Published by the law firm Giaschi & Margolis, AdmiraltyLaw.com is primarily focused on Canadian maritime law and Canadian admiralty law. The website covers topics such as maritime law, admiralty law, marine law, the law of marine insurance and the law of the sea, ships, shipping, fisheries and offshore oil and gas. Visitors can browse the site by topic (such as “Carriage of Goods,” “Limitation of Liability,” and “Tug and Tow”), browse the site map, or search by keyword. Each topical section contains a detailed introduction to the subject (written for professionals in the legal field), and a “Case Summaries” section, which provides extensive summaries of recent Canadian decisions. The full text of cases is not provided. Visitors may also access these summaries through an alphabetical Table of Cases. AdmiraltyLaw.com provides a section on statutes, regulations, and rules, for reference purposes. The “Papers and Presentations” section offers HTML versions of a variety of papers produced by the firm, including some nice overviews of legal areas.
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) is an international, non-profit organization working in collaboration with Amnesty International sections and leading academic institutions. BHRRC’s mission is to promote greater awareness and informed discussion of important issues relating to business and human rights. The Resource Centre’s website covers over 1800 companies, 160 countries, and more than 150 topics in an online library which includes a wide range of materials published by entities such as non-governmental organizations; companies and business organizations; the United Nations, intergovernmental organizations; governments and courts; policy experts and academics; social investment analysts; and journalists. Visitors may browse the collection by category, such as region/country, company name, issue, or principle/guideline. Searching the database is also fast and easy. Each document link consists of a brief abstract and important bibliographic information, such as the date of original publication and author name. Documents may be available in English, Spanish, French, German, or Portuguese.
The National Indian Law Library’s (NILL) Tribal Law Gateway is a database of the constitutions and codes of the 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States. The database is arranged alphabetically by tribe name and identifies whether NILL holds a print copy of the constitution, whether a digital copy is available with links to the document if available, and links to that tribe’s contact information. If NILL holds a print copy of the document, its date of publication and date of receipt is provided, along with a link to the NILL catalog record for the document. A work in progress, one of the goals of the Gateway is to establish a “union list” of these documents at American libraries. For that reason, assistance in the form of shared information is requested from libraries that collect tribal law.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is an alliance of state and federal public employees who work in environmental enforcement. As a national non-profit of resource professionals, PEER is “dedicated to upholding environmental laws and values.” PEER seeks to be a public interest watch-dog and to protect the legal rights of employees who speak out on issues of natural resource management and environmental protection. The site is a communication vehicle for the group describing its mission and various campaigns. These campaigns address various issues including scientific integrity and faith-based parks. Publications, including white papers, surveys of government agency employees, and the group’s newsletter, are available in full-text on the site or are offered for sale at a nominal price. PEER maintains several state chapters; contact information for these chapters is provided. State-specific news releases are offered as well.
Regulations.gov is a federal government initiative to encourage public participation in the rulemaking process. As experienced legal researchers know, when a federal agency proposes a new rule it is published in the Federal Register and a comment period is provided. The Regulations.gov website revolutionizes the commenting process by taking it online. Open regulations are posted to the site and can be browsed by topic or searched by agency or keyword. One section lists the most current regulations published for comment, while another lists the open regulations for which comments are due on the current day. Once a listing is accessed, the regulation can be viewed in either HTML or PDF format. The CFR citation, publication date, and comments due date are all provided. The listing also explains various methods for making comments. The highlight of the site is the online comment form provided for each proposed regulation. After entering their name, organization name, and mailing address, users may submit a four thousand character comment. The site provides an easy, convenient way to be involved in the federal government’s rulemaking process.
InSITE contributors: J. Jones, B. Kreisler, M. Morrison, J. Pajerek (editor)
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