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Archive for September, 2006

Droit D’auteur en Concurrence: Euro-Excellence C. Kraft

Décidément, l’hiver va être chaud à Ottawa car après les affaires Dell et Rogers, qui seront entendues par la Cour suprême respectivement le 13 et 14 décembre 2006 (voir le dernier billet à ce sujet), voici que concernant l’affaire Euro-excellence c. Kraft Canada, que nous avons déjà également évoquée, les auditions sont prévues, provisoirement du moins, pour le 16 janvier 2007. On peut aussi y voir que ce mercredi 06 septembre, l’appelante a déposé son mémoire, mémoire que voici. Merci aux avocats du dossier, Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse (également Wainwright Fellow à la Faculté de droit . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

Yale (Lite) on Legal Scholarship

The Pocket Part (“A Companion to the Yale Law Journal”) tackles the impact of the web on legal scholarship. Itself an uncertain manifestation of the online scholarship phenomenon, the PP gives us some bite sized things to provoke thought:

  • Christopher A. Bracey , A Blog Supreme?

    Although online scholarship takes shape within and against prevailing modes of scholarly production, it has developed, like jazz, into a distinctive idiom of intellectual engagement with its own cultural aesthetic, norms, and the like. And like jazz, it retains a certain mystery and mystique that proves compelling to proponents and confounding to its critics.

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

Les Juges Se Soucient-Ils Des Technologies

Définitivement! Le Conseil canadien de la magistrature bénéficie depuis un bon moment déjà du Comité consultatif sur la technologie qui a pour mandat de lui présenter des recommandations et donner des avis liés à l'utilisation efficace des nouvelles technologies par les tribunaux. Par contre, comme bien d'autres, les juges sont tributaires des investissements gouvernementaux afin d'obtenir les outils nécessaires à leur travail. À bon entendeur salut!
Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Friday Fillip

Believe it or not, but legal prose can be turbid, turgid and really quite impenetrable. It can, it can. (It might be fun to share our own favourite “paragraph of shame” from lawyerly or judicial — okay, okay, or legal academic — writing, a Slaw version of the “It was a dark and stormy night” contest.)

But if you want to have a good laugh and shake your head at some seriously bad writing, take the Postmodernism Text Generator for a spin. It’s a marvelous machine that can generate horribly lifelike swatches of Foucaultian or Lacanian prose all wrapped . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

For about a year now, I’ve been reading D’Arcy Norman and Brian Lamb [another great find from my Northern Voice attendance last year]. Both are social software advocates in Canadian universities, and both have a keen interest in how web software can facilitate learning. If you enjoy that kind of stuff, and I think most Slaw members do, I highly recommend their blogs individually.

About a week ago, D’Arcy announced that was back in operation after switching servers. I hadn’t heard of it, and checked it out — glad I did.

You can see the list of contributors . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Virtual Lawyer

“Broadband… is freeing us from the geographic restrictions. Will this trend continue to gain momentum? Hard to say, but early indicators show that office is where the laptop is.”

Welcome to the virtual worker of recent fame — and the subject and object of Om Malik’s new blog, Web Worker Daily. He hopes it will provide aid and comfort to the geek diaspora.

Which it may. But it got me thinking about the virtual lawyer. I suppose there have always been lawyers who practised alone out of a room in the house. But I wonder whether, now that broadband . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Senate Reform

I’m forgoing what I intended to post about today after yesterday’s events in the Senate. I’m not linking to anything other than the parliamentary website as I’m assuming most readers of Slaw are well aware of what I refer to. I realize that I am likely in the minority but I think that the Canadian Senate actually functions fairly well and needs only min0r tweaks rather than wholesale reform. The bulk of the work that takes place in Senate is in committee, which is away from where the majority of the population can see the work that is done, and . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Court Challenges Program to Be Eliminated?

Newspapers of the CanWest Global chain distributed a Janice Tibbetts article today that claims that the federal government may be considering the elimination of the Court Challenges Program as part of an overall review of government programs.

The Program provides funding to help minority, women’s and other disadvantaged groups so they can launch “test court cases” challenging laws that may violate equality rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The CanWest News Service article entitled Funding for minority groups to challenge federal laws under review reports that the program, first set up under former Prime Minister Pierre . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Confused of Calcutta

ZDNet’s Between the Lines pointed me yesterda to Confused Of Calcutta, the blog of JP Rangaswami, the chief of “alternative market models” at the investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in London. This is not my usual fare, but he is seriously intrigued by technology. He thinks about enterprise software, social software from a market believer’s perspective, but focuses on its impact on the individual. With your indulgence, I’m going to quote holus bolus his “About This Blog”:

I believe that it is only a matter of time before enterprise software consists of only four types of application:

. . . [more]
Posted in: Miscellaneous

Avoice Online Library

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, along with Dell, Howard University, and the University of Texas Libraries, just launched the online library Avoice that features primary documents related to the contributions of African-Americans who have served in the US Senate and House since the 1870s.

You can access virtual exhibits (containing legislation, photos, debates, timelines) chronicling black lawmakers’ efforts related to the Voting Rights Act, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Bill, the dismantling of the apartheid system in South Africa, and the formation of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The University of Texas Libraries digitized Congressional Black Caucus records (photos, speeches, political . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

As We Knew, as We Feared

Confirmation this morning from Lexis, that U.S. Adults More Likely to Turn to the Web For Legal Information, New Survey From Reveals.

Almost three times as many U.S. adults today turn to the Internet to get advice and information about legal matters, aside from asking a lawyer, than they did six years ago (27% in 2006 versus 10% in 2000), according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive.

“Besides lawyers, traditional sources of legal advice, such as friends and family, are on the decline today as consumers increasingly turn to widely-available online resources to become better informed

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

World Bank Doing Business Law Library

The World Bank has created Doing Business, a database of economic and regulatory indicators that are comparable across 175 economies.

The site includes a Law Library, “the largest free online collection of business laws and regulations”.

For each country, one can find laws on such topics as banking and credit, bankruptcy, companies, labour, securities, taxation and trade.

Cross-posted to Library Boy. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous