A Current Awareness Service of
Cornell Law Library
Vol. 4, no. 10
January 25, 1999
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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- In print format for the Cornell Law School
Bazelon Center of Mental Health Law
- The Judge David L. Bazelton Center for Mental Health Law (named for a federal appeals
court judge who issued several decisions pioneering mental health law) engages in
"legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental
disability," including mental illness, retardation, and mental/emotional
disabilities, with respect to housing, health care, family support, and issues of
institutionalization. The often-updated website provides news of federal laws,
regulations, court decisions and proposed legislation, publications for the general
reader, alerts on Congressional activities on health care and SSI disability programs, and
links to other advocacy groups, consumer/survivor organizations, Congress, and the media.
Materials have a strong focus on children and elders with mental disabilities, and health
care issues, in particular managed care and Medicaid. Some documents are in Adobe Acrobat
format, and some are in Spanish. One interesting feature is a form for creating a personal
psychiatric advance directive. This website is easily usable by the layperson.
Canadian Internet Law Resource Page
- A good collection of resources on Canadian cyberlaw, containing case law, legislation,
government reports and conference papers, with links to federal and some provincial
agencies pertaining to telecommunications and the Internet. A sidebar provides a topical
index, with such subjects as anonymity, banking, domain names, free speech, intellectual
property, privacy, torts, and unsolicited e-mail. Under each subject there may be links to
published articles, agencies, symposiums, statutes and bills, model codes, policy papers,
and other websites. The CILRP sponsors an online discussion list and an update service.
The website is maintained by Prof. Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa, and is
available in a French version.
CEPMLP On-Line Journal
- The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee
began publishing the CEPMLP On-Line Journal in 1997 as a way to "provide early access
... to published works in ... Natural Resources, Energy and International Business
Transactions." The articles available in full text are pre-publication versions of
articles which are intended for eventual publication in academic journals. Book reviews,
abstracts of articles from other publications, a news section, and a reader forum comprise
the rest of the journal. A search engine provides access to the journal's contents via
keyword; in addition, the articles are indexed by author in the "Article
Archives" section. This is a very well-organized and easy-to-navigate site.
Documents de travail du Senat (France) - Série législation comparée
- The "Working Documents" of the Senate of France are comparative studies of
legislation, generally focussing on Europe but in some cases covering non-European
legislation (e.g. Oregon's assisted-suicide law). The website contains the full text of
the studies produced since April 1995, the most recent being dated January 1999. Documents
from 1990 to 1995 can be obtained directly from the Senate; a subject list is provided.
Subjects range from euthanasia to parental authority, municipal police, asylum, labor law,
and the rights of illegitimate children. Each document provides a useful overview of the
current state of the law in many European countries, with some nations meriting extensive
coverage; for example, one can learn that in Europe only Belgium spcifically addresses the
legal status of children born of adulterous relationships, vis `a vis other illegitmate
children. The entire website is in French, including excerpts from non-French legislation.
Lockerbie Trial Briefing
- This site, sponsored by the University of Glasgow School of Law, presents the relevant
UN documents, news articles and chronology of the Lockerbie incident and the attempt to
bring the accused to trial. There are links to British and American official statements.
Essays on Scottish criminal procedure and evidentiary law provide information on how the
trial will be conducted. It is a useful site for anyone interested in researching the
Lockerbie incident. Not all the internal links of the left column worked when this
annotator was reviewing 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.
InSITE contributors: C. Bynum, P. Court, J. Luke, J. Pajerek, D. Smith.
©1999 Cornell Law Library