OHCHR Jurisprudence is a new database from the UN Human Rights Office providing access to jurisprudence coming from the United Nations Treaty Bodies that receive and consider complaints from individuals:
- the Human Rights Committee
- the Committee Against Torture
- the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
- the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- the Committee on Enforced Disappearances
- the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and
- the Committee on the Rights of the Child
The database is “intended to be a single source of the human rights recommendations and findings issued by” the above committee, allowing researchers to search “the vast body of legal interpretation of international human rights law as it has evolved over the past years.” It could also be a helpful tool for those trying to prepare complaints to be submitted to one of the committees.
Researchers can do a basic keyword search, or can use the advanced search functionality, which provides a series of filters that researchers can use to narrow their results.
Many law students are at least somewhat familiar with HeinOnline’s resources, particularly journal students who have relied on the awesome PDF images in Hein’s Law Journal Library!
Well, Hein is constantly adding content to their existing libraries, as well as adding entire new content libraries. The newest content library purchased by the Coleman Karesh Law Library is the World Treaty LIbrary. It includes treaties from the United Statutes, United Nations, League of Nations, as well as other treaty indexes and compilations. Treaty research is incredibly important in the area of international law.
Students can search by keyword, title, parties, sign date, or citation. For help using the database, come see one of your favorite law librarians!
This fifty-fifth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
HeinOnline’s database “U.S. Attorney General & Department of Justice Collection” is a resource that contains information, including government documents, Commission reports, hearing transcripts, and other various materials generated by or pertaining to the operation of the Attorney General’s office and the Department of Justice, as well as other Federal. There are items from as far back as the 1860’s, including the department’s “Opinion on the Constitutional Power of the Military to Try and Execute Assassins of the President,” from 1865; and “Opinions of the Confederate Attorneys General,” from 1861-1865. There are a number of items from the 1960’s and 1970’s, and only a few from more recent years. There are a number of transcripts of confirmation hearings of past attorney general nominees. The sources are listed in alphabetical order; it would be more logical to arrange them in chronological order. The volumes can be searched by citation, or by keywords.
To access the Index to U.S. Attorney General & Department of Justice Collection, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
This fifty-fourth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) is a multilingual index to articles and book reviews in over 500 legal journals from around the world. It is produced by the Berkeley Law Library at the University of California, Berkeley for the American Association of Law Libraries. The IFLP is an excellent resource for anyone researching public or private international law, comparative or foreign law, or the law of jurisdictions other than the United States, the UK, Canada and Australia. The IFLP also includes analysis of the contents of about 80 individually published collections of legal essays, Festschriften, Melanges, and congress reports each year.
The IFLP collection dates back to 1985 (with a digitized version of the entire print index dating back to 1960) and includes records covering more than 265,000 articles and over 31,000 book reviews. It also contains links to the full text of the more than 34,000 articles and book reviews that are available in HeinOnline’s other collections. The IFLP collection is fully searchable by keyword, title, country of publication, and many other access points.
To access the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
This fifty-third installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
The United States Statutes at Large is the official source for laws and resolutions passed by Congress. Originally published by Little, Brown and Company beginning in 1845, responsibility for publication was transferred to the Government Printing Office in 1874. HeinOnline now offers access to the entire archive of the United States Statutes at Large, dating back to 1789. Every law, public and private, ever enacted by Congress is included in the U.S. Statutes at large, including all treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate prior to 1948. Also included is the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, amendments to the Constitution, Indian and international treaties, and presidential proclamations.
Researchers can browse by volume, popular name, or public law number, as well as browse within Indian or international treaties. The collection features a convenient Citation Navigator to help find documents easily. The collection also includes several helpful compilations, including compilations of early federal codes, as well as titles compiled by subject, to help the researcher find subject-specific documents without having to search the entire collection.
To access U.S. Statutes at Large, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
Google has added one more tool to its internet search arsenal: access to world constitutions. Constitute is a part of the Comparative Constitutions Project, a joint effort between University College London, the University of Texas, and the University of Chicago, and powered by Google Ideas. Constitute allows constitution scholars, drafters, or just curious world citizens to explore and compare constitutions from all over the world all for free. Users can view constitutions by country or year, by topic, or run a search for keywords. Constitute makes for a great addition to constitutional research resources.
This fifty-second installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
While the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Publications collection may be small compared to other HeinOnline databases, the documents it offers are an extremely valuable resource for one searching for sources of commentary in this field. Slightly larger than 50 items, this collection is made up largely of publications from the 1950s-1970s and focuses largely on US foreign relations with many European nations and especially with the Soviet Union.
Among these are materials on comparing Soviet and Western law as well as commentary and histories of the Soviet legal system. The materials also include interpretations of foreign legal codes as well as selected readings on foreign and comparative law. This collection would definitely be worth a look for anyone interested in, or researching, international law.
To access the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Publications database in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!
This fifty-first installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
HeinOnline, available through the Coleman Karesh’s electronic resources, contains a database called “Cataloging Online,” which provides users with access to various catalogues, classification schedules, and reference materials. Some of the available materials include Catalogue of the Library of the Law School of Harvard University, which is a two-volume set from 1909; Finding the law: A Workbook on Legal Research for Laypersons; Law Books, Their Purposes and Their Use; Cataloging Rules with Explanations and Illustrations; and Library of Congress Subject Headings manuals. Users may browse Library of Congress subject headings and also perform searches within them. This resource includes some obscure materials, and is a useful tool for learning more about legal research.
To access Cataloging Online, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
This fiftieth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
For anyone interested in researching international or comparative law, HeinOnline provides access to a complete online collection of exact reproductions of major United Nations legal publications. The collection is divided into nine unique sections: Treaty Publications, International Court of Justice (ICJ), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas (ITLOS), United Nations Yearbooks, United Nations Serials, Codification and Progressive Development of International Law, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), and Other Related Works. Each of these sections contains numerous resources that can provide a wealth of information on a broad range of topics regarding international law.
In order to facilitate research and decrease the amount of time spent searching for relevant documents, this collection features unique Finding Aids that allow researchers to search this voluminous collection quickly and easily. Researchers can search by United Nations or League of Nations Treaty Series Citation, search the full texts of documents for key words or phrases, or search International Agreements by Popular Title, just to give examples of a few of these helpful tools.
To access The United Nations Law Collection, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
This forty-ninth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
HeinOnline’s Code of Federal Regulations database provides access to the CFR from its beginning in 1938 to the present day. This collection, while not as diverse in its content as some others, certainly provides in-depth coverage of the regulations. The database is searchable by Year, Title, Part or Section – as well as through a convenient citation locator tool. And, as with much of the content available on Hein, the items retrieved are presented as scanned images of the actual documents.
One may also further explore the collection through helpful links found to the left of the screen: these resources include indexes, lists of sections affected by updates, reference/research guides, and help features. This database would be an excellent research tool for anyone seeking to compare changes in certain regulations over a number of years, or even someone working from home and needing a section of a recent volume.
To access the Code of Federal Regulations database in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!