A Current Awareness Service of
Cornell Law Library

ISSN 1521-9046


Vol. 5, no. 13
February 21, 2000

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:

Encyclopedia of Law & Economics

The Encyclopedia of Law & Economics (ELE) web site attempts to provide a survey of law and economics literature. This site is published by Edward Elgar and the University of Ghent. ELE includes subject area bibliographies with citations to literature concerning economic issues related to torts, contracts, tax, criminal procedure and law, and private property. A search engine for searching the web site's materials by author, title, journal, and year is available. In addition, the Encyclopedia of Law & Economics web site offers reviews of the law and economic literature in the previously mentioned subject areas and others including zoning, products liability, remedies, and international trade. Articles are provided on law and economics in Austria, Denmark, Italy, Quebec, and Spain. ELE maintains hyperlinks to FindLaw and additional law and economics resources.
International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations

Reproductive rights associations (RROs) license copyright-protected material whenever it is impractical for individual rightsholders to do so. The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) links together all RROs, as well as national and international associations of rightsholders. The IFRRO has a tri-fold purpose: to encourage the worldwide creation of RROs; to facilitate agreements and relationships between and on behalf of its members; and to increase public awareness of copyright and the role of RROs in conveying rights and royalties between users and rightsholders. The IFRRO web site has extensive information on the organization’s purpose and structure, including its charter and mission statement, organization guidelines, and a description of each committee and working group. Position papers, joint statements, surveys and reports, and the IFRRO’s newsletters are all available on the web site. The member directory is most informative for legal researchers. Each member and associate member entry notes classes of rightsholders served, classes of users served, types of work for which reproduction rights are granted and fees collected, and bilateral agreements in effect with other RROs. The IFRRO web site also maintains a very helpful chart that indicates which countries engage in which type of licensing scheme, such as voluntary, voluntary with legal back-up, and non-voluntary-legal license.
Kansas Elder Law Network

The Kansas Elder Law Network (KELN), part of the Information Network of Kansas, claims to be "the nation's most comprehensive web site devoted to topics of interest to America's senior citizens and their advocates." KELN's databases (currently under construction) include primary and secondary materials relating to elder law in such areas as abuse and guardianship, age discrimination, and home health care. Links to downloadable forms are available. In addition, KELN maintains regularly updated topical indexes linked to web sites covering the US Code, guides to legal resources, and government agencies. Articles are full text and available in PDF or text format. The search engine accesses KELN's files and linked web sites using key words.
National Health Law Program

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, elderly and people with disabilities. Since 1969, NHeLP has educated attorneys on legislative interpretation of State Child Health Insurance and Medicaid managed care followed up with strategies on implementing provisions in consumers' best interests. NHeLP offers links to legal resources addressing civil matters for low-income people, advocacy for the disabled, lawyer referral services, and pro bono help. There are links to the Government Printing Office web site including the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and weekly compilation of Presidential Documents. NHeLP offers full text alerts, articles, memoranda in PDF format, and subscription-based newsletters and manuals addressing state and federal changes in health care. A search engine using Boolean operators searches full text articles and links concerning health care issues.
National Native Title Tribunal

Since 1992, when the High Court of Australia delivered its historic judgment in the case of Mabo v. the State of Queensland, the common law of Australia has recognized the concept of native title. Headquartered in Perth, the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) is a "Commonwealth Government body established on 1 January 1994 under the Native Title Act 1993 to provide administrative processes to deal with native title applications." Despite its name, the Tribunal is not a court and does not decide whether or not native title exists. Its role is to consider for registration applications for native title that comply with Federal Court requirements, and to mediate native title applications that are referred to it by the Federal Court. A database of registration test outcomes comprises one part of the NNTT's extensive web site. Questions and answers, media releases, bibliographies and other publications, a database of descriptions of research on native title, and instructions on how to apply for a determination of native title are included in other sections of the site. The site offers both simple keyword searching and more complex advanced searching capabilities.

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 (editor)
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