Festival Justice et Cinema

La Rochelle, France offers an annual justice and film festival – Festival Justice et Cinema. Now in its third year, the 2011 edition was held June 10th and11th.

Each year’s festival offers a different theme, with this year’s films focusing on  screen portrayals of investigating magistrates (juge d’instruction)

 In addition to screening  films, the festival also offers discussions by legal practitioners, film critics, journalists, and academics.

http://www.festivaljusticeetcinema.fr/

The Web site also includes a biblioghraphy.

Law, Justice and Film

Looks like the University Jean Moulin and the Bar Association of Lyon’s conference on law and narrative cinema is turning into an annual event. The 2nd annual meeting was held in late March in Lyon. In addition to panels, the conference also screened films. Participants included screenwriters, directors, attorneys, professors, and administrative judges.

Les Rencontres Droit, Justice & Cinema 2011
Les questions de Droit et de Justice abordées par le prisme du cinéma de fiction
Lyon, France. March 21-25, 2011
http://lesmistons.typepad.com/files/dp-comoedia—rencontres-djc-20115.pdf

2010 Conference
http://www.barreaulyon.com/Le-Barreau-de-Lyon/Actualites/Rencontres-Droit-Justice-et-Cinema

Hat tip to the Law and Cinema Blog (Le Blog Droit et Cinéma)
http://lesmistons.typepad.com/blog/

Book on French Legal Information

Stéphane Cottin, French lawyer and librarian,  has published a new book on legal information in France.

La gestion de la documentation juridque (Management of Legal Information)

Stéphane Cottin and Cédric Manara

L.G.D.F. Lextenso éditions, 2011

The book not only covers how to find legal resources, but also indicates how legal information is produced and disseminated in print and online.

Written for students and legal professionals.

Table of contents available here:

http://www.lextenso-editions.fr/ouvrages/document/229885

Book preface available here:

http://www.cedricmanara.com/reprint/preface-du-livre-de-stephane-cottin-la-gestion-de-la-documentation-juridique-lextenso-editions/

Book Review: Revue Bibliographique – Le Blog Droit Administratif

The Droit Adminsitratif blog publishes every two month a very handy compilation of new French language titles called “Revue bibliographique.”  The revue includes cover images, summaries, and table of contents.  Book includes various legal topics, not just administrative law. Highly recommended for collection management and acquisition librarians.  The blog also has an interesting “droit et cinema” category.

Le Blog Droit Administratif

http://www.blogdroitadministratif.net/index.php/

Revue Bibliographique Nov/Dec 2010

http://www.blogdroitadministratif.net/index.php/2011/01/01/262-revue-bibliographique-novembre-decembre-2010

Curious footnote: Legal Research at French Law Firms

Prof. Pierre-Yves Gautier’s book chapter ” The Influence of Scholarly Writing Upon the Courts in Europe” includes this curious endnote:

“It is the author’s understanding that in some of the major law firms in France partners prohibit junior solicitors from doing research mostly on the internet or databases. Research must always start on paper.”

See Pierre -Yves Gautier. The Influence of Scholarly Writing Upon the Courts in Europe in Mary Hiscock and William van Canegem (eds.). The Internationalisation of Law: Legislating ,  Decision-Making, Practice and Education. Edward Elgar, 2010. page 210.

Perhaps some  of our readers in France or those with experience in Parisian firms could confirm this. If true, I wonder if cost or research methodology is the primary motivation for restricting online resources?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Francophone African Legal Links

The following article offers dozens of links to online legislation and case law from francophone African countries, as well as a discussion of the state of free online legal resources in Africa.

Text is in French.

Les Expériences Africaines de la Diffusion Libre du Droit Sur Le Web: bilan et perspective

Revue Juridique et Politique 2009 #3. pp.638-652.

Amavi Tagodoe and El Hadji Malick Ndiaye

http://www.lex-electronica.org/docs/articles_12.pdf

French Legal Guides from EducNet – Guides Juridique Legamedia

The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research has posted a handful of thematic legal guides on their EducNet site. Guides are able for copyright, protection of children online, cultural property, privacy, human rights, and regulation of teachers and professors. All information is available only in French.

Guides Juridique Legamedia

http://www.educnet.education.fr/legamedia

Report: Cultural Practices of the French in the Digital Era 2008

Happy Bastille Day!

It is a few year’s old, but the following report provides the results of a 2008 survey on reading and digital media habits in France.

Cultural Practices of the French in the Digital Era

Les practiques culturelles français à l’ère numérique

http://www.pratiquesculturelles.culture.gouv.fr/08resultat.php

The print version of the report authored by Olivier Donant was published in  2009.

Committee to Protect Journalists: Special Report

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) recently came out with a special report:

Getting Away With Murder

CPJ’s 2010 “Impunity Index” spotlights countries where journalists are killed and their murderers  remain free — “having a broader effect on society as a whole, effectively choking off the flow of news and information.”

The worst countries, as CPJ has ranked them:

  1. Iraq
  2. Somalia
  3. Philippines
  4. Sri Lanka
  5. Colombia
  6. Afghanistan
  7. Nepal
  8. Russia
  9. Mexico
  10. Pakistan
  11. Bangladesh
  12. India

The report — including index, methodology and statistical table — is available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish languages.

Hat tip to: Docuticker.

International Association for Law, Ethics, and Science

International Association for Law, Ethics, and Science is a Paris based organization. The web site offers book reviews, Power Point presentations, links, and articles in French, English and Spanish.

International Association for Law, Ethics, and Science

http://www.iales.org/

For additional information onFrench and international aspects of bioethics consult the following article (in French):

Bioéthique.

Christian Byk

La Semaine Juridique Edition Générale NO.11. March 15, 2010. pp.557-563.