Friday, November 20, 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg International War Crimes Trials which lasted from Nov. 20, 1945 until Oct. 1, 1946. Several trials were held in Courtroom 600 of the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg. The most famous of these was the trial of the major war criminals before the International Military Tribunal, a tribunal consisting of members from the Soviet Union, United States, United Kingdom, and France. The subsequent trials which occurred at Nuremberg were tried by United States military tribunals.
Much can be said about the Nuremberg trials and their legacy in international law, both good and bad. For more details about the initial trial, please visit the upstairs display case at the Wolff Library.
Have you ever wondered which law firms represent a particular company? Bloomberg Law has introduced a new feature called Law Firm Representation Analytics that will tell you just that. For example, here are the law firms that represent the company, Dominion Resources:
If you want to know what type of work those firms are doing for Dominion Resources, you can determine that too, by clicking further:
These new graphical tools can be useful if you’re interviewing with a company or a law firm or just curious about representation, so do a simple search for a company’s name in the Search box on Bloomberg Law, then click on the Suggested Companies link and check out the Law Firm Analytics.
Each spring, the Law Library conducts a survey of our students. In 2015, 387 students responded to our survey, and we published summary charts of the responses back in April along with a list of items requested that we already offer. Now we’re publishing a survey response, to show examples of changes to library facilities, content and services guided by the useful student input.
We have published the 2015 Law Library Survey Response, where you can see highlights of new standing desks, prominent directories posted on each floor of the Williams library, as well as the redesigning of our research guides and the inclusion of text transcripts in our video tutorials.
We appreciate student input. Throughout the year, you are encouraged to send comments and suggestions through our suggestion page, and please keep an eye out for our next annual survey in spring of 2016.
Tax Analysts’ websites at www.tax.org, or www.taxanalysts.com will be discontinued on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
Please take action now to ensure you’ll still be able to access your tax news and research databases by moving now to their new website, at www.taxnotes.com.
Everyone who uses the new site will need to register. For the initial registration, you must be
within Georgetown’s IP range, or connected by VPN. After the initial registration you’ll be able to access the site anywhere.
- Go to www.taxnotes.com, and click the orange SIGN IN button at the top right.
- In the e-mail address field, please enter your Georgetown e-mail address. Click Next.
- On the next screen, please click on the blue “Register Here” link.
- You’ll be taken to a Profile page. Enter your name and Georgetown e-mail address.
- Choose a password and enter it.
- When you’ve finished the Profile, click SAVE CHANGES.
- You’ll go to the Tax Notes webpage, where you can sign in with your Georgetown e-mail address and the password you chose.
If you have any difficulties, please contact Tax Analysts’ Customer Service or the Library.
The Georgetown Law Library is pleased to introduce OneSearch. OneSearch is a tool for discovering articles, books, databases, and other resources from many different places. It uses a massive search index that dives deep into our catalog, subscription databases, and other Georgetown libraries.
OneSearch also has built-in tools to help you navigate this vast array of resources. “Best bets” and database recommendations steer you to popular resources. Facets let you refine your search. And OneSearch has numerous features to improve usability, such as auto-completion when you are entering search terms, spelling correction, and a responsive design for mobile device compatibility.
For now OneSearch is in “beta” release. All its features are in place, and we have gotten it as ready for you as we can. Now we need you to use it and let us know how it goes. Please use the feedback link in OneSearch to report any issues, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or report your comments to any librarian. Also, stay tuned to Due Process and your student e-mail account for opportunities to participate in user testing of OneSearch and other library systems.
One month after concluding more than seven years of negotiations on the most significant trade agreement in a quarter century, the United States and the 11 other nations that comprise the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have released the full text of the agreement to the public. The TPP, whose members account for approximately 40 percent of world economic output, will lower barriers to trade on a wide array products ranging from to textiles to automobiles to financial services. Under the “fast-track” trade promotion authority legislation enacted last summer, the release of the full text triggers a 90-day review period that must be completed before President Obama can sign the agreement. Once he does so, both houses of Congress will have an opportunity to hold an up or down vote on the deal without offering any amendments or subjecting it to a filibuster.
TPP negotiators in Bali, Indonesia. State Dept. photo by William Ng via Wikimedia Commons
The Obama administration insists that the TPP is the most progressive trade deal ever negotiated by the United States, with unprecedented mechanisms to enforce labor standards and environmental regulations. Critics, including the AFL-CIO and the Sierra Club, contend that these protections do not go far enough. Others have raised concerns about the TPP’s intellectual property provisions, especially its highly restrictive approach to copyright law, as well as its potential impact on the cost of prescription medications in developing nations. Still others have questioned the constitutionality of the investor-state dispute settlement provision that would allow foreign investors to bypass the U.S. court system and have claims against the U.S. government resolved through arbitration.
Due to the closed-door nature of the negotiations, these widely aired criticisms are based largely on informed speculation stemming from leaked drafts of the agreement. Now that the final text has been made public, both supporters and critics of the TPP will spend the next few months scrutinizing its more than 6,000 pages to determine whether the agreement meets or falls short of their expectations.
To keep the GULC community abreast of the latest news and developments concerning the TPP and other trade-related topics, the Law Library subscribes to several specialized databases, including BNA’s International Trade Reporter and International Trade Daily, as well as World Trade Online. For more information about trade agreements and foreign trade regulation, consult the library’s online Research Guide to International Trade Law.
Suppose you get an assignment on an area of law you really haven’t studied before. The best place to begin is to see if a legal treatise exists on the topic so that you can familiarize yourself with the applicable laws, regulations and cases.
A legal treatise is simply a book that covers one particular area of law at length. Some treatises cover broad topics, such as employment law, while others may focus narrowly on a single statute, like the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some treatises are a single volume, while others consist of multiple volumes devoted to all aspects of the subject. A highlight of a treatise is that it provides in-depth analysis with frequent citations to primary law. Most contain a Table of Cases and Statutes. Some are published in hardbound and reprinted as updates are necessary. Others are a looseleaf publication, which can be updated on a regular basis.
Georgetown Law Library owns and maintains thousands of treatises. Most are located in our stacks and they are all in our Gulliver catalog. We’ve compiled a Treatise Finder to help you identify the most authoritative treatises for over fifty areas of law. Check out the new look of our Treatise Finder where we delineate which treatises are in print and which treatises are available electronically, as an e-book, through Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, CCH or some other online vendor.
Did you know you can use our Articles Research Guide for direct links to the best databases for law review and interdisciplinary journal articles? The guide identifies the best databases for legal articles, as well as non-legal and international material. You’re missing a lot of extensive literature if you’re only using Google, Lexis and Westlaw. Academic articles are not usually freely available, but searching the databases identified in our guide will provide you with relevant material subscribed to by the library.
Feel free to ask a Reference Librarian if you need assistance with article searching!
Join us today at 11 a.m. for the Grand Opening of Legal Eats – the new unattended micromarket by Avenue C.
Legal Eats is on the first floor of the E.B. Williams Library in the former canteen space.
Reach the cafe from the journals’ entrance or from within the library (take the elevator to the first floor, and the entrance to the cafe will be by the water fountain at the bottom of the stairs).
After the grand opening, the cafe will be open to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you want to get something to eat when the library is closed, use the journals’ entrance to access the cafe using your GoCard.
Find more information about setting up an account with Avenue C and other payment options here.
We are excited to announce that Legal Eats – an unattended micromarket by Avenue C – will be opening on the First Floor of the E.B. Williams Library on October 26.
Legal Eats will feature fresh sandwiches, salads, and a wide variety of snacks and beverages. You will be able to select what you want from coolers and displays and then use a self-checkout machine to pay.
Starting on the 26th, you will be able to reach Legal Eats from within the library space: just take the elevator to the first floor, and the entrance to the market will be by the water fountain at the bottom of the stairs.
Legal Eats will be installed by Avenue C in the current canteen space this week, and so the canteen will be closed to students from October 21 through October 25.
We look forward to seeing you at the grand opening of Legal Eats on October 26!