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News and Reports for February 2015

Law of China (PRC) in One Bilingual Database

Marylin Raisch
Associate Law Librarian, John Wolff International & Comparative Law Library

Our last faculty newsletter installment on databases highlighted the very foundation of public international law: treaties and historical treaty text publication, both print and online; now for the latest and largest jurisdiction (by population) and its electronic presence! The library subscribes to several databases on Chinese law but ChinaLawInfo/LawInfoChina (also known as PKUlaw or “Beida Fabao”) is our one most comprehensive source for primary law, available in most of the many forms that Chinese law takes in the People’s Republic. This database, developed originally at Peking University, provides side-by-side text of laws, regulations, many decisions of ministries, and the State Council as well as the Supreme People’s Court. One enters an English language portal under the title LawInfoChina in our catalogue, or as a keyword styled as one word, and one can begin in character-based Chinese through the same database using the title ChinaLawInfo. Selected Chinese law journals are available in Chinese.

How do we know that we selected a reliable and comprehensive database? Fortunately, a Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL) was formed in 2010, and at its 2011 conference in Philadelphia, many librarians saw a presentation evaluating and comparing the databases then available, with attention to coverage (both content and currency) as well as quality of translation into English for those that offer bilingual access. This database was adjudged the best for broad access to primary law; with some weakness in style of flow of the English translation, this was still recommended as a fair trade-off against competitors that may have had more fluent legal English but which were not up-to-date or as close to being comprehensive. Happy Legal Lunar New Year!

Alumni Scrapbook Donated to the Law Center Archives

The Law Center Archives has recently been donated a scrapbook, created by an alumni who graduated from the Law Center in 1913 and went on to work for the State Department. The scrapbook is full of news clippings and photographs of Georgetown athletics and events. It is a wonderful snap shot of what was going on at Georgetown and the Law Center at the turn of the century, through the eyes of a student. Included with the scrap book are some telegrams from Europe during World War I and materials regarding the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. The Archives is delighted to be able to share this unique collection of materials with the rest of the Law Center Community.

For access to this document, please contact Hannah Miller-Kim, Special Collections Librarian, at specl@law.georgetown.edu or 202-661-6602.

February App Recommendation

January 15 saw us with a serious telephone outage here at the Law Center. As a result, my department was asked to put together a list of recommended (or at least possible) ways of using your computer as a telephone (remember, you will need speakers and a microphone for most desktops – laptops generally have these commodities built in). So, as an alternative to our usual mobile app recommendation, let me outline some of the possibilities of using your 2015-era desktop or laptop to do the 1915-era task of placing a POTS (Plain Old Telephony Service) phone call:

Jill A. Smith
  • Skype: Most people think of Skype when they need to do a video call, but you can place audio-only calls on Skype as well.
  • Google Hangouts: You can make and receive calls on your computer using Hangouts if you get a free Google Voice number.
  • Fuze: Our Georgetown-provided videoconference solution also supports voice-only calling.

There are numerous other options from a variety of vendors (a Google search for computer to telephone calls free reveals quite a few companies).  Some of these organizations offer free calling from a computer to a cell phone that has their app or may require a credit card.  Review the terms of what any vendor is offering carefully before signing up and if you are unsure about the organization, either go with one that is more reputable or run a search for [company name] scam fraud or other similar terms to find out if others have had a bad experience.

If you would like to recommend additions to the library’s mobile apps database, please contact Jill Smith, Instructional Technology Librarian, at jas515@law.georgetown.edu or 202-662-9165.

Faculty Scholarship Report

Bookshelves

Your Publications from 2014 to date.

Juliet R. Aiken

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Juliet R. Aiken & Milton C. Regan, Gendered Pathways: Choice, Constraint, and Women’s Job Movements in the Legal Profession, Law & Soc. Inquiry (forthcoming).  

Randy E. Barnett

Book Chapters and Collected Works

Randy E. Barnett, Contract Is Not Promise; Contract Is Consent, in Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law 42-57 (Gregory Klass, George Letsas & Prince Saprai eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014).    [BOOK]

Chris Brummer

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Chris Brummer, Danger of Divergence: Reminbi Internationalization and the Regulation of Global Financial Markets (working paper).   

Chris Brummer, Disruptive Technology and Securities Regulation (working paper).    [SSRN]

Paul Butler

Journal Articles

Paul Butler, Stop and Frisk and Torture-Lite: Police Terror of Minority Communities, 12 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 57-69 (2014).    [L] [W]

William W. Buzbee

Forthcoming Works - Books

William W. Buzbee, Robert L. Glicksman, David L. Markell, Daniel R. Mandelker, Daniel Bodansky & Emily Hammond, Environmental Protection: Law and Policy (Aspen Publishers 7th ed. forthcoming).   

William W. Buzbee, Robert L. Glicksman, David L. Markell, Daniel R. Mandelker, Daniel Bodansky & Emily Hammond, Teacher's Manual to Environmental Protection: Law and Policy (Aspen Publishers 7th ed. forthcoming).   

Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works

William W. Buzbee, Climate Federalism, Regulatory Failure Risks, and Entrenching Innovation Incentives, in The Law and Policy of Environmental Federalism: A Comparative Analysis (Kalyani Robbins ed., Edward Elgar forthcoming).   

William W. Buzbee, Regulatory Design Choice in Environmental Law, in Environmental Decision Making (Robert Glicksman & Leroy Paddock eds., Edward Elgar forthcoming).   

William W. Buzbee, Transportation as a Climate Policy Wedge, in Climate Encyclopedia (Daniel Farber & Marjan Peters eds., Edward Elgar forthcoming).   

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

William W. Buzbee, Anti-Regulatory Skewing and Political Choice in UARG, Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. (forthcoming).   

Books

William W. Buzbee, Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War that Transformed New York City (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press 2014).    [BOOK]

Congressional Testimony

Will EPA's 'Waters of the United States' Rule Drown Small Businesses?: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on Small Bus., 113th Cong., May 29, 2014 (Statement of William W. Buzbee) (CIS-No.: Pending).    [WWW]

Julie E. Cohen

Journal Articles

Julie E. Cohen, What Kind of Property Is Intellectual Property?, 52 Hous. L. Rev. 691-707 (2014).    [L] [W]

Stephen B. Cohen

Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works

Stephen B. Cohen, "Seg Academies," Taxes, and Judge Ginsburg, in The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg 73 (Scott Dodson ed., Cambridge University Press forthcoming).   

David D. Cole

Journal Articles

David D. Cole, Must Counterterrorism Cancel Democracy?, N.Y. Rev. Books, Jan. 8, 2015, at 26-28.   

Laura K. Donohue

Forthcoming Works - Books

Laura K. Donohue, The Future of Foreign Intelligence (Oxford University Press forthcoming).   

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Laura K. Donohue, High Technology, Consumer Privacy, and U.S. National Security, Am. U. Bus. L. Rev. (forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Journal Articles

Laura K. Donohue, Terrorism Trials in Article III Courts, 38 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 105-143 (2015).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Daniel R. Ernst

Journal Articles

Daniel R. Ernst, The Hughes-Roberts Visit Revisited, 18 Green Bag 2d 5-11 (2014).    [L] [W]

Anna Gelpern

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Anna Gelpern, Russia's Contract Arbitrage, Cap. Markets L.J. (forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Emma Coleman Jordan

Journal Articles

Emma Coleman Jordan, In Memoriam, Kathy Vaughns, Berkeley Pioneer and My Role Model, 74 Md. L. Rev. 418-419 (2015).    [L] [W]

Gregory Klass

Books

Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law (Gregory Klass, George Letsas & Prince Saprai eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014).    [BOOK]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

Gregory Klass, Efficient Breach, in Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law 362-387 (Gregory Klass, George Letsas & Prince Saprai eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]

Gregory Klass, Introduction to Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law, in Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law 1-13 (Gregory Klass, George Letsas & Prince Saprai eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]

Wallace J. Mlyniec

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Wallace J. Mlyniec & Haley D. Etchison, Conceptualizing Student Practice for the 21st Century: Educational and Ethical Considerations in Modernizing the District of Columbia Student Practice Rules, 28 Geo. J. Legal Ethics (forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Victoria F. Nourse

Journal Articles

Victoria F. Nourse, The Constitution and Legislative History, 17 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 313-363 (2014).    [L] [W] [WWW]

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz

Congressional Testimony

Attorney General Nomination: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 114th Cong., Jan. 28-29, 2015 (Statement of Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz) (Cis No.: Pending).   

Philip G. Schrag

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Philip G. Schrag, The Unethical Ethics Rule: Nine Ways to Fix Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(e), 28 Geo. J. Legal Ethics (forthcoming).   

David A. Super

Journal Articles

David A. Super, Protecting Civil Rights in the Shadows, 123 Yale L.J. 2806-2836 (2014).    [W] [WWW]

Rebecca Tushnet

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Rebecca Tushnet, A Mask That Eats into the Face: Images and the Right of Publicity, 38 Colum. J.L. & Arts (forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Robin L. West

Book Chapters and Collected Works

Robin L. West, Gatsby and Tort, in American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature 86-132 (Saul Levmore & Martha C. Nussbaum eds., New York: Oxford University Press 2014).    [BOOK]

Journal Articles

Robin L. West, Schools and Citizen, Boston Rev., Jan./Feb. 2014, at 49-53 (reviewing Diane Ravitch, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools (2013)).   

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