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GunPolicy.org
    URL: http://www.gunpolicy.org/
    GunPolicy.org is hosted by the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. With its partners and contributors, GunPolicy.org promotes the public health model of firearm injury prevention, as adopted by the United Nations Program of Action on Illicit Small Arms. GunPolicy.org provides evidence-based, country-by-country intelligence from a broad range of official and academic sources on an equally broad range of gun control and gun violence issues. Along the top of the page is a set of navigational links. The two most helpful links for the researcher are the "News" link and the "Topics" link. The News link provides the researcher with current news stories on gun-related issues from around the world. The search box in the upper right corner of the screen allows the researcher to search the news on this site by keyword or phrase, and/or by country or by region. This allows researchers to quickly search the database of over 35,000 news stories to find the stories of interest to them. The Topics link provides the researcher with an extensive list of pre-configured news feeds to which s/he can subscribe. There is the option of setting up a custom news feed from this page as well. The researcher can do this by clicking the link “Design Your Own Feed” link found in the series of links below the seal for the University of Sydney on the lower right hand side of the screen. I specifically point to this link because the “here” link the researcher is directed to on the topics page is broken and leads to an error page. On final feature that is of use to the researcher is the widget in the upper left hand corner of the site that provides the researcher with gun policy facts by country or region. Information is provided for every country or region on the following topics: gun numbers, death and injury, gun trade and trafficking, gun regulation, international controls and country profile. In these citations the researcher will find a wealth of reliable information from reputable sources. Overall, this is an excellent resource for anyone interested in gun violence and gun regulation.
    [Author: C. Hepler]
International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life
    URL: http://www.brandeis.edu/ethics/
    The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University seeks to augment justice throughout the world by promoting the interdisciplinary study and implementation of best practices in international courts, community life, and the arts. The Center aims to place issues in context and foster relationships between and among citizens, scholars, and practitioners. In addition to providing programs of study for Brandies students and scholarly lectures for students and the public, the Center's website offers several useful features. Publications from the Center are organized alphabetically and by topic. Of note are the reports from the Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) which discuss issues of both theory and practice relevant for the international judiciary, including issues of concurrent jurisdiction and judicial independence. Summaries of these reports are available under the site's section for the BIIJ. The Ethical Inquiry section, a potentially useful resource for school teachers, hosts discussions of ethical issues written by Brandeis students and alumni. These brief discussions summarize and link to information on both sides of various issues and pose thought questions for the reader/student to answer. Topics vary, but examples include the ethics of outsourcing labor and the ethics of hate crimes legislation. The program for Peacebuilding and the Arts offers a documentary and case studies for purchase. The International Justice in the News section highlights key events pertaining to international justice, especially the international criminal courts, in blog format. Archives are available through 2009.
    [Author: I. Haight]
OHADA: Organisation pour l'Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires
    URL: http://www.ohada.org/
    OHADA.org is the official website for the Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires). The site is in French (except for the library catalog interface in Portuguese). There is an indication that other languages (including English and Spanish) will be added in the future. The arrangement of the site is a bit confusing but it has much useful information on it and is kept current. Each of the four institutions that constitute OHADA (Permanent Secretariat, Council of Justice and Finance Ministers, Communal Court of Justice and Arbitration, and a Regional School for Magistrates) has its section. Links to the text of the treaties of the organization are found on the site at the foot of the home page (the “Actes Uniformes” link at the top of the page leads to descriptions of the laws). From the home page under “Documentation” there is a link to a digital library (run on Greenstone software) which includes earlier official journals, but only to 2012. OHADA’s library catalog is also available, searchable by author, key word and title. Other documentation includes court reports. There is much information at the site but it may require some time to locate. OHADA.com (http://www.ohada.com/), reviewed in vol. 3, no. 8 of InSITE, also provides useful information and resources pertaining to OHADA.
    [Author: J. Luke]

InSITE contributors: I. Haight, C. Hepler, J. Luke, J. Pajerek (editor)

 

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