A Current Awareness Service of
Cornell Law Library
Vol. 5, no. 6
November 1, 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
- Alan Gahtan's Cyberlaw Encyclopedia is a legal portal for information technology,
Internet protocol, and electronic commerce information on the Web. Gahtan, a leading
Toronto attorney in information technology law, provides links to a broad array of legal
websites concerning issues ranging from cyberlaw jurisdiction to cryptography, electronic
evidence, cyberlaw regulations, and privacy. Other areas of law covered include
securities, computer contracts and license agreements, electronic commerce, and domain
names. This is a well-organized, intuitive, website. Within each subject area, links are
divided into such categories as statutes, cases, articles, and policy. This site contains
a great deal of Canadian information and also provides access to a substantial amount of
United States and European information in an easy-to-use menu-driven fashion. The Cyberlaw
Encyclopedia appears up-to-date and provides a site search engine capable of phrase and
keyword searching using "and/or" connectors. Visitors can also access an
information technology and electronic commerce discussion group. Overall, the Cyberlaw
Encyclopedia is a well-organized, wide-ranging, legal website which provides access to a
variety of significant legal documents.
ELVIL - European Legislative Virtual Library
- The European Legislative Virtual Library (ELVIL) is a joint project of Stockholm
University, De Montfort University (United Kingdom), and the Universitat Oberta de
Catalunya (Spain). It was developed as a prototype, to serve as "an Internet-based
aid for search, selection and presentation of information on European law and
politics." The project concluded in July 1999, and is to be succeeded by ELVIL 2000,
which will involve additional partners. The prototype consists of three services: the
Virtual Library, the Learning Centre, and the Civic Centre. The Virtual Library provides
access to three databases: EPOQUE (database of the European Parliament), POLIS (database
of the English Parliament), and RIXLEX (database of the Swedish Parliament). A common
interface for the three databases has been developed, featuring simple keyword searching,
advanced Boolean searching, and browsing. The databases may be searched individually or
simultaneously. At the time this review was written, not all of the help files were
accessible. The Learning Centre features "virtual cases and lectures" on
European Union law, English law, Spanish law, Swedish law and comparative law. The Civic
Centre provides email addresses to European government bodies and media outlets. The site
has interfaces in English, Spanish and Swedish, but not all documents are available in all
National Centre for Legal Education
- The National Centre for Legal Education (NCLE) is based at the University of Warwick and
serves as a forum for law teachers in the United Kingdom. The NCLE's web site offers much
information on the organization's projects and activities, such as the Learning in Law
Initiative and various workshops. The site also features a number of publications,
including an archive of the semi-annual NCLE Newsletter, NCLE teaching and learning
manuals, guidance notes, reports, and working papers. Useful links to sites of interest to
both students and teachers can be found in the Teaching and Learning Resources section;
there is also a section specifically for students that offers career advice. NCLE sponsors
a discussion group, LEGALED, and details for subscribing are available online. A new
design, as well as a site map and search engine make the site easy to navigate.
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
- The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) is an independent federal
agency which functions as an administrative court to decide contests of citations or
penalties resulting from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections.
From their website, practitioners and researchers can gain access to the Commissions
rules and regulations, agency decisions, and guides to proceedings geared to the general
public. The table of contents at the bottom of the home page also leads to a statement of
mission and purpose; press releases; the Commissions strategic plan; the
Commissions biennial report for fiscal years 1996 and 1997; and a link to the
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The site is simple and direct, with an obvious
link at the beginning of the home page to newly-added and updated materials. Being small,
the webpages are easy to browse even though the only navigation link on most pages returns
the user to the table of contents. The pages are quick to load due to minimal graphics.
This site is well-organized and easy to use, and provides direct access to important legal
material in the area of workplace safety adjudication.
Organization of African Unity
- Established in 1963 with the signing of its Charter by thirty-two independent African
states, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) currently has fifty-three member states.
Among its purposes are the promotion of African solidarity and international
cooperation, the defense of members' sovereignty, the eradication of colonialism, and the
coordination of member states' economic, diplomatic, educational, and defense policies.
The OAU web site provides abundant information on the major divisions of the
organization, including: The Secretary General; the Legal Divsion; the Department of
Political Affairs; the Economic Co-operation and Development Department; the Department of
Education, Science, Culture and Social Affairs; the Press and Information Division;
Department of Administration and Conferences; the Finance Department; and, various
commissions, etc. The site also features fundamental documents such as the OAU
Charter and links to a great many Africa-related Internet resources, including those
providing country-specific information. Although a few parts of the site do not
yield the expected content (e.g., the French lanuage version is not available), and the
press release section appears dated, the OAU site has much to recommend it.
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: B. Kreisler, E. Cooper, E. Krikorian, J. Pajerek (co-editor), D.
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