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Laws of War

It seems appropriate today, Remembrance Day, for a law blog to reflect for a moment on the laws of war. These seemingly prime examples of a contradiction in terms have taken a beating in recent years. The Economist, in an article entitled, “Unleashing the laws of war” published last year, gave a sad summary of fate in practice of these peculiar norms in an era of insurgencies, terrorism, ethnic violence, and superpower techno-war.

Yet much of the world continues to expand and refine the laws of war. I’m speaking now of the Hague and Geneva conventions, those legal . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading: Recommended, Substantive Law

New Titles From the Canadian Legal Publishers

A number of new titles have caught my eye as useful additions or updates to Canadian legal literature.

In no particular order:

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Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing, Reading: Recommended

New Canadian Journal on Human Rights

The University of Manitoba is going to publish the new, peer-reviewed Canadian Journal of Human Rights. Launch is scheduled for the spring of 2011.

From the “about” page:

[The CJHR is] a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of law and policy with a national and international scope… [T]he CJHR seeks to attract human rights research from around the world. From queer rights in Africa and Aboriginal rights in Australia to the European Court of Human Rights and Human Rights tribunals in Canada, we will explore varied areas of research from diverse perspectives.

The nascent journal is seeking submissions and has set . . . [more]

Posted in: Announcements, Reading

Feminist Blog From Osgoode

Take a look at the IFLS site. The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School has been running a blog since the beginning of summer. All, or nearly all, posts are by the Director of the institute, Professor Sonia Lawrence, and they range across a wide spectrum of kinds — as should be the case in a good, general topic blog.

For example, the latest post is about a book by Professor John Kang called “The Man Question”, there’s a post about the state of feminism, a post about the recent court decision striking . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Reading: Recommended

Canadian Copyright Book Released in Print and Online

As it did a number of years ago with his earlier book, In the Public Interest, Irwin Law has just released a new book of essays edited by Michael Geist in both print and in PDF. And, as before, the version available online is offered under a Creative Commons license.

From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda is a book of 20 essays by Canadian scholars that tries to move the current copyright debate “toward an informed analysis of Bill C-32 and the future development of Canadian copyright law.” Bill C-32, as readers . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading: Recommended

Vaughan on Haldane

I’ve been distracted today by a book that arrived in the morning mail: Frederick Vaughan, Viscount Haldane: ‘The Wicked Step-father of the Canadian Constitution’ (Toronto: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History / University of Toronto Press, 2010)(LAC Amicus no. 38031823)(UTP pid no. 2758). For those not familiar with the name, this is from pages xv and xvi of the introduction:

It is fair to say that no jurist in our history has received so much learned abuse as Viscount Haldane of Cloan. Twenty years after his death, he received a scholarly tongue-lashing from the late chief

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Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reading: Recommended

The Way of All Books

Here’s a great article in the Boston Globe about what happens to the books of famous authors (also, not so famous authors). It is pretty much what happens to everyone’s books: they get dispersed, re-read, sometimes re-assembled…

Its a great intro. to some of the qualities of books that are well known by every bibliophile, librarian and book historian, but not well known for most people who fall somewhere in between: the social value of books, their virus-like valences, and their unique physicality. Plus, you get to see some of the book world realities that drive books from hand to . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading

Superheroes in Court

Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Library has an exhibition up entitled “Superheroes in Court! Lawyers, Law and Comic Books.” Some details about the curator and the exhibition are here. There’s a humorous description of the exhibit at the NYT. Another NYT notice of the event contains this nice description of the personality behind the event:

The exhibition is organized by Mark S. Zaid, a comic book collector and Washington lawyer who often represents employees of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. On his Web site, Mr. Zaid writes, “Many of my

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Posted in: Reading: Recommended

Academic Law Libraries Press

Andrea Zielinski, Librarian at Emery Jamieson LLP and Chair of the Edmonton Law Libraries Association let me know about a good read in the latest Canadian Lawyers 4Students issue (starting page 21). The article titled “Key to the Kingdom” quotes well respected academic librarians from law schools across the country about law student orientation week. The article is filled with great gems.

From the article:

Keys to legal research success

Get to know your librarians
These people are the oracles of legal information and they want to help you. David Michels says he even answers calls from graduates

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Posted in: Reading

Oxford English Dictionary and the Future of Print

We care about print here at Slaw, though we’re the home of pixel-lex. Print is what we grew up with, even the tykes among us; it’s still the base for much of our professional primary sources; and though we love our tech — because ambivalence points both ways, after all — when it comes to reading the touchstone for comparison is always the printed book. So when one of the great publishers is heard to say that one of the great books is “out of print,” we pay attention.

It seems that the Sunday Times carried a story in which . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading, Technology

Feds Investigating Wikipedia Editing

We all know that editing a Wikipedia entry is fairly straightforward – and that the Wikiguardians keep a vigilant eye over entries and edits that stray from the norms of objectivity and verifiability.

So the announcement that the Correctional Service’s internal operations arm is investigating an edit made to the Wikipedia entry on Canada’s Official Languages Act, which appears to have been made from a government computer connected to the Corrections Canada server at the department’s offices on Laurier Street in Ottawa, is arousing the interest of the mainstream media. Denis Coderre appears to have noticed the edit a . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management, Reading: Recommended