Our German Law Research Guide is all new!

GermanFlag_LargeAs of this week, the law library’s research guide for German law has a brand new look, as well as lots of new content.

The guide includes information about using print and electronic materials to research German legislation, case law, and legal secondary sources, such as statutory commentaries and journals.

In addition, illustrated research examples (with English-language explanations) are provided for the law school’s major German law subscription databases, Beck-Online and Juris.

Check it out at http://guides.library.harvard.edu/GermanLaw.

New eResources at Harvard

The Harvard Library has an astounding amount of resources, with new titles coming in every day!  For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

New resources at Harvard

American Indian Histories and Cultures

Manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books dating from the earliest contact with European settlers; with treaties, speeches and diaries, andd travel journals.

Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online 

Jonson’s complete writings;  and comprehensive body of essays and archives necessary for full study of Jonson’s life.

Digital Innovation South Africa

Scholarly resource focusing on the socio-political history of South Africa, particularly the struggle for freedom during the period  from 1950 to the first democratic elections in 1994.

Gallup Analytics     

Data from countries representing 98% of the world’s population; access Gallup’s U.S. Daily tracking and World Poll data to compare residents’ responses on topics such as economic conditions and education.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

Authoritative information on theatre and performance from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe; covers dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performance.

Oxford Handbooks Online / Music 

Scholarly books (online) contain essays written by the foremost scholars in music.

Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management 

Strategic management is an emerging field with loosely defined concepts and boundaries; this encyclopedia seeks to give the field some definition.

Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing Archive [PEP]

An archive of the entire psychoanalytic literature in English, along with foreign and international journals.

SRDS (Kantar Media)

Circulation data and advertising rates for U.S. publications; market demographics and lifestyle market analysis – with info on attitudes toward sports, travel and leisure.

852 RARE – Spanning the Centuries: An Exhibit of Recent Acquisitions, 1579–1868

With a vast and rich collection of materials spanning ten centuries, Historical & Special Collections (HSC), in the Harvard Law School Library, is a treasure trove for those interested in tracing the history and development of the law, legal education, law practice, and the history of Harvard Law School. Part of HSC’s mission is to collect these materials in a wide variety of formats, including printed books, handwritten manuscripts, paper and electronic documents, portraits, photographs, drawings, and artifacts. Another key part of our mission is to preserve these materials and make them freely available for research through cataloging, processing, and digitization.

On view are some of our recent acquisitions. Case 1 showcases books and bound manuscripts that provide clues about who owned them and how they were used, while Case 2 features the latest additions to our true crime collections.

This exhibit was curated by Karen Beck, Historical & Special Collections. It will be on view through August 22, 2014 in the Caspersen Room, Langdell Hall, weekdays 9 to 5.

HLS Library Spring Faculty Book Talks Now Available on YouTube!

In case you missed the HLSL spring faculty book talk series, videos of the book talks are now available on the Library’s YouTube Channel.

Critical Decisions in Negotiation, DVD Set

Robert Bordone, Feb. 18, 2014

With panelists Chad Carr and Michael Wheeler

Innovations in Refugee Protection:  A Compendium of UNHCR’s 60 Years Including Case Studies on IT Communities, Vietnamese Boatpeople, Chilean Exile and Namibian Repatriation

Luise Druke, Mar. 6, 2014

With panelists Christianne Lemke, Palmer Lawrence, Heidi Matthews and Elizabeth Maroney

The Democratic Foundations of Policy Diffusion:  How Health, Family and Employment Laws Spread Across Countries

Katerina Linos, Apr. 1, 2014

With panelists Beth Simmons, Noah Feldman and Amartya Sen

The Constitution of Risk

Adrian Vermeule, Apr. 8. 2014

With panelists Richard Fallon, Cass Sunstein and Mark Tushnet

Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Vol. 2:  Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Susan Cole & Mike Gregory, Apr. 10, 2014

With Co-authors Anne Eisner and Joel Ristuccia, and panelists Mary Curtis, M. Geron Gadd, Betsy McAlister Groves and Salvatore Terrasi.

Why Nudge?: The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism

Cass Sunstein, Apr. 14, 2014

With panelists Iris Bohnet, Richard Fallon, Frank Michelman and Sendhil Mullainathan

HLSL is currently looking for authors for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 book talk series.  Please contact June Casey (jucasey@law.harvard.edu) if you are interested in having HLSL host a book talk for you.

Book Talk: Klemen Jaklic, Constitutional Pluralism in the EU, Wednesday, May 14 at noon

The Harvard Law School Library staff invites you to attend a book talk and panel discussion in celebration of Klemen Jaklic’s recently published book, Constitutional Pluralism in the EU.

Klemen Jaklic is a legal scholar and is currently a Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. After his first law degree, he earned his masters (LL.M.) and doctorate (S.J.D.) in law from Harvard Law School, and another doctorate in law (D.Phil.) from Oxford University. He has been teaching at Harvard in various roles since 2008 in the fields of European integration and EU law, human rights, justice, ethics, constitutional law & theory, and democracy. He was awarded several teaching excellence awards by Harvard and was appointed Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School (spring 2012) where he taught his course on Europe and Democracy. His current research focuses on European constitutionalism and the future development of the idea of democracy in the context of a just global order.

jaklic draft

“Where does the law and political power of any given territory come from? Until recently it was believed that it came from a single and hierarchical source of constitutional authority, a sovereign people and their constitution. However, how can this model account for the new Europe? Where state constitutions and the European Constitution, which are ultimately equally self-standing sources of constitutional authority, overlap heterarchically over a shared piece of territory.

Constitutional pluralism is a new branch within constitutional thought that argues sovereignty is no longer the accurate and normatively superior constitutional foundation. It instead replaces this thought with its own foundation. It emerged on the basis of contributions by the leading EU constitutionalists and has now become the most dominant branch of European constitutional thought. Its claims have also overstepped the European context, suggesting that it offers historic advantages for further development of the idea of constitutionalism and world order as such.” — Oxford Univ. Press

Book talk panelists include:

HLS Professor Frank I. Michelman, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Emeritus.

Professor Vlad Perju, Director of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College Law School.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:00 noon.

Harvard Law School, Lewis International Law Center, Room 214A.  (Directions).

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library.

Free and open to the public.  Lunch will be served.

Join us! HLS Library Seeks Applied Research Statistician

The Harvard Law School Library is currently seeking a full-time, permanent Applied Research Statistician to consult with and provide empirical research support to HLS faculty as well as other members of the HLS community.

Basic qualifications:

  • Ph.D., M.A., or M.S. in Statistics; or Ph.D in Social/Behavioral Science with emphasis on quantitative/statistical methods.
  • Knowledge of Stata and R required.
  • Familiarity with regression, logit, and probit models.
  • Experience in application of quantitative methods to social science and/or legal data.

Interested or know someone who might be? See full functions and responsibilities and how to apply here. (If the link doesn’t work, visit Employment@Harvard and search for auto req ID 32332BR.)

HLS Library Exhibit News

Need a study break? Stop by the HLS Library’s Caspersen Room on the fourth floor of Langdell Hall to view our current and soon-to-be-gone exhibits.

Beyond Cambridge: Two Centuries of HLS Faculty Work in and on Africa will close at 5 pm this Friday, April 25.

Harvard Law School Dean, Educator, and Colleague: Celebrating James Vorenberg Through His Papers continues through Commencement 2014.

The Declaration of Independence, generously lent by the family of Robin and Marc (HLS 1984) Wolpow, will be on view through mid-August 2014.

Coming soon: an exhibit of some of the books, manuscripts and broadside posters added to the Library’s Historical & Special Collections, and an exhibit of law-related bobbleheads produced by The Green Bag.

The Caspersen Room is open Monday-Friday 9 to 5. Please visit us soon!

 

Webinar for Students: Using Legislative History to Find Legislative Intent

Proquest Congressional is a fantastic resource for finding legislative history documents. It has a wealth of bills, hearings, reports and other documents going back to the earliest days of Congress, usually in PDF.

How can you use it to learn more about what legislators intended? Proquest is hosting a webinar, Using Legislative History to Find Legislative Intent, that will be repeated a number of times and is aimed at students, recent graduates, clerks, associates, and interns/externs. Proquest notes that most federal courts and government agencies as well as a number of non-profit law libraries that private law firms belong to have access to these resources. The webinar is open to anyone. See below for more info on what will be covered.

Sign up by clicking one of the dates below:

About the webinars (from Proquest)

 This 90-minute session is designed for the summer associate, judicial, law firm or government agency law clerk, intern, extern or research assistant. You will learn how to use ProQuest Congressional Digital Suite & Legislative Insight, the premier legal research tools for federal legislative and government materials to:

1. Develop an understanding of the legislative process both:

a. Procedurally – How did the language read as first proposed, what committees considered the proposal, when were amendments made and where was the proposal when it was amended;
b. As an adversarial process – who was lobbying in support of the proposal and what were they trying to accomplish, who was active in opposition what were their objections, who was responsible for amendments to the proposal;

2. Become familiar with the documents available pertinent to your issue;
3. Identify where in the process the changes you care about occurred – this provides a mechanism to narrow the scope of your search for explanations for why the language was changed;
4. Learn how to identify both direct and circumstantial evidence of intent.

And of course if you need assistance with Proquest Congressional on the fly, you can also ask your HLS librarians.

New eResources at Harvard

The Harvard Library has an astounding amount of resources, with new titles coming in every day!  For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

New resources at Harvard

Data is derived from its comprehensive statistical activities, comprises of periodic information on structure and growth of economy, social change, and development. T
Since its inception in 1974, the Bureau provides statistical information to guide decision making and the development process to the government and other stakeholders.
Sanctioned by the Government of India as part of its programme for the celebration of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary. It has been fully funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and includes digital images of virtually all his manuscripts and authoritative print versions (books and journals).
Exclusive research and analysis by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and authors from similar institutions, and present objective analysis versus official government messaging on strategic issues.
Watch Indian movies old and new from this archive!
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa – full text publications.  Example:  Land and Agrarian Reform in Zimbabwe : Beyond White-Settler Capitalism (2013).
The full text of the Colombian census (in Spanish) from 2005.
Over 70 books covering history, cultural studies, political science, and philosophy; helpful for learning about Jane Austin, Dylan Thomas – and even Utopian and Dystopian Literature to 1800.

Allows for a methodical search into WTO jurisprudence, including for investment treaty (investor-state) arbitration issues.

Part 1:  News Features & Internal Communications, 1848-2000
Part 3: U.S. Cities Bureaus Collection

852 RARE: Old Books, New Technologies, and “The Human Skin Book” at HLS

Practicarum Cover and SpineBaaaaaad news for fans of anthropodermic bibliopegy: Recent analyses of a book owned by the HLS Library, long believed but never proven to have been bound in human skin, have conclusively established that the book was bound in sheepskin.

The final page of the book includes an inscription which states,

“The bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace.”

Intrigued by this inscription, curators, conservators, and dermatologists have studied the book for years, but results were inconclusive. Thanks to a technique for identifying proteins that was developed in the last twenty years, we recently have been able to answer the question once and for all.

At the request of HLS Library curators and Weissman Preservation Center staff, Daniel Kirby, a conservation scientist at the Harvard University Art Museums’ Straus Center, analyzed the parchment binding of Juan Gutiérrez’ Practicarum quaestionum circa leges regias Hispaniae (Madrid, 1605-1606; HOLLIS no. 4317553). Kirby used a method called peptide mass fingerprinting to analyze nine samples of the front and back covers, binding, and glue. With peptide mass fingerprinting, the samples could readily be differentiated from other parchment sources including cattle, deer, and goat, as well as human skin. The glue was identified as a mixture of cattle and pig collagen.

If Jonas Wright was indeed a sheep, why would someone have written such an inscription? We’ll probably never know. Perhaps before it arrived at HLS in 1946, the book was bound in a different binding at some point in its history. Or perhaps the inscription was simply the product of someone’s macabre imagination.

In any event, we are indebted to Daniel Kirby’s analysis and are glad the question is finally settled. Score one for modern science! The volume (including the sheepskin binding) is being digitized and will be available online via HOLLIS in late 2014.