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Flexing the Right Muscle = Gymnastique Cérébrale

  1. 1. Flexing the Right Muscle = Gymnastique Cérébrale
  2. 2. Pumping Iron 3: The Librarians Presentation by Lyonette Louis-Jacques University of Chicago Law Library [email_address] CALL, May 28, 2001
  3. 3. A behind-the-scenes look at… <ul><li>How a foreign and international law librarian goes about providing top-notch, efficient, and effective service, or </li></ul><ul><li>How to avoid walking up stairs, lifting heavy books, roaming around library stacks, etc., looking for the right resource, and </li></ul><ul><li>Have happy customers! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Presenting… <ul><li>The Best of the Web for Foreign and International Law </li></ul>
  5. 5. Best of the Web, Part I: General F/IL Pages <ul><li>Your Foreign and International Law Pages </li></ul><ul><li>U Toronto , U Laval </li></ul><ul><li>ASIL’s ERG </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard , NYU </li></ul><ul><li>LLRX.com </li></ul><ul><li>LAWLINKS </li></ul><ul><li>LII , AustLII </li></ul>
  6. 6. International Law Page
  7. 7. University of Toronto’s Law Library Page
  8. 8. Site de la Bibliothèque de droit de l'Université Laval
  9. 9. ASIL’s Guide to Researching International Law on the Internet
  10. 10. Harvard’s Research Guides
  11. 11. Selective Links to Full Text Foreign Law Databases
  12. 12. Law Library Resource Xchange (LLRX.com)
  13. 13. LAWLINKS: Legal Information on the Internet
  14. 14. Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII)
  15. 15. AustLII’s World Law Links Page
  16. 16. Best of the Web, Part II: Specialized Resources <ul><li>World Bank Law Library </li></ul><ul><li>Yale’s Avalon Project </li></ul><ul><li>Lex Mercatoria </li></ul><ul><li>IGO websites (UN, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>NGOs/Assocs. </li></ul><ul><li>Gov’t Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Research Centers/Think Tanks </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Avalon Project’s Major Collections
  18. 18. United Nations Documentation Centre
  19. 19. European Union Legal Documents (EUR-Lex)
  20. 20. European Conventions (CoE Treaties)
  21. 21. OAS’ Foreign Trade Information System (SICE)
  22. 22. Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  23. 23. U.S. Department of State
  24. 24. Treaties <ul><li>LexUM/DFAIT’s Canado -American Treaties </li></ul><ul><li>AustLII/DFAT’s Treaties Library </li></ul><ul><li>United Nations’ Treaty Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Yale’s Avalon Project </li></ul><ul><li>Fletcher’s Multilaterals Project </li></ul><ul><li>Gov’t Agencies, IGOs, NGOs, etc. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Australian Treaties Library (Multilaterals from 1856)
  26. 26. United Nations Treaty Collection
  27. 27. The Avalon Project’s Treaty Collections
  28. 28. Treaties (Cont’d) <ul><li>U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Marci Hoffman’s Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul><ul><li>Stefanie Weigman’s Guide </li></ul>
  29. 29. Finding Foreign Law Online Generally, and in Translation <ul><li>NYU </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Primary Law on the Web </li></ul><ul><li>GLIN </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Foreign Law Online When Going Global </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard </li></ul>
  30. 30. Foreign Primary Law on the Web (Mulligan)
  31. 31. Finding Foreign Law Online When Going Global
  32. 32. National Laws By Subject (Harvard)
  33. 33. Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
  34. 34. Finding Foreign Law/in Translation (Cont’d) <ul><li>Check research guides </li></ul><ul><li>Check OPACs </li></ul><ul><li>Check indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Contact embassies </li></ul><ul><li>Use listservs </li></ul><ul><li>* Reynolds & Flores </li></ul>
  35. 35. Getting Ready for the Lightweight Questions <ul><li>Read the basic international legal research guides </li></ul><ul><li>Read international news sources (see Harvard’s page and the ASIL ERG (so you’re prepared for requests for hot documents in the news) </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor listservs such as INT-LAW and EURO-LEX (where you can also ask for help) </li></ul><ul><li>Attend conferences (see the IJLI “ International Calendar ” for dates) and get to know the foreign and international law specialists. Network! </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark & try new links right away! </li></ul>
  36. 36. Monitoring Developments in International Law and Resources
  37. 37. Harvard’s International Law News Page
  38. 38. The Archives of the INT-LAW E-Mail List
  39. 39. How to Subscribe to INT-LAW Send an e-mail message to: majordomo@ listhost . ciesin .org With only the following text in the body: subscribe int-law
  40. 40. Archives of the EURO-LEX E-mail List
  41. 41. Subscribing to EURO-LEX To subscribe to the EURO-LEX list, send an e-mail message to: [email_address] gmd .de With only the following text in the body: subscribe euro-lex Your Name
  42. 42. International Calendar for Legal Information Events
  43. 43. Personal Trainers (Specialists in FCIL Research) Foreign Law Librarians Professors Documentalists/ IGO Librarians Lawyers
  44. 44. AALL’s FCIL SIS Expert Help Project
  45. 45. Standard Weights (Books) <ul><li>Reynolds & Flores </li></ul><ul><li>World Almanac </li></ul><ul><li>CIA World Factbook </li></ul><ul><li>Treaty indexes ( TIF ) </li></ul><ul><li>Martindale-Hubbell’s Law Digest </li></ul><ul><li>World Treaty Index </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedia of Public International Law </li></ul><ul><li>International Legal Materials (ILM) </li></ul>
  46. 46. Reynolds & Flores
  47. 47. U.S. Treaties in Force (as of January 1, 2000)
  48. 48. Standard Weights (Cont’d) <ul><li>Internet search engines (such as Google) </li></ul><ul><li>Online catalogues (union catalogues are great!) </li></ul><ul><li>Journal article databases and indexes (UnCover, RAVE, ASIL, Geneva’s WebVoyager, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Gateways/Portals/Meta-Pages (SOSIG, BUBL, Yahoo!, Hieros Gamos, JURIST) </li></ul><ul><li>Directories, listservs, & other “people” sources </li></ul>
  49. 49. Question #1: Does the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation have a Web page? <ul><li>Yes, at http://www.cec.org/ (there is a link to it from the NAFTA Secretariat page) </li></ul><ul><li>Also NYU has a link from its International Environment Law page; ditto with the ASIL ERG for International Environmental Law </li></ul>
  50. 50. Question #2: What does “RIDC” stand for? <ul><li>Revue internationale de droit compar é ! (using Sarah Carter’s wonderful “ LawLinks ” page of abbreviations) </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative sources include searching in a full text journal articles database, searching in an online catalogue, or an Internet search engine, or using Bieber ’s or the Bluebook </li></ul>
  51. 51. Question #3: Where can I find the text of the 1958 New York Convention? <ul><li>It’s old, but it’s on the Net! The ASIL ERG has a link to it. The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards is also at the AustLII Treaties Library ( ATS 1975 No. 25 ) </li></ul><ul><li>It also available via other official and unofficial sources such as UNCITRAL and InternationalADR </li></ul>
  52. 52. Question #4: Where can I find an English translation of the Israeli GSS Torture Case? <ul><li>The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has an English summary of it as well as a link to the full text of the English translation from the Israeli Supreme Court (see under “Legal Issues and Rulings”) </li></ul><ul><li>B’Tselem also links to the text. </li></ul>
  53. 53. English Summary of Case, with Link to Translated Text
  54. 54. Question #5: Where can I find the Pope & Talbot v. Canada (NAFTA) arbitral decisions? <ul><li>At the DFAIT NAFTA Dispute Settlement Page! </li></ul><ul><li>See also NAFTA Claims website. </li></ul>
  55. 55. Question #7: Where can I find a 1960 UN Security Council Resolution on Adolf Eichmann? <ul><li>At the UN Documentation Centre web page (Resolution 138, June 23, 1960) </li></ul>
  56. 56. Getting Ready for Heavier Weights/Tougher Questions <ul><li>Attend workshops, seminars, and training courses (both substantive and bibliographic) </li></ul><ul><li>Attend specialized database sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a personal or institutional web page </li></ul><ul><li>READ, READ, READ research guides and substantive international law articles </li></ul><ul><li>Do you feel the burn? </li></ul>
  57. 57. Question #8: How do you find the “drafting history” of an international agreement? <ul><li>See Jonathan Pratter’s excellent PowerPoint presentation for some good background information (and why “legislative history” is a misleading term to use here) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Travaux pr éparatoires”/preparatory works have been published for some major treaties such as the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (check online catalogues) </li></ul>
  58. 58. Finding “Travaux Pr éparatoires” for Treaties
  59. 59. Question #9: Where can you find an English translation of the French Vienot Report on Corporate Governance? <ul><li>My current favorite Internet search engine, Google , is great for this type of question – a document with a popular name on a hot topic. </li></ul><ul><li>The European Corporate Governance Network has a link to Vienot I and Vienot II in English from the Mouvement des Entreprises de France ( MEDEF ) </li></ul>
  60. 60. Google Search Results for: “Vienot Report” English
  61. 61. Question #8: Where Can I Find “Control Council Law No. 10” (Nuremberg War Crimes Trials)? <ul><li>Yale’s Avalon Project is a great resource for major, historic documents and it includes a collection of Nuremberg War Crimes Trials documents </li></ul><ul><li>Links to other sources of War Crimes documents are also available from other “Best of the Web” sites </li></ul>
  62. 62. You know you’re ready to move up to the next level when... <ul><li>You take less time to find the right anwers </li></ul><ul><li>Someone asks a question on a listserv and you know you can answer that </li></ul><ul><li>You no longer feel the burn… </li></ul>
  63. 63. FIN
  64. 64. We’re done! See y’all on the Net!