Toward a Cyberlegal Culture: Legal Research on the Frontier of Innovation, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

Toward a Cyberlegal Culture: Legal Research on the Frontier of Innovation, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

by Mirela Roznovschi
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571052720

ISBN-13: 9781571052728

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

Although universal online access to legal information has vastly expanded the lawyer's practical resources, it does not come with a clear and reliable methodology. A fundamental shift in approach is necessary to understand its enormous transformation of the legal research process; using it requires a new set of procedures amounting to the assimilation of a new legal

Overview

Although universal online access to legal information has vastly expanded the lawyer's practical resources, it does not come with a clear and reliable methodology. A fundamental shift in approach is necessary to understand its enormous transformation of the legal research process; using it requires a new set of procedures amounting to the assimilation of a new legal culture. Now for the first time this new "cyberlegal" culture is fully set forth in a way that makes its great benefits available to all legal practitioners and law librarians.

This volume provides an in-depth analysis of the new legal infrastructure inherent in the internationalization of legal research via the internet. It presents dependable strategies for navigating efficiently in the virtual reality environment, with special attention to the librarian's role in shaping legal database interfaces. It thoroughly explains how the law library's mission is restructured, adding a teaching dimension to its traditional role as a reference service.

The author describes the skills and managerial decisions that characterize the cyberlegal culture, showing the reader exactly how the cyberlegal information specialist conducts substantive legal research. She spells out the guiding principles on evaluating databases, other online legal research tools, and the "linked thinking" capabilities of the internet. Concrete examples are provided throughout, such as:

  • modules for teaching online legal research, with sensitivity to different regions, jurisdictions, and levels of comprehension;
  • a catalog of reliable international and foreign legal databases, listed (with search strategies) by subject as well as by jurisdiction; and
  • URLs for all databases discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571052728
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
Chapter 1Electronic Reference and the Internationalization of Legal Research1
Tales of Strategy for Surviving in the Cyberlegal Culture8
Define your work "jurisdiction"8
Realize that each action incurs a series of reactions9
Anticipate "hidden costs" in subscription decisions10
Learn from your imitators10
Integrate complementary collections11
Use teamwork11
Better teach than provide12
Be aware of security protocols and devices13
Try not to assume that one source is better than another13
Work on many projects simultaneously14
The Legal Information Specialist's Role in Designing the Interfaces of Legal Databases14
Chapter 2Legal Research on the Frontier of Innovation19
The Online Concept34
Online Access Politics35
Online Legal Research36
Evaluate your resources: what kind of document is needed?38
What is the subject area?42
Online Sources for Tracing Laws in Different Jurisdictions and Different Subjects43
Guides, pathfinders, Internet indexes43
Legal portals and vortals45
Online encyclopedias47
International digests48
Yearbooks49
News sources49
Listservs50
Indexes to foreign and international primary and secondary sources51
Online legal journals57
Dictionaries59
Library catalogs60
Library consortia62
Subject-oriented databases63
Foreign Collections and International Implications63
Databases and General Search Engines66
How old is your document?67
Search engines68
Search engines for international and foreign law71
Search engine logic74
Database search engines74
Online translation76
How to evaluate your search77
Search strategies: some practical examples77
Chapter 3Guiding Principles on the Evaluation of Legal Databases87
Databases94
Criteria of Evaluation96
Product description and main user identification97
Completeness of content97
Who is the author/publisher?99
Does the database indicate the page of the printed document?101
Language101
Accuracy102
Currency and Timeliness104
Coverage107
Archiving108
Search quality/findability109
Workability110
Stability/server reliability/malfunctions112
Interactivity with the user113
Cost: online versus print format113
Copyright stipulations114
Licensing117
Structural considerations/database performance118
Conclusion119
Chapter 4Teaching versus Reference versus Teaching: Restructuring the Mission of the Law Library121
Supporting the School of Law/Legal Institution Instruction132
General training132
The legal institution's special projects134
Specialized training in international and comparative law research135
Teaching in the School of Library and Information Science141
Teaching Abroad143
The basic level144
The intermediate level148
The advanced level153
How to built an electronic law library in a foreign country157
Conclusion160
AppendixInternational and Foreign Law Databases165
General sources for Public and International Law166
1.Treaties166
2.Judicial Decisions170
a.International Courts and Tribunals170
b.National Courts172
c.Arbitral tribunals172
3.Scholarly Writings173
Subject-Oriented Databases (Collections of International and domestic Laws)175
Arbitration175
Constitutional Law175
Copyright177
Environmental Law178
Treaties178
Decisions180
Human Rights180
Treaties180
Decisions181
International Organizations182
The Council of Europe182
European Union182
International Labor Organization184
North American Free Trade Agreement185
Organization of American States186
United Nations187
World Health Organization188
The World Intellectual Property Organization188
World Trade Organization189
Patents and Trademarks190
Transnational Business and International Trade191
a.Tax laws: Treaties and country legislation191
b.Business laws: Treaties and country legislation192
Regions of the World and Individual Jurisdictions194
1.Comparative law databases194
2.Collections of foreign materials195
3.Individual jurisdictions199
Argentina199
Australia199
Austria201
Belgium201
Canada201
China202
France203
Germany204
India205
Israel205
Italy206
The Netherlands206
New Zealand207
Pacific Basin Jurisdictions207
Romania207
Russia208
South Africa209
Switzerland209
United Kingdom210
United States210
Bibliography213
Index223

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