InSITE highlights selected law-related World Wide Web sites in two ways: as an annotated publication issued electronically and in print; and as a keyword-searchable database.
The law librarians at Cornell evaluate potentially useful Web sites, select the most valuable ones, and provide commentary and subject access to them. These information can be accessed as following:
CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
The CPR (Center for Public Resources) Institute for Dispute Resolution is an alliance of global corporations, leading law firms, legal academics and selected public institutions. Its mission is to make the legal profession the preferred delivery system of alternate dispute resolution (ADR) by installing ADR into the mainstream of corporate law departments and law firm practice. CPR's website contains its mission statement and discussion about the process of ADR, as well as list of its members, both individual and corporate. The website also hosts the roster of corporate signers who have pledged to seriously explore negotiation or ADR in cases with other signatories before pursuing full-scale litigation. Visitors to the site can view these Dispute Resolution Commitments as arranged by industry and practice, as well as search for signatory companies by name. The website hosts a copy of CPR's draft Model Rule of Professional Conduct for The Lawyer as Third Party Neutral, as well as other judicial, academic, and ethical project papers.
European Integration online Papers
Published since 1997 by the executive committee of the European Communities Studies Association-Austria, European Integration online Papers (EIoP) bills itself as "the first peer reviewed online working paper series in the field of European integration." The papers published by EIoP are multidisciplinary, dealing with political, legal, economic, historical and sociological questions in the context of European integration. Unlike a journal, which is published in discrete issues, EIoP is a continuously updated collection of articles. When a new article is published, the oldest paper in the "current issue" is moved to an archive. Users can subscribe to a service that sends an email alert each time a new article is added to the collection. At present, there is a total of 59 articles available. Most articles are in English, but articles in German are also accepted. Abstracts in both languages are provided for each article. Articles may be viewed in either HTML or PDF format. Users are invited to submit their comments about the current articles; comments are available for other users to read. The site does not have a search engine; archived articles are arranged in chronological order. German speakers may be disappointed that the link pointing to a German version of the site was non-functional at the time of this review.
International Commentary on Evidence
The International Commentary on Evidence (ICE) is a new peer-reviewed electronic journal on evidence law and theory which promotes scholarly communication concerning the law of evidence without regard to political or academic boundaries. Full-text of manuscripts and comments are linked from a Table of Contents and submission instruction are provided. In addition, instructions for becoming a referee are included. Visitors to the ICE web site can sign-up to receive electronic mail bulletins each time the journal publishes a new manuscript or comment. The International Commentary on Evidence web site also offers a site search engine and hyperlinks to associations and discussion lists pertaining to evidence issues. Documents will be archived as ICE issues accumulate.
Legal Engine.com contains links to state and federal case law, statutes, forms, public records, print and television news, libraries, and international legal resources. State-specific materials including regulations, municipal laws, court rules of practice and procedure are available. In addition, case and docket information from the Federal Appellate District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, and the U.S. Party/Case Index may be obtained from PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) for a small fee. Legal Engine.com lists legal topics in alphabetical order, accessing links to federal and state documents, search engines, and professional law journals. Keyword searching and a site map facilitate use of the site.
The contents of this publication and any recommendations therein are the opinions of the authors and do not reflect the views of Cornell University.