News and Reports for October 2014
If you have been in The Scholarly Commons (http://scholarship.law.georgetown.edu/) recently, you will likely have noticed a new feature. The front page of the commons now includes a real-time visualization of full-text downloads of Georgetown Law scholarship. The moment a download is performed anywhere across the globe, a pin will drop on the map, showing in real time what is being read and where it is being read. The counter will begin again every time the page is loaded, or the enlarged version is opened.
Visualizing this data can be very compelling, and while currently the functionality is implemented for the entire Georgetown Law repository, the developers at bepress have plans to eventually make the map available for each individual collection in the repository.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding this new feature, please feel free to contact Leah Prescott, Associate Law Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Associate Law Librarian for International and Foreign Law
October 8, 2014
The sources and resources for research in international law, and related areas such as comparative constitutional law, have never been easier for scholars to access than they are today. In a complete reversal of fortune for researchers working with transnational legal subjects, such as the international sale of goods, treaty law covering the entire period of modern international law, and even sources for that most puzzling of topics- customary international law- a large number of these resources are now available electronically through both fee-based and free collections of scanned documents. While the former, the commercial databases that the library pays for, account for the many of the largest electronic libraries, free resources also abound in formats displaying images of text pages. This means that citation to volumes and page numbers of familiar collections remains possible while on is seated at the computer. Get up from your chair for physical fitness- not footnotes.
Here are the highlights of post-Westphalian cyberspace; the publisher or web source is given with a link to the site if it is free and to our catalogue record if by subscription (Tip: Use the catalogue to reach sources by proxy from home).
Principal Treaty Sets for General, Historical, and US Treaty Research
Oxford University Press:
- Consolidated Treaty Series. Edited by C. Parry. Dobbs Ferry, New York: Oceana Publications, Inc., 1969-1981. Soon to be on Oxford University Press’s platform, Oxford Public International Law. The set consists of 231 volumes, plus several index volumes; electronic version is on trial.
- United Nations Treaty Series: Treaties and International Agreements Registered or Filed and Recorded with the Secretariat of the United Nations. New York: United Nations, Office of Legal Affairs, 1946-present. Catalogues as Treaty series = Recueil des traités New York [etc.] United Nations. Also completely free at the United Nations Treaty Collection site, https://treaties.un.org/pages/UNTSOnline.aspx?id=1.
- Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States of America, 1776-1949 (Bevans). Edited by C. Bevans. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1968-1976.
- Treaties, Conventions, International Acts, Protocols and Agreements Between the United States and Other Powers 1776-1909. Compiled by William M. Malloy. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1910.
- Treaties, Conventions, International Acts, Protocols and Agreements Between the United States and Other Powers 1910-1923. Compiled by William M. Malloy. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1924.
- Treaties, Conventions, International Acts, Protocols and Agreements Between the United States and Other Powers 1923-1937. Compiled by William M. Malloy. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1938.
- United States Statutes at Large. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O.,1789- present. (Until 1950, ratified U.S. treaties appeared in Statutes at Large).
- Treaties and Other International Acts Series. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of State, 1946-present. (TIAS).
- United States Treaties and Other International Agreements. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of State, 1950-present. (U.S.T.).
- Current treaty index. Edited and compiled by Igor I. Kavass. Buffalo, New York: W.S. Hein & Co., 1999-
Treaty Status Source for the U.S.
Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States. United States Department of State. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1929-present. Also in PDF at the U.S. Department of State web site for FREE, along with the following:
- U.S. State Department Treaty Actions, http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/c3428.htm
- U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, http://www.foreign.senate.gov/legislation/ with links for Pending Treaties and to Thomas for foreign relations legislation (implementation or related to this topic; presently the link points to bills and resolutions of the 110th Congress).
Yearbooks and Digests, for Customary International Law
HeinOnline provides unprecedented access to many sources previously regarded as difficult to locate but which now serve to de-mystify customary international law for students to a much greater extent. Most of these resources are digitized in a sub-collection entitled Foreign and International Law Resources Database. Yearbooks of international law include those for Asia, Australia, the Baltic, Britain, Canada, Croatia on down to Singapore, South Africa, and Spain, but this list is not at all comprehensive owing to the publisher’s preference for content mostly in English. This is still a major advance in making evident of customary international law more available. The American digests of state practice in international law are uniquely complete: Wharton, Hackworth and Whiteman are all represented as well as the current digest. A selection of historic and specialized digests are digitized here as well, such as John Bassett Moore’s six-volume 1898 History and Digest of the International Arbitrations to Which the United States Has Been a Party.
International and Regional Judicial Decisions
While almost all the major courts with continuing international and regional activity are represented on the internet at their free official web sites, some repositories are still incomplete. The International Court of Justice includes archives a digital library of its predecessor, the Permanent Court of International Justice (1922-1946) alongside its full list of cases, contentious and advisory, with related orders and memorials. However, HeinOnline supplements the web site of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which is in the process of completing a full repository. Hein provides John Brown Scott’s Casablanca Case between France and Germany Decided May 22, 1909, and the confrontations between the German consulate and the French Foreign Legion will for now be found recorded in that work and accessed, most conveniently, via Hein. (Scott, J.B. ed., 1 Hague Court Reports…[etc.] 110 (1916)).
Constitutions around the World
HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated contains an extraordinary wealth of current texts, historic versions, translations, and background material. It is more up-to-date overall than a new free counterpart, Constitute; both enable searching topics and phrases across jurisdictions for comparison of provisions.
Congress and the Courts: A Legislative History is now available and fully searchable on HeinOnline. Congressional hearings, reports and other documents about the federal judiciary make up this multi-volume set, which until now, was only in print. Since it compiles all Congressional documents on the federal courts from the inception of the U.S. government, this resource is a treasure trove of material. HeinOnline has digitized the set, making it much easier to search. Whether you are interested in the infancy of the federal judiciary, court appointments, or maintenance of federal courthouses, this is the set for you.
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Your Publications from 2014 to date.
Jane H. Aiken
Jane H. Aiken, Deborah Epstein & Wallace J. Mlyniec, The Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).
Jane H. Aiken, Deborah Epstein & Wallace J. Mlyniec, Teaching the Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).
T. Alexander Aleinikoff
Viet D. Dinh
Equality for the District of Columbia: Discussing the Implications of S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Homeland Sec. & Governmental Affairs, 113th Cong., Sept. 15, 2014 (Statement of Viet D. Dinh) (CIS-No.: Pending).
Laura K. Donohue
Cross Border Data Flows: Could Foreign Protectionism Hurt U.S. Jobs?: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Commerce, Mfg. & Trade of the H. Comm. on Energy & Commerce, 113th Cong., Sept. 17, 2014 (Statement of Laura K. Donohue) (CIS-No.: Pending). [WWW]
Deborah Epstein, Jane H. Aiken & Wallace J. Mlyniec, The Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).
Deborah Epstein, Jane H. Aiken & Wallace J. Mlyniec, Teaching the Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).
J. Maria Glover
Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
J. Maria Glover, The Erosion of the Public Law, 124 Yale L.J. (forthcoming).
Lawrence O. Gostin
Lawrence O. Gostin, Belinda H. Reeve & Marice Ashe, The Historic Role of Boards of Health in Local Innovation: New York City's Soda Portion Case, JAMA (Online), Sept. 15, 2014, at E1-E2. [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
Lisa Heinzerling, U.S. Food Law: Cases and Materials (Raleigh, N.C.: Lulu 2014). [BOOK]
Neal Kumar Katyal
Wallace J. Mlyniec
Wallace J. Mlyniec, Jane H. Aiken & Deborah Epstein, The Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).
Wallace J. Mlyniec, Jane H. Aiken & Deborah Epstein, Teaching the Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Equality for the District of Columbia: Discussing the Implications of S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Homeland Sec. & Governmental Affairs, 113th Cong., Sept. 15, 2014 (Statement of Eleanor Holmes Norton) (CIS-No.: Pending).
Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
Jill A. Smith
Jill A. Smith, 84 Libr. Q. 512-514 (2014) (reviewing Law Librarianship in the Digital Age (Ellyssa Kroski ed., 2014)).
Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
Philomila Tsoukala, Household Regulation and European Integration: The Family Portrait of a Crisis, Am. J. Comp. L. (forthcoming). [Gtown Law]
Book Chapters and Collected Works
Rebecca Tushnet, Make Me Walk, Make Me Talk, Do Whatever You Please: Barbie and Exceptions, in Intellectual Property at the Edge: The Contested Contours of IP 405-426 (Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss & Jane C. Ginsburg eds., Cambridge University Press 2014). [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]