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News and Reports for September 2016

Digital Georgetown - New Collections

The Law Library collections in Digital Georgetown continue to grow as more library and archival materials are scanned and made available. While continuing to add to existing collections of yearbooks, finding aids, law journal issues, manuscript materials, oral history interviews, DC Mayor’s Agent decisions, and legal dictionaries and other rare books, additional materials have been added over the past two months including:

  • Georgetown Law Weekly (so far from the beginning in 1966 to Feb. 1972)

  • Law Center Bulletins (scattered dates at this point)

  • Facebooks (1970-1986 so far)

  • Photographs (all of the class and commencement photographs that we have, as well as assorted photographs of people, buildings, and general student life)

We also have a number of issues of Res Ipsa Loquitur ready to upload so they will be coming soon – so stay tuned!

Official or Government Gazettes in Comparative Law- Why Bother?

At a faculty lunch talk featuring a presentation from the library a few years ago, we heard the following question: why work so hard to classify and summarize foreign legal developments for our various reference and research requests when in reality lawyers (and by implication, legal academics with global connections) call upon the legal experts and assisting counsel in other jurisdictions to supply this information.

Why indeed. Our resources may be more limited per country and some of the information is second-hand and filtered through translation. So apart from the scholarly requirements of doctoral research, is there really a need to deal with some of the difficult foreign law sources, like the frequently-published legal gazettes, even though for most countries these sources are both primary law and evidence that statutory or regulatory enactments are actually in force?

While there is not space fully to answer that thorny question or the merits of providing access to non-U.S. law, there may be value in knowing where librarians or research assistants (who may possess foreign language skills) turn for such information without the networking or the billable hour. The reason to do so now is that there have been promising developments in access to digital image collections of this material in a mix of free open access and enhanced searching. Below is an excerpt from the announcement last week from the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), an international consortium of academic and independent research libraries:

Through a project sponsored in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, CRL digitized and/or harvested from the web official gazettes from eleven African and Persian Gulf nations where the integrity of the public record is at risk. CRL worked with partners such as LLMC, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, LA Law Library, New York Public Library, and Princeton University to source content for scanning. … CRL’s digital collections page enables issue-level browsing and text searching within each item. LLMC will share access to the digital files to enhance discoverability and enable cross-searchability with other international legal content in LLMC-Digital.

The library subscribes to the database LLMC-Digital to access mainly historical but increasingly more recent materials; the open access to both current and past materials make it possible to search historical context as well as current awareness when these collections are combined. Adding to that the selective but rapid access to foreign law citations and links in the Foreign Law Guide provided by Brill (with the help of academic librarians nationally and around the world), and citable, reliable content looks a bit easier. It is well to bear in mind that official gazette is the legal newspaper of most jurisdictions, including those under-resourced in the information sector, and so when it publishes the text of new laws, decrees, regulations, treaties, (and sometimes court decisions); these official versions may be the only versions that ever appear.

So again, would this help comparative research in a reasonable way, or enhance teaching and policy development? Some researchers seem to think so- a quick search of Google Scholar for citations within journals indexed there since 2012 results in relevant citations to laws from gazettes on smoke-free policies in India, reporting child abuse in South Africa, and Mexican energy sector reform. Going forward, this new database of African and Persian Gulf can be included in library guides where relevant, all in an effort to make the research process easier. This brief report is intended to make the sources we provide more transparent as well. We await the next request!

- Marylin Raisch, Associate Law Librarian for International and Foreign Law

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

Julie Cohen

Journal Articles

Julie E. Cohen, The Regulatory State in the Information Age, 17 Theoretical Inq. L. 369-414 (2016). [W]

Stephen Cohen

Journal Articles

Stephen B. Cohen, Target Stock Basis After a Double Dummy, 152 Tax Notes 1139-1142 (2016). [L]

Laura Donohue

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Laura K. Donohue, The Fourth Amendment in a Digital World, N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. (forthcoming). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Anna Gelpern

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Anna Gelpern & Mitu Gulati, How Much Is this Clause? Debt Managers on Pricing Bond Contract Terms, (working paper). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Anna Gelpern, Sovereign Debt: Now What?, Yale J. Int'l L. (forthcoming). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Anna Gelpern, Paolo Colla & Mitu Gulati, The Puzzle of PDVSA Bond Prices, (working paper). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

J. Glover

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

J. Maria Glover, A Regulatory Theory of Legal Claims, 70 Vand. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

J. Maria Glover, Procedural Formalism and the Supreme Court’s “Non-Trans-Substantive” Class Action, 165 U. Pa. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

David Koplow

Journal Articles

David A. Koplow, You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: Alternatives to the UN Security Council for Enforcing Nuclear Disarmament and Human Rights, 29 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 135-201 (2016). [L] [W]

Sherally Munshi

Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works

Sherally Munshi, Race, Citizenship, and the Visual Archive, in Law and the Visual: Transitions and Transformation (Desmond Manderson ed., University of Toronto Press forthcoming).

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Sherally Munshi, Immigration, Imperialism, and the Legacies of Indian Exclusion, Yale J.L. & Human. (forthcoming).

Sherally Munshi, The Interpretive Turn in Comparative Legal Studies, 64 Am. J. Comp. L. (forthcoming).

Sherally Munshi, The Right to Exclude: Race and Geography in Immigration Law, 30 Geo. Immigr. L.J. (forthcoming).

Sherally Munshi, The Worth of Others: Immigration Reform and the Deformation of Citizenship, (working paper).

Sherally Munshi, White Slavery, Spiritualism, and the Crisis of Will in the Age of Contract, (working paper).

Joshua Teitelbaum

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Joshua C. Teitelbaum, Levon Barseghyan, Francesca Molinari & Ted O'Donoghue, Estimating Risk Preferences in the Field, J. Econ. Literature (forthcoming). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Yvonne Tew

Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works

Yvonne Tew & Jamal Greene, Comparative Approaches to Constitutional History, in Comparative Judicial Review (Erin Delaney & Rosalind Dixon eds., forthcoming).

Timothy Westmoreland

Book Chapters and Collected Works

Timothy M. Westmoreland, Invisible Forces at Work: Health Legislation and Budget Processes, in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Healthcare Law (I. Glenn Cohen, Allison K. Hoffman & William M. Sage eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016).

Michelle Wu

Journal Articles

Michelle M. Wu, Collaborative Academic Library Digital Collections Post-Cambridge University Press, HathiTrust and Google Decisions on Fair Use, 1 J. Copyright Educ. & Librarianship 1-19 (2016). [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]

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