Three From the World

Since I’m in rural Spain, I’ve no facilities for lengthy posts, so three pointers to interesting items from elsewhere in the world.

Let’s start with the best legal research sites you’ve never heard of. In an interview with LegallyIndia today, the ILS Pune Mooting Team – on their way to DC for the Jessup moot – were asked what research databases they used. Here is the answer:

MPL: How many online databases did you use for mooting research? Which, according to you, is the best online legal database?

Madhupreetha: Westlaw, Lexisnexis, Maxplanck, Oxford reports and Oxford Scholarship online were some of the databases. To brand one database as best will be a difficult call. Each is unique in its own way. We felt that Westlaw is the abode for all articles, while Maxplanck is panacea for the entire law in a nutshell. And for the cases, nothing beats Oxford reports.

Can anyone tell us about “Maxplanck, Oxford reports and Oxford Scholarship online”.

Next to England where an enthusiastic press release writer is channeling Richard Susskind in claiming that his client’s forms collection will spell the end of lawyers:

The disruptive nature of the service comes from offering these documents for free, bundled with all the help and guidance anyone would need. Of course there is a place for solicitors, but we see no reason that a small business should pay a vast sum to have employment contracts and workplace policies drawn up, or that a single mother should need to hire someone to create a nanny agreement. This sort of thing should be freely accessible to the public.

Back to South India for the only Bill I’ve ever heard of that names Coca Cola: the Plachimada Coca-Cola Victims Relief and Compensation Claims Special Tribunal Bill 2011 passed by the Congress controlled (UDF) state legislature in Kerala.

The Bill is an Act of Attainder for one corporate multinational. According to one local account:

Cases arising from ecological damage caused by the company and applications for compensation or restitution of damaged property would be taken up by the tribunal, which would decide on the compensation after hearing both the appellants and the company. The tribunal shall, while passing any award or order, apply the principles of sustainable development, the precautionary principle and the polluter pays principle.

Even the normally objective The Hindu gets into the Coke bashing game.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited is a subsidiary of its Atlanta-based parent compan
y. In a statement the company said: “We are disappointed in the Plachimada Tribunal Bill and the flawed process on which it is based. This Bill is devoid of facts, scientific data or any input from or consideration given to the Company.”

Nothing on the official website yet>

And since it’s almost midnight in Europe, I can legitimately be the first to wish all our readers a productive and thoughtful International Women’s Day. One hundred years old to be exact. Enjoy.


  1. Simon, I think the Oxford scholarship may refer to the Oxford Journals online, not sure the Oxford reports are, but I’m pretty sure the Max Planck items is the following:

    About Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

    About the Encyclopedia

    Under the auspices of Professor Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Max Planck Institute), an initiative was launched in 2004 to compile the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL). This work represents a new edition of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law that was published between 1991 and 2001 under Professor Dr. Rudolf Bernhardt. The MPEPIL was made available in electronic and print form by Oxford University Press in September 2008. The online publication will be steadily expanded until there are around 1700 articles, at which point a small number of new articles will be added while existing articles are regularly updated. A print version will be published at the end of 2011.

    MPEPIL represents an updated, comprehensive work covering the central and essential topics in international law. It is much more than a revision of the earlier edition. Nearly all topics have been rewritten and many new topics included in order to capture the latest developments in international law. To do justice to the changing nature of international law, an increased emphasis has been placed on the relevance of each keyword for contemporary international law. Particular attention has been paid to the contextualization of each topic within international law as well as the presentation of current trends while maintaining a focus on the mainstream/majority view. The goal is to avoid a purely Eurocentric perspective and this has been achieved with the assistance of academics and practitioners from various legal backgrounds and perspectives. The intention is that the MPEPIL will be a work that reflects international law from a global perspective while taking into account regional perspectives.

    The authors of the articles are legal scholars and practitioners from all over the world. The authors speak in their personal capacity only. Any views they express or information they provide cannot be attributed to the institutions with which they are currently, or have previously been, affiliated.

    All articles were reviewed by the Members of the MPEPIL Advisory Board consisting of leading experts on international law who ensure the high level of quality for each article.

  2. Robert Richards

    Oxford Reports on International Law:

  3. Robert Richards

    All of the Oxford University Press legal databases are described here: (please scroll down)

  4. Odd. The IWD site page does not load.

  5. And Google has got into the celebration too.

  6. And Judy Dench, Daniel Craig (in drag) and the first bit of James Bond footage directed by a woman: Enjoy