21st Century International, Foreign and Comparative Law Research Issues

Earlier I wrote about Lee Peoples’s article, “The Use of Foreign Law by the Advocates General of the Court of Justice of the European Communities.”  Lee’s article is part of a great symposium issue that arrived in today’s mail, with contributions from many law librarians.  Here are the details:

Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce

Volume 35, issue No. 2, Spring 2008

Symposium: 21st Century International, Foreign and Comparative Law Research Issues.

Introduction

Minding the Gap: 21st Century International, Foreign and Comparative Law Research Issues, by Thomas R. French

Articles

Gaps in International Legal Literature, by Lyonette Louis-Jacques

Tyranny of the Available: Under-represented Topics, Approaches, and Viewpoints, by Marci Hoffman and Katherine Topulos

Gauging the Impact of Online Legal Information on International Law: Two Tests, by Mary Rumsey

The Use of Foreign Law by the Advocates General of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, by Lee Faircloth Peoples

Perferably in English: Surfing the Pacific in Search of Law in Translation, by Mary Sexton

A Brief History of Brazilian Biofuels Legislation, by Juscelino F. Colares

Codes and Hypertext: The Intertextuality of International and Comparative Law, by Marylin J. Raisch

Following Deskaheh’s Legacy: Reclaiming the Cayuga Indian Nation’s Land Rights at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, by Carrie E. Garrow

Gaps in International Legal LIterature: A Skeptical Reppaisal, by Lyonette Louis-Jacques

 

We are cataloging this important issue as a monograph.

Tools of the Trade, Part V

This week’s tool has international flair.  The International Legal Research Tutorial is the product of a collaboration between Marci Hoffman (University of California, Berkeley) and Katherine Topulos (Duke University) and benefits greatly from the knowledge and experience of these two Foreign & International Law librarians. 

The tutorial takes users through a brief introduction to Interational Law and then delves into meatier sections on Treaties & Agreements, Customary Law and Interanational Organizations.  The tutorial ends with a list of Essential Sources that form the backbone of international legal research.

We have assigned this tutorial to the students in our Advanced Legal Research class several times over the past three years and many students have noted is utility in the research process.