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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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Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
- The subtitle of this web site, published by the U.S. Library of Congress, is "U.S.
Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1873." Conceived as a preservation project,
this web site contains both the scanned images and full text of nine separate government
documents spanning the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the First
through Twelfth Federal Congresses. Visitors to the site can search the full text of the
House Journal, the Senate Journal, the Senate Executive Journal, Journals of the
Continental Congress, Elliot's Debates, Farrand's Records, and Maclay's Journal, which
span the dates 1774-1873. The Annals of Congress and Statutes at Large are not searched
full-text, but instead accessed via annotations and the titles indexes. This site
has several effective but not overwhelming pages of users guides and help screens to
guide visitors through using the simple search engine. The site itself is beautiful and
easy to navigate. Even visitors who have no interest in searching the text of government
documents will be fascinated by the scanned images of some of the most important documents
in our nations history.
European Roma Rights Center
- "Roma" or "Rom" is the name used by Gypsies for themselves. The
European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) is an international organization, based in Hungary,
which monitors the legal and socio-economic position of European Rom communities,
publicizing instances of abuse and forced migration, and providing advocacy and legal
defense in cases of discrimination, hate speech, and violence. It also offers scholarships
to Romani law students. The user can download issues of the newsletter "Roma
Rights," detailed reports on the situation of the Rom in Central and Eastern European
countries (some also available in the national language), or advocacy letters and press
releases from the past three years. The site is searchable by keyword (although Central
European diacritics must be input to be retrieved), and there are links to the websites of
human rights and news organizations. The selection "Roma, Gypsies, and Travellers (a
Gypsy-like minority in Ireland) on the Internet" offers links to various websites
dealing with human rights and Rom culture.
- International ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) has as its stated objective the
provision of "comprehensive information on the principal aspects of international
commercial arbitration and mediation." The Web site brings together the texts of
commercial arbitration treaties, national arbitration laws, judicial decisions and
arbitral awards, and model clauses for inclusion in contracts. Information pertaining to
institutions and rules, arbitrators, upcoming conferences, events and seminars, and a
bibliography of recent articles and books are also provided. A country index and
Boolean-capable search engine facilitate the location of specific kinds of information on
the site. The site is well-organized and easy to navigate, but some of the links to
external sites were not functioning at the time this review was written.
Lord Chancellor's Department
- This is the official site of the Lord Chancellor's Deparment in the United Kingdom. The
home page has a phalanx of buttons with self-explanatory titles to lead to parts of the
site that hold information on court administration, legal clinic information, FOIA, a
promise of a statutory database, reports of the department, press releases and much more.
It should serve as a good starting point for research on the British court system and
court personnel. Frequently updated and well designed.
Religious Freedom Page
- The Religious Freedom Page is written and maintained by University of Virginia professor
of sociology Jeffrey K. Hadden. The page has an explicit purpose to promote the author's
belief that "religion is the final line of defense against every form of
tyranny" and that "religious freedom is the first liberty." The site,
although incomplete, is well-designed and well-maintained, with an intuitive user
interface, nice graphic layout and an easily navigable table of contents. The Religious
Freedom Page has a limited number of links to U.S. constitutional material, but has
annotations of landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, divided into categories such as
"Government Intervention" and "The Free Exercise of Religion." The
site links to outside web pages that may contain the full text of the decisions. Although
the page states that its intent is to be international in scope, almost all of the
substantive material available on it is U.S. The Religious Freedom Page also examines the
status of religious freedom for every nation in the world, using information from such
sources as the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1998, U.S. Department of
State and the World Factbook (1996).
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: A. Carson, J. Luke, J. Pajerek, D. Smith, B. Whittington.
©1999 Cornell Law Library