UNRIC Backgrounders

The United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe Backgrounders are a great resource for locating UN documents and sites covering international law topics and selected countries
These guides provide links to treaties, UN resolutions, UN press releases, UN reports and UN Web sites. Many thanks to the UNRIC Library staff for posting these useful guides online.

UNRIC Library Backgrounders
http://www.unric.org/en/unric-library-backgrounders

Backgrounders are available for the following countries:
Afghanistan
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Gaza
Iraq
Kosovo
Libya
Mali
Myanmar
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan/Darfur
Sri Lanka
Syria
Yemen

Backgrounders are available for the following topics:
Biodiversity
Climate Change
Desertification
Disability
Disarmament
Educational Resources
Food Waste
Forests
Genocide
Global Food Crisis
Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Middle East
Migration
Millennium Development Goals
Nuclear Disarmament
Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Participation of the European Union in the work of the United Nations
Peacebuilding Commission
Peacekeeping
Poverty
Protection of civilians in armed conflict
Racism
Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
Sustainable Development
Terrorism
Youth

Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research

Catherine Best, a research lawyer at Boughton Law Corporation, maintains the eponymous Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research. This is an easy to navigate site that not just lists resources, but also includes explanatory notes for specific titles or databases.  Both free and pay sites are discussed. Additional guides are available for Australia, European Union, International Law, New Zealand and the UK.  

Hat tip to George W. for finding this great site.

Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research

http://legalresearch.org/

Tools of the Trade, part III

While we eagerly await the arrival of our Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian, we continue to field requests for trainings and materials in these areas of law.  These requests have grown as the law school expands its clinics and programs into increasingly global concerns.

When faced with the daunting task of finding Namibian law online or sources for Chilean ocean policies, I have had the comfort of turning to a source that offers expertly written and exhaustive research guides for almost any area of foreign/international/comparative law.  A project of New York University Law School, Globalex offers the novice researcher a great starting point for research ranging from finding the sources of laws in another country to tracking down bi-lateral trade agreements.  It has quickly become a favorite bookmark of mine.