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Jun 05 2014

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Global Arbitration Review… the “GAR” is here.

In addition to the new Oxford Legal Research Library mentioned earlier this week, the Library has just also added the Global Arbitration Review to its offerings covering international arbitration.

The GAR is a respected current awareness and news tool that provides daily updates if you subscribe using your BU e-mail address.  It also compiles an annual “GAR 100″ and “GAR 30″ report that ranks top international arbitration firms based on their proprietary formula.

This is a screen shot of the sign-in page highlighting the multiple types of information available to researchers:

GAR 2One important subscription limitation to note is the fact that our subscription only allows for viewing and downloading of current materials. Archived items may only be viewed and may not be saved or downloaded.

 

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May 30 2014

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New International Commercial Law resources just added.

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The Oxford Legal History Library has just been added to the Library’s extensive electronic database collection. This addition augments our selections covering the dynamic area of International Commercial law and International Commercial Arbitration. As a highly respected publisher in legal materials, this Oxford material will provide access to relevant and timely authoritative commentary and insights into this important area of legal scholarship. View these new libraries HERE.

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May 06 2014

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Summer RA Orientation

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Libri_books2Summer RA orientation will be on May 20th, 2014 at 11am in Barristers Hall.  The orientation will be available to view remotely.  At the orientation we will tell you about the services available to you through the library.  We will also feed you pizza.  So come, meet the librarians, eat and mingle.  Whether or not you can come to the orientation if you are working for a professor this summer please register here.

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May 01 2014

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Law Day – Celebrating the Rule of Law

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We all know that laws can be odd or wacky, but most of us take the rule of law for granted.  Law Day celebrates the rule of law and its contributions to creating a free society.  Law Day began in 1957 with then American Bar Association (ABA) President Charles S. Rhyne.  It was eventually proclaimed by President Eisenhower.  Library of Congress has a nice research guide for the legal background of Law Day.

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Apr 24 2014

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Spring Finals: Your Guide to Library Services

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Exam Services

On the road to final exams, let library services help you out. Need to fuel up with additional prep materials? The library has old exams available for practice and review here. Forgot to pick up a study aid at the beginning of the semester? We have hornbooks, Nutshells, Black Letter Outlines, Examples and Explanations, flashcards, and more. Want more direction? Check out one of our books on preparing for and writing exams.

Know before you go: our complete guide to exam prep is available at http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/exampreparation 

Want more? Stop by the reference desk to ask us about Bluebooking, our favorite study aids, or help researching your seminar paper.

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Apr 18 2014

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Summer access to Library materials and databases

As a continuing student your access to the Law Library’s materials will continue as it does today. Summer access to WestlawNext—-note that Westlaw Classic access for academic accounts ends June 30th— is available subject to the  restrictions highlighted HERE.   Summer access to both Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law will continue as you use it today.

Graduating students take note:

  • Lexis Advance offers ongoing unlimited access to  until August 31st. You may additionally extend your access through their Graduate ID program by signing up HERE. This program will allow you unlimited use through December 31, 2014.
  • Westlaw Next will allow graduating students 60 hours of use per month beginning in June through November 2014 IF you sign-up for their password extension program HERE. If you do not extend your password, your access will end May31, 2014.
  • Bloomberg Law allows for ongoing unlimited access through December 31, 2014 for graduates. No action is required on your part.

For full details, visit the Library’s access for graduates page or contact a Reference Librarian.

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Apr 14 2014

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Celebrate National Library Week: Post a Shelfie of Your Favorite Study Aid

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What is your favorite Study Aid: a Nutshell, a CALI lesson, a outline, your favorite reference librarian, an extra large latte from Pavement, your dog? Celebrate with us.  Send your study aid Shelfie to lawref@bu.edu and we’ll post it on our Facebook page.

What is a Shelfie? A picture or portrait of your bookshelf. We are extending that to include your study aid, wherever it may reside.  Google recently did an April fools post about Shelfies which they were calling a “the SHareable sELFIE.”.  But in the world of libraries and book lovers the shelfie is about what your bookshelf reveals about you.  And we want to know what your favorite study aid says about you.

 

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Apr 14 2014

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Have an Immigration Question?

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The library has recently licensed two new resources that could help: AILA Link and the Hein Immigration Law and Policy in the U.S. library.  AILA, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, is starting to digitize their very helpful books and pair them with primary source materials.  To access these materials please stop by the reference desk.  Hein, which does such a fantastic job of providing access to historic primary source materials, has created a library that contains all the primary source material you will need for most immigration questions: current and historic versions of Title 8 of the USC and the CFR, as well as precedential agency ajudications.

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Mar 28 2014

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The UN, the US and Human Rights

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) issued a forceful report this week on the human rights record of the United States under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The report is linked here.

The committee’s “concluding observations” included 22 numbered sections detailing areas of concern and recommendations. These included topics that have been commented on frequently (NSA surveillance and privacy rights, the death penalty, targeted killings by drones and racial profiling) and a range of other concerns (from voting rights and the “criminalization of homelessness” to non-consensual psychiatric treatment and domestic violence). The report includes recommendations in all of these areas; and calls on the United States, among other things, to report on its compliance with several of the HRCs’ recommendations within one year, and to provide information on implementation of all the recommendations in its next periodic report, five years from now.

The HRC is one of the “treaty bodies” (or panels of experts) that receives reports from member states on their obligations under international human rights conventions. After receiving the member state’s report and hearing from, e.g., human rights and other “civil society organizations” about that state’s compliance or non-compliance with the convention, the treaty body issues its “Concluding Observations,” in which it states its principal matters of concern and recommendations.

Other UN treaty bodies include, e.g., the Committee Against Torture, which monitors implementation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Punishment or Treatment; and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women).

In addition to the treaty bodies, the UN’s human rights apparatus includes the Human Rights Council, a body of 47 UN member states elected by the General Assembly and based in Geneva that coordinates human rights activities for the UN; and the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, the part of the UN’s Secretariat, or permanent bureaucracy, that works to advance human rights by, e.g., speaking out on human rights issues, coordinating activities with human rights organizations and other UN bodies and providing assistance to national governments.

 

 

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Mar 27 2014

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New Paper Chase Apps

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Just in time for finals (and the bar exam), Paper Chase has come out with new review apps. 1Ls, download the free criminal law or property apps for a series of multiple choice review questions. Review by topic, mix ‘em up, and add more questions for $9.99 (or go analog and check out our Law-in-a-Flash flash cards at the circulation desk for free!). 3Ls and LLMs, if you’re preparing for the bar exam and want more topics, Paper Chase: Contracts and Paper Chase: Torts are also available.Paper Chase

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