A Current Awareness Service of
Cornell Law Library
Vol. 5, no. 3
September 20, 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:
- Current Issue
- Archived Issues
- Searchable Database
- Syndicated Search of all Annotated Web Sites
- RSS FEED of the Current Issues
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- In print format for the Cornell Law School
Buffalo Criminal Law Center
- The Buffalo Criminal Law Center serves as a forum for criminal law research in the United States and abroad, as well as offering students at the State University of New York Buffalo School of Law the opportunity to engage in advanced research in criminal law by providing in-depth analyses of criminal justice issues to state and federal legislatures. Besides publishing the Buffalo Criminal Law Review, the Center aims to develop the most comprehensive collection of online materials related to domestic and international criminal code reform on the Web, and is also currently involved in an effort to reform the federal criminal code of the United States. The Center's web site has some very good research guides, including one on the criminal codes of a number of countries and the United States, and "New York State Criminal Offenses," a compilation of all criminal offenses contained in the Consolidated and Unconsolidated Laws of the state of New York. This site is well maintained, simple, and easy to use,
but it is difficult to determine how often it is updated.
- A prominent feature of the University of Dayton School of Law's "Cybercrimes" website is the section devoted to the School's virtual "Cybercrimes Seminar." Taught by Prof. Susan Brenner, the seminar explores issues surrounding crimes involving the use of one or more computers. Materials from the 1998 seminar can be accessed by the public; current seminar materials are accessible only to those with a username and password. The "1998 Seminar Library" is an extensive list of links to external websites covering all aspects of cybercrime, including applicable statutes and court opinions. Other (publicly-accessible) sections of the site address "Cybercrimes Against Persons," "Cybercrimes Against Property," "Cybercrimes Against Government," and "How to Report a Cybercrime." Online pornography, cyberstalking, cyberterrorism, hacking, and software piracy are among the cybercrimes covered in these sections.
Derechos Human Rights
- Derechos Human Rights (DHR) is an all-volunteer international human rights organization--the first to be Internet-based. Among its main activities are the distribution of human rights information, the support of human rights actions and local human rights organizations, the education of the public, the documentation of human rights violations, and the unmasking of human rights violators. DHR collaborates with numerous non-governmental organizations and maintains many of their sites on its server. A topical index and a search engine provide access to over 6000 documents on the DHR web site, which includes, among many other resources, an atlas of human rights and a very rich collection of links to human rights-related web sites. DHR also sponsors several human rights listservs, the Derechos Café (with online bulletin board), and Ko'aga Koņe'ta, a journal of human rights and humanitarian affairs.
Electronic Journal of Comparative Law
- The Electronic Journal of Comparative Law (ISSN 1387-3091) was developed in 1997 by Tilburg University's Schoordijk Institute and Utrecht University's Molengraaff Institute with the support of the Innovatie Wetenschappelijke Informatiervoorziening (IWI). The journal primarily publishes articles relating to comparative private law and the methodology of comparative law. The journal's web site is well designed and provides access to both the current issue and all back issues; article and author indexes, as well as a search engine, further faciliate access. Each article contains an abstract, and the complete text may be read either online or downloaded in various formats (Word, WordPerfect, and ASCII). The journal offers an e-mail notification service for new issues. Prospective contributors can find guidelines for authors at the site; manuscripts, whether solicited or unsolicited, may be subject to peer review at the discretion of the editorial board, which is currently headed by Sjef van Erp of Maastricht University. A report describing the development of the journal is also available, which might be of interest to those considering beginning their own electronic journal.
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
- The position of the High Commissioner on National Minorities was established in 1992 by the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) with a mandate to take action "at the earliest possible stage in regard to tensions involving national minority issues that have the potential to develop into a conflict within the CSCE area, affecting peace, stability, or relations between participating States." The website documents the activities of the High Commissioner in fulfilling this mandate. Sections of the website include "News," "Mandate," "Factsheet," "Recommendations," "Speeches," "Documents," and" "Conferences." Nearly all of the information presented is in English, and is tightly focused on the work of the High Commissioner, i.e., there are no external links to related sites. The site is maintained on the server of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and can be searched at http://www.osceprag.cz/indexe-se.htm.
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.
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