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Current Issue: Vol. 20, no. 6  (February 23, 2015)
A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library
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Finlex Data Bank
    Finlex is an online database of up-to-date legislative and judicial information from Finland created by Finland's Ministry of Justice. It is a public service, available free of charge. Although much content is only available in Finnish and Swedish, the English version contains translations of Finnish Acts of Parliament and Decrees as well as case law in legal literature. The user can access the English language translations alphabetically by title or by year. There is a search feature that allows users to search the documents on the website by institution, case number, date, author, or publication title. A diagrammatic guide of the Finnish legislative drafting process with a step-by-step explanation is also available in English. The website also provides some translated information in other languages including French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. There is an RSS feed available for the site, and feedback about the site is solicited via email.
    [Author: S. Leers]
Inter-American Court of Human Rights Project
    The Inter-American Court of Human Rights Project at Loyola Law School Los Angeles provides brief descriptions for all court decisions handed down by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), which are available in a searchable database. These descriptions outline the basic facts and issues of the case along with the court's ruling. For each case a list is provided of relevant topics (e.g. forced disappearances, women's rights, due process rights) along with the applicable privisions of the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights (e.g. Article 21 Right to Property), the judges in the case, and types of reparations involved. All of these are hyperlinked so that clicking on the name of a judge, topic, or article of the Convention takes the researcher to other cases of the IACHR issued by the same judge or dealing with the same topic or provision. Researchers can thus browse or search by those fields, as well as by country, case name, time period, and violations against the following additional conventions: the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women; the Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture; and the Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons. In addition to case descriptions, the Project also publishes more detailed summaries written by law students of selected cases in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Project Journal. As of October 2014, seventy-four of these summaries had been published. These more exhaustive treatments can be found in the database; a link to the detailed summary can be found under “Case Summary” when available. The detailed analyses can also be located by browsing through the list of cases in the database, which has a column indicating whether a summary is available, or by browsing through the published journals by clicking on the “Journal” link.
    [Author: I. Haight]

InSITE contributors: I. Haight, S. Leers, J. Pajerek (editor)


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