors and staff of the IACHR Project under the supervision of Professor Cesare Romano, allows users to search Inter-American Court decisions by case name, country, and topic. Advanced search features include the ability to search by specific violation of various Inter-American Conventions. When available, the database includes a link to a detailed case summary which includes case facts, procedural history, merits, and state compliance with the Inter-American Court’s judgment. To date, 74 detailed case summaries are available.
GUIDE TO FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL LEGAL DATABASES
This guide is developed by the New York University Law Library and organizes database links under a number of broad categories. Included are databases for the European Union, the Council of Europe, environmental law, international criminal law, intellectual property, and human rights etc.
WORLD LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE (WORLDLII)
The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) is a collaborative legal information system, providing a key free source of primary legal materials (legislation and case law) for a comprehensive range of countries and jurisdictions worldwide. WorldLII has been developed by the Australasian Legal Information Institute and a number of partner institutions. The service combines access to all materials held in the AustLII, AsianLII, BAILII, CanLII, CommonLII, CyLaw, NZLII, PacLII, SAFLII and HKLII resource systems. The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) of the United States Law Library of Congress is also searchable on this site. A database index enables users to browse information by country or region (Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America, Pacific islands) or by form of legal literature (legislation, case law, treaties, law reform, law journals and other materials). A sophisticated site search supported by online search tips and user guides is available. The World law Internet resource catalog gives links to non-WorldLII sources on the web. Other projects include a searchable database of decisions of all international and multi national courts and tribunals and a database containing all the academic law journals available via WorldLII.
ONLINE ETHICS CENTER FOR ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
Based at the National Academy for Engineering, the Online Ethics Center aims to provide resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in science and engineering work, and to serve those who are promoting learning and advancing the understanding of responsible research and practice in science and engineering. The center is also intended to serve teachers of engineering and science students who want to include discussion of ethical problems closely related to technical subjects as part of science and engineering courses, or in free-standing subjects in professional and research ethics for students. The center’s website provides a wide range of materials including teaching and research ethics, safety and the environment, professional practice, computers and new technology, and a glossary.
Over the years, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) library staff has created a prodigious number of legislative histories that encompass a range of legal issues. Originally, these paper volumes were available only to DOJ employees through the Department’s Main Library Collection. Now, these items are freely available for anyone with a penchant for such matters. These exhaustive reports cover two dozen well-known public laws, including the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, the Anti Car Theft Act of 1992, and the Dent Act of 1919. Visitors can scan through each history at their leisure and they can search each document as well.
APPEALS TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL FROM THE AMERICAN COLONIES : AN ANNOTATED DIGITAL CATALOGUE
In the century before the creation of the Supreme Court of the United States, the British Privy Council heard appeals from the 13 colonies that became the United States and from the other ‘American’ colonies in Canada and the Caribbean. This catalogue focuses on all currently known colonial cases appealed to the Privy Council from the future United States, a number totaling nearly one-third of the more than 800 heard from the Americas. For the appeals from the 13 colonies, the catalogue provides links to original documents in England and the United States. Most significantly, the site includes images of surviving briefs filed in 54 of these appeals. Known as ‘printed cases’, these briefs provide the ‘reasons’ for the appeals.
LINCOLN AND THE LAW
Lincoln’s effort to restore the Union and his contributions to American political thought and its ideals of freedom. Lincoln himself admitted his ambition lay in politics and not in the law, stating “my forte is as a Statesman, rather than a Prosecutor.” Even if the law was Lincoln’s “secondary” avocation, it was indelibly linked to him in life and death. The Law Library of Congress’s historical collection vividly illustrates three periods in which the law played a prominent part of the Lincoln era: first, works specifically on his work as a prominent Illinois lawyer; second, contemporary literature on Lincoln’s controversial balancing of civil liberties against the demands of war aims; third, period transcripts and reports of the trial of the surviving conspirators in the murder of the President and attempted murder of other public officials.
The piracy trials digital library provides access to 57 works pertaining to piracy dated from 1696 through 1905 in PDF format. Included in the collection are several dramatic declarations and confessions of pirates sentenced to death. These publications are helpful for studying piracy, international law, criminal law, and journalism, as well as the law of the American colonies, the United States, Scotland, England, Jamaica, Brazil, Portugal, Germany, and France.
AMERICAN INDIAN CONSTITUTIONS AND LEGAL MATERIALS
The Law Library of Congress holds most of the laws and constitutions from the early nineteenth century produced by the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole who were forced to leave the Southeast for the Indian Territory after passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830. Some of these documents are in the vernacular languages of the tribes. The recognition of Indian nations or tribes by the federal government formally began with the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. Today, there are some 566 federally recognized sovereign Indian nations and tribes operating under constitutions and charters within the U.S. federal and state structure. The constitutional organization of tribal entities is expressed in the corporate component such as Community, Association, or Community Association, Native Village, Traditional Council, Village of Council, or Corporation added to the name of the tribe.
GENDER JURISPRUDENCE AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW PROJECT
The Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC) is a powerful database containing judgments, decisions, orders, and other relevant documents issued by international/ized criminal courts and tribunals that have been coded and made readily searchable for issues relating to sexual and gender-based violence.
Customary international humanitarian law (IHL) is important in today’s armed conflicts because it fills gaps left by treaty law in both international and non-international conflicts and so strengthens the protection offered to victims. Mandated by the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in 1995. This study identified 161 rules of customary IHL and compiled relevant national and international practice. In 2007, the ICRC teamed up with the British Red Cross to update the practice section of the customary IHL study. Since its inception in 2010, the number of users of the customary IHL database has grown markedly. The collection of practice on the database is an invaluable resource to academics, military advisors and other specialists involved in the practical application of IHL and for any further review of state practice to assess developments in customary IHL.
SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY : UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM AND HOW TO FIX IT
The military justice system is similar to but distinctly different from its civilian cousin, and it revolves around the concept of enforcing good order and discipline in the armed forces. Arbitrarily taking commanders out of the business of enforcing good order and discipline within their ranks is not the solution to bettering the military’s criminal justice system. Rather, the prudent way to improve the military justice system is to build upon the current system, adopt those policies that enhance the delivery of services to victims and defendants alike, and develop career litigation tracks for military prosecutors and defense counsel.
LAWS OF SOUTH AFRICA
This database includes all updated South African acts with their rules and regulations (1970- ) as well as all the significant principal acts, rules and regulations from 1910 to the present. The Oliver R Tambo Law Library, University of Pretoria, South Africa, in partnership with SAFLII (South African Legal Information Institute) and the South African Constitutional Court Trust, have undertaken a project to consolidate the South African legislation (the Acts from Parliament) and to supply this information free to the public. At this stage the website is a work in progress and does not yet contain all the Acts.
Constitute offers access to the world’s constitutions that users can systematically compare them across a broad set of topics – using a modern, clean interface. New constitutions are written every year. The people who write these important documents need to read and analyze texts from other places. Constitute includes the constitution that was in force for nearly every independent state in the world.
LEGAL TOOLS DATABASE
ICC Legal Tools Database serves as an electronic library on international criminal law and justice. It is a work in progress database, and new documents have been publicly available through this web site. They are ICC Documents, ICC ‘Preparatory Works’ and Rome Statute Amendments, International Legal Instruments, International(ised) Criminal Jurisdictions, National Jurisdictions, National Cases Involving Core International Crimes, Internet Legal Resources, Human Rights Decisions, United Nations War Crimes Commission and more. You will find more detailed information on the database at
http://www.legal-tools.org/en/overview-of-the-tools/. The search engine on this website is being continuously developed. Feedback on how it can be improved is welcome and should be directed to
FOIAonline is a FOIA tracking and processing tool for the following Agencies and Offices: Department of Commerce (except the US Patent and Trademark Office), Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Merit Systems Protection Board, National Archives and Records Administration Office of General Counsel. As of December 10, 2012, the Department of the Treasury implemented FOIAonline in a limited capacity. FOIAonline allows users to: request information under FOIA from participating agencies, track the status of your requests, file appeals (registered users only), and search for other people’s requests, appeals and responsive records.
GENDER JURISPRUDENCE AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW PROJECT
The Gender Jurisprudence and International Criminal Law Project is a collaborative project between the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) and the Women and International Law Program (WILP) at the American University Washington College of Law. The goal of the project is to raise awareness of and facilitate discourse about gender-based crimes committed during times of conflict, mass violence, or repression, and the prosecution of these crimes under international law.
WOMEN’S LEGAL HISTORY
The Women’s Legal History website is the home of a searchable database of articles and papers on pioneering women lawyers in the United States. In collaboration with Professor Babcock and her students, the Robert Crown Library Staff have created this website as a resource for all who are interested in the subject of women lawyers in the United States. The main tool is the study of individual lives and of the movements and philosophies that inspired and sustained them. Thanks to Ismael Gullon who suggested this site!
ECOLEX is an information service on environmental law, operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP. Its purpose is to build capacity worldwide by providing the most comprehensive possible global source of information on environmental law. This resource, which combines the environmental law information holdings of FAO, IUCN and UNEP, seeks to put this information at the disposal of users world-wide, in an easily accessible service, employing modern technology. The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Users have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each document, as well as to the full text of most of the information provided.
CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low and moderate income people. The Center conducts research to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates. In addition, the Center examines the short- and long-term impacts of proposed policies on the health of the economy and the soundness of federal and state budgets.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ETHICS PROGRAMS: A RESOURCE FOR ETHICS COMMISSION MEMBERS, ETHICS REFORMERS, LOCAL OFFICIALS, ATTORNEYS, JOURNALISTS, AND STUDENTS
As stated on its website, this book is intended as an introduction to local government ethics for those who want to have a grasp on the various issues involved in government ethics; as a resource for those faced with a specific situation, who want to understand the legal and ethical issues involved, as well as the alternative ways of dealing with the situation; as a guidebook for those involved in government ethics reform; and as a text for students of public administration as well as supplementary reading for local public administrators.
AFGHANISTAN DOCUMENTATION PROJECT
The Afghanistan Documentation Project is the product of a partnership between the War Crimes Research Office and the Pence Law Library of the American University Washington College of Law and the U.S. Institute of Peace. It was established to collect and create a fully searchable and publicly accessible database of documents regarding human rights and humanitarian law violations committed in Afghanistan since 1978.
LEGAL ISSUES IN MASS DIGITIZATION: PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION DOCUMENT
The Library of Congress Copyright Office published a preliminary analysis and discussion document that addresses the issues raised by the intersection between copyright law and the mass digitization of books. The purpose of the analysis is to facilitate further discussions among the affected parties and the public discussions that may encompass a number of possible approaches, including voluntary initiatives, legislative options, or both. The document also identifies questions to consider in determining an appropriate policy for the mass digitization of books.
HOMELAND SECURITY DIGITAL LIBRARY
The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is a collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. The documents are collected from a wide variety of sources, including federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies, professional organizations, think tanks, academic institutions, and international governing bodies. Please note that access to some content is restricted to Federal depository libraries and other users with valid user accounts.
CIVIL WAR WASHINGTON
Civil War Washington examines the U.S. national capital from multiple perspectives as a case study of social, political, cultural, and medical/scientific transitions provoked or accelerated by the Civil War. The project draws on the methods of many fields–literary studies, history, geography, computer-aided mapping–to create a digital resource that chronicles the war’s impact on the city.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY RESEARCH: A BASIC GUIDE
The first report is published by the Congressional Research Service. It provides an overview of federal legislative history research, the legislative process, and where to find congressional documents. The report also summarizes some of the reasons researchers are interested in legislative histories, briefly describes the actions a piece of legislation might undergo during the legislative process, and provides a list of easily accessible print and electronic resources.
PRINT MANAGEMENT AT “MEGA-SCALE”: A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE ON PRINT BOOK COLLECTIONS IN NORTH AMERICA
The second report is published by OCLC Research. Using a mega-regions (“geographical regions defined on the basis of economic integration and other forms of interdependence”) framework to model regional consolidation of shared print book library collections, this report explores a counterfactual scenario where local US and Canadian print book library collections are consolidated into regional shared collections. The analysis in this paper builds upon findings from the OCLC Research report, Cloud-sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the Mass-digitized Library Environment (2011), and draws upon bibliographic and library holdings data from the WorldCat database.
THE SUSTAINABLE 21ST CENTURY LAW LIBRARY: VISION, DEPLOYMENT AND ASSESSMENT FOR ACCESS TO JUSTICE
This report is prepared by Richard Zorza, and co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii School of Law and the Access to Justice Commissions from several states. The author points out that law libraries can transform themselves as leaders in providing access to justice to all, and discusses the range of changes that are needed to empower law libraries and their staff to make this transformation.
THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE OLD BAILEY, LONDON 1674 TO 1913
This project is a collaboration between the Universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield and the Open University. The site contains fully searchable texts detailing accounts of over 197,000 criminal trials held at London’s Central Criminal Court. The crimes tried were mostly felonies (predominantly theft), but also include some of the most serious misdemeanours, providing historical insight into the daily lives of those who participated in the proceedings.
DAVID H. GETCHES COLLECTION, ALSO KNOWN AS THE DAVID H. GETCHES DIGITAL ARCHIVE
The University of Colorado Law Library created this digital collection in memory of the late Colorado Law School Dean David Getches. A renowned scholar in the fields of natural resources, water, and American Indian law, Getches served as Dean and Raphael J. Moses Professor of Natural Resources Law from July, 2003-June, 2011. The David H. Getches Collection at the William A. Wise Law Library is dedicated to preserving and sharing Dean Getches’ tremendous legal and educational legacy, as reflected in his scholarship, academic speeches, congressional testimony, and litigation.
GENRE/FORM TERMS FOR LAW MATERIALS
This is the 2010 update of the two previous editions of Genre Terms for Law Materials. Thanks to Karen Selden at the University of Colorado Law Library who suggested this resource!
CONNECTING TO COLLECTIONS: GUIDE TO ONLINE RESOURCES
Published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this website is the online companion to the IMLS “Connecting to Collections Bookshelf”, a core set of books, DVDs, online resources, and an annotated bibliography that is being distributed free to nearly 3,000 collecting institutions. According to the site, “The Guide contains links to the most trusted collections care resources on the Web. Use it to find answers to common conservation and collections management questions.”
GENRE/FORM TERMS FOR LAW MATERIALS
This is the 2010 update of the two previous editions of Genre Terms for Law Materials
IRAQ WAR, 2003 WEB ARCHIVE
Part of the Library of Congress Web Archives, this archive contains selective collection of 231 Web sites, archived beginning on March 13, 2003 related to the Iraq War. Included in the archive are websites from the U.S. and foreign governments, public policy and advocacy groups, educational organizations, religious organizations, support groups for military personnel, anti-war groups, sites that target children, and news sources. The Iraq War Web archive consists of three phases of collection: the first phase, a weekly capture, began on March 13, 2003 with the commencement of the war and ended June 30, 2003. Phase 1 has been processed and is available from this site. Phase 2 is a weekly capture and covers December 2003 to December 2004. Phase 3, also a weekly capture, was begun in January 2005 and is ongoing (archives from these later phases are not yet available).
CHINA GUIDING CASES PROJECT
The China Guiding Cases Project (CGCP) is an initiative of Stanford Law School to advance knowledge and understanding of Chinese law, and to enable judges and legal experts both inside and outside of China to contribute to the evolution of Chinese case law through ongoing dialogue on guiding cases released by the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China.
DOING BUSINESS: MEASURING BUSINESS REGULATIONS
Published by the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, this database provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 181 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. They indicate the regulatory costs of business and can be used to analyse specific regulations that enhance or constrain investment, productivity and growth. The indicators are developed by the Private Sector Vice Presidency of the World Bank Group in cooperation with the Lex Mundi Association of law firms and the International Bar Association. The principal data collection methods for the indicators are the study of the existing laws and regulations in each economy; targeted interviews with regulators, or, private sector professionals in each topic; and cooperative arrangements with other departments of the World Bank, other donor agencies, private consulting firms, business and law associations.
JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION
This is the official website of the Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress. The website contains all Committee publications from 1920. It also provides access to the Committee’s rules, history, and membership list. Many thanks to Ms. Victoria Sukhol, Assistant Director for Cataloging at the New York Law School, who suggested and cataloged this website.
WALL STREET AND THE FINANCIAL CRISIS: ANATOMY OF A FINANCIAL COLLAPSE: MAJORITY AND MINORITY STAFF REPORT
Prepared by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations under the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, this report examines the various factors contributing to the financial crisis, such as high risk lending, regulatory failure, inflated credit ratings, and investment bank abuses. It contains case studies on Washington Mutual Bank, Office of Thrift Supervision, Moody’s and Standards & Poor’s, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.
UNITED NATIONS LEGAL PUBLICATIONS: GLOBAL SEARCH
The United Nations Global Search engine provides a cross-database search option for researchers interested in easily locating multiple types of UN legal publications pertaining to a particular topic. Publications available for search include: Yearbook of the International Law Commission; UNCITRAL yearbook; United Nations juridical yearbook; UNCITRAL publications; Reports of international arbitral awards; Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs; Summaries of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders of the International Court of Justice; Repertoire of Practice of the Security Council; and Proceedings of Diplomatic Conferences.
THE SEPTEMBER 11 DIGITAL ARCHIVE: SAVING THE HISTORIES OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
Funded by a major grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and organized by the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, the Archive contributes to the on-going effort by historians and archivists to record and preserve the record of 9/11 by collecting and archiving first-hand accounts, emails and other electronic communications, digital photographs and artworks, and a range of other digital materials related to the attacks.