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Some Notes on Benjamin on Sale of Goods

Thanks to our neighbour, Mary Saulig of Goodmans for lending me her copy of an old acquaintance, Benjamin on the Sale of Goods. But this post isn’t about presumptions of delivery or FOB contracts. It’s about one of the most remarkable stories of a legal author I’ve heard.

Let’s start at the Cimetière du Père Lachaise‎ in the 20th arrondissement, though the website doesn’t list this grave, which has this inscription on the tombstone:

Judah Philip Benjamin, Born St. Thomas West Indies August 6,1811, Died in Paris May 6,1884, United States Senator from Louisiana, Attorney General, Secretary of

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Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing, Miscellaneous, Reading: Recommended, Substantive Law: Foreign Law

Feminist Judgments in the UK

A couple of weeks ago The Guardian covered the publication of Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice, by Rosemary Hunter, Clare McGlynn, Erika Rackley, a book of judgments (re)written by British feminists to produce the reasoning and results that should have been there in the first place. It’s the product of the UK Feminists Judgments Project.

If all of this sounds vaguely familiar to Slaw readers, I wouldn’t be surprised. The acknowledged inspiration — indeed, the model — for the UK project is the Women’s Court of Canada, an organization that we’ve covered a couple of times . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reading

Learning About Browsers and the Web From a Google Book

There’s an interesting online book just out that explains all those things about browsers and the web that the average person doesn’t know they don’t know. But Slaw readers — who mostly know what they don’t know, right? — should take a look at “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web” anyway; they might learn a thing or two, and more important they’ll see what can be accomplished simply with HTML5, the new, coming standard — and no plugins. And who knows, you might just find yourself one day having to explain cookies or DNS to . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading, Technology

Reid Trautz’z 6th Annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers (2010 Edition)

My good friend Reid Trautz just published his always popular annual gift holiday guide for lawyers. And regardless of whether you are giving loved ones hints for yourself or are looking for gift ideas for your favorite lawyer spouse, partner or friend, Reid’s annual gift guide can help make sure you don’t find yet another scales of justice tie under the tree this year.

Reid always has an interesting list of serious and not so serious gifts. The obvious ones are there – yes an iPad is on the list. And there are some great suggestions that are not so . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reading

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