The United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe Backgrounders are a great resource for locating UN documents and sites covering international law topics and selected countries
These guides provide links to treaties, UN resolutions, UN press releases, UN reports and UN Web sites. Many thanks to the UNRIC Library staff for posting these useful guides online.
Backgrounders are available for the following countries:
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Backgrounders are available for the following topics:
Global Food Crisis
Human Rights Council
Millennium Development Goals
Participation of the European Union in the work of the United Nations
Protection of civilians in armed conflict
Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
Enabling Free On-line Access to UK Law Reports: The Copyright Problem
Philip Leith and Cynthia Fellows
18 International Journal of Law & Information Technology 72 (Spring 2010)
The history of publishing legal decisions (law reporting) inthe UK has been that of a privatised system since its inception,and that history has encompassed several hundred years. Theprivatised nature of this has meant that the product (the lawreport) has been, except in limited cases, viewed as the propertyof the publisher, rather than the property of the court or public.BAILII is an open access legal database that came about in partbecause of the copyrighted, privatised nature of this legalinformation.
In this paper, we will outline the problem of access to pre-2000judgments in the UK and consider whether there are legal orother remedies which might enable BAILII to both develop a richerhistoric database and also to work in harmony, rather than incompetition, with legal publishers. We argue that public accessto case law is an essential requirement in a democratic commonlaw system, and that BAILII should be seen as a potential steptowards a National Law Library.
Julienne Grant, FCIL librarian at Loyola University Chicago, has created a wonderful research guide to Chilean Law, in Libguide format. The guide concentrates on English language sources, but also includes many important Spanish language resources. The guide includes books, journals, databases, Web links, and translation resources.
Many thanks to Julienne for building this excellent useful tool.
Google Translate and Bable Fish provide free machine translation of text from various languages. The Text-to-Speech Web site now allows you to hear how the text should be pronounced. Over two dozen languages are available. The Spanish options include Chilean, Mexican, Castilian and Argentine accents. English options are American, Indian, Irish, Australian, Scottish, and South African. These are machine translations so the voices are a bit robotic.
InformáticaJurídica.com is a foreign law portal focusing mainly on Internet law, privacy, and intellectual property issues. It provides citations to statutes from hundreds of countries. It also posts selected full-text statutes and case law in the vernacular, principally from Latin American and European countries. The site also contains a bibliography of Spanish and English language secondary literature, a list of past and future conferences and meetings, and links (click on directorio). Site navigation is entirely in Spanish.
Use of International Law by Domestic Courts contains a compendium of court decisions in which domestic courts have relied on elements of international law to resolve the cases brought before them]. The compendium is composed mainly of cases falling within the province of labour law but also comprises decisions concerning basic human rights more generally. The decisions are presented in the form of summaries underlining how international law was used in each specific case. At the end of each summary, the full text of the decision is available in the original language.
Each decision is classified according to the following four sets of criteria:
country of origin of the decision
main subject on which international law was referred to
role of international law
type of international instruments used in the decision
Whenever the legal system of the countries included in the compendium stipulates how international law is to be incorporated into national law or the authority to be attributed to it, the decisions of the country in question are preceded by an insert citing the relevant provisions.
Decisions can be accessed through three indexes: by country, by subject and according to the role of international law.
And finally, the compendium is complemented by a library that contains: the texts of ILO Conventions and Recommendations, as well as the texts of other international instruments referred to in the compendium; the work and documents of the international supervisory bodies; and a selection of publications.
The extremely useful HuriSearch human rights search engine has placed the following annoucement on their home page:
As of 1 July, the costs of providing the present HuriSearch on the FAST-Microsoft platform increased with about 500%. Unfortunately, HURIDOCS cannot cover these costs. We are looking for alternative ways to set up a human rights search engine which will also be accessible through this page.
Hurisearch is maintained by the Human Rights Information and Documentation System (HURIDOCS).
HuriSearch allows one to search for human rights publications and Web sites by language, country and organization. As of this morning (July 15th) the site was still working. It would be a shame to lose this resource since subject searching of international law is always troublesome.
The University of Seville Library has an ongoing project to digitize its law related titles. The PixeLegis project is posting out of copyright texts online., The majority of texts are from the 19thCentury. The focus of the collection is Spanish law and civil law in general. Books are available in Spanish, Latin, French, German and English. A nice feature of the site is the breakdown of texts by area of law. This should prove useful to scholars interested in historical legal developments in Spain or Latin America. Un millón de gracias a nuestros colegas en la Universidad de Sevilla.