A Current Awareness Service of
Cornell Law Library
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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- Archived Issues
- Searchable Database
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- In print format for the Cornell Law School
- CompLaw (Computer Law Resource) is a creation of attorney and professor of law, Samuel Lewis, and is affiliated with the Computer Law Center of South Florida University. CompLaw is dedicated to providing information concerning intellectual property law, Internet and computer law, and general legal issues of interest to lawyers on the Internet. This web site primarily provides links to computer, copyright, trademark, and patent law materials as well as recent computer law news. CompLaw also provides links to primary legal materials of many states, law school homepages, legal listserv information, and attorney job postings. In addition to these resources, CompLaw explains a local project aimed at protecting attorney confidentiality on the Internet. This program, known as the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) Awareness Project, utilizes encryption methods to secure the privacy of an attorney's electronic mail messages. This web site contains frames and is well organized. The site is easy to navigate and is not overloaded with graphics.
European Centre for Minority Issues
- The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by the governments of Denmark, Germany, and the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. ECMI promotes interdisciplinary research on minority-majority relations and seeks to improve inter-ethnic relations in both Western and Eastern Europe. The ECMI web site offers abundant information on the organization's activities, including an extensive listing of conferences, seminars, lectures, and colloquia sponsored by ECMI; a list of available publications (monographs, working papers, reports, and briefs, which can be either ordered free-of-charge online or in many instances downloaded directly as PDF files); and, information services, such as the ECMI Library, which contains a database of enriched, or annotated, links to web sites related to minority issues. The site also provides an email update service for those who would like to be apprised of current ECMI activities. A site map, search engine, and good organization make the site easy to negotiate.
Office of Administrative Law Judges
- The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Administrative Law Judges (USDOL-OALJ), headquartered in Washington, D.C., has designed this site, which identifies the trial court functions of the Administrative Law Judges. The USDOL-OALJ web site contains information that benefits both practitioners and laypersons. A list of frequently asked questions facilitates familiarity with its content. Links to rules and decisions rendered by the Administrative Law Judges are provided as well as contact information for the headquarters and satellite offices. This site is also an excellent resource for links to federal case law, statutes, regulations, courts of appeal, and United States Supreme Court decisions, and includes annotated links to other agencies that are closely related but outside of the agency's purview. A directory of decisions is available according to topic. This site provides material in three formats: HTML, Word Perfect, and PDF.
Republik Osterreich Bundeskanzleramt - Rechtsinformationssystem
- The Austrian Federal Chancellery has made its Legal Information System (Rechtsinformationssystem, or RIS) available free of charge on the Internet since June 1997. The RIS comprises several (German-language) databases, covering Austrian federal law, state law, and decisions of the Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgerichtshof) and the Constitutional Court (Verfassungsgerichtshof). Also included are decisions of the "Independent Administrative Tribunals," the "Independent Federal Asylum Board," and the "Environmental Senate." The databases vary in their comprehensiveness and chronological coverage. For example, all issues of the the Federal Law Gazette (Bundesgesetzblatt) dating back to 1983 are available, and nearly all of the decisions of the Verwaltungsgerichtshof since 1990 are covered, but rulings of the Independent Federal Asylum Board go back only to 1998, and are selective rather than comprehensive. RIS is searched by using a full-text retrieval software called PLWeb Turbo. The software allows users to construct complex searches involving Boolean operators, proximity searching, and fuzzy matching. A very thorough German-language "searching handbook" (including examples of queries) is provided; searching instructions are also available in English.
Society for Computers & Law
- The Society for Computers and Law (SCL), a 25-year-old United Kingdom organization, is comprised of a wide, diverse membership of those interested in and involved with information technology and the law. The SCL has many different regional groups covering the UK, and two interest groups, "Internet" and "Word Processing." The web site acts as a meeting ground for members, where the organization's magazine is published, up-to-date meeting information is posted, and resources are gathered. The organization provides links to cases, legislation and secondary sources dealing with computers and the law in the UK, the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, as well as parliamentary material, "useful court information," information on law firms, etc. in the United Kingdom. The site itself makes good use of frames and is very polished-looking. However, some of the information encountered seems out-of-date, and some of the links were broken. Certain areas are restricted to paying members, but the site is worth bookmarking for the subject-specific legal information it gathers in one place.
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: E. Cooper, E. Krikorian, J. Pajerek, D. Smith, B.
©1999 Cornell Law Library