Documentary on Jean Monnet

Professor Don Smith of the University of Denver Strum College of Law has produced and posted a 90 minute documentary  on the life of Jean Monnet, one of the architects of the European Community. The film provides an interesting look into the genesis of the institutions that produced the European Union and the remarkable life of Jean Monnet.

Jean Monnet Father of Europe

http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/jean-monnet-father-of-europe

From the project description:

Jean Monnet has been called “The Father of Europe” by those who see his innovative and pioneering efforts in the 1950s as the key to establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of today’s European Union.

Jean Monnet’s concept of “European community” was aimed at ending the ceaseless wars on the European continent and enhancing prosperity. And yet today in Europe – to say nothing of the rest of the world – Monnet is often a forgotten historical figure, his contributions to peace and prosperity in Europe largely overlooked.

In commemoration of this 20th century giant, 18 months ago Don C. Smith, who teaches “European Union Law & Policy” and “European Union Environmental Law & Policy” at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, embarked on an effort to produce a video documentary explaining who Monnet was and what his legacy is.

Mr. Smith’s interviews capture the observations and insight of those who worked with Monnet in the key years of the 1950s as well as individuals who have been influenced by Monnet’s contributions to European integration.

hat tip to Joan Policastri

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/

Legal Research Methods in a Modern World: A Coursebook

Together with my Stanford Law School colleague George D. Wilson and our friend and Danish legal scholar Henrik Spang-Hanssen, we have just published the third edition of our legal research book, a revision of Legal Research Methods in the U.S. and Europe, 2nd Edition.  But with the inclusion of short but good (in my opinion) chapters on legal research in China and Russia and some other materials, we have changed the title to Legal Research Methods in a Modern World: A Coursebook.

The book, now weighing in at 453 pages (and bargain priced at $ 55.00), is rich with illustrations and peppered with legal research tips.  My contribution is mainly Chapter 5, about legal research methods in the United States, and it is based upon and follows the advanced legal research class that I co-teach here at Stanford.  New to this edition, in addition to other updates, is the inclusion of research exercises that we have found most useful from the class.  I did not include the answers — because I hope to continue to use these exercises — but I would be very happy to share the answers and my thoughts on approaches with other instructors of legal research.

The legal world is certainly getting smaller, and it is our shared belief that this would be handy book for any attorney to have as he or she deals with lawyers from other countries and their legal cultures.

The book should be available from Amazon.com; but if not, or if you want to order copies in mass quantities, the U.S. distributor is International Specialized Book Services.  For other countries, the distributor is Marston Book Services.

We also have a corresponding website here.

Blog: Climate ChangeS

Climate ChangeS:  A selection of the most recent and most interesting working papers on the economics of climate change.

http://www.economicsclimatechange.com/

From the description:

Climate ChangeS provides researchers with a timely and accurate update of new research papers on the Economics of Climate Change. On a weekly basis, links to the most recent and interesting working papers are aggregated from a variety of sources for easy and convenient reference. The focus is on research at the frontier, with most contributions appearing just a few days after having been released. For this reason, journal articles are not tracked.

 

 

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Normattiva – Database of Italian Legislation

Normattiva Il Portale della Lege Vigente

http://www.normattiva.it/

Normattiva is a database of Italian legislation since 1946 published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale. The databsde provides full-text of legislation and links to subsequent acts that have modified the statute. (click on “aggiornamenti all’atto”). The goal of the database is to provide access to the statute  as originally passed, as it currently stands, and as it read in a specific year.

Con questo termine si intende che le leggi presenti nella banca dati “Normattiva” potranno essere consultate nelle tre seguenti modalità: nel loro testo originario, come pubblicato nella Gazzetta Ufficiale; nel testo vigente, e quindi effettivamente applicabile, alla data di consultazione della banca dati; nel testo vigente a qualunque data pregressa indicata dall’utente.

http://www.normattiva.it/static/progetto.html

Please note that these are not official versions:

From the Avviso Legale:

I testi presenti nella banca dati “Normattiva” non hanno carattere di ufficialità.

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

http://www.waggeneredstrom.eu/influence

The top 5 blogs:

BBC Gavin Hewitt’s Europe

FT Brussels Blog

The Digger

Fistfulof Euros

Jon Worth/Euroblog

Report: Data Protection in the European Union

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has published a report on data protection.

Data Protection in the European Union: Role of National Data Protection Authorities. Strengthening the Fundamental Rights Architecture in the EU II

http://fra.europa.eu/fraWebsite/attachments/Data-protection_en.pdf

European Parliament Video: Legislative Amendment Process

Europarl TV has produced a short 2 minute and 30 second video on the legislative amendment process in the European Parliament. 

The Art of the Amendment

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/public/story_page/008-72110-096-04-15-901-20100406STO72099-2010-06-04-2010/default_en.htm