German Law Journal
The German Law Journal is an English-language online journal publicizing developments in German, international, and European Community jurisprudence. The editors, a German legal scholar and an American scholar working in Germany, aim to bring German legal thought to a wider audience by taking advantage of Germany's central location in Europe, which affords it access to developments throughout the continent, particularly Eastern Europe. The articles, by scholars from many countries, are generally of moderate length, and are clearly written and accessible to researchers outside of the field of law. Many articles deal with cases involving the German federal constitutional court, German corporation law, and the Federal Court of Justice (BGH). Other subjects include U.S. foreign policy, the European Court of Human Rights, terrorism, the rights of same-sex couples, dance raves and the freedom of assembly, and extremist political parties. There are also longer essays, as well as book reviews. Articles are searchable by keyword and by title. Researchers in comparative law, political science, and public policy will find this a valuable resource for news of trends in European legal thought.
GovEngine.com --"the premiere federal, state and local government site on the Internet" -- is a Florida-based non-profit corporation providing advertisement-free access to the websites of government departments and agencies -- executive, legislative, and judicial. The federal section provides links to the Thomas website, to the web page of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, other features such as "This Week on the House Floor" and voting records. On the federal level other sections cover the Supreme Court, federal district courts, and numerous independent agencies, boards, and commissions -- everything from the Peace Corps to the U.S. Postal Service. Similar coverage is provided for the states and territories (Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands and Northern Marianas), with links to the Legal Information Institute, Findlaw, Courts.net, and other major Internet resources. The local government section is arranged, within each state, by county and by municipality, leading to local websites and to municipal codes online. GovEngine invites submissions of other relevant websites and gives instructions on linking a site to any web page within this site. Although GovEngine per se is not searchable, it presents a superbly accessible gateway to government Internet sites, easily used by public-interest groups, schools, and other educational institutions.
A creation of two specialists in web design and accessibility, the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet website is intended as a gateway for resources on disability, with a focus on accessibility issues. Yet the website is not in fact very clearly arranged, despite the wealth of information potentially available to the user. In the legal realm, there are resources pertaining to making technology accessible to people with disabilities, in particular compliance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which mandates this kind of access. It is necessary to browse the "New Features" section to locate the Section 508 materials, which include bibliographies and text documents on web accessibility. A "Best Practices" section contains very extensive collections of links to resources for Asian/Pacific islanders (with or without disabilities), caregivers, stroke victims, and general disability websites, including many government sites; having these in a separate section on the website seems superfluous. More efficient would be to go to the site map and browse under "Sites by Category." The site creators have made an effort to gather international materials on disability, coverage being principally from the UK, Canada, and Australia, with a collection of disability policies and pertinent legislation from a dozen or so foreign, mainly European, countries. Researchers in the legal profession will also wish to look at the sections on employment and education, or select the "Government" section from the sidebar on the home page. The website is searchable, and can be translated via Babel Fish into several European or Asian languages. It will be of greatest use to persons with (or working with) disabilities, and computer specialists in web and systems design.
The motto of the Online Policy Group is "one Internet with equal access for all." Headquartered in San Francisco, California, this non-profit organization supports access to the Internet, privacy protection, and fighting online defamation, censorship and filtering through policy research, outreach and action. The Group sponsors individual programs geared for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)community, the elderly, youth, women, the disabled, and in the areas of race/ethnicity and health, especially with regard to HIV/AIDS. In the "Action" section are reports on current legislation and upcoming protests; under "Research" are reports on the various projects the Online Policy Group has been involved with, from rating search engines to publicizing corporate and government control of media. The Group also offers free Internet services for the underserved and targeted groups, including e-mail list and website hosting, and domain name registration.
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