Friday, February 24, 2012

Law Book sculpture

Wondering what to do with your old casebooks you cannot sell back?  Ever wonder what happens to law books, now that computerized legal research is the norm?

Check out   Old Law Books Are Not Garbage, They're Columns and Towers Don't miss the Colbert Report clip .

(Hat tip to  Legal Blog Watch)    
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Foreign Law Translations

Finding full, readable English translations of foreign case law and statues can be a challenge. One web site to keep in mind is Foreign Law Translations at the Institute for Transnational Law, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin. The selected legal materials in the fields of constitutional, administrative, contract and tort law  have been translated into English by legal specialists. The site is a valuable resource for French, German, Austrian and Israeli law. A disclaimer is quite clear in stating that the translations and documents "were prepared to assist students and teachers interested in foreign law. The collection makes no claim of being either complete or current, and should not be relied upon for the basis of a legal opinion or course of action without careful review of current applicable authority."  However, if a particular law, as passed, or the text of a court decision is what you need, you may find it here. Law students will also appreciate the French Legal Glossary and German Abbreviations, translating the names of foreign courts, legislatures, and legal terms.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Research Resources: GlobaLex

Published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law, GlobaLex is an electronic publication dedicated to international and foreign research. New and updated research guides published by GlobaLex include:
New research guides:
  • Nuclear Law Research Guide By Linda Tashbook

Updated research guides:

  • The Crisis in Darfur: Researching the Legal Issues by Amy Burchfield
  • An Introduction to Sources for Treaty Research By Mark Engsberg and Mary Beth Chappell
To Access Globalex:

  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Then, click on the "International Law" or "Foreign/Comparative Law" link
  • Scroll down, click the "GlobaLex" link

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

LLMC Digitial Database (Law Library Microform Consortium)

If you are looking for archival and legal history material, try the LLMC Digital database.  This database offers an extensive archival collection from state, federal, foreign and international jurisdictions and more.  The collection includes cases, statutes, reports, historical treatises, dictionaries and others.  Some titles included are Congressional Record, Annals of Congress, New York Case Digests, etc.  Some of the material dates back to the 15th century but there is some recent material as well.  Click here to learn more or to search this database.

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