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A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library
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Center for Food Safety
    The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization working to protect health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS supports food solutions that are biodiverse, socially just, appropriately scaled, local and humane. It uses legal actions, scientific and policy reports,books and other educational materials, market pressure and grass roots campaigns in its advocacy. CFS is an effective litigator and its successful legal cases collectively represent a landmark body of case law on food and agricultural issues. Issues that CFS provides information about on its website include: • Genetic engineering of food, fish, animals, trees and insects • Pollinators & Pesticides • Food & Climate • Seeds • Animal factories & animal cloning • Food Safety • Food Irradiation The website has links to many useful CFS fact sheets and reports, as well as links to its legal actions including petitions, amicus briefs and cases. Social media links are provided to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and the CFS’s collection of YouTube videos.
    [Author: S. Leers]
Global Sales Law
    Global Sales Law is a resource for the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG, also known as the Vienna Convention). Initially developed by Professor Peter Schlechtriem at the Institute of Foreign and International Private Law of the Albert-Ludwigs-University, the website is now run by Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer at the University of Basel. Global Sales Law features a database of CISG case law from around the world. The database is searchable across many fields, including seller's/buyer's country, jurisdiction, court/tribunal, and date. The keyword search field applies to the party names and type of goods involved; it does not search the full text of the decision. Many cases are available in English; some are available only in the original vernacular. The link to the full-text PDF of the case is available on the bottom of the bibliographic case description. Some PDFs are available directly from Global Sales Law, and some through Pace Law School (the Pace database), while others link to outside websites such as Justia. In addition to the case law database, Global Sales Law provides the full text of CISG in eleven language and the full text with the Secretariat Commentary in English. There are links to related conventions, arbitration websites, additional databases, and other relevant organizations and websites. Finally, an extensive bibliography of publications is available under the Materials tab. Click "search" to browse the entire bibliography, or search by keyword in the title or author. Full text of these publications is not available through this site; nonetheless the bibliography is impressive for its international scope.
    [Author: I. Haight]
Influence Explorer
    Influence Explorer, a project of the Sunlight Foundation, provides information about the money given and received by politicians, corporations, donors, and Super PACs. Search the name of an individual to see how much money s/he has donated and to whom. Track the formation of Super PACs. Compare compaign contributions given to candidates. The monetary data, which is available back to 1993, can be viewed in the aggregate or broken out into two-year campaign cycles. The tabs for “Groups” and “People” show summaries of the top ten donors and recipients of funding across industries, individuals, and corporations, or type a name into the search box at the top to identify records for a specific donor, candidate, or company of interest. For more complex searches, click on the “Data” tab and choose from ten structured searches, including Campaign Finance, Federal Lobbying, Earmarks, Contractor Misconduct, and more. The “Realtime” tab shows the most recent filings submitted to the Federal Election Commission. The filings can be filtered by candidate, committee, PACs, House or Senate, new committees, and other parameters. The amount of data available can be overwhelming, particular for presidential candidates. A new feature, the Foreign Influence Explorer, tracks spending by foreign entities and their domestic agents, as well as approved and proposed arms sales. Influence Explorer's data is scraped from many sources—the Center for Responsive Politics, the National Institute for Money in State Politics, Taxpayers for Common Sense, the Project on Government Oversight,,, the Department of Justice, and others. The full data set and certain subsets can be downloaded in bulk from Influence Explorer. Of course, there are weaknesses in the data, such as those caused by the challenges of normalizing data from so many sources, but Influence Explorer is very transparent about those issues and how they are handled. For blog posts analyzing Influence Explorer's data, click on “Influence Explored” halfway down the home page, which brings up the latest posts tagged “influence explored” on the Sunlight Foundation's blog. These posts cover topics such as the largest political donors and spenders, the formation of new Super PACs, comparisons of Democratic and Republican donations, and television advertising. Influence Explorer is yet another excellent tool from the Sunlight Foundation, offering resources useful for both casual citizens and serious researchers.
    [Author: I. Haight]

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


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