New Argentine Law Journals from Ediciones Infojus

Argentina’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights publishing house Ediciones Infojus recently launched five legal journals that will be available free of charge on their Infojus legal portal site. All five journals will publish three issues per year. Registration is required to access the full-text.

http://www.infojus.gov.ar/index.php?kk_seccion=revistas

Details about  the five journals:
Revista de Derecho Privado (ISSN 2250-8015)
volume 1 devoted to BioLaw and includes an index.

Revista Derecho Público (ISSN 2250-8031)
Volume 1 includes full-text of selected new statutes and articles on communications law, protection of rural land, UNASUR, and  economic aspects of foreign investment laws.

Revista Derecho Penal (ISSN 2250-8066)
Volume 1 focuses on alternatives to incarceration and includes an index.

Revista Derecho del Trabajo (ISSN 2250-8074)
Voulme 1 devoted to outsourcing.  Includes legislative and case law updates and an index.

Filosofía del Derecho (ISSN 2250-8058)
Volume 1 contains articles on theoretical, methodological and normative aspects of law.

Additional information about this journal project is available in Spanish at

http://www.prensa.argentina.ar/2012/06/05/31291-alak-presento-ediciones-infojus.php

Legacy of Emperor Justinian in Argentina: Primer Digesto Jurídico Argentino

Taking a cue from the Byzantine Emperor Justinian’s Corpus Juris Civilis, Argentina is in the final stages of creating a compilation of national legislation known as the “Primer Diegsto Jurídico Argentino” This is a project to analyze, systematize and harmonize all national laws since the 1850s. Redundant and obsolete laws will be identified and removed from the statute books.

Over 200 academics, judges, attorneys and legislators have been working on this monumental project since 2005. They have analyzed around 30,000 laws since 1853.

In July, the Argentine executive branch presented an initial draft to the congress. On Thursday and Friday of this week, a major conference will convene in Buenos Aires to discuss how specific areas of law will be impacted by the Digesto Jurídico Argentino.

Information about the national conference, including a list of speakers is available at:
Primer Congreso Nacional del Digesto Jurídico Argentino
September 1 and September 2, 2011
http://www.mpf.gov.ar/ics-wpd/DocumentosWeb/LinksNoticias/Primer_Congreso_Nac_Digesto_Jur_Arg.pdf

Argentine Digital Library of Treaties

Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Relations has produced a Digital Library of Argentina Treaties from 1811. The treaties are available in PDF format. The database includes historical documents, bilateral and multilateral treaties, and inter-institutional agreements.  They can be searched by title, citation, date, subject, country, and signatory. Currently, it is not possible to search by keyword across all agreements.  This treaty database will be useful to historians and legal researchers. The search interface is exclusively in Spanish.

Argentine Digital Library of Treaties (Biblioteca Digital de Tratados)

http://tratados.cancilleria.gob.ar

From the press release:

In honor of the bicentenary of Argentina’s independence, the Foreign Ministry has created a website with some 10,000 historical documents that can be copied, downloaded, printed or sent via e-mail.
Cabinet Chief of the Chancellery of Argentina, Alberto D’Alotto, officially launched the new portal that provides copies of international treaties and national historical documents that can be downloaded by citizens who require it.

The Digital Library of Treaties took about five years of work. It includes a total of 10,000 documents, including bilateral, multilateral, and historical documents (international and national). 

Many of the documents are scanned and can be viewed in their original form with signatures, for example, by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Juan Bautista Alberdi, Tomás Guido, Rufino de Elizalde, Carlos Tejedor, Bernardo de Irigoyen and Roque Saenz Peña.

Article: Public Interest Law in Contemporary Latin America

Article available on SSRN:

Staying Alive: Public Interest Law in Contemporary Latin America

Stephen Melli

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1518002

Abstract:

This paper explores the current state of public interest lawyering in three Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Based on a series of open-ended interviews with lawyers, judges and social movement activists, it compares public interest lawyering in these countries now with how it was practiced when the author interviewed some of the same individuals in the early to mid 1990s. Its analysis is set within the context of important geopolitical and socio-legal phenomena: the current global economic crisis and the judicialization of politics and constitutionalization of rights that has swept across the region over the past two decades. The paper explores how these developments have influenced public interest lawyers, particularly in their interactions with various social movements. It also highlights the opportunities and challenges that these developments pose for public interest lawyers throughout Latin America.

Rule of Law Index

The World Justice Forum meeting in Vienna, Austria has just released the Rule of Law Index. The Index uses numerical indicators to gauge the strength of rule of law in 35 countries, including developed and developing countries.

Here are the 4 broad criteria , with sub-categories, used to create the scores  for each country. It includes compliance with international law.

1. Accountable Government

Government powers limited by constitution

Governmental and non‐governmental checks

Accountable government officials and agents

Accountable military, police, and prison officials

Compliance with international law

 

2. Publicized and stable laws that protect fundamental rights

Laws are clear, publicized and stable

Laws protect fundamental rights

Laws protect security of the person

Laws protect security of property

3. Accessible, fair, and efficient process

Accessible process

Fair and efficient administration

 

4. Access to Justice

Impartial and accountable judicial system  

Efficient, accessible and effective judicial system

Competent and independent attorneys or representatives

Fair and efficient alternative dispute resolution

Rule of Law Index 2009

http://www.abajournal.com/files/WJP_RuleOfLawIndex.pdf

Bibliographies of Legal Literature from Latin America

Over the past few years, The Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Legal Studies has published  annotated bibilographies of legal literature from a number of Latin American countries. Bibliographies exist for Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.   The bibliogaphies are written by prominent jurists and professors from the U.S. and the region.

Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Legal Studies

http://services.bepress.com/lacjls/

Blog de la ACBJ

The Argentine Association of Law Librarians (Asociación Civil de Bibliotecarios Jurídicos) was started a blog: Blog de la ACBJ. In addition to the posts, the site also provides useful links to Argentine legislation, case law, doctrine, and secondary sources. 

Blog de la Asociación Civil de Bibliotecarios Jurídicos

http://bibliotecariosjuridicos.blogspot.com/

Roman Law at the University of Buenos Aires

Researchers of Latin American law often encounter references to Roman law in doctrinal works and secondary resources. The University of Buenos Aires School of Law  maintains a Web page dedicated to Roman Law. The site contains articles on various topics, conference papers, links, and an in-depth introduction to legal Latin. All content is in Spanish.

Cátedra de derecho romano del Dr. Norberto Darío RinaldiUniversidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de derecho

http://www.edictum.com.ar/

Click on “Romanistas” to access to majority of the content:

http://www.edictum.com.ar/miWeb4/profesores.htm

Journal of the Argentine Association of Law Librarians

Volume 3 of the Journal of the Argentine Association of Law Librarians has just been published. Articles are in Spanish.

Table of Contents

 

1. EDITORIAL

2. ARTÍCULOS (Articles)
Tendencias en la investigación sobre recuperación de información
jurídica, por María Luisa Alvite Díez

2.Trends in research of legal information retrieval.

3. EXPERIENCIAS  (Practical Experience)
Referencia virtual por chat, por Marina Borrell y Evangelina Maciel.

3. Virtual chat reference

4. CURSOS Y CONFERENCIAS (Workshops and Conferences)
Los sistemas de información en las bibliotecas de estudios jurídicos: su
administración, tratamiento y control de la información, y relación con
otras bibliotecas, por María Isabel Abalo, María Inés Olmedo y María
Inés Vilá

4.  Information Systems in Law Libraries: administration, management of information and relationships with other libraries. 

5. LA ASOCIACIÓN

5. Argentine Association of Law Librarians

6. NOTICIAS

6. News

To order a copy, contact the Publications Department of the Argentine Association of Law Librarians publicaciones@acbj.org.ar

Asociación Civil de Bibliotecarios Jurídicos (Argentine Association of Law Librarians)

 

http://www.acbj.org.ar

 

Legal Links from Argentina

The Argentine Association of Law Librarians (Asociación Civil de Bibliotecarios Jurídicos- ACBJ) has recently posted a useful collection of Argentine legal links. Categories include: national government agencies, provincial governments, blogs, dictionaries, law schools, bar associations, legal guides, law libraries and legal publishers. These links will be useful for academics and practitioners. Muchas gracias to our Argentine colleagues.

ACBJ Legal Links http://www.acbj.org.ar/link.html

The ACBJ annual conference will be held October 9th and 10th in the beautiful resort town of Barilioche. This years’ theme is “The Rights of Minorities in a Knowledge Society.” For more information visit: http://www.acbj.org.ar/eventos.htm