LAW 73320: Gender Issues & International Law

 

Professor Venter

Spring Semester 2014
Research Guide

1. Research Strategy for Comparative, Foreign, and International Law

2. Acronyms and Abbreviations

Print Resources
Electronic Resources

3. Foreign Law

Print Resources
General Resources and Overviews of Foreign Legal Systems
Bibliographies and Research Guides
Electronic Resources
Foreign Laws
Bibliographies and Research Guides

4. Information about Other Countries

Print Resources
Electronic Resources

5. International and Non-Governmental Organizations

United Nations
Other Organizations

6. Legal Indexes & Databases

Indexes
Legal Trac
Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
Databases
Canadian Human Rights Reporter
Constitutions of Countries of the World
Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories

7. Lexis & Westlaw

Foreign Legal Materials
Lexis
Westlaw
Foreign News Sources
Lexis
Westlaw

8. Multidisciplinary (mostly) non-Legal Databases

9. Subject Specific Resources

Find Resources By Subject
How to Find Resources for an Excluded Subject
Africana Studies
Anthrolpology
Asian Studies
Gender Studies
Human Rights
Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies
Latin American Studies
Latino Studies
Medicine and Health
Political Science
Sociology
Theology and Religion


 

1. Research Strategy for Comparative, Foreign, and Intl Law

See Mary Whisner’s eponymous guide at the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library (University of Washington).

 

2. Acronyms and Abbreviations

Print Resources:

Mary Miles Prince, Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations: A Reference Guide for Attorneys, Legal Secretaries, Paralegals, and Law Students (5th ed., 2001). KF246.B46 2001 at Stacks, Reference

Mary Miles Prince, Prince's Dictionary of Legal Citations: Reference Guide for Attorneys, Legal Secretaries, Paralegals and Law Students (7th ed., 2006). KF246.B45 2006 at Stacks, Reference

World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (Igor I. Kavass & Mary Miles Prince eds., 2006). K 85 .W67 at Stacks, Reference

Periodical Title Abbreviations by Abbreviation (Leland G. Alkire, Jr., ed., 17th ed. 2007). Z6945.A2 P47 v. 1 at Stacks, Reference
- “Covering periodical title abbreviations in science, the social sciences, the humanities, law, medicine, religion, library science, engineering, education, business, art and many other fields.”

Electronic Resources:

Abbreviations and Acronyms of the U.S. Government, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Acronym Finder, Mountain Data Systems LLC

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations Cardiff University (Wales, United Kingdom)
    -Abbreviations for English and foreign language legal publications from over 295 jurisdictions.

 

3. Foreign Law

Print Resources:

Browse “Encore” (University Libraries and WorldCat) under subject heading: [name of country]

Constitutions of the Countries of the World; A Series of Updated Texts, Constitutional Chronologies and Annotated Bibliographies (Albert P. Blaustein & Gisbert H. Flanz eds., 2008). K 3157.A2 B58 197 at Stacks or online.

Claire M. Germain, Germain's Transnational Law Research: A Guide for Attorneys (1992-date). K85.G475 at Stacks, Reference
- See Chapter V, “Countries.”
- This resource focuses mainly on Europe, but includes some countries from other regions as well.

Thomas H. Reynolds & Arturo A. Flores, Foreign Law: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World (1989-date). K38.R49 at Stacks, Reference.

Electronic Resources:

Foreign Laws:

Library of Congress, Guide to Law Online: Nations of the World
- An annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.

Library of Congress, The Global Legal Information Network project (GLIN)
- A public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. These GLIN members contribute the full texts of their published documents to the database in their original languages. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and, in many cases in additional languages, plus subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN.

The World Legal Information Institute
- The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) is a free, independent and non-profit global legal research facility developed collaboratively by the following Legal Information Institutes and other organisations.
? Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)
? British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)
? Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
? Hong Kong Legal Information Institute (HKLII)
? Legal Information Institute (Cornell) (LII (Cornell))
? Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII)
? Wits University School of Law (Wits Law School)
- Over 270 databases from 48 jurisdictions in 20 countries are included in the initial release of WorldLII. Databases of case-law, legislation, treaties, law reform reports, law journals, and other materials are included.

University of Michigan School of Information, Government Gazettes Online
- Government Gazettes, which are published by federal governments worldwide, are the means through which the government can communicate to officials and the general public.
- Gazettes are useful not only to monitor the actions of the government, but also as primary source documentation in research. This website attempts to list all online government gazettes and their characteristics to aid researchers. A description of the contents and coverage are included for each gazette.
- Anyone wishing to do further research on foreign law will find useful resources in the bibliography.

Bibliographies and Research Guides:

GlobaLex, Foreign Law Research Guides
-Published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law. Select research guides by country.

Selected Foreign & International Resources for the Legal Researcher
- A collection of Foreign Law Sites, International Organizations, Topical Guides, and U.S. Government Sources on Foreign and International Law from Cornell Univeristy's Law Library

4. Information about Other Countries

Print Resources:

Browse “Encore” (University Libraries and WorldCat) under subject heading: [name of country]

Electronic Resources:

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook.
- An annual publication of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States with almanac-style information about the countries of the world. The Factbook provides a two- to three-page summary of the demographics, geography, communications, government, economy, and military of 265 U.S.-recognized countries, dependencies, and other areas in the world. Print edition, G123.W67, at Reference Area

World Development Indicators Coverage: 1960- (where data are available)
- The World Bank's comprehensive database on development data (social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators) including more than 500 indicators, more than 200 countries, and 18 regional and income groups; with coverage from 1960 onward, where data are available.

 

5. International and Non-Governmental Organizations

United Nations:

UN Sites and Guides

Other Organizations:

International Governmental Organizations
- Northwestern University Library's International Document Collection contains useful material for researchers of global issues. National governments often overlook or do not have the resources necessary to evaluate issues that affect themselves and their neighbors. Issues that transcend borders include: development, globalization, finance, health, labor, migration, refugees, trade and war. IGOs also work to promote human rights, protection of the environment, and issues relating to women and children.

International Organizations and Related Information
- The University of Michigan Documents Center's annotated guide to some of the most useful research tools related to Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO) and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) materials with a focus on IGOs. The page begins with a list of general resources for IGOs and NGOs, continues with a list of links to the websites of numerous Inter-Governmental Organization in alphabetical order. It collects, in the end, other information related to international issues such as treaties, news, simulations etc. This is not a complete list, although it strives to include all the main IGOs that present a webpage.

NGO Research Guide
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become increasingly influential in world affairs. They often impact the social, economic and political activities of communities and the country as a whole. NGOs address a host of issues, Including, but not limited to, women's rights, environmental protection, human rights, economic development, political rights, or health care. In numerous countries, NGOs have led the way in democratization, in battling diseases and illnesses, in promoting and enforcing human rights, and in increasing standards of living
- Duke University Library's Research guide includes access to selected NGOs by subject including "Women's Rights," "Human Rights," and "Statistics."

 

6. Legal Indexes & Databases

Indexes:

LegalTrac Coverage: 1979-
- Index for Anglo-American legal journal articles.
- Minimal full text availability.
- LexisNexis: Legal Resource Index
- Westlaw: LRI

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective Coverage: 1918-1981
- This retrospective database indexes over 750 legal periodicals published in the
United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
- Annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal
courts, yearbooks, annual institutes, and annual reviews of the work in a given
field or on a given topic are covered.Contains links to many full-text
documents in HeinOnline.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
- Produced by the American Association of Law Libraries, the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) is the preeminent multilingual index to articles and book reviews appearing in over 500 legal journals published worldwide. It provides in-depth coverage of public and private international law, comparative and foreign law, and the law of all jurisdictions other than the United States, the U.K., Canada, and Australia. IFLP also analyzes the contents of approximately fifty individually published collections of legal essays, Festschriften, M'langes, and congress reports each year.

HeinOnline World Constitutions Illustrated
-This collection will contain the current constitution of every country in the world in its original language. For countries where multiple original-language versions exist, we will provide each one. Also included will be at least one English translation. Since translations depend on and reveal the preferences of their makers and their time, HeinOnline is providing you with multiple vantage points. This is something you won't find anywhere else!

Databases:

Canadian Human Rights Reporter
- Database of both reported and unreported human rights decisions from 1980 to
the current year.
- Includes cases from boards of inquiry, tribunals and courts from all Canadian
jurisdictions.
- Click "Sign In" to use this resource (IP-Authenticated).

 

7. Lexis & Westlaw

Foreign Legal Materials:

Lexis: Legal > Find Laws by Country or Region

- Includes laws from Argentina, Australia, Brunei, Canada, China & Hong Kong, Commonwealth, England & Wales, European Union, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Russian Federation, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

- These databases vary widely in scope (some include only business and commercial legislation and regulations) and currency.

Westlaw:Main Directory > International/Worldwide Materials

- Includes laws from Australia, Canada, European Union, Hong Kong, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Rwanda (ICTR), United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland), Yugoslavia (formerly).

- These databases vary widely in scope and currency (there are also databases for many other countries that only include business and commercial legislation and regulations).

Foreign News Sources:

Lexis: News & Business > Country & Region (excluding U.S.)

- Allows you to search for news by geographic region or specific countries.

- These databases vary widely in scope (some include only financial and business news) and currency.

Westlaw: Main Directory > Westlaw International > News and Periodicals Subscriptions > News and Business Subscriptions > World News > International News

- Allows you to search for news by geographic region or specific countries.

- These databases vary widely in scope (some include only financial and business news) and currency.

- Search multiple databases at once (up to ten) by cutting and pasting the database identifiers into the "Add or Delete database(s)" field after you click on the "Change Database(s)" link (see a Research Librarian or Westlaw Representative if you have questions about this option).

 

8. Multidisciplinary (mostly) non-Legal Hesburgh Databases

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) Coverage:1984-
- “The world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database.”
- It also includes indexing and abstracts for additional periodicals.

ATLA Religion Database Coverage: 1949-
- Comprehensive online database supporting religious and theological scholarship in graduate education and faculty research.
- Compilation of three print indexes: Religion Index One: Periodicals (RIO), Religion Index Two: Multi-Author Works (RIT), and Index to Book Reviews in Religion (IBBR).
- Provides citations on such topics as Biblical studies, world religions, Church history and religious perspectives on social issues.
- Includes links to 50+ online full-text scholarly religion periodicals in the ATLAS (American Theological Library Association Serials) project.

Contemporary Women's Issues Coverage: 1992-
- An electronic database, primarily full text, containing over 1500 sources
(including over 150 periodicals, newsletters, and research reports from non-
profit groups and government and international agencies) on a broad range of
women's issues in over 190 nations worldwide.
- Usage info: Licensed for 4 simultaneous users!

Expanded Academic ASAP Coverage: 1980-
- Provides indexing, abstracts, and selected full text for 3,500+ scholarly journals and general interest periodicals embracing all academic disciplines (citations only for The New York Times).
- Full text for some titles may be subject to publisher-imposed embargo periods.
- Usage info: Licensed for 5 simultaneous users!

PAIS International Coverage: 1915-
- Contains citations and abstracts to print and electronic articles, books, and
government publications on issues of public policy, including politics, government, economy, marine policy, and law.

Periodicals Index Online Coverage: 1995-
- Index to millions of articles in over 4,500 periodicals in the arts, humanities,
and social sciences published beginning 1770 or subsequently; scope is worldwide, covering major Western languages.
- Complete PCI Index, including links to selected full text articles. Only the
index is searchable.

The Vogue Archive Coverage: 1892-
- The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of American Vogue magazine from 1892 to the present day - more than 400,000 pages in total reproduced in high-resolution color page images. This fully searchable database constitutes a treasure trove of the work of the greatest designers, photographers, stylists and illustrators of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Vogue Archive is both an essential primary source for the study of fashion and a unique record of American and international popular culture.
-Explore historical representations of domesticity and women in the workplace.
-Follow debates about body image, from 1900s Dress Reform to early discussions of plastic surgery; from the 1940s New Look to the recent “size zero” debate.
-Study female role models, from Coco Chanel to Beyonc?.
-Explore the history of fashion companies and brands such as Chanel, Elizabeth Arden and Revlon over 120 years.
-Survey changing social mores, tastes and aspirations from 1890s to the present.
-Analyze how today’s leading brands (L’Oreal, Gucci, Louis Vuitton) communicate to their customers.

World News Connection Coverage: varies by country
- A successor to the Daily reports from the Foreign Broadcasting Information
- Service and the JPRS reports from the Joint Publications Research Service provided through the National Technical Information Service.
- The material is obtained from non-U.S. open-source political speeches, television programs, radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, periodicals, and books.
- The content focuses primarily on military, political, environmental, scientific, technical, and socioeconomic issues and events.
- Usage info: Licensed for one simultaneous user!

 

9. Subject Specific Resources

Find Resources by Subject
- Choose a subject to find articles indexes, etexts, encyclopedias, and other
information resources available for your topic.
- Includes links to the following (and other) subject based resources

How to Find Resources for an Excluded Subject

Selected Subjects:

Africana Studies

Recommended Resources

All Databases

All Journals

Also, see Kresge Law Library’s Law Africa
- Contains decisions from the major courts in East Africa ( Kenya, Uganda,
Tanzania and the COMESA Court of Justice (sits in Lusaka, Zambia).

Anthropology

Recommended Resources

All Databases

All Journals

Asian Studies

Recommended Resources

All Databases

All Journals

See also, University of Melbourne, Asian Law Centre, AsianLaw Bibliography, http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/alc/bibliography/.
- A searchable bibliographic database of English language publications on Asian laws.
- Provides bibliographic references to publications such as books, book chapters, journal articles and theses.

Gender Studies

Recommended Resources

All Databases

All journals

See also, Bora Laskin Law Library, Women’s Human Rights Resources Programme
- The Women's Human Rights Resources Programme (WHRR) collects,
organizes and disseminates information on women's human rights law to facilitate research, teaching and cooperation.
- The information introduces women's human rights law in general, emphasizes
selected international and Canadian topics, and explores the interconnections between domestic and international human rights law.

See also, Library of Congress, Federal Research Division, Women in Islamic Societies: A Selected Review of Social Scientific Literature, Nov. 2005.
- A 122-page report with an extensive bibliography.

IntLawGrrls
- IntLawGrrls is an international blog designed to give strength and volume to women's voices through a bright pink webpage that exemplifies the spirit of their character.  Maintained by dedicated women who teach and work in international law, policy and practice, its "voices" now number in the hundreds, with full biographies of every regular and guest contributor available through the list of names posted beside the blog.  A scan of the list reveals several familiar names, from experts in international law practice, to well-known professors, to a former president of the European Society of International Law.  Each woman looks to her foremothers "to encourage crisp commentary, delivered at times with a dash of sass."  Posts are frequent, astute, and deliver commentary and news that is relevant to the lives of women everywhere.  They include topics such as disability rights, race, free trade, human rights, intercountry adoption, oil, regulation of international lawyers, and international criminal law, to name a few.   The blog is a valuable resource for the important task of staying current on the international law front.  Readers are encourage to join the dialogue by posting comments, and regular updates are available through RSS feed, Twitter and Facebook. [credit: A. Emerson, InSITE ]

See also, Pace Law Library, Feminist Legal Theory Research
- Feminist legal theory, also called feminist jurisprudence, studies law from the viewpoint of feminist theorists.
- Feminist jurisprudence influences legal thought in the every area of law--among them domestic relations (marriage, divorce, and family), domestic violence, employment, sexual harassment, civil rights, taxation, human rights, and reproductive rights.
- Feminist legal theory influences others disciplines as well.
- Research in this area covers not just traditional legal resources, but interdisciplinary resources as well.

Human Rights

Print Resources:

Edward H. Lawson, Encyclopedia of Human Rights (Mary Lou Bertucci & Jan K. Dargel eds., 2d ed. 1996). JC571 .L387 1996 at Stacks, Reference
- “Brings together material about international, regional, and national activities undertaken between the years 1945 and 1996 to promote and protect the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
- Provides information on the human rights situations in 186 countries and territories.

The Human Rights Encyclopedia (James R. Lewis & Carl Skutsch eds., 2001). JC571 .H844 2001 at Stacks, Reference

Robert L. Maddex, International Encyclopedia of Human Rights: Freedoms, Abuses, and Remedies (2000). JC571 .M3234 2000 at Stacks

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights: A Compilation of International Instruments (2002). K 3238 .H85 2002 at Stacks
- Two-volume compilation published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
- “The first volume is devoted to instruments of universal character and the second to regional instruments.”

Electronic Resources:

Find Human Rights Documents

See also, HuriSearch
- The only comprehensive search engine specializing in human rights
information.

Marci Hoffman, ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law: Human Rights, Project of the American Society of International Law. See also, the Electronic Information System for International Law International Human Rights page which highlights important instruments and web resources for researching various topics within human rights as well as the different regional systems.

University of Minnesota, Human Rights Library: Bibliographies and Guides
- Links to over thirty different general and specialized guides (e.g. “Crimes of
Honour”).

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Islam Generally
Encyclopedia
Bibliographic Resources
Treatises
Journals
Islamic Law Resources Online
Databases and other Electronic Resources

Latin American Studies

Recommended Resources

All Databases

All Journals

Latino Studies

Recommended Resources

All Databases

All Journals

Medicine and Health

Recommended Resources

All Databases

All Journals

Political Science

Recommended Resources

All Databases

All Journals

Sociology

Recommended Resources

All Databases

All Journals

Theology and Religion

Recommended Resources

All Databases

All Journals

See also, http://www.adherents.com/
- a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious
geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc.