Center at Georgetown University for the Study of Violence
The Center at Georgetown University for the Study of Violence was established to "conduct research on the causes of violence in youth, young adults and adults, to conduct intervention programs that will reduce violent behavior and to provide education and consulting to communities and organizations on the topic of violence and its reduction." Violence here is defined broadly, including murders, terrorism, assaults on women, the use of child soldiers, and sex abuse by priests. The Center publishes "Violence News," a news service covering national and international issues of violence, with in-depth reports, links to websites on criminal justice, pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brief notes describe projects of the Center, such as research studies, a crisis hotline for youth, an oral history of youth violence, and symposia and workshops. A large section treats honor killings in Pakistan. News reports comprise the principal content of the Center's website, but such a wide array of topics are covered that many researchers in law or social science will find useful information.
A collection of foreign and international banking and finance links, the Cyberbanking & Law website strives to direct visitors to online sources of statutes, caselaw, and related topical materials. It also provides links to banking- and finance-related papers, news, and other items of interest. There is a section for "editorial" information, but the content has yet to be created. This site does not limit itself to indexing only English-language pages, but visitors may chose to filter their results by language, specifically English, German, and Spanish, in certain sections. The site does provide some of its own original content in the form of the "CBL-Journal," which goes back to 1999 and provides articles in German and English. Researchers will find this original content useful, and will appreciate the timely and topical news links.
The office of the European Ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints by citizens or residents of European Union nations against European Union (EU) institutions, among them the European Parliament, the Court of Justice, and the European Central Bank. The website, which is available in the official languages of the EU, provides information on how to lodge a complaint of "maladministration" --discrimination, abuse of power, delays or unfair treatment--by letter, telephone or online, and publishes annual reports from 1995 on, decisions of cases (searchable by case number, date closed, institution, or field of law), as well as the activities of the European Ombudsman, its statute and the Code of Good Administrative Behaviour. Resources include statistics on the last two years of cases, links to EU institutions, websites of the national ombudsmen in the EU, and a link to EUR-Lex (database of European Union law). Of special interest is the lengthy bibliography of articles, books, and academic dissertations. Most material is available in all the official EU languages; some documents are only in English, French or German.The site is generally easy to use, but the PDF images of the annual reports need to be enlarged for greater legibility; the table of contents in a side window makes locating relevant sections much easier.
Interights, established in 1982, is a UK-based international organization "promoting the effective use of law to protect human rights and freedoms worldwide." The organization assists in the preparation of national and international tribunals, conducts workshops on human rights law, and produces publications. On its website is a database of Commonwealth case law (thus weighted towards Africa, the Pacific, and the Caribbean), with summaries of decisions in human rights cases covering a multitude of legal issues including detention, passports, and jurisdiction. The database is searchable by keyword, date, or country. A search retrieves a document list, with a brief description of the legal issue, the date, and key words (no formal legal citations). However, when the reviewer tried to access the text of the decision, the entire session became frozen.
The Center for Defense Information is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to research on the military and foreign policy. Its Terrorism Project focuses on the current post-9/11 war on terrorism, with extensive reports on political and military developments in Afghanistan, the factions involved, and international reponse, in addition to articles on fighting terrorism in other countries, military options, the potential use of biological or nuclear weapons, casualties, and costs. There are many background reports on Islamic politico-military groups, weapons systems, foreign policy and security, and homeland defense. A legislation section provides the text of federal appropriations and authorization bills; "News and opinion" contains a selection of articles, reports, and interviews on military and strategic responses. Links are provided to Dept. of Defense counter-terrorism offices, other terrorism research institutes in the U.S. and Europe, and to the defense media. An excellent resource for analysis of military response post-September 11.
InSITE contributors: A. Carson, B. Kreisler, and J. Pajerek (editor)
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