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News and Reports for June 2016

United Kingdom and European Resources

With Brexit (the referendum on the exit of Great Britain from the European Union) all over the news, now is a good time to look at resources available to researchers of both the United Kingdom and Europe.

For the United Kingdom, one of the best places to find legislation is via the free website maintained by the U.K.’s National Archives. It maintains both primary and secondary legislation for the U.K, as a whole as well as legislation applicable to only in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. If you are seeking case law, Georgetown law has subscriptions to several databases that may be of use to you, the most notable of which is ICLR Online. This website includes all cases reported in The Law Reports (since 1865) and The Weekly Law Reports (since 1952) as well as cases published in some of the subject-specific reporters. It also includes a citatory service for links to both cited and citing cases and subsequent appellant history. For historical case law, Hein Online offers the English Reports Full Reprint which offers case law spanning from 1220-1867. Finally, if you’re seeking a preeminent secondary source for researching the development of common law in the U.K., look no further than Halsbury’s Laws of England. These print volumes are organized hierarchically by subject with citations to the relevant primary authorities. Our research guide on legal research in the United Kingdom will provide researchers with further information.

The main portal for access to EU law is Eur-Lex. From this free database, you can access the Official Journal (OJ) of the EU, find national laws that relate to the EU for member states, find legislative procedures from the European Parliament, and access other EU laws and documents like treaties and case law. Case law can also be found in the official reporter for the European Court of Justice; the European Court Reports (ECR). This reporter is accessible through Hein Online and in print. For more information on the European Union and resources available for interested researchers, please see our European Union Research Guide.

These are just some of the resources available to Georgetown Law patrons interested in researching the United Kingdom and the European Union. If you need more information, librarians are available for consultation during our summer virtual reference desk hours, via chat, and through appointment using our research consultation form.

Free Alternative to PACER: Bloomberg Law Dockets

Did you know that you can pull federal and state court filings and dockets from Bloomberg Law for free? Not only does Bloomberg allow you to access the materials on PACER, but it does this without incurring the charges associated with accessing PACER directly.

Access to Bloomberg Law is free for Georgetown law students and faculty. Registration codes are usually distributed during orientation, but you can also request a Bloomberg Law account by using your Georgetown e-mail address. Be advised that processing this activation can take up to a few days, whereas using your assigned activation code is much faster.

Once you log in, you can click into the tab for "Litigation and Dockets" at the top of the home screen

From here you can see a number of different options for exploring dockets. The Docket Coverage link displays an interactive map that describes what court filings are available in Bloomberg Law for every state and federal jurisdiction in the country;there are even some international jurisdictions included. There is also "Docket Tracking" which allows you to set up alerts that monitor cases of interest and notify you of any activity.

The Search Dockets feature allows you to quickly find dockets and extract the court filings. Can't remember your case's docket number? Not a problem. Bloomberg's search functionality allows you to search by keyword, narrow by the jurisdiction and the court, search by party name, judge name, or attorneys, and more. Of course, if you have the docket number you can always search with that as well. docket search form

Once you find the docket for a case you're researching, you can see the list of individual documents that have been filed in the case. In federal court dockets, you should be able to access all of the filings. Coverage of state filings varies due to local e-filing rules;some states will allow you to see the dockets but not the filings, others have filings from some courts but not others. For example, if you are searching Texas state court documents, you will be able to access court filings from the Texas Supreme Court and most of the Texas Appellate courts, but only view the dockets for the Texas District and County Courts. To see what's available in your jurisdiction of interest, check the Docket Coverage.docket

In the docket display, you will see information about the case in the right-hand box, as well as information about the individual parties. Scrolling down, you should see the actual docket with the filings. Each filing should be assigned an entry number, filing date, and have a short description that tells you what the filing is.docket with actions

Under "Action" you will see either "Request" or "View." Clicking "View" will allow you to see documents that are already uploaded to the Bloomberg Law database. If instead it says "Request," don't despair. It is often possible to access these documents as well without incurring any PACER charge. Clicking "Request" will bring up this small window that tells you whether or not you will be able to access the document.
document request message

For any PACER documents the collection fee is waived as part of your Bloomberg Law subscription. It may take a few minutes for the document to arrive, but with its enhanced searching features and free access to many court filings, Bloomberg Law can save a lot of time and money as an alternative to PACER.

For more information about using Bloomberg Law's dockets, you should check out the library's Tutorial on Court Document/Docket Retrieval or contact a librarian if you have any questions.

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Faculty Scholarship Report

Links to some materials are available below. Following is a list of what the links represent:

  • [HEIN] = Available on Hein Online
  • [W] = Available on Westlaw
  • [L] = Available on Lexis
  • [Gtown Law] = Available in Georgetown Law Scholarly Commons
  • [SSRN] = Available in SSRN Working Papers collection
  • [WWW] = Available for free on the Internet
  • [BOOK] - More information available in law library catalog

Lama Abu-Odeh

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers  

Lama Abu-Odeh, Syria: The Name of Our Shame (working paper).  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

William Buzbee

Journal Articles  

William W. Buzbee, Federalism-Facilitated Regulatory Innovation and Regression in a Time of Environmental Legislative Gridlock, 28 Geo. Envtl. L. Rev. 451-483 (2016).  [L] [W] [WWW]  

Congressional Testimony  

Erosion of Expectations and Expansion of Federal Control – Implementation of the Definition of Waters of the United States: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Fisheries,  Water,  & Wildlife of the S. Comm. on Env't & Pub. Works,  114th Cong.,  May 24,  2016 (Statement of William W. Buzbee) (CIS No.: Pending).  [WWW]

David Cole

Journal Articles  

David D. Cole, Race & Renaming: A Talk with Peter Salovey,   President of Yale N.Y. Rev. Books,  June 9,   2016,   at 42-44.    

David D. Cole,  The Roberts Court's Greatest Hits? The Nation,  Oct. 12,   2015,   at 32-33.  

Anne Fleming

Journal Articles  

Anne Fleming,  Response,  The Long Shadow of Doctrine 163 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 337-344 (2015).  [WWW]

Brian Galle

Journal Articles  

Brian Galle & David I. Walker,  Donor Reaction to Salient Disclosures of Nonprofit Executive Pay: A Regression-Discontinuity Approach Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. Online First,  Nov. 3,   2015,   at 1-19.  

Lawrence Gostin

Journal Articles  

Lawrence O. Gostin & Eric A. Friedman,  A Human Rights Based Approach to Health: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Achieving the Vision of Global Health with Justice 21 Geo. Pub. Pol'y Rev.,  no. 1,   2016.  [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]  

Lawrence O. Gostin & Daniel Lucey,  A Yellow Fever Epidemic: A New Global Health Emergency? JAMA (Online First),  May 9,   2016,   at E1-E2.  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]  

Lawrence O. Gostin & James G. Hodge,   Jr.,  Is the United States Prepared for a Major Zika Virus Outbreak? 315 JAMA 2395-2396 (2016).  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]  

Lawrence O. Gostin,  Lead in the Water: A Tale of Social and Environmental Injustice JAMA (Online First),  May 17,   2016,   at E1-E2. 

Lawrence O. Gostin,   Carmen C. Mundaca-Shah & Patrick W. Kelley,  Neglected Dimensions of Global Security: The Global Health Risk Framework Commission 315 JAMA 1451-1452 (2016).  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]  

Lawrence O. Gostin & Rebecca Katz,  The International Health Regulations: The Governing Framework for Global Health Security 94 Milbank Q. 264-313 (2016).  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]  

Lawrence O. Gostin,   Oyewale Tomori,   Suwit Wibulpolprasert,   Ashish K. Jha,   Julio Frenk,   Suerie Moon,   Joy Phumaphi,   Peter Piot,   Barbara Stocking,   Victor J. Dzau & Gabriel M. Leung,  Toward a Common Secure Future: Four Global Commissions in the Wake of Ebola Plos Med.,  May 19,   2016,   at 1-15.  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Anne Guha

Journal Articles  

Anne M. Guha,   Law Libr. Lights,  Spring 2016,   at 6-9 (reviewing Amy L. Affelt,   The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications And Opportunities For Librarians And Information Professionals (2015)).  

Lisa Heinzerling

Journal Articles  

Lisa Heinzerling,  The Supreme Court's Clean-Power Power Grab 28 Geo. Envtl. L. Rev. 425-440 (2016).  [L] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]

Nan Hunter

Journal Articles  

Nan D. Hunter,  Interpreting Liberty and Equality Through the Lens of Marriage 6 Cal. L. Rev. Circuit 107-116 (2015).  [L] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]

Neal Katyal

Journal Articles  

Neal Kumar Katyal & Paul Clement,  On the Meaning of "Natural Born Citizen" 128 Harv. L. Rev. F. 161-164 (2015).  [L] [W] [WWW]

Donald Langevoort


Donald C. Langevoort,  Selling Hope,   Selling Risk: Corporations,   Wall Street,   and the Dilemmas of Investor Protection (New York: Oxford University Press 2016).  [BOOK]

Martin Lederman

Journal Articles  

Martin S. Lederman,  Reconstructing RFRA: The Contested Legacy of Religious Freedom Restoration 125 Yale L.J. F. 416-441 (2016).  [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]

David Luban

Journal Articles  

David Luban,  Optimism,   Skepticism,   and Access to Justice 3 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 495-513 (2016).  [W]

Paul Ohm

Congressional Testimony  

FCC Overreach: Examining the Proposed Privacy Rules: Hearing Before the H. Subcomm. Commc'n & Tech. of the H. Comm. on Energy & Commerce,   114th Cong.,   June 14,   2016 (Statement of Paul Ohm)(CIS No.: Pending).  [WWW]

James Oldham

Journal Articles  

James Oldham,  The Historically Shifting Sands of Reasons to Arbitrate 2016 J. Disp. Resol. 41-54.  [L] [W]

Gary Peller

Journal Articles  

Gary Peller,  Legal Education and the Legitimation of Racial Power 65 J. Legal Educ. 405-413 (2015).  [W]

Nicholas Rosenkranz

Congressional Testimony  

Settling the Question: Did Bank Settlement Agreements Subvert Congressional Appropriations Powers?: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Oversight & Investigations of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs.,   114th Cong.,   May 19,   2016 (Statement of Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz)(CIS No.: Pending).  [WWW]

Steven Salop

Journal Articles  

Steven C. Salop & Jonathan B. Baker,   Antitrust,   Competition Policy,   and Inequality 104 Geo. L.J. Online 1-28 (2015).  [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]

Louis Seidman

Journal Articles  

Louis Michael Seidman,   The Triumph of Gay Marriage and the Failure of Constitutional Law 2015 Sup. Ct. Rev. 115–146.  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Yvonne Tew

Forthcoming Works - Books  

Yvonne Tew,  The Constitutional Core: Constitutional Adjudication in Southeast Asia (Oxford: Oxford University Press forthcoming).   

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers  

Yvonne Tew,   Malaysia's Invisible Constitution (working paper).    

Yvonne Tew,   On the Uneven Road to Constitutional Redemption: The Malaysian Judiciary and Constitutional Politics,   25 Wash. Int'l L. J. 674 (forthcoming) (symposium).    

Yvonne Tew Am. J. Comp. L. (forthcoming) (reviewing Po Jen Yap,   Constitutional Dialogue in Common Law Asia (2015)).  

Kristen Tiscione

Journal Articles  

Kristen K. Tiscione,  How the Disappearance of Classical Rhetoric and the Decision to Teach Law as a "Science" Severed Theory from Practice in Legal Education 51 Wake Forest L. Rev. 385-401 (2016).  [L] [W]

Rebecca Tushnet

Book Chapters and Collected Works  

Rebecca Tushnet & Betsy Rosenblatt,  Transformative Works: Young Women’s Voices on Fandom and Fair Use,   in eGirls,   eCitizens: Putting Technology,   Theory and Policy into Dialogue with Girls’ and Young Women’s Voices 385-409 (Jane Bailey & Valerie Steeves eds.,   Ottawa,   Can.: University of Ottawa Press 2015).  [BOOK]

Carlos Vázquez

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers  

Carlos M. Vázquez,   Habeas as Forum Allocation: A New Synthesis (working paper).  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]  

Journal Articles  

Carlos M. Vázquez,  Four Problems with the Draft Restatement's Treatment of Treaty Self-Execution 2015 BYU L. Rev. 1747-1799.  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

David Vladeck

Congressional Testimony  

Legislative Hearing on 17 FTC Bills: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Commerce,   Mfg. & Trade of the H. Comm. on Energy & Commerce,   114th Cong.,   May 24,   2016 (Statement of David C. Vladeck)(CIS No.: Pending).  

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