A Current Awareness Service of
Cornell Law Library
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:
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Anti-Slavery International was originally founded in 1839 as the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. Today it works to eliminate not only persistent chattel slavery, but other forms of bondage worldwide, among them debt slavery and bonded labor, the sex industry, abusive child labor, forced marriage, and exploitation of immigrants. On the website are fact sheets, news releases, sample letters to political representatives, and reports submitted to the U.N. The "Archive" section provides keyword searching of the site. The society also produces publications, videos, educational resources for schools, and resources for political action, available for purchase online at low cost.
Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism
Based at California State University at San Bernardino, the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism supports research and provides information on trends in bigotry, terrorism, and "advocacy of extreme methods" against members of religious, racial, ethnic, etc. groups, for the benefit of scholars, activists, government officials, law enforcement, and the media. The News section contains reports of bias crimes, stories from the Associated Press, CNN, and other major news organizations (AP reports from the past two weeks are searchable by headline or keyword). The "Most Wanted" section posts wanted posters of fugitive terrorists, assassins, and persons accused of racially-motivated murders. The "Law" section contains model state anti-hate statutes, existing federal and California anti-bias legislation, and court decisions and legislation from other states and countries. Also included are recent legislative proposals and the Republican National Committee's analysis of proposed federal hate crime legislation. The "Research" section is the most original, covering a wide array of subject matter (although not all links functioned): crime statistics, lists of academic experts and hate groups, materials on anti-abortion violence and Holocaust denial; a CIA report on the future of terrorism; FBI reports on terrorism and cybercrime, and a smattering of historical documents, as well as the text of papers and testimony by Prof. Brian Levin, Esq., the Center's director. Additionally there are FAQs on extremism, victims' rights, law enforcement, and links to anti-hate organizations, government resources, and an interesting mix of documents on hate and violence in schools.
Indian Law Resource Center
The Indian Law Resources Center is a non-profit law and advocacy organization founded and directed by Native Americans. The areas of their activity include protecting the rights of indigenous peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere with respect to land claims, sovereignty, environmental protection and mining activities. Their website includes press releases on recent cases from the past year (news from 1998 on is found in the archive section), the Center's newsletter (1997-), and background papers. A section on law reform contains documents and activities of the United Nations, Organization of American States, and the International Training Center for Indigenous Peoples, with a healthy list of links to U.S. and international organizations. The organization of the website is a bit confusing, but there is a simpler text-only version.
New York Lawyer
New York Lawyer is a bi-monthly magazine for young attorneys. American Lawyer Media publishes this career guide in print and on-line versions, using resources from the New York Law Journal, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Updated daily, the New York Lawyer website covers such topics as job searching, alternate careers, and balancing one's professional and personal life. Going beyond merely repackaging the news, New York Lawyer aims to offer young lawyers content they can find no other place on the web. The site excerpts chapters from popular legal career guides, published by American Lawyer Media, and from contemporary legal fiction. In addition, many useful tools, such as a calendar of New York continuing legal education events and a list of New York's largest law firms, are available.
whrNET - Womens Human Rights Net
Womens Human Rights Net (whrNET) is the collaborative project of a coalition of international women's organizations. Its goal is to support the defense of women's human rights via the effective use of information and communication technologies. Click on "Issues," which displays a list of about 25 areas of concern with regard to the rights of women, everything from the expected civil rights, migrants, sexuality, education, poverty, indigenous rights, to less often discussed custodial abuse, war, and right to access to the Internet and telecommunications. Selecting an issue retrieves a brief overview of the problems women face worldwide, key human rights aspects and existing international human rights mechanisms (such as UN conventions and protocols), and several links to relevant organizations. Other sections include "Advocacy", "News and Alerts" (global news about individual cases, conferences, etc., updated about every two weeks). Topics include other aspects of women's political lives, e.g. the Million Mom March, and the quest for political parity. See also the Resources button at the top of the home page for information about women's rights caucuses, reports, new publications and other resources, and "Announcements" for grants and upcoming conferences. The search feature did not function, and a site map would have been helpful, as each section of this otherwise very informative website is rather dense, with links upon links. However, the creators are to be commended for bring to the fore a number of human rights issues seldom examined. The site is available in English, French and Spanish versions.
InSITE contributors: A. Carson, B. Kreisler, and J. Pajerek (editor)
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