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SCC as Greater Influence on Foreign Law Than the US Supreme Court

That’s the proposition advanced in an interview with Justice Ginsburg reported in the NYT and the Post yesterday. She comments on the comparative law question:

“Why shouldn’t we look to the wisdom of a judge from abroad with at least as much ease as we would read a law review article from a professor?”

For Slaw readers, the most interesting line is:

The Canadian Supreme Court, she said, is “probably cited more widely abroad than the U.S. Supreme Court.” There is one reason for that, she said: “You will not be listened to if you don’t listen to others.”

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Posted in: Legal Information, Practice of Law, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

This Week’s Biotech Highlights

They say the key to a good golf swing is in the follow-through. Hopefully the same is true of blogging, because this week on the Cross-Border Biotech Blog saw a lot of our trends and stories revisited with new developments and new perspective:

Electronic medical records drew a lot of attention this week, with the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference and the first EMR implementation by a large hospital group being topped by an even larger and more influential implementation — the U.S. military.

Budgets and bailout issues were also active. There was good news . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology: Internet

Email – Good Enough Isn’t!

If I was honest with you, I would admit that I read with glee the flurry of news reports noting that Facebook and other Web 2.0 media (such as Twitter, Yammer, and Friendfeed) had surpassed email as the preferred form of communication particularly for teens and young adults today. If you pardon the pun, the inner geek in me let out a loud Yahoo!

For years I have been struggling with the notion that email had become the place to work for many lawyers. It seemed that a bad technology had taken root to the point that it would be . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Technology

Twitter: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (AKA to Tweet, or Not to Tweet)

Twitter was a certainly a hot topic at ABA TECHSHOW last week. Loads of active Twitterers were tweeting away there, and many more attendees where trying to learn more about it. Are you still trying to figure out what Twitter is, and more importantly, what it might do for you? My good friend Jim Calloway, the Practice Management Advisor at the Oklahoma Bar Association, has a special knack for explaining technology in a practical and very understandable way. To learn more about Twitter read this great article he posted on the OBA site earlier this week: Twitter: The . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Fiji Constitution Suspended

From the Pacific a significant decision has prompted a new Grundnormon the judgment of the Fiji Court of Appeal which resulted in the President suspending the constitution and reappointing the interim executive that came to power in the coup. Here is the judgment appealed from. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

How Outsourcing Copes With Dutch Anonymization Laws in the Production of Caselaw Databases

From last week’s Publishers’ Weekly, a good overview of how the trade publishing industry is employing Indian coders to embed .xml into works. But a paragraph on Innodata Isogen, which I thought of as doing law firm outsourcing shows just how globally linked the outsourcing of the production of legal information has become.

No KPO (knowledge processing outsourcing) project is too complex for Innodata Isogen. Take a recent job that entailed producing marketable Dutch jurisprudence information within the guidelines of European laws, which prohibit the disclosure of any information that could identify the parties involved. “The anonymization

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Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Publishing, Substantive Law

Web Trends Map, Beta

Here’s an interesting ‘map’ of the current top internet sites and trends. Made by Information Architects Japan, it features top representative websites imagined as stops on the Tokyo subway system, and charts the ‘success’, ‘stability’, and ‘position’ of each site. This is a beta version, and they are looking for comments. When its ready, you can download it from Flickr, or you can order a printed version. See last year’s version here. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology

Metadata for Photos

It’s come up a few times now – the need to review documents and strip them of hidden metadata that could unwittingly reveal information and breach confidentiality.

One aspect that hasn’t received enough attention is metadata for photos.

PC World has a new article on this subject, explaining where to find the hidden information, and how to properly remove it. Not just interesting, but apparently part of your professional responsibility. . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

New Canadian Law Blogs

As noted over on the Stem blog yesterday, we continue to build our list of Canadian law blogs on Since our January update, there have been 13 new additions. Those were:

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Friday Fillip

…comes on a Thursday this week, because tomorrow, Good Friday, is a holiday and, I suspect, no one will be reading Slaw, even a Slavian fillip. [Kudos to John Gregory for coming up with that perfect parallel to Shavian!]

Sheep’s the theme, as some of us contemplate the traditional dinner of lamb. And I’ve a flock of mostly silly stuff for you, which seems somehow fitting. But first up is Sheep 101, that course you avoided back in university in favour of The Comedy Film in Popular Culture, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1.30 p.m. But I’ll only detain you . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Quicklaw Enhancements Announced

Heads up. No, it isn’t a soccer ball flying into your yard from the over zealous kick of spring fever infected neighbourhood children. It is a news release about some enhancements to Quicklaw. There are even screen shots of the new look.

The new Quicklaw functions are designed to follow your workflow and eliminate screen clutter:

  • Set your own Start Page with the streamlined global navigation toolbar
  • Speed up your research with sharper buttons and icons, highly readable fonts, and an inviting colour palette
  • Consistently locate Related Links, General Search screens, and the What’s New icon (available soon) on
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Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Technology