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WTO | GATT Documents

On 15 May 2006 the General Council decided to make public all official documents issued under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Many of these documents did not exist electronically, and have been scanned to create a digital archive. This is a work in progress — cataloguing is not completed, and refinements to structure and help files will be added at a later date.
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Online Students

A few thoughts as the month clicks over and we start counting down to September and the return of our students – something I’m looking forward to even though it doesn’t look likely that I will finish everything I had intended to do over the summer.

Simon Chester posted recently about the use of laptop computers in class and the ongoing debate over that, with some professors not allowing it. I think that’s a transitional thing and its inevitable that such attempts to hold back the tide will be overwhelmed before long. Nearly every student at this law school (Osgoode . . . [more]

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I’ve just come across TechEssenceNote the dot info suffix, in case you try to recall the address and dot com doesn’t do it for you, Roy Tennant‘s cooperative weblog on library technology. It may be that everyone but me knows about it, but because we haven’t mentioned it on Slaw, I thought I’d post about it.

It seems to be the right place for librarians to go for a straightforward understandable discussion of a whole range of technologies from Ajax through RSS, and FRBR (whatever that is), all the way to Unicode. And there are good posts as . . . [more]

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The Power of Search?

One of our lawyers alerted us to – it describes itself modestly:

“the premier summarization search engine, delivers fresh, comprehensive information on over 31 million business professionals and 2 million companies across virtually every industry”.

Try checking out a few names – the results are quite amazing. Before you rely on the information, however, review the information retrieved for people you know well. When I decided to take a few minutes (rather than a few seconds) to review the results, I was still amazed, but also concerned. Information showed up on my search that seemed very questionable and probably . . . [more]

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Convention Internationale Sur Les Contrats Électroniques

L’information date d’il y a quelques semaines déjà, mais le 06 juillet, a eut lieu, à New York, une réunion spéciale relative à la Convention des Nations Unies sur l’utilisation de communications électroniques dans les contrats internationaux (pour avoir le texte en anglais, ::cliquez ici::). Je me permets d’y revenir malgré tout car ce me semble être l’aboutissement (ou presque) d’une démarche qui a commencé aux alentours de … 1985. Si mes informations sont bonnes, John Gregory, nouveau slawer, est l’un des représentants canadiens à cette grande « messe » du droit du commerce électronique.

Le 06 juillet . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillip

This week’s fillip may be a little too much like work. If so, I apologize. I’ll spend the weekend working on being frivolous to see if I can improve things for next time.

The deal is that Which Canadian Supreme Court Justice Are You gives you opinion snippets for 10 SCC Charter decisions. Elect the snippet for each judgment that most closely matches your view of what’s correct or right, and Matthew Skala‘s device comes up with the name of the judge whose views most nearly mirror your own. As he himself acknowledges, the site is a little outdated . . . [more]

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Law, Armed Conflict & War

In light of current world events, I thought that I would do a librarian thing and survey the literature to see what Canadian Legal writers have written on the topic. I present this in an unbiased fashion descending chronologically. It is by no means comprehensive but represents what has been written on the topic from a legal perspective.

Boon, Kristen. "Legislative reform in post-conflict zones: jus post bellum and the contemporary occupant’s law-making powers." (2005) 50 McGill L.J. 285-326.

Gathii, James Thuo. "Assessing claims of a new doctrine of pre-emptive war under under the Doctrine of Sources " (2005) 43 . . . [more]

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Laws of Media Tetrad – Blogs

I am slowly making my way through the fabulous book McLuhan for Managers by Mark Federman and Derrick de Kerckhove. It takes Marshall McLuhan‘s theories/ideas and places them into context for managers. Thus far it has been a terrific tool to help me rethink some of my assumptions. I am particularly taken with a particular critical thinking tool or probe called the “Laws of Media tetrad”. My understanding is that the Laws of Media provide us with four questions to help us understand the effect of new media. Each new media will allow one to answer the four . . . [more]

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Constitutional Court Decision on Internet Copyright

Since the Journal officiel website isn’t the easiest to navigate, here is a link to the text of the Constitutional Court’s Décision n° 2006-540 DC du 27 juillet 2006 (Loi relative au droit d’auteur et aux droits voisins dans la société de l’information).

The court upheld new laws on Internet copyright, despite criticising parts of the legislation relating to online music stores. The law was originally aimed at forcing online stores such as Apple’s iTunes to allow songs bought from its store to be played on devices that work with other music stores. The blogosphere has been in full spate, . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

Parliamentary Codes of Conduct

The Parliamentary Library of the Australian Parliament has produced “A survey of codes of conduct in Australian and selected overseas parliaments.” [The] e-brief summarises the approach taken in federal, state and territory and some overseas parliaments to codes of conduct for ministers and members of parliament, registers of interests, the post-separation employment of ministers and the use of ethics commissioners in providing advice on and/or conducting investigations into breaches of codes.... It does not compare codes of conduct...This e-brief also examines the codes of conduct in the parliaments of the United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
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Laptops or Teachers?

The Hindu is reporting that India has decided to stay out of Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child scheme – which aims to provide kids in developing countries with a simple $100 machine.

Describing the ‘One Laptop Per Child Scheme’ as “pedagogically suspect, ” the Education Minister felt that the money that was to have been spent on the project would be better used in making secondary education universal in the country.

“The case for giving a computer to every single is pedagogically suspect. It may actually be detrimental to the growth of creative and analytical abilities of the child”, . . . [more]

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