Introducing “Citing Legally,” helping to improve legal citation

A byproduct of this year’s revision of Professor Peter Martin’s Introduction to Basic Legal Citation and the forthcoming revision of The Bluebook, is a new blog “Citing Legally” at:

Citing Legally just posted this item about a survey to improve the Bluebook:

Ideas on how to improve The Bluebook? Online survey

October 21st, 2013

In preparation for the commencement of work on the 20th edition of The Bluebook, due out in 2015, that manual’s proprietors have placed a survey online at:  Anyone with views on how that reference might be improved in scope, delivery, or content should register them … soon. Submissions must be received by Nov. 8.


New legal scholarship forum: Stanford Law Review Online

Stanford Law School announces the launch of the Law Review’s new website, Stanford Law Review Online.

The site will be a forum for scholars and practitioners to write in a timely manner about legal topics in the news. These web-only articles will be closer in size and style to a newspaper Op-Ed than to a typical Law Review article. The goal is to combine the top-flight legal analysis of a law journal with the quick turnaround and readability of a blog.

The very first article, California’s De Facto Sentencing Commissions, by Professor Robert Weisberg.

You can now also follow the Review on Twitter @StanLRev

Blog: Dispute Resolution and Enforcement in China

Dennis Deng , an attorney based in China, maintains the informative  Dispute Resolution and Enforcement in China blog. Recent posts include: translations of laws and regulations, Q & A about civil litigation in  China, and translated statistics from the Annual Report of the Work of the People’s Court.

Dispute Resolution and Enforcement in China

Salalm 2010 Blog

For those of us who could not attend SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials) in Rhode Island last week,  the Salalm Blog provides some of the highlights.

Salalm Blog

hat tip to Adan Griego.

EU: Brussels Blogger Study 2010

Waggener Edstrom has published a 16 page report on influential bloggers on European Union affairs. You may request a copy at the following link :

Brussels Blogger Study 2010: The Influence Index

The top 5 blogs:

BBC Gavin Hewitt’s Europe

FT Brussels Blog

The Digger

Fistfulof Euros

Jon Worth/Euroblog

EJIL Talk! – new blog from the European Journal of International Law

Earlier this week, the European Journal of International Law started their own blog: EJIL Talk!.  Interesting to note inthe third paragraph of the blog description below how the editors hope the blog and the journal will interact. EJIL Talk! will be devoted to current issues and the journal will focus on theoretical arguments and articles that will have a long-term resonance. With talk in the title, perhaps they will also include audio clips in the near future.  

Hat tip to Jacob Katz Cogan’s International LawReporter Blog.

EJIL Talk!

Description of the blog:

EJIL already has a homepage, the autonomous website of the European Journal of International Law. Our website was a pioneer long before publishers such as our current publisher, OUP, moved into digital journal publishing, and it is distinct from all other mainline journals of which we are aware. Not only is a sizeable portion of current content made free to the reader, but all content becomes free one year after publication – the scholarly world’s Napster! I say all this to indicate that we are not parvenus to the notion of digital internet publishing

The decision to experiment with a blog – and an experiment it is – was decidedly not a bandwagon effect – they all have it, so should we. It is the result of serious reflection of the Editorial Board, with our Scientific Advisory Board, on the evolving relationship between traditional and digital forms of scholarship and publishing. In its first twenty years, EJIL from time to time made huge efforts to provide ‘services’ e.g.  the now defunct service on decisions of the ECJ on matters of International Law or our running commentary on decisions of the WTO Appellate Body of importance to public international lawyers. That, for the most part, has become a redundant and futile exercise rendered such by the power of ‘search engines’ and the ubiquity of primary sources on the internet. EJIL also tried to be ‘topical’ by, e.g., trying to hold symposia on recent decisions of the ICJ, or an ILC Report, or certain ‘incidents’ as soon as possible after the event. In the old days a time lag of six to nine months was considered very topical. That has become laughable – our production process, even at its best, is a tortoise to the internet hare.

And yet, there is, we think, an EJIL sensibility – with, say, its panache for the theoretical article, for aggressively bringing in younger scholars, for its intellectually diverse modes of analysis, realism mixed with doctrine, a strong appeal to, and interest in, history, to mention but a few. (To some Europeans, too Americanized; to some Americans, too European – we take comfort in that debate…). If our new blog EJIL:Talk! is successful, it will continue to reflect those EJIL sensibilities on the internet but enable us to effect a certain mutation in the identity of EJIL itself: We will give increasing preference to articles which deal with the fundamentals, with First Things, which look at an ‘Incident’ or ‘decision of a Tribunal’ with a view to exploring wide systemic meaning; in short, to articles which we predict will have lasting value – that will be interesting four or five or more years after publication. EJIL:Talk! and EJIL may thus complement each other. Note – we hope it does not provoke just short off the cuff academic gossipmentary, but short, incisive, even well-researched pieces which should simply be thought of as a different genre of writing, not unlike the difference between an article and a book.

Google Book Search Now Finds Magazines!

This just announced on the Google Blog:

“Today, we’re announcing an initiative to help bring more magazine archives and current magazines online, partnering with publishers to begin digitizing millions of articles from titles as diverse as New York Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and Ebony.

For years, we’ve worked to make as much information as possible accessible online, whether that information comes from books, newspapers, or images. We think that bringing more magazines online is one more important step toward our long-standing goal of providing access to all the world’s information.”

In these tight budgetary time, my first thought is a question: will libraries save any money because of this?  I only hope so.

Japanese Law Librarians Blog

Takako Okada has created an English language blog dedicated to Japanese legal research called “Japanese Law Librarians Blog.” Ms. Okada is a law librarian at Keio University Library.  This promises to be a great resource for tracking developments in Japan. For example, her latest post mentions a site that offers Japanese legislation in English. Domo arigato gozaimas to Takako Okada for this useful new blog.

Japanese Law Librarians Blog goes live

Our alumnus Matt Asay’s blog The Open Road is a blog that matters to us and yesterday he added an item of special interest:  Open Sourcing Australia: goes live.

It seems reasonable to suggest that no nation should cede its sovereignty to any private, commercial interest. . . .

. . .

Larry Lessig argues that “code is law,” meaning that the very software we use to construct the Internet, intranets, etc. has a powerful effect on what is actually possible through these communication media.. . .

It is therefore important that Australia opted for open-source software in capturing the mind and history of its parliament. This is what sovereign nations do. Or, at least, it’s what they should do.


I just took a look at the Australian site.  It is a model.  I was impressed by everything and thought that this current awareness service was especially impressive:

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