Article on Blogging by Chinese Judges

Professor Anne Sy Cheung’s article in the Harvard International Law Journal includes a couple of interesting findings that merit further investigation.

On page 267 of the article, Prof. Sy Cheung writes:
“While Blogging by judges may be an unusual phenomenon in common law countries, it is not unusual in China. In fact, more than half of the bloggers in this study wrote in their real names.”

Table 1 of the article breaks down the content of blog postings by Chinese judges.  Nearly 34% of the blog postings related to legal research.

Appendix IV lists the most common legal research question asked by the judges:

1. Copies of laws, regulations, and rules as well as comments on them.
2. Comments and opinions on draft legislation.
3. Criticizing the Rules of Payment of Court Fees issued by the State Council in December 2006.
4. Researches on a broad range of topics, such as compensations for damages to person happened in schools, the principle of innocence, problems of the Property Law of the PRC, role of the procuratorate, land system and land reform, citizens’ rights and freedom, real estate development and house transactions, labor disputes including payment of wages and salaries, and compensation for damages to accidents at work, and introduction of the spiritual compensation to civil suits collateral to criminal proceedings (some of these researches have been published in journals by the writer, blog owner).
5. Discussions on the tradition of Chinese culture and law.
6. Copies of court decisions that have come to effect.
7. Judicial interpretations issued by the Supreme People’s Court.
8. Routine work of the courts.
9. Introduction of Western legal theory, thought, and practice.
10. Questions and answers for various post-followers.

Exercising Freedom of Speech Behind the Great Firewall : A Study of Judges’ and Lawyers Blogs in China
Harvard International Law Journal
Vol. 52 , April 2011
http://www.harvardilj.org/2011/04/online_52_cheung/

In you are interested in legal research issues in China, don’t forget about the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries Conference in Philadelphia in July. Information on program sessions and speakers is available at
http://cafllnet.org/annual-conference/

Anton’s Weekly Digest of International Law Scholarship

Looks like Prof. Don Anton’s round-up of international law publications will be a useful and timely resource.

Don Anton is a professor of international law at the Australian National  University College of Law.

Anton’s Weekly Digest of International Law Scholarship

http://donanton.org/?s=weekly

Table of Contents of the latest issue:

I. SSRN Legal Scholarship Network & bepress Legal Repository

II. Books

III. Law Journals

IV. Blogs/News Papers (Select Entries)

V. Gray Literature

VI. Documents

 

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

http://www.disputeresolutioninchina.com/

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

Article on French Legal Blogs – La Blogosphère Avocats

La Semaine Juridique recently published a short article on legal blogs in France. It profiles the blog portal, La Blogosphère Avocats, which lists hundreds of blogs by subject and location.

Le barrau virtuel des avocats blogueurs

Aurélie Taschon

La Semaine Juridique 18 January 2010, No.3 page 72.

Yann Gre’s blog has posted a  copy of the article:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_SWauszTszwA/S3U1OEUitXI/AAAAAAAABjk/GV_iw2C1JOU/s1600-h/Lebarreauvirtuel.jpg

Here is a partial list of the blogs profiled:

La Blogosphère Avocats  http://avocats.fr/portal/la-blogosphere/

Yann Gré

http://yanngre.blogspot.com/

Veronique Levrard

http://avocats.fr/space/veronique.levrard

Laurence Leraille

http://avocats.fr/space/laurence.leraille

Annabel Rideau

http://avocats.fr/space/annabel.rideau

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/